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Ashling (The Obernewtyn Chronicles: North American Editions #3)

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'Sometimes dreams were gateways through which messages might come. Beasts called them ashlings: dreams that called...'

The powerful farseeker Elspeth Gordie is sent to Sutrium, seat of the totalitarian Council that rules the land, to seal an alliance between the secret Misfit community at Obernewtyn and rebel forces.

She travels from the mountains reluctantly, for at any mom
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Paperback, 524 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 1995)
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Ksenia
So I got the first one from the library and towards the end of the first book I knew this was something interesting. But it wasn’t until the second book (at the end of the second book no less) when I knew I had something fascinating in my hands. The moment that really got me was when the horse Gahltha pledges his loyalty to Elspeth and promises to help her and never leave her side (there’s a reason why of course) but I was so moved by this previously-arrogant horse and his devotion, that my hear ...more
Kerry
Reading The People of Sparks and then The Dreaming Place got me into a YA mood, making me conquer my I’m-so-worried-about-what-will-happen-to-Elspeth collywobbles and I picked up Ashling, the next in Isobelle Carmody’s Chronicles of Obernewtyn. This is a great addition to the story, flowing along at a steady pace and shifting location and focus several times. That meant I stayed interested and didn’t have time to stress too much about Elspeth, concentrating on the story instead.

Elspeth rescues a
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review contains spoilers.

Re-reading the third book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles, I was quickly reminded of why it was my favourite for such a long time: things REALLY start happening, on so many levels.

A year has gone by since the events of The Farseekers , making Elspeth about eighteen years old (I'm determined to keep track of her age this time, as it's never mentioned since she was first introduced to us at the age of fourteen). There are again rumours of a soldierguard camp planned for
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Halley Todd
This is my first time ever reading this series. While I found the first two novels full of the right mix of adventure and world-building, this third one seemed a little slow on the pacing. I also think Elspeth's growth is a touch slowly infuriating, too. However, I am definitely more intrigued at the politics of this world, and way more invested in Elspeth's fated quest.

I would definitely recommend this series to fans of Tamora Pierce, but with a fair warning: This author has apparently GRRM'd
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Jenny
OK, it's official, I love this series! I wouldn't say the writing is amazing, or the concept original but these books have the best characterization. It's been ages since I've read a book and had to set it down, take a deep breath and remind myself that it's just a story, it's not real and to calm down. I love that!
Nathan Burgoine
liked it. I really did.

This is the continuing story of Eslpeth Innle, and her group of talented psychics, and her destiny and fate is starting to take a stronger hold.

The core of this plot, however, is Elspeth and a small core group of Misfits, trying to prove thier abilities as useful to the rebels who want to overthrow the Council and the religious zealots that rule the land.

Can they prove their abilities and be taken seriously as allies? As Elspeth struggles to this end, she also learns more
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Dr.q
*Spoilers Implied*

I think that Carmody just gets better and better. it's obvious that the series started while she was a young writer, (i believe she was in high school when she started it) but it has progressively evolved to having a solid voice. I'm in love with all of her characters, that being said all of the perifery characters have more depth than the protagonist. Elspeth is pretty pig-headed and refuses to evolve. Her acceptance at the end of the novel comes out of the BLUE and isn't real
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Alexandra
Spoilers for the first two Obernewtyn books.

Ashling. The point at which Carmody's editor said, let's make it big! Sigh. 520-odd pages is large. Still, she is a page turner, so it didn't take me that long to plough through it a second time.

The book opens with a halfblooded gypsy about to be burned at the stake by a Herder, which is nicely dramatic and also introduces the gypsies themselves, who have only been vaguely alluded to in the previous books. Here, beginning with Elspeth's rescue of the g
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Kirstie
Ashling is the third volume of the Obernewtyn Chronicles and follows Elspeth Gordie as she attempts to convince the rebels to accept her and the other Misfits of Obernewtyn, return an injured gypsy to her people and take on the notorious slave trader Salamander. Just a few tasks.

Elspeth has a hectic couple of weeks to deal with in this volume, but I can't help but question (just as teenage me did back when I first read this book) when the heck she was going to finally get around to finding and d
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Shannon
Book 1: Obernewtyn
Book 2: The Farseekers
Book 3: Ashling
Book 4: The Keeping Place
Book 5: Wavesong
Book 6: The Stone Key
Book 7: The Sending
Book 8: The Red Queen (final book, to be published November 2013)

(view spoiler) Very exciting, and gradually moves the story arc along.
Rachel
The first three books in Isobelle Carmody’s science fiction series, The Obernewtyn Chronicles, take place after a tragic event called the Great White has killed most of the population and caused some survivors to inherit special mental talents that allow them to read minds, coerce people and speak to animals. These people are called misfits and are unwanted members of society. Often hunted and killed by the government and fanatic religious groups, these misfits must hide their powers at all time ...more
Anthony
Jul 21, 2012 Anthony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Shelves: young-adult, youth
The first two books in the Obernewtyn Chronicles ('Obertnewtyn' and 'The Farseekers', respectively) were easy to read and flowed reasonably well. However, with 'Ashling', the overall story became tedious and, for me, bordered on ridiculous. I'm probably reading these books with eyes that are too old and possibly too critical - not the intended audience. At times, though, when reading the Obernewtyn chronicles I'm reminded of 'The Hunger Games' trilogy (actually, really the other way around - whe ...more
Brice
Summary:
Interesting items: plot line, misfit magic system
Drawbacks: No resolution of plot threads
Suggestion: Power skimming makes this book better

Detail:
The plot is engaging, but by the end of the book nothing is resolved. That doesn't make me want to read any more in the series for fear of being endlessly sucked in.
Misfit magic system:
Three general categories of people: normal humans, misfits (special mental powers), and normal humans who have mind blocks that protect them from misfit interfere
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Leila
This started out incredibly slowly--so get past the first 80 pages--and then it really picked up pace. Annoyingly, there are certain plot points that seem really obvious to the reader (oh, does ARIEL have something to do with the slavery?) that are not obvious to the characters. That is incredibly frustrating. But it's nice to see many of the characters grow and develop--except for poor Dragon, put in a coma through the entire book (sorta like a character on a soap, when her contract is under di ...more
Grace
A good book. :) I'm too tired to write a proper wordy review but I will quickly say that although I doubt I will read this again, I did enjoy it. There's something about carmody's writing that is vaguely hypnotic, I find it sucks me int the stor but I can't quite pinpoint why. I doidn't however like this books pacing, it was rolling along nicely with one plot then in the last quarter made an abrupt turn down a plotline which really could and perhaps should have been turned into another book. I d ...more
Caitlin
I think that Carmody gets better and better in her Obernewtyn series. Ashling is the best so far. it has an edge-of-the-seat plot, strongly characterised protagonists and is written very beautifully. It is extremely hard to put down, and it keeps you reading till way past midnight. i used to read other books till i fell asleep. When i read Ashling, i couldn't fall asleep. Every page makes you want to turn to the next.
The characters seem so real, and every thing about them is strongly detailed. t
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Johanna Thoms
I liked the first two books just as well as this one, but now I feel like I just need to finish the series. I know the red queen isn't out yet, but I will read it when it's done to end the series.
Cynthia Van der Wielen
My favourite book in this series so far. Isobelle Carmody uses her writing techniques magnificently to create a reading masterpiece filled with life lessons and lovable characters. I recommend this series to every young adult reader!
Maria M. Elmvang
Really good book, but with a lot of lose threads left hanging for the next book in the series. There were a number of plot-twists and happenings that were left unexplained, so it very obviously led up to the next in the series. And as this is the last of the series available at Danish libraries, it's unlikely I'll get hold of the rest anytime soon. Also the romantic plotline was told rather than shown, and therefore never seemed completely believable to me. That aside, I loved reading about Elsp ...more
jo mo

it isn't necessarily because #1 and #2 of the obernewtyn chronicles were not this good, quite to the contrary. it took some time for me to truly comfortably lose myself in carmody's writing and appreciate her books for their mostly complex characters (except the villains who seem to be cookie-cutter characters, pity that) and engaging plot. i'm pleased with the directions ashling took and can't wait to find out what happens next ...

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Maria
Ashling is the third book in The Obernwetyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody which was first published in 1995. I'm really enjoying this series. Elspeth is becoming a young woman in Ashling. She is slowly learning and very slowly accepting her fate of being the savior of Obernewtyn and the animals. It's a lot for someone only about eighteen to take on, but Elspeth takes on the necessary responsibilities and grows ever stronger as a result. She knows she can rely on help from her friends, human and ...more
Carroline
My second time reading this book, it's amazing how much you forget the first time
Angie
I couldn't get into this book. I liked the first two. To be fair, a lot was happening in my life while I was trying to read this book. I finally decided to give up on it after it was in the trunk of my car when a big truck decided to rear-end me. The trunk would not open, the book was entombed in the trunk until such time as the car was repaired. It took about a month, and when I finally got the book back, I wasn't even remotely interested in finishing it. In fact, I didn't even miss it while it ...more
Funky
This book is ok, but I think there is too much happening. Too many characters / factions introduced, too much predicting through prophesy and too much rubbish about the "beforetime".

To be honest, I kind of liked how the first two books glossed over the beforetime world; I couldn't care less how people behaved before the apocalypse, nor cared they were experimenting on misfits and mind abilities.

This book is kind of depressing as well. There are quite a few characters who end up in disposed and
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Jay Alkin
Really hood book, I enjoyed it a lot!
Had Venture
I've really fallen in love with the Obernewtyn series. Ashling was not as satisfying for me as the story arc was a bit all over the place compared to the first two books in the series. However, it introduced a few more fascinating characters and allowed the main characters to grow and expand. If you like Susan Cooper or Ursula K. Le Guin you should enjoy these.
Lux
Somewhere between three and four stars. I didn’t like this as much as the first two.
Laura
This series continues to get just a little bit better with each book, and by the end of this one, I'm actually excited to start the fourth to find out what happens to Elspeth and her friends. It's kind of annoying that Elspeth and her fellow band of Misfits haven't seemed to figure out quite *how* bad Ariel is, because unless my guess is wrong (and at this point it is just a guess, but all clues seem to be pointing that way), he's totally *the* bad guy, but overall a fast and interesting read.
Karen
I'm on hold for the 4th book so it might be a little while before I get to it. I really like that Elspeth is growing up. It's a bit odd that I'm saying this because I keep forgetting just how young the characters in these books are. This one in particular brings it up constantly, but I keep seeing them in my mind's eye as late twenties or even older (Rushton I have to keep from giving salt-and-pepper hair too sometimes). I really look forward to reading the next ones when they are available.
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Isobelle Carmody began the first novel of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still in high school. The series has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.

In addition to her young-adult novels, such as the Obernewtyn Chronicles and Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle's published works include several middle-grade fantasies. Her still-unfinished Gateway Trilogy
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