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Darkfall (The Legendsong #1)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,718 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Book one of The Legendsong is set in a mysterious, uncertain world that only Carmody could create. After the death of her parents and her beloved instructor, Wind, Glynn devotes herself to the care of her sick twin sister, feeling her own life to be unimportant. One night, during a midnight swim, she is swept across the Void to the troubled watery world of Keltor, through ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Viking Australia (first published July 1st 1997)
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Heather Nathan Unfortunately not :( Isobelle Carmody is busy finishing off her other series and then will begin working on Darkbane. It should (hopefully) come out…moreUnfortunately not :( Isobelle Carmody is busy finishing off her other series and then will begin working on Darkbane. It should (hopefully) come out at the end of 2017 or maybe 2018. (less)

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This is a difficult book to review. Let me give you some insight into my confusion:

1) It took me almost a YEAR to finish this book. Granted, this is a long book, but I've read longer books a lot faster than this one. I read and research for a living. Reading is not hard. But I often found myself letting this book languish for weeks (and even months, unfortunately!).

2) When I could be arsed to pick up this book, I often found myself reading for hours on end because I was enjoying it so much. Expl
Nov 09, 2010 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly I just want to mention that this story is quite simply fun to read. Despite all the deep and meaningful stuff that I'm about to go into concerning what I read between the lines of this fantasy adventure, the book isn't difficult, and is paced beautifully. The story is simply filled with crowning moments of awesome. All this other stuff I'm about to talk about, a reader can safely ignore and still enjoy the story. The world of Keltor is authentic, complicated and beautiful; a broken utopi ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Trisha rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favourite books. I guess I just love the subtle, sad beauty in it. I love the main characters, two strong and intriguing girls who struggle with self doubt inside themselves, but shine brightly to those who look upon them.

It's also kinda cool that the girls are Australians. But that wasn't really an important part of the story, not to me anyway.

It's the first fantasy I've ever liked which interwove my own world with a very different, alien one.

There are also yummy boys
Jessica Waters
Jul 20, 2010 Jessica Waters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I read Obernewtyn by Carmody I always seek out her books. I have a small weakness for strong female characters in well constructed novels and Carmody really knows her strong female characters! Darkfall introduced me to an older more mature Isobelle, while I love the Obernewtyn chronicles while reading them (especially now that I am older) you get a real sense of how young she was when she wrote them. Darkfall has a maturity and a sense of loneliness and responsibility that no one coul ...more
Casey Anderson
Jun 30, 2014 Casey Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. This was a really unique book for me. A few times I had to force myself through it though. I was interested enough to want to see what happens but confused enough to also want to toss it aside. I'm very glad I didn't. I love the author's language and style. I will be seeking out more of her stuff, in addition to finishing this series I hope.
I think some of the things that she "revealed" later would have been much better told up front. Some of the mystery
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from the prolific (series-wise) but exceedingly slow-writing Isobelle Carmody. I took this with me on a skiing trip to Canada this year. There were many mornings when I had trouble dragging myself out of bed early enough to get first tracks on the snow. I found the story very exciting, intensified by the fact that Carmody split the story between the twin sisters Glynn and Ember. The chapters were long and with each change there was a point of view change between Glyn ...more
Jul 02, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was well-written and had a great premise and interesting characters, so I couldn't understand why I just couldn't get into it. I kept finding myself skipping sections because I didn't care about them. I think there might have been too much about the politics of the world, but I can't say because my brain automatically tunes out when it comes across paragraphs describing the political tension between this kingdom and that kingdom and why certain factions can't get on and how past events and ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Cassie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So dissapointed having read and loved the Obernewtyn series. I'm not good with anything that gets too heavy in to politics especially when it takes so long to get an idea of what everyone is on about on this parralel universe. I have currently given up 2 chapters from the end although I will finish it eventually. I don't think ill bother with the fest of the series though.
Oct 30, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story. Am waiting for the last one to come out!
May 05, 2009 bin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really really good. I love Glynn.
Feb 13, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What must be a long time ago now I had a Borders voucher and wanted to get 'bang-for-buck' on an Isobelle Carmody book. I was up to Ashling in the Obernewtyn series, but Darkfall was such a thick and inviting book I had to go with that option. And though it has taken a couple of years (and two trys) to get through it, I'm glad I did.
This is not a light, easy read. It's complicated, emotional, deep and at times a little confusing. The first time I read it I got half way before I needed a break an
I don't know what to rate this book.


I didn't finish it.

Not because it was overly bad, it just isn't my type of book and I didn't feel prepared to invest my time in a book which was so long.

The reason why I read this book was because the author was coming to my school, and I felt the need to have actually read something by her when she came. I only ended up reading 50 pages of her writing before she arrived. She was a great speaker and I really enjoyed her talk.

However, I wasn't thrilled wi
Jun 06, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this story could have been great, and the first half at least was satisfying. What really let the book down for me was not the fact that the theme of politics was a prominent one, that I could have dealt with, it was the dry and boring way in which the politics were explained again and again and again. On top of that, there was so much dry dialogue (mainly in Ember's chapters between the soulweavers and the myrmidons) where things were unnecessarily picked apart and explained aw ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wish-i-owned
Absolutely LOVE Isobelle Carmody, I was not disappointed with this read. It was reminiscent of her childrens series "The Gateway Trilogy"- but only in the sense that our world mixes magically with another more mystical one ^_^

I Loved the characters we met, I also loved that she described the characters in great detail (there are asian looking characters, my imagination doesn't imagine specific races, so i am always super shocked when i watch the movie or read the comic and discover the character
Kelly Callaghan
This story took some time to get moving and now the first book in the series is over. Carmody has developed a well-rounded world that in some way I'd linked to ours. Can't decide if I loved it or not.
Sian Ballantyne
Dec 17, 2015 Sian Ballantyne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great premise & series slow to start but wonderful & rich visual world.
Emily Barrett
Jan 24, 2014 Emily Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! True it was fairly long but the storyline and the comparison between the journeys of Ember and Glynn was awesome. I'm really looking forward to reading Book 2 - Darksong.
Kristy Harvey
Sep 22, 2015 Kristy Harvey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was really disappointed with this book.

I read the Obernewtyn Chronicles which I really loved, so I was looking forward to reading something else from Isobelle Carmody.

I found this book difficult to follow with the different political climates and people from the different islands on the world.

There were moments where I really enjoyed the book, but then it would go into detail again about the political environment and viewpoints and I just got lost again.

Very disappointing, I don't think I wil
May 04, 2014 HC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow, I am not a fantasy reader as a rule but this intrigued me. got totally absorbed into its world.
Greta Riordan
Sep 12, 2015 Greta Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bit confusing at first but really good.
Bree Clarke
Nov 09, 2014 Bree Clarke rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful!
Jan 24, 2009 Cloud8 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to find the first two books in this series through Abe Books since they're not available in the U.S. I love Isobelle Carmody and was happy to get sucked into another story. This book was *a litte* confusing and because there is so much going on. It took me a little while to figure things out. But by the end, I couldn't wait to read the second book! There are some great messages all over this story and of course, great characters. Can't wait to read more!
Jan 23, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I've read by Isobell and I enjoyed it. The story line is very imaginative. People getting sucked through a portal from one world to the next is a common enough theme but she takes it up a few notches. I didnt mind the internal politics that bothered some people as I imagine if someone landed in our planet the wars/conflicts/different cultures woulkd be even more confusing.lots of characters and advetures, mysteries and the ole good versus evil.
Amy Ma
Oct 19, 2013 Amy Ma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a while for me to get into Darkfall, but when I did, I couldn't put it down. Carmody created a wondrously intriguing and exotic world that you just wanted to know more about and explore deeper within. Only thing I didn't like was the ending. It felt unsatisfactory and too vague, like a trap into getting you to buy the sequel, which I now don't feel like buying. I would not want to read it all again to have another frustratingly empty ending.
Feb 11, 2016 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-library
More mature writing than in the Obernewtyn series. The second half moved more quickly than the first, but unlike Obernewtyn I didn't feel any of it needed pruning. The disjointed interludes were irritating although I did like the one about the palliative care nurse.

The characters were very credible, I liked the romance, and the last quarter or so of the book was compulsive reading, but for some reason I'm not in a hurry to read the next one.
Feb 25, 2014 Katerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
AMAZING!! I loved it so much, i couldn't put it down for 3 whole days! The plot is amazing, so complex! I love how everything connects, and the tensions waiting for the twins to find each other excruciating! You get so close, and then it slips away again. I cant wait to read the sequel!
Jan 07, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must be more impatient than I thought because, even though I respect the author immensely and ultimately enjoyed this story, I was very nearly defeated by the story's very involved politics.
Jess Stretton
Dec 25, 2014 Jess Stretton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a while to read. I understand it's part one of a trilogy but it took a while to get going and while some parts were fast paced and exciting others were slow and more challenging and I would put it down and walk away from it. I'm interested in continuing the series but I'm not going to rush of to do it.
Apr 15, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, series
I just reread Isobelle Carmody's sweeping story of Darkfall, wherein two sisters slip out of this world and into another one to find themselves involved in politics and religion, and a plot to overthrow the current rulers. Finely and deftly crafted, this is a complete world from one of Australia's masters.
Apr 19, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this has overtaken Obernewtyn as my favourite Isobelle Carmody series. Too bad I've learnt the final one won't be published until after Obernewtyn is done. Looks like I'll be waiting another couple of decades.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Legendsong (3 books)
  • Darksong (The Legendsong, #2)
  • Darkbane (The Legendsong, #3)

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“You are born with the yearning arrow, my Glynna, though you are not yet fully aware of it. It is not a happy thing to possess, for nothing on earth - no goal, no person how ever beloved - will answer it. It points to the sky and to the heavens and the stars and when it cannot reach them, it must fall back to pierce your heart.” 14 likes
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