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The Stone Key (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #5)

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There was a great crash and wood splintered...I had a brief glimpse of a group of Herder priests, bald and robed, peering at me, and then the sundered remnants of the locker door were torn aside and a rough hand reached in to haul me out by the hair. A Hedra captain stared into my face with eyes that burned with a fanatical fire above a thin nose and a lipless slash of a m ...more
Trade paperback, Australian edition, 1000 pages
Published 2008 by Penguin Australia
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Teresa
Oct 14, 2008 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teen-mature age, Obernewtyn and fantasy fans
As an avid book reader, I have this firm belief that re-reading books is such a waste of time as instead of going through the same story, there are thousands more to go through and experience. However, this belief of mine did not hold true when I was younger. Back then, most of my reading experience were through re-reading some (if not the) best books in my life that really ignited my passion for reading. The Obernewtyn chronicles was one of these books that I have re-(re-re)read and is one of t ...more
Jonathan
May 28, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
The last time I finished one of the (soon to be seven) Obernewtyn books would have been three to four years ago. As such when I began this massive book (the 1000 pages is one reason I did not get into it years ago) I found my going slow at first as I struggled to re-adjust to the world of the misfits. However once I did I re-found my love and appreciation of this world.

The Stone Key is unusual for a modern day YA novel. It does not move with bristling pace, many of the characters are young adult
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C.
Apr 24, 2009 C. rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: personne
Shelves: fantasy
This book embodies everything that gives fantasy a bad name.

- Authors under pressure from fans to finish a series, so write quickly and without really wanting to do so.

- Huge, complex plots balloon out of control, resulting in massive doorstop books full of useless prose.

- Total lack of character development/anything good about the writing due to the necessity of finishing fast and keeping the book a vaguely manageable size

- Badly edited; full of glaring contradictions.

As a result, Carmody reso
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Allyce Cameron
Jan 29, 2016 Allyce Cameron rated it it was amazing
I will never regret re-reading this series, I fall in love with it every time. The Stone Key especially is one of my favourites with plots and prophecies coming together and wounds being healed. I'll be sad when it's all over, like I've finished a piece of my childhood. I'll leave you with this gem (a bit out of context but still beautiful- Elspeth and Rushton for ever )

" Rushton touched my lips, drawing my mind and heart back to him. 'You have left me already,' he said. His eyes were sad.
'I m
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Ren
The best in the series so far. I eagerly await The Sending.
Alsha
Dec 14, 2008 Alsha rated it did not like it
It is a huge relief to be done with this thing. What a waste of time. I no longer have any desire to finish this series. I'm going to keep the first three that I love, consider them ideally suited to being incomplete, and forget about the rest. This one was bloated with the author's boredom and it couldn't have been clearer that she just wanted to get through the story. Difficulties were solved in the most expedient way every time, full of deus ex machinas and inconsistent mind-power solutions; ...more
Sisi
Sep 25, 2008 Sisi rated it really liked it
I LOVE ISOBELLE CARMODY!!!!

There I have stated the unstateable (is that a word?). No seriously, as much as I want to wring her neck for making us wait so freaking long for the completion of the Obernewtyn Chronicles and the Legendsong trilogy, damn the woman knows how to keep us coming back.

We plunge into action straight away; unlike the 4th book where the start was so tedious it took me 10 tries to read it fully, this installment has so much going on. Carmody can write really crappily and far
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Bree T
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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The spring thaw has come again to the Highlands and Elspeth is once again leading a group of Misfits to Sutrium, the capital, in time for the first elections since the Rebels freed the Land from the oppressive Council and the fanatical Herder Faction. But not all the Rebel leaders want to relinquish their power in a free election, and the Rebels have a tenuous hold on the Land west to the Suggredoon. On the opposite banks, Soldierguards and Herder warrior priests ca
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Celia Powell
Feb 06, 2008 Celia Powell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy
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Mel
Jan 18, 2016 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I just really really love this book. I know a lot of people who didn't enjoy it, or thought the pacing was off, or picked up on the editing errors- but for me, the storyline and the characters kept me going.

We finally get to find out a lot more about some of the looming threats to the land (and to our beloved misfits). The amount of danger and suspense in this novel surpassed the others in my opinion, and yet led way to some of the most touching and heart wrenching scenes. You almost
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Peter Kelly
Dec 31, 2015 Peter Kelly rated it liked it
The Stone Key, written by Isobelle Carmody and published in 2008, is the fifth book in the Obernewtyn series. The series can be described as post-apocalyptic X-men. Humanity has gone medieval societies a nuclear incident, and there is a persecuted minority of mutated psychics. Our protagonist is Elspeth Goldie, a mutant messiah charged by long-lived eagles with dismantling the remaining nuclear weapons.

I was in primary school when I read the last book in the series, so I actually used the little
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Erin
Jun 15, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
I kind of felt like I spent this book in continuous argument with some of the plot holes/ethical issues that haven't really been resolved to my satisfaction, but I still love the characters and world, and I read the whole thing in one breathless, suspenseful gulp.
SwEeT MeMoRiEs
Jan 05, 2009 SwEeT MeMoRiEs rated it really liked it
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Lisamarley :S
Jun 12, 2009 Lisamarley :S rated it it was amazing
arieal's a cunt, man.... but hott
shipfishesses are dolfinns :D
and i also did lernededededededed that yeah we figured out whats gonna happen in number 6.. so HA SUCKERS!!!
Jill Smith
Feb 07, 2016 Jill Smith rated it it was amazing
As most of my reviews of this series, only give a glimpse on the beginnings of the story. I have to share my delight in story, the complexity of the characters. Their developments in relation to each other are intriguing. The whole tale coming together of Elspeth Gordie's quest, as 'The Seeker', her travels on the 'dream-trails' with Maruman, the ancient cat, called 'Moonwatcher'. And Galatha, a black horse and her guardian in the daylight hours, called 'Daywatcher'.

This book is one thousand pag
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Daniel
Sep 21, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Aaah, I love it! So much happens, and we are finally about to get onto the road for the final quest. So much is revealed, but there is still a lot left to find/figure out. Who is Salamander? Is it a she? Where did he/she come from? What is Ariel, is he the Destroyer? Why was Matthew in that true dream? How will they get to the Red Queen's Land? Where is the statue that marks the safe passage agreement? How will Elspeth lead the animals to their freedom? Where are the weaponmachines located? How ...more
Mazil
Dec 27, 2015 Mazil rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Original review (2012): When reading The Stone Key and Wavesong separately (the US edition of The Stone Key was split in two), it's evident that the split favours the former more than the latter.

I enjoyed the storyline in The Stone Key more than Wavesong, and the pace was better. In both, however, I feel the lengthy inner dialogues and dream sequences slow down the story a bit too much. Maybe I'm impatient in my old age!

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Update (2015): 3.5 stars. I've just started re-reading the series from thi
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næntsi
I love this series. But this isn't actually a review—it's a complaint. This "omnibus" was split up by the American publisher because, I'm not exactly sure, it was too big? Anyway, Isobelle Carmody was forced to rewrite the middle of the story to make a new ending and a new beginning for the split. I was happy to hear that The Dreamtrails was being published, and I was hoping that it would be published the way it was originally written, but I was also afraid that they'd just keep it separate. Wel ...more
Jarrah
Book 5 of the Obernewtyn Chronicles. YA fantasy. (Is it still YA? Difficult to tell.) On a trip to Sutrium, Elspeth is captured by an old enemy, and finds herself drawn into the heart of the violent and controlling Herder faction. And I'd like to write more, but would possibly be lynched by fans for spoiling the plot. SO. THINGS HAPPEN. Oh yes, they do.

Did anybody miss the jumping up and down? So. I have absolutely no capacity to judge this book rationally. But I didn't like The Keeping Place mu
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Caitlin
Apr 24, 2012 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
HOLY CRAP THAT WAS A GOOD BOOK.

just had to get it out there... XD
This book was my Everest...now i can FINALLY say that i have read a 1000 page book...and better yet, loved it :) Every step through The Stone Key was a magical experience for me. this is, without a doubt, the best in the series so far.
Isobelle Carmody has a beautiful quality that sets her apart from so many writers of her time. The world of Young Adult and Fantasy books is filled with angsty teenage tragedies and torturous paranor
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Grace
Jan 04, 2012 Grace rated it it was amazing
Awesome.
Qing
Sep 27, 2011 Qing rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Whenever people see how thick this book is, they can't help but crack jokes about needing a forklift to carry it around. It is quite thick and I'm not sure it really needed to be that long.

It seems that there's a lot more premonitions that happen to help things get done - a lot more than the other novels. Hmm. Sometimes it just seems a bit too convenient.

Also, I kind of got annoyed by the message left by Kasanda. I mean, if you know you don't have that much time to say what you need to say, but
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Emily Craven
Jan 20, 2016 Emily Craven rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite of the last three books in the series. It has a very sinusoidal pace, just as things slow down suddenly you are catapulted into another life or death situation. While this may be annoying to some, I find this makes for great incremental reading which I'm doing more of the busier I get these days. What I think I love most about this book is how big a catalyst Elspeth is in all of these massive eternal events that seem quite separate from her quest. Even when she is trying not ...more
Alissa
Nov 29, 2011 Alissa rated it liked it
I'm reading this one at the moment and the mistakes in the book are annoying me - it states at one point that Brydda is missing, but then he speaks, but then he's still missing.

And the talk of the Isis pools - Dameon tells us earlier on that the women immerse themselves once, a year after their child is born - but in this book, they're immersing themselves yearly and not only after they've had a child, but for their first child as well.

I've only read this one once before, while I've read the ot
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katie
Feb 06, 2008 katie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: josie!
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Julie Bye
Dec 26, 2015 Julie Bye rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this installment of the Obernewtyn series and it meandered a bit as Carmody strove to pull all of the threads of her story together. However, I found myself staying up late each night for "just one more chapter". This is a complex novel, which definitely does not stand alone. Impatient readers take heed, this novel takes its time to find its way and could have benefited from some tight editing, in particular the descriptions of Elspeth's journeys on the ship fish a ...more
Ellise
My favourite book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles. I love how Maruman and Elsepth stick together and go to Sador. And i LOVE RUSHTON!
(hope i didn't spoil anything)

This is the 3rd time reading this book! the last book of the series, The Red Queen comes out in 3 days! Im so excited and hardly prepared to finally finish the amazing story of Elspeth Gordie! Thank you Isobelle so much for writing this amazing series! If you havn't read these books please read them. You will definitely not regret it!
Rachel Towns
Jan 13, 2016 Rachel Towns rated it it was amazing
So many cliffhanger moments to keep you on the edge of your seat, which keeps drawing you inevitably closer to fulfilling destiny.
Melliott
Oct 02, 2015 Melliott rated it it was amazing
All right, Isobelle Carmody, I too have become a Seeker and have faithfully followed where you and ElspethInle led, for six VERY long books. Now I want my reward! WHERE is book seven?!

(I got so excited when I saw "The Red Queen" in reviews from Booklist, only to discover that someone else had poached the name for something completely different. Wah.)

And WHO will help me get a copy when it is published in AUSTRALIA (apparently soon), because I can't wait until it comes out here a year later! (I w
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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 Obernewtyn Chronicles (7 books)
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  • The Farseekers (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #2)
  • Ashling (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #3)
  • The Keeping Place (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #4)
  • The Sending (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #6)
  • The Red Queen (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #7)

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