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Ashling (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #3)

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

In order to seal an alliance between the Misfit community at Obernewtyn and the rebel forces, the powerful young farseeker, Elspeth Gordie, disguises herself as a gypsy and travels to dangerous Sutrium, seat of the oppressive ruling Councilcourt.

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Published June 4th 1996 by Penguin Australia (first published 1995)
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Ksenia
Sep 03, 2010 Ksenia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2009 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
REREAD #1: 14 November 2015 - 19 November 2015 (9/10)

I'm rereading my way through the Obernewtyn series now that the final book is out and waiting safely on my Kindle. I had read the first four previously, then I got so worried about what might happen to Elspeth (a reaction I see I was already having with the earlier books last time) that I stopped reading until the series was finished. (A process I see took another 6 years so I'd have been worrying for quite a while.)

It has been fascinating rer
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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 fo
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Dr.q
Oct 26, 2011 Dr.q rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fanti-sci
*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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Sumire
It's been over a decade since I've read the obernewtyn chronicles and I am bingeing the whole series now that it has been completed. What I didn't quite appreciate as a 14 year old is the seamless way in which the dream trails have been weaved into the general 'action' plot. Some series focus too much on character and as these characters evolve the authors lose sight of the destiny or prophecy aspect that drives the character's actions. Carmody nails this. There's no obvious/cheap desire to thro ...more
Mel
Nov 13, 2015 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourites in this series. This, similar to Goblet of Fire for the HP series, really sets the tone of the rest of the Obernewtyn Chronicles and starts propelling the main quest story forward. I find the writing steps it up in this book, with some utterly gorgeous prose.

I can't wait to delve into the next few books, which I do not remember as well as this one.
Jenny
Sep 02, 2010 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Elizabeth
Feb 14, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5]
Mere
Nov 17, 2015 Mere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebels, misfits and an impending war that's about to start. What could possibly go wrong?

The misfits have finally found a path in which they grow.
Kiri
Dec 17, 2016 Kiri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I like the story well enough, but the quality of writing is exasperating, particularly in the way everything is so overstated.
Captain I
Perhaps got a little dense and depressing in the middle but quickly found its way back to intriguing and engaging again by the second half. Ending conclusion is a refreshing change from many another prophecy/rebellion-led fantasy novel - am very excited to see where it goes from here. Only one more audiobook to go!
Alexandra
Oct 15, 2011 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011, re-read
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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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
Jill Smith
May 06, 2015 Jill Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elspeth Gordie is Guildmistress of Obernewtyn. Yet she still travels to rescue Misfits in the land. This book opens with her rescuing an old gypsy. The woman is about tied at the steak for burning. The woman seemed to care little about her plight. The rescue came with help from an arrow that lodged in the Herders chest. Who helped them and why? The old woman was tortured and now lay unconscious. Elspeth took her to their safe house for Kella the healer to work on.

Who was helping them? The answer
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Skye
I thought that Ashling was the book where The Obernewtyn Chronicles really found their pace. Elspeth’s quest begins to gain traction, alongside the Misfits journey to acceptance. The parallel tales of the two missions begin to really make sense and it is easy to understand how Elspeth’s fate is intertwined with the fate of all of Obernewtyn (and indeed, the world).

Not only did the storyline become a lot more complex and intricate, and very quickly, the cast was expanded in the first few chapters
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Anthony
Jun 03, 2012 Anthony rated it liked it  ·  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
Shannon
May 02, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Austin Sheehan
In the third instalment of the Obernewtyn Chronicles, Elspeth Gordie faces some new challenges, new discoveries, and meets new friends and new enemies in the post-apocalyptic land.

Ashling follows Elspeth as she travels from Obernewtyn to Sutrium to the Misfits' safe house there, under constant threat of discovery from the Herder faction and the Council's Soldierguards. From there, in an attempt to be accepted by rebels opposing the Herders and the council, Elspeth and a group of Misfits go by bo
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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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I liked this book more than the previous two. It felt the least chopped up of them all and most of the events had logical precedents to them rather than a vague explanation added alongside or afterwards. It delved more into the prophecy the series is supposed to be leading towards, and the Sadorians, though suspiciously similar to Egyptians, were still a very good depiction of a culture entirely different from Landfolk, with all their rules and beliefs taken into account.
However, the ending mad
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Brice
Jun 03, 2009 Brice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2008 Leila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2012 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Caitlin
Mar 07, 2012 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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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Maria Elmvang
Oct 29, 2007 Maria Elmvang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
jesse

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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Nathan Burgoine
Sep 26, 2014 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Yekira
Oct 12, 2016 Yekira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first two books in the 'Obernewtyn' series, and thoroughly enjoyed them, but 'Ashling' was a huge let down. The plot became predictable and tired in some parts, and in others too confusing to understand. A lot of the book felt like fillers and like it was being stretched out. Elspeth started to annoy me, and it felt like she basically repeated the same lines over and over. It was for this reason I didn't finish the book. The only reason I read past halfway, was because I desperately w ...more
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
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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 (8 books)
  • Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1)
  • The Farseekers (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #2)
  • The Keeping Place (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #4)
  • The Stone Key (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #5)
  • The Sending (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #6)
  • The Red Queen (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #7)
  • The Obernewtyn Chronicles: Books 1 - 6

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