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The Red Queen

(The Obernewtyn Chronicles #7)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,587 ratings  ·  248 reviews
The post-apocalyptic fantasy series reaches its heartbreaking, world-shaking conclusion!

Award-winning Australian author Isobelle Carmody concludes the epic story of Elspeth Gordie, a heroine in the vein of Tamora Pierce's most memorable and empowering protagonists. The final chapter in the eight-book Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Red Queen is a YA fantasy novel decades in the
Paperback, Australian edition, 1120 pages
Published November 12th 2015 by Viking Australia
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Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
It has been over six months and I still come back to this review and re-read it to try and make sense of one of the biggest disappointments of my long love affair with books.

Over time I think I understand. Carmody wrote the first book when she was very young. Around Book 4 she realised she had to bring these stories to an end and had no interest in doing it. She outgrew the characters but her publishers would not have been likely to pick up her other novels if she just refused to write the rest
Eleanor Cummins
I was 10 when I first read Obernewtyn. I am 35 now and still waiting! Nuff said :-)

The Internet now seems to say that Red Queen will be out 12 November 2015!!! I know we've been taunted before with release dates but this seems promising - Penguin Australia website says the same date!! And I'll only be 37 by then!!!
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Look... this was not good. but at least I'm finally free!
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay, here we go. Deep breath.

Inhale, exhale.

Now where to begin? That’s probably a question that the author of this book should have asked herself. Along with how should I end and what am I going to do in the middle. I’m sure that I could rave on for pages about this book (and not in a good way) but I will try to keep it to the point and spoiler free (something that Carmody should have a go at).

The Red Queen is the long awaited and supposedly stunning conclusion to the lengthy Obernewtyn series
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Don't be tricked into thinking this is a good book just because you loved the series (or have been so loyal in actually waiting for it). The Red Queen is dull and predictable. The writing seems lazy, and the editing non-existent. You'd probably be better off just asking someone who's read how it all ends up
Jan 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
It was said that this book was postponed so the author could finish it properly. What a joke! I feel that the whole series was a waste of my time with the "properly finished" final book.
Nov 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Absolute hate.... You drag out a series for 25 years and deliver unedited and repeative garbage.
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Terrible conclusion to a series I have loved for so long. Terribly written, terribly edited, slow and frustrating. Zero development of so many characters other than Elspeth. I thought finally we might get more insight into the motivations of Ariel but nope, he's just bad. I'm refusing to believe the plot twist about the Destroyer as it makes zero sense. So many pages devoted to pointless endeavours in the first half only to rush through the important stuff at the end that we've been waiting for. ...more
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮

The first book in this series was first published the year I was born. I discovered it as a teen and have been waiting years for this wonderful finale to be available.

It is finally finished. Bring it on.


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Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
The last 120 pages of the 1100 page (ebook version) were excellent. However I could not give this book any higher score. The problems I had with it
- The writing was not up to scratch. I have never seen so many pointless and inappropriate exclamation points. One page had 3. There was also several typos which were unforgivable considering it has taken 25 years for this final installment to come out.
- The pacing: so boring, so slow, so pointless. Parts that should have been important info were ove
Stef Rozitis
So...The first book of the year for me and I have to give it the full 5 stars. Carmody is still one of my favourite authors. It is rare that I can read over 1100 pages with so many characters and not complain about either of those things. There is also more romance in this book than I would normally like and most of it is pretty predictable and stock standard BUT with so much respect and courage and compassion that it won me over.

The ability of characters in the book to sacrifice their own desir
Finally finished the series after 5 years, but unfortunately this book wasn't the ending it deserved. Somewhat poorly written, I was very bored reading much of the first half. Most of that was unnecessary and dragged a book on that shouldn't have been dragged on. There were a few brief periods of good writing and action-packed plotlines, but then it got boring again and I was not eager to read on. The second half of the book was much the same in its beginning, but it did get more intense and bet ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well that was disappointing. I’ve been waiting a lot of years for Isobelle Carmody to finish this series and the ending was definitely not what I was hoping for. Half of this very long book just seemed to be recapping what happened in previous books, there were countless typos, characters didn’t have any depth and/or had completely changed personalities and then the event that all of the books in this series have been leading up to was just rushed through in the last 150 pages or so! This series ...more
Jul 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
Forever waiting....I will always be... Forever.... Waiting. TT_TT
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, I've revised my review - the previous one was written immediately after finishing the Red Queen/the entire Obernewtyn series, so hopefully this one will be a bit more thoughtful and less "BLAAARGH".

I smashed through this book like a starving bear at Sizzler's. I read it for literally 7 hours solid, forcing my eyeballs to engorge themselves on more and more words when they were already struggling to focus. And that's because Isobelle Carmody is really good at setting up new plot threads and
Miriam Mathew
Dear Ms Carmody.

Please understand that I respect you in the highest regard but you really need to get an editor. And if you already have one, THEN FIRE THEM

Four years after the previous book came out, we have finally come full circa - I was so glad, so so glad to hear that The Red Queen would be more than a thousand pages long. I love the series - I never really wanted it to end. But within the first few chapters, I felt a little piece of me die. That same relief I felt when I found out the boo
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am completely offended by Isobelle Carmody and the editor. What a poorly written, planned and edited conclusion to a series I have loved and talked about for 20 years.
All the plots in the book were fine and probably should be kept but the execution was unacceptable. I was so excited and saddened by the release of the final book and now I feel bitter about the resolution because it seems like Isobelle and her editor just didn't care about wrapping up this world with respect to the characters,
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
Update 23 Dec 2015--4.5 stars.

How to begin this review/Suggestive Read? In truth, this is one of the hardest ones I'll probably ever write, simply because this is one of the longest series I've ever waited end on end to read.

And yes, my rating is biased on the fact that I've loved this series for so long and now it's over! If I didn't the rating might have dropped to 3-4stars for length and odd-ish pacing.

This will probably be a sketchy review of the whole series, and an indepth-ish review of t
Allyce Cameron
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's done. It's finally done. What am I going to do with my life now?! Ten years of becoming attached to characters and somehow now I'm meant to let them go? Elspeth and Rushton? Dragon, Matthew, Dameon, Gahltha and Maruman? Countless others? Never!

I both loved and loathed how this ended. Everything was tied up nicely and yet I have more questions than answers! Maybe I just wanted to know too much! So she (view spoiler)
Renee V
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars... Bittersweet ending.

It can be Pre-ordered from Dymocks so I think this is really it! Woot Woot finally the last book. It has been 18 years since I read the first one.

*** May 2013 = The Red Queen will not be available until 1/9/14 (from Penguin / united book distributors)

*** Dec 2014 = Big surprise its still not out.

*** 4/12/14 = At the moment, release date is August 2015. (from Penguin / united book distributors)

*** 23/3/15 = Yes at this stage the Pub Date for Red Queen is still Augu
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
rambling rambling rambling and unedited.
same thing repeating over and over with so many tangents and unnecessary story lines.
the big finale after so many years resolved in about 100 pages.

terrible writing, terrible nonexistent editing of dribble.

relieved is over but unsatisfied and disappointed.
I received this from Penguin this week so it's motivation to finally read the first book. I bought a used copy years ago oops.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Well, it's done. It's over. Finito. I think, after all this time, there was a part of me that never expected this series to actually end, and a part of me is in shock that it finally has. This is, after all, my absolute favourite series, a series that I have been reading since I was in primary school (the first book came out in 1988, and I read it two or three years later). Each book has required a lengthy, patient wait (George R R Martin fans think they have to wait a long time - he's got nothi ...more
Ella Optical
Mar 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
After starting this series twenty years ago (yeah TWENTY YEARS) I have to say I'm disappointed. For a finale, it was full of filler that made no sense at all and did not move the plot forward in a cohesive and entertaining way. Two thirds of this book should have been cut. It felt like words for the sake of filling up pages to match the previous books. There should have been so much action and mystery! I mean, Elspeth was FINALLY going on her mission to find Sentinel. That was the part I was mos ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
Okay, what to write about this book, and the ending of a series I've been reading for most of my life? I first read Obernewtyn and the Farseekers in 1991, when The Farseekers was recommended in my primary school library after winning the Children's Book Council of Australia award. Those early books in the series were a major part of my falling in love with fantasy and I have enjoyed each as they have been released.

More than anything to do with Elspeth's quest, it's the world created around Obern
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
These books truly have been a labour of love.
Those first 3 books were amazing. Beautifully written, great characters and the anticipation of what fate held for The Seeker lasted well over 2 decades but the author lost interest in her own story. She left it too long and it faded from her imagination. You can tell she did not have the ending organised before she finished writing it and it was finished in a mad rush to get it done. The text is long-winded and badly edited. There were typos through
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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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

Other books in the series

The Obernewtyn Chronicles (7 books)
  • Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1)
  • The Farseekers (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #2)
  • Ashling (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #3)
  • The Keeping Place (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #4)
  • The Stone Key (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #5)
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