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The Sending (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #6)

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It came to me then, like a chilly draught from an unseen gap, that I had always known in my deepest heart that it would be like this, a slipping away from a life full of people I had come to love, in a place I had helped to shape, in a land I had helped to free.

The time has come at last for Elspeth Gordie to leave the Land on her quest to find and stop the computermachine
Paperback, Australian edition, 755 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Viking (first published October 1st 2011)
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Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Sending is book six (or seven in the US) of the Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody, book one being released in 1987.

It took me a while to decide whether or not to reread the first five books but in the end I decided not to, as it would take too much time and a friend assured me that this book did a lot of recapping. That it did. I understand that the previous book The Stone Key came out in 2008 and the one before in 1999 and therefore it might be wise to recap for those readers who ha
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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I realised recently that I have been reading the Obernewtyn Chronicles for twenty years. When I first picked these up as a twelve year-old, it opened me up to a whole great new scary world - and technically it was my own. I do believe it was my first foray into young adult dystopian fiction - that category that is incredibly popular nowadays, perhaps in response to our changing times, perhaps in response to being completely fed up with vampires. Dystopia truly is scarier than regular horror - re ...more
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy
I have been reading this series since I was 13 year old, thus I feel like I have grown with Elspeth, grown with the story. As always Isobelle's writing is spectacular and draws you in from page one. It takes her so long to get her books out, that the built up anticipation almost kills me and I always plow through her books (although in this case I did read the first five books again before reading this one as there is alot of content and I wasnt willing to miss anything). I think given the whole ...more
Allyce Cameron
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, for the last four years since I last read this I've been thinking that it has really let the series down. That is was god-awful boring. And after having finished it a second time I just don't know why. It was SO GOOD. There was so much happening, and everything was falling into place. And Rushton. And Dragon. Just everything. There's about 100 pages in the middle that's a little slow but that's it.

And finally. FINALLY. After months of re-reading I can get started on The Red Que
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This book contains minor spoilers for the series.

After being summoned back to Obernewtyn from Sador not long after saving Rushton and his love for her, Elspeth finds herself waiting - for what, she doesn't know. Maruman told her the Old Ones bid her return to Obernewtyn immediately, but wouldn't say why, and then he disappeared and no one can find him. Elspeth is far from idle, though: there is plenty to do as Mistress of Obernewtyn while Rushton is away. The expedition to send four great ships
Bree T
Elspeth is back at Obernewtyn after the dramatic events at the conclusion of The Stone Key where she freed Rushton from the mind control by Ariel, serving as the Master of Obernewtyn while Rushton is still away. As the whole of Obernewtyn is preparing for the Moon Festival, which will celebrate the turning of Obernewtyn into a broader community, encouraging for the first time, people to move outside its walls and live as they choose, and merchants and newcomers to come and live there also, Elspe ...more
Ryan Lawler
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I have been reading the Obernewtyn Chronicles since I was twelve years old. Obernewtyn was the one of the first fantasy books I ever read and lead me to embrace my love of all things fantasy. After a ten year break between books four and five, we were promised that The Sending would deliver the conclusion that some of us had been waiting for for nearly 25 years. But alas, upon opening the book the first thing you find is the cover art for book seven, The Red Queen. This was not a good start, and ...more
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Isobelle Carmody and Obernewtyn Fans
This is the 6th book (Australian Edition) of Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn series. This was originally suppose to be the last book but the publisher and author have since chosen to split it into two books with the last installment, The Red Queen, to be released in 2012.
With a series that started in 1987, the last two books are certainly eagerly anticipated by IC fans.

With that said many readers may be slightly disappointed with this novel. The first half of The Sending is very slow and is fill
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: australian

ok, finished.
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will things ever look up for dameon? no.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
It took me ever so long to read this book, particularly considering that I have been eagerly awaiting its publication. This is - I most sincerely hope - the penultimate book in Carmody's Obernewtyn series, which I started reading when I was a teenager, and hence have a probably unwarranted fondness for. This book did its best to destroy my goodwill in the series once and for all.

It rambles. The narrative spends an awful lot of time in Elspeth's head as she thinks about things in tedious detail,
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first half of this book was bloody aweful and if I hadn't invested so much time in what had seemed to be an interesting story in the first few books I mightn't have bothered to finish it. The second part of the book was much better, good even. The pace of the first part was completely hampered by a lack of dialogue, and a lack of action. Death by description was my initial diagnosis and I was left wondering if Carmody had ever heard of the advice "show, don't tell". There was a heck of a lot ...more
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Isobelle Carmody regularly updates members of with whom she has formed friendships over the years of her progress on The Sending - it looks like the release date has been postponed one final time until Feb/March 2011. It has been written in full and is currently in the editing stage.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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Abigail Jones
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I don't quite know what to say for The Sending. Originally, it was created to be part of one larger final book, although I don't know what it would have been titled. It was decided that instead of publishing the finale` as one thing, however, that the final Obernewtyn book would be made into two.
I think this explains a lot of The Sending's overall climatic fault; it didn't have one. There wasn't really a steady building of tension; it just seemed to me at at around page 700, Isobelle gave up an
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-series
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Dec 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
I loved the first few books of the Obernewtyn series, but they have deteriorated since, and this book was the worst one yet. It was so slow and boring, I nearly put it down never to pick it up again so many times. The only thing that kept me reading was the fact that I had already read 5 books in the series, and with only 2 books left, the end was in sight.

At the beginning of the book, there were two key things left for Elspeth to do - find the last key and destroy the war machine. Sadly, Elspet
Jennifer Marshall
This series is one of my favorites. I started reading it when i was 11 years old.

If your worried that you need to reread the previous books to catch up don't worry because the start of the book will get you back up to speed.

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Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, this book is quite clearly separated into two parts. The first part feels almost like it's trapped, waiting. It's suspenseful. We know Elspeth has some serious questing to do, but first we get to take a bit of a breather, and see day to day life in our beloved Obernewtyn. And also, urgent lemons That is all.

Funnily enough, the second half of the book starts off a lot slower for me personally, but possibly due to the fact that there are a few hundred pages (or so it seems anyway- I didn't act
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I have to admit to a certain bias when it comes to this series. I have been actively waiting for this book for any number of years, and I was somewhat relieved about this not being the last one. While it means that I don't get to see how it ends yet, it also means that there's more to come for me to enjoy.
The Sending was a good next chapter to the Obernewtyn series; the plot is moving along and we got to see a few old friends along the way. Finally we have a few answers about questions
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Brendan Podger
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok

I love Obernewtyn and Isobelle Carmody's writing in general but in this book she makes so many rookie mistakes I can't believe it is being written by someone who was first published in 1987. Every book she writes gets longer and longer and slower and slower.

This book is basically 750 pages of filler, getting the key characters to the places they need to be for the (hopefully) dramatic conclusion. This has been the low point of the series so far. If you must read it(totally optional in my v
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Isobelle Carmody's detailed storytelling style never ceases to amaze me and send me into a state of absolute awe - the way she breathes life into her colourful cast of characters, my personal favourite being Rushton (to no one's surprise!), and how you almost feel as if you have Elspeth's ability to dreamwalk or connect with the minds of others. It feels like you're connecting with someone real; Elspeth is the perfect heroine who walks the path of sacrifice and duty willingly, in order to save t ...more
Talk about ending on a cliffhanger! This book was so slowly-paced that Carmody could easily have cut out at least half of it, I'm sure, and just finished off the series already while she was at it. Luckily, slowly-paced was what I was in the mood for, so it's all good. And I was glad it wasn't as trashily-written as the previous instalment.
I had good intentions about reading something edifying next, but then I saw this at the library. Given, well, everything, I h
Carlie Hamilton
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, fantasy, 2015
30 Dec 2011
I can't but help love this book and this series. I devoured every word, although there was too many of them. I do think that alot of this book could be trimmed. But still it was very readable, I am just wishing that more happened within it's pages. Very much anticipating The Red Queen, I am very impatient for it... but also secretly hoping that THAT book is also split so that I can have more more more.

Four Stars

25 Nov 2015
I think some places in the middle sagged, but I enjoyed this bo
Kirsten Bailey
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was so frustrating. It dragged on with a lot of superfluous angsting over everything. If it hadn't been for the fact that (view spoiler) I probably would have given it two stars. The story in itself was ok, but it could have been told in a much more concise way and I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I've invested a lot in this series and want to find out the ending, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as I hoped to.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It started a bit slow, but once she started on her quest, i couldn't stop reading it.
Rori Eglinton
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would give it 4 stars because it broke my heart but since it was able to make me feel so much it deserves 5 stars.
Apr 07, 2010 marked it as to-read
Can't wait to get my hands on this one! A definite buy.
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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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The Obernewtyn Chronicles (8 books)
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