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  • The Stone Key

  • The Obernewtyn Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Isobelle Carmody
  • Narrated by: Isobelle Carmody
  • Length: 29 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)

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The Stone Key

By: Isobelle Carmody
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Friend becomes foe and trust is a thing of the past when the Misfits' most relentless enemy, on the cusp of ultimate revenge, turns Elspeth's world upside down.

When Farseeker Guildmistress Elspeth Gordie sets out from Obernewtyn to travel to Sutrium at the end of Wintertime, she quickly learns that not everyone welcomes the changes brought about by the rebellion. Captured by an old and vicious enemy, she is drawn into the heart of the Herder Faction, where she learns of a terrible plot to destroy the west coast.

To stop it, Elspeth must risk everything, knowing that if she dies, she will never complete her quest to find the weaponmachines that destroyed the Beforetime.

But if she succeeds, her journey will lead her to the last of the signs left for her by the seer Kasanda....

©2008 Isobelle Carmody. By arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia). (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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good storytelling

Carmody keeps you hooked as Elspeth sets out from Obernewtyn to Sutrium. No, not everyone welcomed the changes brought about by the rebellion. Captured she is drawn into the heart of the Herder Faction where she learns of a dangerous plot- she must stay alive to complete her quest to find the weapon machines that destroyed the Beforetime. She must persevere! I was worried for her a few times in this one. Good storytelling.

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Action Packed

Action packed story with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed the interactions with animals throughout.

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Exciting developments in the Obernewtyn Chronicles

I checked in and was delighted to see there are new instalments to the Obernewtyn Chronicles, and read by the author herself no less. Lovely to hear the correct ways to say certain names and Isobelle does an great job with all the accents and voices. Lots of action, tying up of some previous story threads, and I enjoyed the emotional development of Elspeth who for so long has held herself aloof. I can't wait to read/listen to the next (and final?) installment in the series which I began as a girl and now finish as an adult.

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Great narrator and story

Great narrator and story. Narrator does a good job of different voices and accents of different characters.

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Worth the listen, but should be a shorter story.

I'm enjoying the series, but I do have a few complaints.

First a compliment. Isobelle Carmody narrates her own story very well, and the plot is quite intriguing and the characters are great.

However, I feel like too much time is spent on over-expounding Elspeth's thoughts, and I find my own thoughts going 'okay okay, I get it, move on!'

I think the story could be told better if it wasn't a first-person narrative, especially since a lot of the action scenes are told to Elspeth by another character, since she wasn't there herself. I think the action scenes would be so much more exciting if we could be there in the narrative rather than receiving a brief (the only time the story actually becomes brief) rundown by a character that was there.

On the whole, I feel like too much text is dedicated to over-explaining things, but I have to remind myself that this is fiction for teenage readers, and I'm reading it as an adult. Even so, I think if I were a teenager reading this I'd be able to make the connections between certain aspects of the story without it being over-explained so much.

One other little thing is that it feels a bit shallow that every character so far in the story who believes in the 'Lud' deity is either a horrible person, a complete nitwit or a repressed and scared peasant who obviously hasn't thought things through properly.

Despite those gripes, I'm still enjoying the series on the whole, perhaps that's why I get so impatient for events to proceed without the main character's soliloquy getting so much in the way.

Three stars.

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great

the best in the series, absolutely loved it, most enthralling of them all. loved it

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Adventures of a young seeker

Love this series, great voice. Fantasy with a female hero... what more to love. I just can't wait till I finish, but I know I'll be sad too :)

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