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The stone key / Isobelle Carmody.

By: Carmody, Isobelle, 1958-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Carmody, Isobelle. Obernewtyn chronicles: 5.; Carmody, Isobelle. Obernewtyn chronicles: bk. 5.; Carmody, Isobelle. Obernewtyn chronicles: ; Carmody, Isobelle. Obernewtyn chronicles: 05.; The Obernewtyn chronicles: 5Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Penguin/Viking, 2008Description: 1000 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780670071340 (pbk.); 067007134X (pbk.).Subject(s): Young adult fictionGenre/Form: Fantasy fiction. | Young adult fiction. | Teen fiction.
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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 hail me out by the hair. A Hendra captain stared into my face with eyes that burned with a fanatical fire above a thin nose and a lipless slash of a mouth...

'You will die in great pain and very slowly, mutant,' said the Hendra master.

When Farseeker Guildmistress Espeth 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 deep 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...

Sequel to: Wavesong.

Followed by: The sending.

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Generations after a nuclear holocaust, Obernewtyn is a safe haven for mutant Misfits with psychic talents. Elspeth (Obernewtyn) must leave the region's safety to pursue her destiny as savior of animals and destroyer of lost apocalyptic weapons. Though Carmody's cast of characters (many underdeveloped) is dizzyingly vast, her world-building is imaginative, substantial, and absorbing. [Review covers these Obernewtyn Chronicles titles: Ashling, The Farseekers, The Keeping Place, The Stone Key, and Wavesong.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.