Isobelle Carmody was voted Number 1 in the top 50 Australia’s Favourite Authors.
Her website bio starts with: Isobelle began the first of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school and worked on it while completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a journalism cadetship. The first book was accepted by the first publisher she sent it to and went on to be short-listed in the Older Readers section of the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award for older readers. The series and her short stories have established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.
Here is my review of the fourth instalment in this amazing series.
The Keeping Place ‘Obernewtyn Chronicles’ book 4 Book Review by Jill Smith©Feb16
Guildmistress Elspeth Gordie reads a Braille letter from her friend and empath Dameon. He is living with the Sardorians in a desert community. The weight of responsibility sits on her shoulders with Rushton missing. The Misfits live in dangerous times. The Council control over the land still restricting their travels. She is uneasy with the alarming news the Herders also having increased their numbers.
The Technogulild research into history and create a Magic show to allow them to travel as gypsies. They prepare a play to perform when Dameon returns for the Obernewtyn annual festival.
The book continues through the dreams that everyone at Obernewtyn suffers. They discover the comatosed child Dragon is the cause. Maryon, the Futerteller Guildmistress, starts a record of the dreams everyone is experiencing. Elspeth discovers that Dragon’s memories hold one of the keys she must discover to go on with her quest.
Elspeth travels in disguise to seek knowledge of Rushton and where he might be. The future of the rebel uprising and the part the Misfits play in it, falls to her to decide.
Elspeth is on another journey and she travels through the ‘Dream-trails’. The aged cat Maruman is her protector in the dangerous trek. Dragon has created a dragon like monster in her ‘Dreamtrails’ that seeks Elspeth to attack her. She now wonders how she will be able to unlock the key from Dragon and wake her from her endless sleep. Will she find the clues left to her by a long dead future-teller?
This book was brilliant and satisfying. So intriguing is this series I can’t wait to read the rest of the The Obernewtyn Chronicles.