The Stone Key ‘Obernewtyn Chronicles’ book 5 – Book Review by Jill Smith©Feb16
As most of my reviews of this series, I only give a glimpse on the beginnings of the story. Isobelle Carmody continues to delight in this story. The complexity of the characters. Their developments in relation to each other are intriguing. The whole tale coming together of Elspeth Gordie’s quest, as ‘The Seeker’, her travels on the ‘dream-trails’ with Maruman, the ancient cat, called ‘Moonwatcher’. And Galatha, a black horse and her guardian in the daylight hours, called ‘Daywatcher’.
This book is one thousand pages of twists and turns that I loved. So I will give you some insight into the story and why the next books in the series are on my ‘to read’ list.
The Rebels had one and the Misfits have a safe place in the world, still Elspeth is uneasy. Dardelan had led an almost bloodless coup. Malik, the Rebel leader, with a sadistic and mean bent, was to be tried, for his betrayal. They had laid a memorial marker where misfits and beasts all met their fate as a result. The journey they made this time was to see Malik punished. Could he still pose a threat?
Elspeth discovered her fears were well founded. Malik took his revenge on her with savage delight. Rushton came to her aid after the Future-teller Guildmistress Maryon sent him. Although battered and bruised due Malik’s beating. Elspeth still felt the sting of Rushton’s estrangement from her. She loved him but he had told her that he had no love left in him for her. When they had found him in the cloister dungeons he had been insane. His recovery did not include his feelings for her.
Malik smirked as they led him away. Elspeth decided to investigate the strange diggings that at the cloister. Her horrifying discovery of an imminent Herder attack of the Land was one she couldn’t share. She had got her herself stranded at sea, only her cry for Maruman saved her. She met the ship fish. It had answered a call from an ancient prophesy that had once again intervened in her life.
Herder Isle was imposing. It was impossible to take over. Elspeth had made friends of the Norseman sailing captain in the hope of avoiding discovery. The Norseman they were captives in this land, just as she now was. Would she escape certain doom? How would the ship fish help her get to the land where Ariel had taken his poison bearing mule.
Again this is just a glimpse of the beginnings of the journey Elspeth takes. She continues to learn more of the Before-timers machines. She discovers Rushton is still affected by the control Ariel exuded over him. Knowing this could she save him?