- Paperback: 1120 pages
- Publisher: Viking; 1 edition (12 November 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670076406
- ISBN-13: 978-0670076406
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 5.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
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Isobelle's work for younger readers includes her two series, The Legend of Little Fur, and The Kingdom of the Lost, the first book of which, The Red Wind, won the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers in 2011. She has also written several picture books as well as collections of short stories for children, young adults and adults.
After living in Europe for more than a decade, these days Isobelle divides her time in Australia between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, and Brisbane, where she is working on a PhD at the University of Queensland. She lives with her partner and daughter, and a shadow-black cat called Mitya.
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The completion of both quests were sadly anti-climatic especially given all the lead up in all the previous books. It was rushed and glossed over. The weaponmachine thing was achieved very easily and I never felt Elspeth to be in any danger. Any deaths were similarly rushed and didn't make me feel anything.
The quest regarding the animals and the free-running baraud is not what was hinted at throughout the series. Elspeth has more of an incidental role in that which makes the animals worship of her seem pointless. You never do get to see it's completion (or really it's beginning even) which left me feeling rather cheated. The book just ended with many questions unresolved.
Lots of inconsistancies in the writing which is inexcusable given the time it took to publish. The last two books could have been easily condensed into one. I'm thankful to finally put an end to over 20 years of waiting to see how it all panned out. Personally I wished I had stopped reading at TKP and left the rest to the imagination which you have to do at the end of this book anyway.
Carmody did very well, on the other hand, to tie up a bunch of loose ends neatly. There was even some psycho-analysis of herself and something Jes might have done when they were younger which might have explained some of Elspeth's personality.
Overall, having waited about 20 years for this series to conclude, I find the final book a big hit and miss. Too much of the early book was Elspeth "gnawing" over pretty much everything and anything. I think a good writer can instead use plot action to show a character's thoughts as well, rather than a constant mental dialogue. By the end I wondered whether the precious word count Carmody spent on all Elspeth's mental gnawing might have been better spent on showing us plot action. I feel her publishers were pushing too hard for a final novel without ensuring the best finished product.
I would be very interested to hear the opinions and reviews of those new readers who have read all seven books for the first time recently. What do YOU people think of this novel? I think, those like me who have been waiting so long for this series, can sometimes lose focus because we've romanticised it in our minds for decades.
I wasn't disappointed with the ending. I just wish more words had been used for important story arcs, like freeing the beasts, and less for lesser arcs, such as their time in/escaping from the Quadrants.
I am also hoping that, like many authors such as Kelley Armstrong have done, Isobelle Carmody will release some of these glossed over story arcs as short stories sold online. For now, I'm sure she is happy to be done with this series and she can certainly be proud of her work. When I was a child, I learned the meaning of the word "prejudice" when it came up in The Farseekers in a conversation between Gahltha and Elspeth. I'm glad to have had lessons like that in my young adult reading material.
Thanks for the adventure, Isobelle!
The final 1/4 has all the required things rushed, and barely covered in some parts.
You can tell this wasn't well planned and it's poorly edited too.