Isobelle Carmody was 14 years old when she began writing The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Forty-three years later, the final book has arrived. With the release of The Red Queen, the writer brings to a close three decades of her young adult fantasy series while hinting at ‘plenty of doors. My second part of my The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody thoughts. See the previous one here. MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW. Seriously, don’t read on if you.

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I think I was shaking the book at that point, I’m sure she could have been very happy in the Red Land. Such stories stay with you as formative parts of your childhood, woven into your DNA, there to stay.

The Red Queen

I love this world. You only begin to realise how much detail there is late in the piece — it seems really quite simple when you first start out. Nov 26, Grace rated it did not like it. She currently divides her time between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia and her travels abroad with her partner and daughter. Did I want to order a copy? This was just so wierd.

Intense to the last page. All round lazy effort from Carmody. There’s plenty from the Beforetime and they have the feel of someone setting up for further books on the Beforetime.

I feel like this is an April fools joke. The only thing that stopped me was the fact that I could imagine this giant tome of a book doing some damage to whatever it collided with. The Red Queen is the title of the final book in the series as published in Australia; a different book in the series as published in North America has also been tentatively titled “The Red Queen” but corresponds to the second half of the Australian edition of The Sendingbook 6, and would not contain any part of this book.


It was great seeing them all again, and watching them develop. It has been 18 years since I read the first one. When I started reading the second than third sequels, I started really falling in love with the story. There’s still some areas of extreme and unnecessary repetition of past information, but I found them to be fewer and less distracting then the previous book which verged on awful at times.

As Elspeth cynically but rightly points out and I’ve lost the quote, sorrycomputer programs are only as good as the humans that write them – mistakes and flaws can be written in, and since humans are inherently flawed, it’s to be expected. Mainly in terms of paranormality and also, that both series have particular categories of paranormal abilities.

The Red Queen (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #7) by Isobelle Carmody

But it wasn’t impossible to stomach, and didn’t stop me joyfully finishing the carmod. Simply because the Red Queen features all the characters from previous stories, and for several pages, it took me awhile remember all the faces. Because this series is set in a distant future, it feels more like a fantasy than scifi.


What am I going to do with my life now?!

The Red Queen: The Obernewtyn Chronicles Volume 7

Such is the way with childhood favourites, against which nothing negative can be said. It might not have been good or logical action but it would have been something. I had a good memory of most, and the more I read, the more I remembered, though of specific events involving characters, that was different.

And they spent a fair bit of time in Habitat. Because I began this series as a story-hungry, imaginative child, Carmody’s words and ideas have had a long-lasting impact on me.

Nobody needed to know about the Habitat this late into the series – especially since it wasn’t a very important plot carmoody after they leave. So many characters’ stories were left unresolved. What seems at first to be a dangerous delay in the fulfilment of Elspeth’s quest, turns out to be an important step: Isobelle’s most recent picture book, Magic Night, is a collaboration with illustrator Declan Lee.

I was so invested and there’s just nothing at the end! What does he end up doing? I read these books as a teenager originally and loved them. The Obernewtyn Chronicles 8 books. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Admittedly, I wish I had reread all the books before getting to quee one, but with the limited time, and the hateful waiting for the books at the library, I forgoed it.