Read from 25-28th September, 2014
Author: Isabelle Carmody
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It came to me then, like a chilly draught from an unseen gap, that I had always known in my deepest heart that it would be like this, a slipping away from a life full of people I had come to love, in a place I had helped to shape, in a land I had helped to free.
The time has come at last for Elspeth Gordie to leave the Land on her quest to find and stop the computermachine Sentinel from unleashing the deadly Balance of Terror arsenal. But before she can embark on her journey, she must find a lost key. And although she has long prepared for this day, nothing is as she anticipated.
Elspeth’s search will take her where she never thought to go, and bestow upon her stranger companions than any she ever imagined. It will lead her far from her destination to those she believed lost forever.
And it will test her, as she has never been tested before . . .
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The Obernewtyn Chronicles are a favourite of mine and The Sending certainly did not disappoint. The plot twists were numerous and it was a very enjoyable read.
Old friends that we had grown to love were brought back, and new companions were introduced and well developed over the course of the story. I loved who her companions turned out to be and that she didn’t have to journey on her quest all alone.
I must say, I am more convinced than ever that Dameon is secretly in love with Elspeth. Though, I’m actually somewhat glad that she cannot see it – I love Dameon, but her knowing that he loves her might make things rather awkward… I do love him though :). However, Rushton and Elspeth are just too perfect for each other! Especially the link and what happened in the hut and his question that went unanswered that we all know she’d have said “yes” to (I’m trying to do this without spoilers, okay? So just ignore my mindless fangirl gush if you haven’t read the book yet).
Although unexpected, I SO ship Analivia and Swallow – they are just the cutest thing *awww*.
In the beginning, I really didn’t like Ahmedri. In fact, I was rather irritated by his presence. However, like Elspeth, I grew to like him over time. It’s amazing what scenarios desert knowledge can have practical applications for, and how useful he proved himself. I loved we found out the backstories of some of the characters and I particularly liked his past with Straaka (excluding the last time they saw each other, of course).
All in all, The Sending is a great addition to the Obernewtyn Chronicles that will not disappoint. As per Isabel’s style, there is a lot of focus on character development in addition to a twisting plot. Now, all we have to do is wait for the next book. But, considering she’s written six (technically seven) books in 25 years, we might be waiting a while…