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Goodreads helps you carmoy track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The flying creature lashed out and I stared in horror at Rushton’s bloodied arm.

Maruman leapt between us in his tyger form. But Elspeth must also seek out clues left by the long-dead seer, Kasanda, vital to her quest to destroy the Beforetime weaponmachines.

One clue is carmod in the past, forcing Elspeth to travel the Dreamtrails, stalked by a plsce winged beast, with the cat, Maruman, as her guide and guardian. Only there can she learn more of the Beforetimer Misfits and their enemy, Govamen. Gradually Elspeth realises her quest is intimately linked to the Misfits’ refuge, Obernewtyn – its past and its future Paperbackpages. Published by Penguin Books first published June 30th North American Editions 4.

The Keeping Place (Obernewtyn Chronicles, book 4) by Isobelle Carmody

To see what pllace friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Keeping Placeplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 11, Grace rated it it was ok.

This is definitly the weak link in the series. Seriously, no wonder she felt she had to include a three-place tiny font dictionary at the front of the novel, but surely the fact she felt she needed one should’ve been a warning light?

Once the book does get moving it’s interesting, but I don’t know weather it’s because I’ve been r This is definitly the weak link in the series. Once the book does get moving it’s interesting, but I don’t know weather it’s because I’ve been reading a lot of crime novels lately but I saw all of the swists and turns coming from several miles away.

Indeed, one of the ‘big reveal’ moments was guessed by me 2 ieobelle ago! Still, I hold out hope for the series, and I will keep on reading I suppose even authors are allowed to have a down year.

Nov 01, Beth rated it liked it. My first thought when I picked this one up was that I would just give up on this series rather than start reading this insanely long, enormous, monster of a book. But plafe curiosity got the better of me and I had to give it a shot because I really do like this series and do want to know what is going to happen.

There were times when I considered giving up on it but then something really interesting would happen and honestly there is some really fascinating information coming to light in this one. It is just too, too long. Overall the series is getting just a bit oeeping drawn out and detailed. Too many characters are being introduced and Plaace can barely keep isobekle all straight.

Lots and lots of things going on but it is just interesting enough to keep me wanting placs. View all 4 comments. Jun 04, Lara rated it it was ok Shelves: I devoured the third book in this series–it had me absolutely captivated. It felt like there was too much and not enough going on at the same time. I was drowning isobe,le mundane details and names and dreams and running around to various places I will admit that I skimmed.

Quite a bit, actually. There just wasn’t really anything that interested me, except for Dameon’s all too brief appearances and the tiny bit with the diving. Wait, no, that’s not entirely true; I was also I devoured the third book in this carmodyy had me absolutely captivated.

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Wait, no, that’s not entirely true; I was also interested in the direction Carmody went with Rushton for a short while, but then Oh, never mind that, problem solved for the most part! This book was so long, and yet, Keepinv get the feeling that once I’ve finished the entire series, this one won’t have really played a huge part in the grand scheme of things at all.

The Keeping Place by Isobelle Carmody

The few important points could be summed up in a paragraph or kepeing didn’t Carmody have an editor for this thing I’m guessing not a good one at any rate–also there are many weird typos and grammar errors?

I already bought the fifth and sixth books, so hopefully those are an improvement.

But I’m feeling rather bitter about this one and it certainly doesn’t make me anxious to start the next right away. Oh, what a disappointment! I began skipping whole chapters in the end just to finish it. So, what does it get? Now, do I read the fifth in keping series?

Or do I cut my losses now? This review contains spoilers. Spring is arriving to the highlands, where Obernewtyn – plave big sprawling mansion and farm that is home to a large group of Talented and unTalented Misfits and animals – lies protected by the mountains and a snowed-in pass, but the events of the previous year are still fresh in everyone’s minds. If they can’t change people’s prejudices towards Misfits, then isobellee be no better off when the Rebels strike and the Council falls.

Rushton has left for a sudden and unexpected meeting with the Rebels in Sutrium, the capital, leaving Elspeth, Guildmistress of the Farseekers, in charge of Obernewtyn. She pushes aside her niggling worry that borders on premonition, by focusing on the many demands on her attention. Dragon, the wild girl Elspeth rescued from some Beforetime ruins in The Farseekersstill lies in her coma, locked in her recurring dream of the past that she had sealed off in her mind – only Elspeth now realises that Dragon’s powerful empathy-coercer talent is letting her dreams affect everyone at Obernewtyn, and no one is sleeping well.

They dreams of Matthew, the Farseeker who was taken by slavers, toiling in a far-off, hot red land, and their details match. And they dream of a dragon, though no one has been attacked by it except for Elspeth.

Maruman, the mad old cat who guards Elspeth’s dreams, protects her as best he can. In the half-submerged city built by the Beforetimers under the mountain Tor, the Teknoguild have worked obsessively to uncover the secrets of the past, secrets that connect Obernewtyn to the mission Elspeth is secretly on: Elspeth has come to realise that her mission and the destiny of Obernewtyn are entwined, and the puzzle of the past becomes an important part of understanding how to find the clues she needs as the Seeker.

Her dreams aid her as she witnesses the past, though they are also dangerous, not just from the manifestation of Dragon’s insanity, but from the Destroyer himself, who turns out to be Ariel, the beautiful but cruel Misfit who fled Obernewtyn all those years ago and now works his twisted magic on both the Council and the Herder Faction.

Rushton, on leaving Sutrium, is kidnapped, and the Misfits of Obernewtyn have been ordered to join the rebellion or he will be killed. Elspeth has no choice but to set them on the path they had collectively decided not iskbelle take. But there are traitors within the Rebel ranks, and many Rebel leaders despise the Misfits, so that they are betrayed more than once. And who kidnapped Rushton, if not the Rebels? And why – who else would want them to join forces?

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The answer surprises, and puzzles, them all. I can’t believe I couldn’t remember a single kdeping that happened in this massive, eventful volume, from the last – first? Unlike the previous three books, I think I must have read this one only once, though that seems unlikely.

How could I have so completely forgotten it all? But good, because re-reading it now it was almost like reading it for the first time I say “almost” because, as things happened, I remembered them – but I still couldn’t recall what would happen nextso it was full of surprises for me! Elspeth is about nineteen or twenty years old at this point – I’m still keeping track, because if you remember, the only time her age is mentioned is at the very beginning of Obernewtynwhen she’s fourteen.


Almost the entire first half of The Keeping Place is focused on Elspeth running Obernewtyn, and the dreamtrails. It’s busy and richly detailed, fleshing out how the Misfits live at Obernewtyn and giving us some much-needed time with Elspeth away from dire tbe. She’s always been a wonderful and fascinating character to me, and it’s very interesting to see how far she’s come and how her time as an orphan – isolated, too fearful of being denounced to make an friends, and secretive – has shaped her as well as helping her face the solitude of her task, one which she doesn’t expect to survive.

She now makes an effort to empathise and give comfort, though she feels awkward doing it. She’s still aloof, and when they get the news that Rushton has been taken, she makes a big effort not to fall apart for the sake of Rushton and Obernewtyn, even while she knows that everyone will think her cold and unfeeling except the Empaths, I’m sure. I was always disappointed that this volume didn’t have more Rushton in it – like, they finally get together at the end of Ashlingonly to be separated again for almost the entire book, here.

I always felt so cheated! There’s a different vibe to this one, perhaps because of Rushton’s kidnapping, but also because after much talk, there keepkng action. There’s a subtle kind of tension, a gnawing anxiety that something’s not right – Elspeth feels it but doesn’t really heed it, though for all her suspicions about the Herders, it’s hard to believe that she still can’t see them for the dangerous enemy that readers can clearly see.

I was also surprised, and disappointed, that she couldn’t see that Malik, one of the Rebel leaders, was up to something. Isobellee couldn’t remember what, until it happened, but I had that sick feeling of dread that he was going to do something really bad to the Misfits, first chance he got. Elspeth had a gut feeling there too, but there wasn’t much she could have done about it.

Oh carmdoy realise that the trap the Misfits were going to lead the soldierguards into was also going to be a trap for them! Remember the lesson from Ashlingthat they are nice and compassionate iobelle humane people – bordering on naive at times, because their imaginations fail to encompass the malicious hatred of someone like Malik. The second half is planning and action for the rebellion, and things move swiftly.

I loved that the rebellion wasn’t The End that solved everyone’s problems: They are putting a democratic system into place – not only does the Obernewtyn Chronicles tackle the rights of animals, or modern cramody, or human greed, or the environment – it also takes on politics, and the motivations behind power machinations.

All highly relevant to our time and what our countries get up to. I love fantasy like this, the kind that subtly connects dots and, even, not so subtly waves little red flags over certain issues. I rather think that that’s what fantasy is for, in a way – you’ve heard me go on about that before on other reviews.

This is a complex world, one that is intricately fleshed-out, and not at all predictable.