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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition 1st Printing edition (Dec 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375857710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375857713
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.6 x 17.3 cm
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“Engaging characters, pacing, and plots.”—Publishers Weekly

“Blends graceful storytelling with appealing characters.”—Library Journal

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HASH(0x9fa4fd2c) out of 5 stars US version vs. Australian version Jan. 1 2009
By Taylor - Published on
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I found this book and at first I was very confused; on Feb. 2, 2008, The Stone Key was released in Australia as the fifth book in The Obernewtyn Chronicles. After some research I discovered that when Random house obtained the rights to the book they decided to split it into two books. The titles Wavesong & The Stone Key in the US are essentially the original book The Stone Key published in Australia split in half.
I found this from a prominent Obernewtyn fan site, [...] :

"Wavesong is the US-only book 5, with The Stone Key being book 6.
Wavesong is essentially the first half of the Stone Key.
From Isobelle herself:

"The American Random House book Wavesong will be the first half of The Stone Key with an ending and a few changes to allow me to smooth the cut. The Random version of The Stone Key will be the second half of The Stone Key with a new beginning.
"I have no say at all in this.
Penguin Australia made the deal with Random and it appears mostly to be because the Americans feel the books are too big for the younger audience they would sell them to, I think.

Of course I wrote The Stone Key as a single book, and even with tweaking for me, the Australia single book version is preferable.
But the good thing about it from my point of view is that many foreign publishers can't afford to translate such a huge book, and so this will make it much more accessible to translation.""

So for the huge fans like me who ordered their book from Australia, don't worry we still have the whole thing.
To those who have not read it yet: It is fabulous, I eagerly anticipate the day when the next book comes out. I absolutely love Elspeth as one of the best female characters in literature today. And Isobelle Carmody's imagination gets better and more fruitful with each story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9df5aee8) out of 5 stars Obernewtyn 5 & 6 (Wavesong, Stone Key) May 4 2009
By Robert Bannister - Published on
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It's been so many years since I read the preceding books in this series, I wondered whether I should start from the beginning again and whether I'd still like it. In the end, I plunged straight in and was quickly absorbed by the writing. I did have to check with the Dramatis Personae a few times for characters I'd forgotten, but mostly I just read straight on and finished the two books in 3 days because I couldn't put them down.

I'm looking forward to the next two books, which will hopefully conclude the saga.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fa6efd8) out of 5 stars Elspeth Ventures Forth Jan. 1 2010
By Arthur W Jordin - Published on
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Wavesong (2008) is the fifth Fantasy novel in the Obernewtyn series, following The Keeping Place. Note: This is not The Stone Key, the original fifth volume in the Australian series (see earlier review). The American publication of this series split the fifth volume between this novel and The Stone Key.

In the previous volume, the Rebels took The Land from the Council and freed Rushton from his captivity. Yet they failed to take the West Coast. The banks of the Suggredoon are now guarded against invasion from both sides.

Elspeth dived into the waters under the Tor to see the inscriptions on a glass statue. Later she delved into the mind of the comatose Rushton and released both Rushton and Dragon from their comas. But Dragon now only remembers her feral existence in the ruins.

In this novel, Elspeth Gordie is a Misfit who leads the Farseeker Guild. She has many Talents and has been told that she is the Seeker who will find the weaponmachines of the Beforetimers.

Rushton Seraphim is the Master of Obernewtyn, leader of the Misfits. He has some latent Talent.

Maruman is a mutant cat. He has been with Elspeth for many years. He is getting old and lazy, but he is also her contact with the oldOnes, the Agyllian birds.

Dragon is a youngster who was found by Elspeth on the West Coast. Nothing was known about her, but Elspeth has dreamed that she is the daughter of the Red Queen.

Garth is the Teknoguildmaster. He supervises digs in the ruins of the Oldtimers. He passionately desires knowledge of the Beforetime.

Zarak is a Farseeker ward with beastspeaking Talent. He is the son of Khuria.

Dardelan is the Rebel Chieftain in Sutrium and acting High Chieftain of The Land. He is running in the elections for his current positions.

Brydda Llewellyn is a Rebel leader in Sutrium. He is also known as the Black Dog. He is the son of Grufyyd and Kathlyn.

Malik is a Rebel leader who betrayed the Misfits. He will be running against Dardelan for the position of High Chieftain, but has also been changed with the Misfit massacre.

Vos is the Rebel Chieftain in Saithwold. He is an ally of Malik.

In this story, Elspeth sets out from Obernewtyn with two wagons taking the gypsy healer Darius back to the Twentyfamilies. Two soldierguards are going along to Sutrium, where they will be testifying against Malik in his trial. The wagons are also taking Garth to the settlement near the city under the Tor.

Kella is also returning to Sutrium. Kathlyn is returning to her home near Rangorn and Zarak is visiting his father near Saithwold. Dragon is included on the journey at the insistence of Maryon, the Foreteller guildmistress.

They drop Garth off in the White Valley, camp there overnight, and return to the main road the next morning. When they reach a small hamlet along the road, Elspeth sends one wagon ahead and stops at the inn with Zarak. Elspeth had been there before disguised as a gypsy, but none should recognize her now.

Elspeth gets breakfast for herself and Zarak and talks to the woman tending the bar. She learns that the road to Saithwold is barricaded by order of Vos and none can enter or leave. Then Elspeth and Zarak depart to rejoin the other wagon.

When Kathlyn reaches her land, she is amazed to find her cottage is not burnt. Brydda has rebuilt the exterior exactly like the home he had known in the past. He is there to present his mother with the gift, although he still has some work to do on the interior.

Elspeth tells Brydda what she has learned about Vos and he accompanies them to the barricade. The other wagon turns and goes off toward Sutrium. Then Brydda gets Elspeth and Zarak past the barrier and they go on to visit Khuria.

This tale takes Elspeth into extreme danger. Vos interrogates her, but doesn't recognize her. He does know that she is a beastspeaker.

This story is almost science fiction. The powers mentioned in the story are used in The Beast Master and other SF novels and the rationale is quite convincing. But the widespread spread of animal language is too expansive in this novel.

Language appears among many animals today, but not to this degree (insofar as we can tell without beastspeakers). Even mutations from nuclear fallout and other radiation could only expand such capabilities among some animals, but surely not all. As with the Misfit Talents, some would be effected more than others and most mutations would be fatal.

When Malik enters the picture, Elspeth comes close to death. The next volume in this series is The Stone Key. Read and enjoy!

Highly recommended for Carmody fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of psionic powers, political intrigue, and courageous heroines. For anyone who not yet read this series, the initial volume is Obernewtyn.

-Arthur W. Jordin
HASH(0x9e123d50) out of 5 stars Recommendation for Obernewtyn Chronicles March 4 2012
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Although I usually do not review books, I enjoyed the Obernewtyn Chronicles and have read all of the series up to and including `Wavesong'. I am looking forward to 'The Stone Key'. I generally read science fiction (sort of a form of fantasy writing) but got started on the Chronicles and was captivated by the excellent writing style, the imagination exhibited by the story, and the development of the characters. I also like the first person perspective from Espeth's point of view. I looked up all of the words I didn't know, and was pleasantly surprised that they all were correctly used - a few familiar words were used with unfamiliar definitions, but they were correct. I have read elsewhere that this is considered a story for young adults, but I am not at all young, and yet I still found it very entertaining. The cat, Maruman, and the horse, Gahltha, and the affection showed them by Espeth, were characters and feelings I thought were appropriate to the story, as well as their ability to communicate with each other. I believe that our current society does not treat animals well (I don't think we should be eating them or putting them in zoos), so to have them communicate from their point of view was fascinating. Overall, the story does have the interesting impact of forcing one to seriously consider what would be left behind if our world governments ever do use nuclear weapons on a large scale, and what the aftermath of that use would be to the societies that emerge from the ashes. The terms employed (beforetime, weaponmachines, technoguild, etc.) were clever and allowed a view of our current society and technology from a different perspective. The only aspect of the writing that I found tedious was that, occasionally, it became so detailed and minute by minute in its description of events. But, this comment is only the result of my own perspective, and perhaps without this detail, the story would be compromised. I would recommend this book (and the series) to any thinking person.
HASH(0xa0b11744) out of 5 stars obernewton chronicles May 20 2013
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as a following book in the series as per the story line changes just enough to keep my mind trying to work out where its going to go and what troubles will become the players o am 68 yrs old and these bools keep the mind active so thanks isobelle for letting me share your beautiful mind