"Fitting finale to this epic fantasy"

She has been expecting the summons forever, but Misfit Elspeth always hoped it would never come. Alas, the time arrives and she reluctantly starts her trek to forge an alliance between the paranormal Misfits and the rebels against the Council and the Herders, who want all Misfits dead.

Elspeth's dreams demand she destroy the weapons of destruction left behind by the Beforetimers when they obliterated their world. However, her nocturnal visions remain mysteries to even her. Adding to her discomfit, the rebels have doubts about a coalition with the Misfits because the leadership thinks there are safer, better unions available to forge a stronger team. Can Elspeth obtain the cooperation the Misfits needed in their fight for survival and can she learn the secrets of her haunting dreams that propel her to leave her mountain home to risk everything including her life.

ASHLING, the third book of Isobelle Carmody's powerful Obernewtyn Chronicles, is the strongest tale of a wonderful fantasy series. The story line moves quite a bit forward with the action remaining at the high peaks of the previous novels, but readers gain tremendous understanding of the characters, especially the lead heroine. Other cast members are also developed to a degree that allows the audience to fully understand the varying people and animals populating Obernewtyn. Fantasy fans have quite a treat with this superb entry that raises an already wonderful saga to much higher levels of quality.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 11, 2001


by Isobelle Carmody

Tor Books
September 1, 2001
ISBN #0312869568
428 pages
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