Obernewtyn - Isobelle Carmody - New
Book 1 of the Obernewtyn Chronicles
Many years into the future the world has been ravaged by a great nuclear holocaust, that later was known as the Great White. Only small and remote areas were spared. Some city-dwellers lived this holocaust, and poured from their citites to farms, mostly suffering from radiation poisioning. They were slaughtered by farmers, so the farmers could protect their families and livestock. This was known as the age of chaos. Soon the farmers realised that they did not escape the holocaust without any negative repercussions. Mutations in man and beast were high. A totalitarian Council was formed by the most powerful farmers to protect their community from further harmful effects of the great white. The council was soon united with a fledgling religion, the Herder Faction. Soon any human or beast born with any sort of physical or obvious mutation were condemned by the council and Herders as seditioners and Burt to the stake in the view of the public. These burnings eventually took on a ritual air.
After a time, The Herders alerted the council that not all mutantcies were visible at birth. Many people who lived amongst society as normal people for years. As the people opposed burning people they knew, and had done no sedition to the council, they were labelled misfits and sent to work on the council farms. As many were sent to the farms and burnt yearly, many, often young, children, were orphaned. One Such Example is the protagionist of this tale, Elspethelf (Commonly known as simply "Elspeth") Gordie. Elspeth Gordie, is a young orphaned daughter of Unnamed Seditioner parents (possibly burnt for blatant herbal lore?), is one of those affected with mutancies of the mind. These mutancies are obviously telekinetic, but she had minor mutantcies in other areas, like her brother, Jes.
Once she finds out about her extraordinary mental powers, she ruthlessly conceals in order to avoid being discovered as a Misfit and sent to the councilfarms. And all is well, and her powers are hidden, until her current orphanage, Kinraide, is visited by the beautiful and mysterious Madam Vega, a keeper of the infamous councilfarm, Obernewtyn... After Elspeth's powers are revealed, when she is told to give Vega and the Kinraide Orphanage owner Tea. She is declared a Misfit from falling into tainted water, and sent to Obernewtyn, a strange place, where Council rules are often disreguarded...
About the Author Isobelle Carmody
Isobelle Carmody began the first of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school, and worked on it while completing a Bachelor of Arts, and then a journalism cadetship. The series, and her short stories, have established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.
Carmody currently divides her time between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia, and her travels abroad with her partner and daughter, spending a year each in her two residences. The Stone Key, book five of the Obernewtyn Chronicles was released in February 2008. The Sending, book six of Carmody's Obernewtyn Chronicles, is due for publishing in September 2009, as quoted by a Penguin spokesperson.
Carmody was Guest of Honor at the 2007 Australian National Science Fiction Convention, Convergence 2, held in Melbourne in June 2007.
She has written many award-winning short stories and books for young people. The Gathering was a joint winner of the 1993 CBC Book of the Year Award and the 1994 Children's Literature Peace Prize, and Billy Thunder and the Night Gate was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature in the 2001 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. This was followed by the second book in the series, The Winter Door. The Legend of Little Fur is Isobelle's first series for younger readers.
Obernewtyn - Isobelle Carmody - New - Book 1 of the Obernewtyn Chronicles
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