Review: Isobelle Carmody’s “Ashling (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, Book 3)”
Book three of the series. Fatter than the first two, Elspeth trots off on another convoluted quest predicted by Obernewtyn’s fortune-teller, this one involving the cess-pit town of Sutrium, gypsies (even good looking ones), long-lost allies/friends, slave traders, that mean blonde boy again (d’you think he could be the Destroyer???) and Battlegames in the neighbouring desert state of Sador. And, thank God some of the romantic “tension” was finally relieved, with no surprises at all. Carmody seemed to pack a lot of disparate plot elements into this one book (why not split it into two novels?), and the last 100pp or so were unnecessarily rushed/crowded with action, but I still enjoyed #3 and will trundle onwards to #4.
Where it came from: Library
Time and manner of reading: A few days of attentive reads
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: —
Who I’d recommend it to: As before
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch; Selected Essays by George Orwell; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Kalila and Dimna by Ramsey Woods; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley