Part of the Obernewtyn Chronicles series
In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh.
But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities, it is also dangerous.
Survival is only by secrecy and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers.
But it is as if they have their own imperative and she is brought to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land.
Banished to the remote mountain institution of Obernewtyn, she must throw off her cloak of concealment and pit herself against those that would resurrect the terrible forces of the apocalypse.
Only then will she learn most truly who and what she is ...Elspeth is determined to uncover the plot and so, accompanied only by her cat, Maruman, embarks on a terrible adventure full of danger, the conclusion to which promises not just uncertainty about her safety but also that of many around her.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/06/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781408806975
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Review by drachenbraut23
I picked up a copy of " The Stone Key" (which is book Nr. 5 in the series) in a charity shop, because the cover and the blurp appealed to me. So I bought the first in the series and was not dissapointed. It was a great read and I finished it in one sitting as it is only a short book. The story is set in a post- apocalyptic world where the descendants of the initial survivors create a very dogmatic society led by a council and herders. Anyone who appears to be a threat to this society will be eliminated that in turn creates a lot of orphans who are used for labour. The dwindling population of this world also fear the human mutations, people with advanced mental powers who they call misfits. Once identified as a misfit these people await elimination, work farms or the feared Obernewtyn. Elspeth is one of the orphans being send to Obernewtyn. There she learns a lot of herself and her powers, makes friends and has to master a lot of challenges. The book is very descriptive and the characters are very well developed. It was a great read and I am looking very much forward to read the next books in this series