Review: The Red Queen

The Red Queen
The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Approximately 30 years after the publication of the first book, The Obernewtyn Chronicles is finally finished. Just like Harry Potter, each instalment is bigger than the previous with this seventh book notching up an astonishing 1,120 pages! Along with many fans, I was excited to continue on my journey with the Obernewtyn characters as they’ve been part of my life since my teens (about 20 years) and at the same time, a little sad that this is it, it’s time to say goodbye…

Whilst it’s a massive tome, I won’t babble too much because I do believe this book speaks mostly to the fans. It is a tapestry rich in details and so complex I don’t know how Isobelle Carmody keeps them all straight in her head! Some people may find this extremely frustratingly slow as I sometimes feel the need for speed but yet again, I remind myself that this is the last book that I need to savour…

The ending, of course, didn’t really surprise me and will satisfy the fans however the last paragraph surprised me very much as to me, there is a definite Christian undertone which I really did not detect in any of the previous books… I won’t say much more because of spoilers but if you haven’t read the book yet, please refrain from flicking to the last paragraph!

The Red Queen is a beautiful sweeping finale of Elspeth’s quest. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I shed some tears in farewell. Isobelle Carmody, I await your next quest!

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