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The fourth title in the epic best-selling fantasy series featuring the intrepid adventures of Elspeth Gordie.

After a kidnapping, Elspeth Gordie and the Misfits are forced to join the rebellion against the oppressive Council, using their extraordinary mind powers. But Elspeth must also seek out clues left by the long-dead seer, Kasanda, vital to her quest to destroy the Beforetime weaponmachines. One clue is lost in the past, forcing Elspeth to travel the Dreamtrails, stalked by a terrifying winged beast, with the cat, Maruman, as her guide and guardian. Only there can she learn more of the Beforetimer Misfits and their enemy, Govamen. Gradually Elspeth realises that her quest is intimately linked to the Misfits' refuge Obernewtyn - its past and its future....

©1999 Isobelle Carmody (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Jenifer
  • 04-18-17

Too long.

Too many characters to remember, too much unnecessary padding. It's a good story but now getting tedious. I am continuing on with book 5 with hopes of improvement

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  • Samantha
  • 09-05-17

A bit slow to start, but the story grows

If you've listened to the previous instalments and been hooked like me then you are keen to continue the story! This novel takes a while to get into things with more focus on politics and discussions, but a third of the way in things start to flow a lot easier and more of the story's plot is revealed. I enjoyed it well enough after the slow start and am hoping the next instalment with be in the flow for the entire book.

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  • Bake.
  • 04-02-18

Well worth listening to

Well worth listening to (or reading), even though I felt that there was quite a bit of rambling in places and reminding of events from previous books in the series. I found myself often getting impatient for some action throughout the book, and yet it's a well thought out story with rich and intriguing elements. The characters that populate the book are excellent and appropriately endearing or loathsome. I also find myself getting annoyed at the main heroine's unwillingness to deal swift justice to her enemies. I'm looking forward to the next novel. Although it's a series more for teenage readers and as such gets slightly predictable in places for adult readers, it's enjoyable with believable dialogue, and I think Isobelle Carmody does a very good job of narrating her own story. I appreciate that Isobelle doesn't make her voice sound slow and jock-like when she reads the dialogue of the male characters, which is something that is irksome in many other narrators.