Welcome to the thirty-sixth episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.
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In this episode, we interview one of our favourite Aussie authors, Isobelle Carmody, following the release of the final book in her Obernewtyn series, The Red Queen. We also catch up on all the busy things we did during November, including the Supanova convention and meeting Sarah J Maas. This episode was recorded on December 17th, 2015.
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Interview with Isobelle Carmody (starts at 22:30)
The Red Queen (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #7)
Published November 12 by Penguin Australia
Award-winning Australian author Isobelle Carmody concludes the epic story of Elspeth Gordie, a heroine in the vein of Tamora Pierce’s most memorable and empowering protagonists. The final chapter in the eight-book Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Red Queen is a YA fantasy novel decades in the making.
After years spent struggling to balance her desires with her responsibilities, Elspeth Gordie has fully embraced her role as the Seeker. Battle-scarred and lovelorn, haunted by memories of her beloved Rushton, Elspeth is not prepared for what she finds at the end of the black road she travels: the Compound, a lost community with a startling secret. As Elspeth strives against her captors, she learns that Rushton and her friends have fallen into the hands of the deadly slavemasters that rule the Red Land. And worst of all, as Elspeth stumbles, the Destroyer creeps ever closer to his goal: awakening the cataclysmically destructive weaponmachines that Elspeth has been charged with stopping. Has all her sacrifice been in vain?
Full of romance, action, and suspense, The Red Queen is a worthy finale to such a breathtakingly elaborate series.
This interview is spoiler-free!
The music from the start and end of the interview is written and performed by Isobelle’s daughter, Adelaide! Listen to more of her music at Adelaidethegirl on Soundcloud.
Booktopia podcast – Isobelle’s interview with Sarah McDuling
Witch, Please podcast – Harry Potter books and film discussions
Isobelle Carmody began the first novel of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still in high school. The series has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.
In addition to her young-adult novels, such as the Obernewtyn Chronicles and Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle’s published works include several middle-grade fantasies. Her still-unfinished Gateway Trilogy has been favorably compared to The Wizard of Oz and the Chronicles of Narnia. The Little Fur quartet is an eco-fantasy starring a half-elf, half-troll heroine and is fully illustrated by the author herself.
Isobelle’s most recent picture book, Magic Night, is a collaboration with illustrator Declan Lee. Originally published in Australia as The Wrong Thing, the book features an ordinary housecat who stumbles upon something otherworldly. Across all her writing, Isobelle shows a talent for balancing the mundane and the fantastic.
Isobelle was the guest of honor at the 2007 Australian National Science Fiction Convention. She has received numerous honors for her writing, including multiple Aurealis Awards and Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards.
She currently divides her time between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia and her travels abroad with her partner and daughter.
Other links and books mentioned
Star Wars: The Force Awakens now in cinemas! (Trailer)
Penguin Teen Australia event in Brisbane