The Stone Key
The Stone Key first edition cover.
|Cover artist||Les Petersen, Getty Images|
|Genre||Fantasy, science fiction, young adult|
|Publisher||Viking Children's Books|
|4 February 2008|
|LC Class||PZ7.C2176 St 2008|
|Preceded by||The Keeping Place|
|Followed by||The Sending|
The Stone Key was first published in Australia on 4 February 2008 by Viking Children's Books in trade paperback format. In the United States it has been separated into two books, entitled Wavesong and The Stone Key respectively. The Stone Key was a short-list nominee for the 2008 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel but lost to Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.
When Elspeth sets out from Obernewtyn to Sutrium to testify at the trial of a rebel traitor, she quickly learns not everyone has welcomed the changes caused by the rebellion. Pitted against an invasion, Elsepth finds herself on her strangest and most dangerous journey yet. Drawn into the heart of the Herder Faction, she learns of the terrible plot to destroy the west coast. To stop it, Elspeth risks everything, for if she dies, she will never be able to complete her quest to destroy the weaponmachines which wiped out the Beforetime; but if she succeeds, it might just bring her to the final clue needed to find them...
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A reviewer for the Canberra Times feels that the message of The Stone Key is that "freedom... is messy".
Awards and nominations
Single Book Publications:
|Year||Country||Publisher||Media Type||Cover Designer||Pages||ISBN|
|2008||AUS||Penguin Books||Paperback||Les Petersen||1000||9780670071340|
|Year||Country||Title||Publisher||Media Type||Cover Designer||Pages||ISBN|
|2008||US||Wavesong||Random House||Paperback||Les Petersen||467||9780375857713|
|2008||US||The Stone Key||Random House||Paperback||483||9780375857720|
- "Bibliography: The Stone Key". ISFDB. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- "News from Isobelle Carmody", Obernewtyn.net. Retrieved on 21 July 2008
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2009 Aurealis Awards". Locus Online. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- "Bibliography: The Stone Key". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Bibliography: Wavesong". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
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