The Stone Key

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The Stone Key
The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody.jpg
The Stone Key first edition cover.
Author Isobelle Carmody
Cover artist Les Petersen, Getty Images
Country Australia
Language English
Series Obernewtyn Chronicles
Genre Fantasy, science fiction, young adult
Publisher Viking Children's Books
Publication date
4 February 2008
Pages 1000
ISBN 978-0-670-07134-0
OCLC 225756476
LC Class PZ7.C2176 St 2008
Preceded by The Keeping Place
Followed by The Sending

The Stone Key is a 2008 science fiction novel by Isobelle Carmody, set in a post apocalyptic world. It is the fifth book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles.


Wavesong cover

The Stone Key was first published in Australia on 4 February 2008 by Viking Children's Books in trade paperback format.[1] In the United States it has been separated into two books, entitled Wavesong and The Stone Key respectively.[2] 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.[3]


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...[4][5]


A reviewer for the Canberra Times feels that the message of The Stone Key is that "freedom... is messy".[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2008, The Stone Key was shortlisted for "Young Adult Novel" in the Aurealis Awards.[3]

Publication history[edit]

Single Book Publications:[7]

Year Country Publisher Media Type Cover Designer Pages ISBN
2008 AUS Penguin Books Paperback Les Petersen 1000 9780670071340

Split Books:[8]

Year Country Title Publisher Media Type Cover Designer Pages ISBN
2008 US Wavesong Random House Paperback Les Petersen 467 9780375857713
2011 UK Bloomsbury Publishing Paperback 480 9781408806944
2008 US The Stone Key Random House Paperback 483 9780375857720
2011 UK Bloomsbury Publishing Paperback 576 9781408806951


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