Elspeth Gordie and the Misfit community want to seal an alliance with the rebel forces of the land, and they want it bad enough that they're travelling to the desert lands of Sador to fight for it.
The Rebellion is looming, and the Misfits want a place in the land when the Council is overthrown but the Rebels are divided. Some, like the Council, believe the Misfits to be unnatural and inhuman, and do not want their allegiance. Elspeth, whilst in Sutrium, agrees to the Rebels' challenge beat their men at the Sadorian Battle Games and the allegiance is won.
Ashling: second edition Penguin cover
In amongst the Misfits' fight for true independence, Elspeth must deal with her increasingly powerful feelings for the Leader of Obernewtyn: Rushton, the livelihood of her friends Dragon and Matthew, the whereabouts of the uncommunicative spy Domick, the terror of the slaver Salamander, the stories of the gypsies and the destructiveness of the defective Misfit Ariel. Ashling also sees Elspeth begin actively searching for answers to her own quest beyond the safe confines of Obernewtyn.
"Elspeth must destroy what remains of the weapons that brought unimaginable chaos, death, and mutation to her world" (Isobelle Carmody 1995, Ashling).
Ashling is book three in a seven-book-long series by Australian author Isobelle Carmody. Ashling was originally published in 1995 by Viking Books. Isobelle Carmody began writing the Obernewtyn series when she was just fourteen-years-old and the books have become her most celebrated to date.
The books in the series are as follows:
The Farseekers (1990) Ashling (1995) The Keeping Place (1999) The Stone Key (2008) The Sending (2011)
The Red Queen (predicted to be 2013)