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The Keeping Place (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #4)

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When a Misfit is kidnapped, Elspeth finds she has little choice but to join the growing rebellion against the Council. Her extraordinary mental powers could tip the scales of the struggle, but Elspeth feels torn between toppling the corrupt authoritarian regime and seeking clues vital to a more personal quest—her ambition to destroy what remains of the Beforetime weaponmac ...more
Paperback, 1st Random House Edition, 551 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by Random House Children's Books (first published June 30th 1999)
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Grace
Apr 11, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is definitly the weak link in the series. Literally nothing happened for the first 4/5ths of the book and all the places and people seem to have caught up with Carmody to create an inpenetrable maze of names. Seriously, no wonder she felt she had to include a three-place (tiny font) dictionary at the front of the novel, but surely the fact she felt she needed one should've been a warning light? Once the book does get moving it's interesting, but I don't know weather it's because I've been r ...more
Beth
Nov 01, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thought when I picked this one up was that I would just give up on this series rather than start reading this insanely long, enormous, monster of a book. But my curiosity got the better of me and I had to give it a shot because I really do like this series and do want to know what is going to happen. There were times when I considered giving up on it but then something really interesting would happen and honestly there is some really fascinating information coming to light in this one. ...more
Lara
I devoured the third book in this series--it had me absolutely captivated. This one? Not so much. It felt like there was too much and not enough going on at the same time. I was drowning in mundane details and names and dreams and running around to various places... I will admit that I skimmed. Quite a bit, actually. There just wasn't really anything that interested me, except for Dameon's all too brief appearances and the tiny bit with the diving. Wait, no, that's not entirely true; I was also ...more
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
Finished reading The Keeping Place by Isobelle Carmody, Book 4 in the Obernewtyn Chronicles.

Oh, what a disappointment!

I had noted that the first 3 books were a bit of a hard slog, but they were beguiling & had moments of excellence. This one was a waste of time & 700 odd pages of drivelling twaddle. I began skipping whole chapters in the end just to finish it.

So, what does it get?

3/10: "Finished the book but left a lot to be desired" on the NBRS.

Now, do I read the fifth in the series
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review contains spoilers.

Spring is arriving to the highlands, where Obernewtyn - the big sprawling mansion and farm that is home to a large group of Talented and unTalented Misfits and animals - lies protected by the mountains and a snowed-in pass, but the events of the previous year are still fresh in everyone's minds. Much has changed: understanding their pacifist nature, they have turned to devising ways of using their skills and Talents (Farseeking, Coercing, Beastspeaking, Healing, F
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Rachel
Jul 09, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fantasy sci-fi series about a group of psychic, mind reading, beast speaking teens in a post apocalyptic world gets better with every book. The whole plot line is complicated and involves over zealous religious groups, big brother government, rebel groups, and gypsies. All this tied into the sub plot of the main character trying to solve the mystery of how she is supposed to save the earth from another great disaster. Confused yet? Well, somehow this all comes together in a really fun, exci ...more
Melliott
Feb 08, 2012 Melliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
Okay, maybe Goodreads should alter its methods and give credit for every 300 pages read or something? because that was a looooong book to get credit for just one! (754 pages) Good, though. And moving on to the sequel, equally hefty.
Elise
Jan 09, 2015 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
3.5 stars. The story took a weird turn, so it's not my favorite. I also grew tired of Elspeth's obsession with Rushton, and saving him, even if I do like the idea of them being together.
Josh
Jan 02, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read in preparation for release of The Red Queen.
Kerry
Apr 29, 2009 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
REREAD #1: 20 November 2015 - 23 November 2015 (9/10)

There's so much in this book. The rebellion takes place, we learn more about Elspeth's quest and the Beforetime - and how those two are linked together.

There's been a fundamental shift by the end of it, but there's still so much more to go. On my first read of the series, this was where I stopped. I was too worried about what was going to happen next and I knew the next book was the last one written at the time. This time around, I'm eager to
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Gwen
Apr 03, 2012 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. As a fan of the series thus far (while only lately introduced) I had rather high expectations upon commencing, and I must say I was by no means disappointed. While arguably a little slow, and perhaps burdened with unnecessary detail at the novel's beginning, such ultimately enables the crux of the plot to take on such a superior impact that they are beyond justifiable. Isobelle Carmody not only transports readers entirely into the realms ...more
Liz
Mar 28, 2010 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to give this four stars NOW, but I can't. The first two parts of the story could easily have been just one part - this book fell into the trap that a lot of fantasy books fall into. TOO MUCH DETAIL. The first part of the book just followed Elspeth around in her daily nothings with a few dreams related to the plot thrown in. The build up to their moon fair went on and on and on! It really tried my patience.

But part three - it was great! The rebellion had a lot happening at a decent pace (i
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Mel
Nov 15, 2015 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**All the emotions**

Oh god. Okay, I remembered this book much more than I thought I did- which I don't necessarily consider a good thing! Oh my poor heart.

I said in my review of Ashling that it's the book that seems to set everything into place. Well, this book throws a whole bunch of information at you while you scramble to try piece everything together, while at he same time try to follow along with all your favourite characters. The end of this book has a tinge of desperation to it, which -fo
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Dr.q
Nov 03, 2011 Dr.q rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Neill Smith
Jul 30, 2011 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the fourth book of the Obernewtyn Chronicles Elspeth assumes the responsibility of the Master of Obernewtyn when Rushton must leave to negotiate a deal with the rebels in the fight with the Herder Faction and the Council. The situation becomes more complicated as Dragon’s dreams begin to affect all the Misfits but particularly Elspeth who must dodge an avenging reptilian dragon in her dreams. Maruman does his best to protect her on the dreamtrails but everyone’s resources are stretched especi ...more
Peta Tron
i forgot how long winded the first half of this book is. too much descriptions of back story and inner thoughts. it really should have skipped all that, you don't need to recap the rest of the series that much. so i have 20 days now to read the other 2 books again. but then after that its all over. I'm not sure if I'm ready for that.
Allyce Cameron
Nov 21, 2012 Allyce Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as ever, maybe a little more heartbreaking because I know what's coming... On to the next one.
Cari
Sep 17, 2015 Cari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!!!!
Coral
Aug 15, 2016 Coral rated it really liked it
I'm really starting to get in to this series now!
Maggie
Jul 01, 2012 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 was great!!! I love this series... On to book 5:o)
Bree T
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Renee
Mar 09, 2017 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So far my least favourite book in the series. Unfortunately, 80% of the book is like trying to help a small disabled dog. It's sweet, but all emotion and no brain.

Elspeth's character development is like this dog. A good deal of the time I spent reading this book involved many "great thinking, Elspeth. Thanks for finally catching up with everyone else, you dolt."
"Oh! Ariel is the destroyer?! But my dreams can't be real! Even though I and everyone else have insane mystical powers, these dreams of
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Catie
Dec 19, 2016 Catie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See my review of Obernewtyn. One of my favourite books in this series. :)
Austin Sheehan
Aug 17, 2016 Austin Sheehan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Keeping Place really took me by surprise. It's very close to perfect.

In this story, Elspeth - who has taken the role of Master of Obernewtyn while the regular leader, Rushton is away - is warned of betrayal and bloodshed by a futureteller, one of the many diverse and specially Talented groups of Misfits Obernewtyn is home to.

The Misfits are coerced into joining the Rebels against the oppressive Council and zealous Herders, while also attemping to heal Dragon from her comatose state and loca
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Iamshadow
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Skye
The Keeping Place is so far one of my favourite books in the Obernewtyn Chronicles. It takes the fast pace and the storyline from the first three books, but combines it with a rebellion and the blooming of love. Elspeth’s journey takes further steps towards their final end as she uncovers another clue in her ultimate quest. This, combined with war, betrayal and kidnapping just made this book a huge page turner for me.

I love that in The Keeping Place, Misfits finally start to find their place in
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Jill Smith
May 06, 2015 Jill Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guildmistress Elspeth Gordie reads a Braille letter from her friend and empath Dameon. He is living with the Sardorians in a desert community. The weight of responsibility sits on her shoulders with Rushton missing. The Misfits live in dangerous times. The Council control over the land still restricting their travels. She is uneasy with the alarming news the Herders also having increased their numbers.

The Technogulild research into history and create a Magic show to allow them to travel as gyps
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Gretchen
Jun 26, 2008 Gretchen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young girls (10-13)
Shelves: si-fi, fantasy
I truly hate these books.
They are poorly written (except if you are 12) and very transparent.

and I can't stop reading them.
Oh my...

The reason I started reading these is that they are really fat books - good value. I borrow them from the ACT library system. The weird thing is - they are the most popular Si-Fi/Fantasy series in Australia. The author is Australian, some of the names and references are inherently Australian. But then some terms and names are obviously borrowed from other books and
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M. Kat
Jul 08, 2012 M. Kat rated it liked it
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Tien
It’s really hard (or strange) to review a book I’ve read a number of times. This is one of the series that I would re-read over and over again. It’s a dystopian series with a lot more touch of the fantasy. It is set after the ‘Great White’ where the world is incapacitated and so, technology is non-existent (no cars / guns / computers / electricity). The Misfits are humans with ‘talents’ which evolves after the ‘Great White’ and is possibly due to the ‘Great White’ (a kind of mutants). They are f ...more
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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
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Other Books in the Series

The Obernewtyn Chronicles (8 books)
  • Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1)
  • The Farseekers (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #2)
  • Ashling (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #3)
  • The Stone Key (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #5)
  • The Sending (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #6)
  • The Red Queen (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #7)
  • The Obernewtyn Chronicles: Books 1 - 6

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