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The Keeping Place (The Obernewtyn Chronicles: North American Editions #4)

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When one of their number is kidnapped, the powerful farseeker Elspeth Gordie and the Misfits are forced to use their extraordinary mind powers to help the rebels in their struggle to overthrow the oppressive Council. But Elspeth feels torn by her duty to lead the Misfits, and her need to seek out vital clues left by the long-dead seer, Kasanda, for without them, she can ne ...more
Paperback, 551 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by Bluefire (first published June 30th 1999)
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Beth
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
Grace
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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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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, Fu
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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 serie
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Rachel
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
Gwen
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
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
Neill Smith
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
Bree T
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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
Liz
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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Gretchen
Jul 01, 2008 Gretchen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Iamshadow
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Dr.q
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Carol
I enjoyed this book. It follows on nicely from the previous Obernewtyn books, and focuses on developing a relationship with the Rebels, who want to overthrow the Council, and on Elspeth's journey into the Dreamtrails, as she tries to learn more about her personal quest.

Elspeth's love interest, Rushton, is kidnapped by the Rebels (or so they believe), to force the Misfits to join the Rebel cause. This provides Elspeth many challenges as she has to take on a bigger role as acting head of Obernewty
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Caitlin
I love the Obernewtyn chronicles. They've enchanted me since halfway through the first book. Ashling is by far my favourite so far. When i read The Keeping Place, however, it was not as captivating and the second and the third books. At times, it got boring and very few things happened for 750 pages. Like all the other book, it was amazingly beautifully written, Isobelle Carmody writes with such descriptive language which creates such vivid imagery that it is impossible not to fall in love with ...more
Bianca
It is really difficult to judge this book. The first half was really hard to get through as this entire series so far has been based on Elspeth going on mini quests and finding more clues for her ultimate quest to save the world. However in this book the first half sees Elspeth as Master of Obernewtyn so she is confined to the house and the day to day running of this vast estate which I found to be immensely boring. However the second half of the book makes this story and propels the story forwa ...more
Colin
As much as I hate to give this two stars, because i love the premise so much, this was pretty much a drag. Damn. I put it down for weeks and literally had to force myself to finish it. First they go here. Then they go there. Then they go back. And forth. Repeat ad infinitum. That's pretty much it. And the author reveals staggeringly obvious plot points as though we should be shocked. I effing hate that, it tries my patience, and I don't have a lot of patience to start with. Whyyyy?? I liked the ...more
Johanna Thoms
I am becoming somewhat underwhelmed by this series, there seems to an inordinate amount of "adventures" that are not relevant to the main story, and Elspeth wandering around looking for symbols and signs but then happening upon them by accident is wearying.
Maria

The Keeping Place is the fourth book in The Obernewtyn Chronicles series by Isobelle Carmody, originally published in 1999. This one was a bit of a disappointment to me. All the books in the series so far have had ups and downs in the pacing, but this one was slow most of the time. The Dreamtrails parts of the story were not very exciting, even felt a little silly to me. Dragon, the wild little girl, was kept out of all the real action in the book, which I think was a mistake as she's a great ch
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Jami Leigh
I really, really dislike when a series is going good, and then it feels like the main character becomes dumb as a brick. I figured out most of what was going on in this one well in advance, and whenever that happens, it's like watching the dumb girls in a slasher flick. "No, don't go upstairs when you just heard a strange noise and there's a killer on the loose!! No. Stupid. It's NOT just the cat! And there you go, hacked up, because you ignored the Rules of horror movie survival."
Will still be
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Erin
Amazing book, don't get me wrong, but went on for a LOT longer than it should have. Least favourite book in the series, but still wonderful.
Miss Clark
This verges on dislike. The book was all over the place, incoherent and with a cast of characters that only an encyclopedia could rival. It was massive, meandering and, again, really got us nowhere!

I like the overall plot and the characters, but Carmody is not giving enough of the story to keep me interested throughout the entirety of these volumes. I want to know what happens and what had happened that led to this cataclysmic world, especially as it seemed to have something to do with those gi
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Beans
I wasn't as excited about this one as the previous three. There was a significant amount of weird racefail, like the inherently warlike and fanatical Gadfians (hmm, I wonder who they're supposed to represent...) and the "halfbreed" Gypsies, that made it really difficult to get into. It also felt significantly longer than it needed to be. If I weren't really interested in finding out more about Elspeth's quest and the Beforetimers, and if the first three books of this series hadn't been among my ...more
Sarah
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lynne naranek
According to my ruler, this book is 2.3 inches thick. And every page is excellent! More and more details, more and more mysteries... yes, the "hopping" in and out of "memory bubbles" and visitations of Ariel on the dreamtrails gets a bit tedious, but the tale itself... slowly unravelling the history of the mysterious Cassy / Cassandra / Kasanda, and the impact she had made during the beforetime as well as after the Great White... I wonder just HOW this series will end: have been waiting for the ...more
Nikki
Second half is better than the first, and in this middle novel of the series you can really see the strands of the plots coming together.
Karen
I'm really liking the series, though I find it very frustrating that the main character seem to be blind to the obvious. I've just discovered that I cannot finish it, however, unless I purchase the last two books since our local library systems (I have three immediately available to me) do not have them available. I suppose I could request an ILL, but I haven't a clue how to do it and if it would even be available for this particular type of book.

I'm really anxious to see how things turn out tho
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Kelly
My favorite book so far in the Obernewtyn Chronicles!
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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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