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The Farseekers: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 2 (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #2)

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in the two years since its takeover of Obernewtyn, the secret community of Misfits has flourished. Protected by their remoteness, Elspeth Gordie and her allies have worked hard to develop their forbidden mental abilities—all in preparation for their inevitable confrontation with the totalitarian Council. And though their training is far from complete, the Misfits can no lo ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1990)
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Mel
Nov 13, 2015 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuing in my quest of re-reading all the books before the final book is in my hands (ahahaha why did I start this so late?!)

*happy sigh*

I love this world so much! I never really understand people who aren't re-readers. Each to their own of course, but reading an old favourite is like coming home. Even when you can see the first steps of a horrible future event clicking into place. Even when you just want to wrap up all the characters in a warm blanket and keep them all warm and safe.

With th
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Alexandra
Oct 21, 2011 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, re-read
Well, it's better than Obernewtyn, for sure.

*Spoilers for Obernewtyn, the first book*

Continuing my re-read of the Obernewtyn chronicles, I devoured most of this one in a night. Interestingly, it's set some time after Obernewtyn ends, and therefore we don't get most of the fight against Alexi and Madame Vega, nor Rushton's work at being made legal owner of the place. Possibly because Elspeth is out of it for a while thanks to the burns to her legs? Anyway, we open here rather abruptly to discover
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Bree T
It’s been two years since Elspeth and Rushton successfully ousted Alexi and Madam Varga from Obernewtyn and Rushton took his rightful place as the Master. Since then it’s been a peaceful place to live, with the ‘Misfits’ embracing their differences, even establishing ‘guilds’ where they can join and better hone their particular talents. It has become a refuge for others just like them and due to their location they’ve been relatively unbothered by the Council. Elspeth uses her position as mistre ...more
Ksenia
Sep 03, 2010 Ksenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I got the first one from the library and towards the end of the first book I knew this was something interesting. But it wasn’t until the second book (at the end of the second book no less) when I knew I had something fascinating in my hands. The moment that really got me was when the horse Gahltha pledges his loyalty to Elspeth and promises to help her and never leave her side (there’s a reason why of course) but I was so moved by this previously-arrogant horse and his devotion, that my hear ...more
Lauren
Oct 05, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'd really like to give this one 4.5 stars. I tend to be quite sceptical as I read books, assuming that the author is leading me into a long boring part of a story where no real action or surprising plot twists can be had. I love it when an author proves me wrong.
The action in this book is really rather good. Definitely engaging and absolutely capable of keeping me wanting to read more.
I must say, that by the end of the book I was getting a bit sick of all the obstacles. I tend to get impatient
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review contains some spoilers of the first book.

It has been two years since the climactic events of the first book, Obernewtyn , occurred. Elspeth is about seventeen years old and still recovering from the burns to her feet and legs, not helped by the aching cold of the mountains in winter - the same mountains and weather that keep Obernewtyn, now a safe refuge for misfits with unique powers, safe. Under the new master of Obernewtyn, Rushton Seraphim, the Misfits - as the ruling Council ha
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Leila
Oct 29, 2008 Leila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't quite as good as the first in the series (mostly due to repetitive word use--see: "guild" and "guildmerge"). But, once you get past the beginning, it's a pretty lively story. I enjoyed the growing equality of humans with animals, though I wonder--are all animals equally smart? How do they feel about eating them, then? There are ethical questions that should be mentioned that never are. Also, I feel like Carmody often singles out one random character to die in each book. Most of the ti ...more
Yune
Sep 13, 2009 Yune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This one jumps ahead a bit from where Obernewtyn ended. The Misfits have organized into Guilds, according to their particular gifts, and each has its own agenda. A cooperative venture forms between the Tecknoguild, who seeks a library that may reveal more about the Beforetimers' machines, and the Farseekers -- led by Elspeth -- who are trying to track down a powerful Misfit.

I still like the level of grittiness of this world, and the characters who are meant to be endearing always are, but I hone
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Jade
Dec 20, 2015 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just wish she would fall in love with Rushton!!!
Mere
Nov 17, 2015 Mere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming into your stride. Finding out what your quest is.
Aynab
Dec 06, 2012 Aynab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-guy
I think this book was really brilliantly written! I love her character - kind, caring and selfless. The situations she gets herself in are so bizarre and cliffhanging, it makes you want to read more and more. On one note, I reaaaaaaaaally think the 'romance' between her and Rushton should be increased. I think she should stop working so hard and being serious all the time and have time to relax. She scolds Rushton for being serious when she is like that also. Hope something cute happens in the n ...more
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Nov 22, 2015 ??? rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cari
Aug 24, 2015 Cari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED book 2!! Amazing ending, excited to read book 3!!
Colin
My re-read continues. I felt like the writing was slightly better in this one, but still not stellar. I think the main problem is that overall it's pretty formulaic fantasy writing. Y'know: good vs. evil. Carmody's characterization isn't earth-shattering by any means. But I love all the feisty friendly disabled folks, and the premise is what gets me on these, still. I have to say, i WAS kind of disappointed that Elspeth gets magically cured in this one. I forgot that part. On to the next one!
Abbie Kline
Feb 28, 2014 Abbie Kline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a fantastic book. It is also far superior to book number 1 (Obernewtyn)- so don't let the first one stop you from enjoying the rest of the series.
Elspeth, a young woman with varied supernatural powers is a compelling heroine. The plot is fast with many vivid side characters (Maruman being one of the best). This book, and the subsequent books in the series, weave a complicated overarching plot while doing a good job of resolving more immediate issues within the smaller one book plots.
The
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Holly Pannowitz
Love this series!

Although the time that passes between books (2 years for this one) takes me back a little.

I need more Rushton and Elspeth love! They are always so distant from each other and it drives me crazy.

Austin Sheehan
The Farseekers is the sequel to Obernewtyn, set a couple of years after the first book.
In those years the misfits have fashioned themselves into guilds based on their abilities, and have been actively rescuing other talented people and growing their community.

In the Farseekers they attempt a mission to locate a very powerful talent located some ways away, and also attempt to set up a safe house in one of the local towns, and if possible try find a cache of old timer books.

It is a good book. It'
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Carla *Jen7waters*
So much better than the first one (Rushton, love!:D) and Dragon is such a great character.
*PT*Cuidado com o Dálmata - Obernewtyn e The Farseekers
Loren
Apr 15, 2015 Loren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been almost 2 years since I read the first book in this series, Obernewtyn, and it's interesting that 2 years has passed in the story as well. I remember absolutely loving Obernewtyn and couldn't wait to finally continue with the series. It took me a few chapters to remember some of the details of the last book though, considering it had been so long. I enjoyed The Farseekers and it was fast-paced which kept it interesting, but I didn't find it quite as amazing as the first one. I also fo ...more
Naomi
A compelling follow-up to the first book, it continues with the adventures of a misfit named Elspeth, who has the abilities to 'mind-speak' to animals and other 'farseekers' and has coercing and healing powers. These powers are believed to be the result of a nuclear holocaust caused by 'weaponmachines' created by people.. Misfits are seen as dangerous freaks by 'normal' people and are burned alive if they are discovered, by the totalitarian council that rule the fictitous land. Sharing the rule ...more
Maggie
Jun 03, 2012 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes adventure!
Just as good as the first! Glad I saw it on Choupette's book list:o) On to number 3...
Josh
May 30, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read in preparation for release of The Red Queen.
Jill Smith
Nov 21, 2015 Jill Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with Elspeth Gordie now Guildmistress, a leader a community of Misfits at Obernewtyn. Injured from her horrific encounter with the Zebkrahn machine, her legs refuse to heal. She finds her multi talent has put her in a position of great responsibility.

Rushton, now the Master of Obernewtyn, and it’s true owner. He is on guard against the threat of the Herders Council discovering the true purpose of the place. To encourage and enhance learning of misfit abilities in specialised gui
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Valen
Feb 18, 2011 Valen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Farseekers is the second book in The Obernewtyn Chronicles and it is even better then first book. The story presumably takes place many months after the events of the first book and follows Elspeth Gordie and fellow Misfits who have created their own government in the once frightening Oprhanage Obernewtyn, that is now a safe haven for all Misfits. The Misfits are searching cities from the Beforetimes for clues to their creation and the worlds demise and discover a library that is a true trea ...more
Rita
May 24, 2011 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
Esta história é rica em acontecimentos inesperados e empolgantes, que prendem o leitor da primeira à última página. Alguns mistérios são desvendados, mas surgem sempre novos e há muitos que estão ainda por descobrir. Tal como no livro anterior os animais têm um papel importantíssimo! Desde os delírios de Maruman, à coragem dos equídeos como Gahltha e à sabedoria dos Agyllians (pássaros Guanette) e tal como os funaga, também estes têm as suas próprias missões a cumprir.

Trata-se de um livro de esc
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Kirstie
The Farseekers is the second book of the Obernewtyn Chronicles, a series following Elspeth Gordie, an orphaned mutant with exceptional mind powers in a post-apocalyptic world. Elspeth has a fate she must follow: to find and destroy all the machines which created the Great White(the event that destroyed her world), and this fate is becoming harder and harder to refuse. (You can read my review of the first volume here.)

In 'The Farseekers' Elspeth and some friends from Obernewtyn begin a two-goaled
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Shannon
Apr 30, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 2 in the Obernewtyn Chronicles:
Book 1: Obernewtyn
Book 2: The Farseekers
Book 3: Ashling
Book 4: The Keeping Place
Book 5: Wavesong
Book 6: The Stone Key
Book 7: The Sending
Book 8: The Red Queen (final book, to be published November 2013)
Reminds me of The Books of Pellinor, but I found these much more readable. I really like the Pellinor books, but felt they were almost self-satified. The Obernewtyn books were easy to read (the first book is half the size of some of the other books in the
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Francophile25
Apr 30, 2015 Francophile25 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I randomly picked up the 1st book of the series in a 2nd hand bookshop while on holiday in Queensland. It was a perfect holiday read and I 'disappeared' into the story and read it in a couple of days, enjoying it thoroughly. Went back to the bookshop and bought the 2nd and 3rd books. Read the 2nd and started the 3rd while still on holiday. That gives you a clue how hard they are to put down. I loved the characters, the beasts and the original thinking of the author. Highly recommended
Chris
Aug 22, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so far. It's set in the future after an apocalypse and the world is rebuilding. The main character, Elspeth, is labeled a "misfit" because of her ability to speak to others through her mind. Misfits are considered mutations caused by the apocalypse and are burned or sent to work camps. Elspeth and her friends go on many adventures to try to help other misfits and fight against the unjust powers that be.

I am so glad I discovered this author and this series. Highly recommended!
Kira
Jul 06, 2014 Kira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading The Farseekers reminds me of why I fell in love with the Obernewtyn Chronicles as a teenager. Carmody writes in a good combination of foreshadowing and story telling without falling into the trap that a lot of fantasy authors do where they smother a fantastic tale with too much detail. Even though I have read the series before, I can't help but feel excited for what waits in the next books.
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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 (7 books)
  • Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1)
  • Ashling (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #3)
  • The Keeping Place (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #4)
  • The Stone Key (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #5)
  • The Sending (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #6)
  • The Red Queen (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #7)

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