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The Farseekers (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  6,025 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
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 l ...more
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Nov 09, 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
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
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
Mar 25, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this was a pretty good book, however the first chapter (with one of those random *2 years later* time jumps since the first book) was rather strange and confusing. Also it really jumped straight into a bunch of new terminology and systems without really explaining too much, which was frustrating. Seeing "Guilden", "Guildmerge" and similar terms pop up about 50 times in the first chapter with no explanation...
Anyway, getting beyond that: I liked the new character introductions, especiall
Oct 15, 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
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
Nov 24, 2010 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
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
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
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!
Feb 11, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a good sequel, though it definitely felt like an in-between book. Lots of world & character building but not a lot of plot progression. Really loved the scene where they found the Old-time library, as well as the part where Elspeth is found by the birds. The story just keeps on getting more interesting.
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.

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
Misha Husnain Ali
Nov 23, 2016 Misha Husnain Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first, which is likely because the first book sets up a lot of things and has very little action in favor of exposition about the world. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
Aug 18, 2015 Cari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED book 2!! Amazing ending, excited to read book 3!!
Jan 02, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read in preparation for release of The Red Queen.
May 31, 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...
Dec 16, 2015 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just wish she would fall in love with Rushton!!!
Nov 14, 2015 Mere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming into your stride. Finding out what your quest is.
Kylie Purdie
Mar 19, 2017 Kylie Purdie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
It's been over 20 years since I read the Obernewtyn Chronicles and I'm loving the fact that Carmody's writing well and truly stands the test of time.
I found The Farseekers had a quicker pace to it than Obernewtyn. Elspeth and a group of other misfits from Obernewtyn set off to complete a couple of missions. Things of course do not go to plan and they find themselves having to deal with some uncertain situations. Within this, Carmody allows her characters to grow and show themselves in a differe
Paige Carter
A lot better then the first book, this one seems to flow more. The characters were all a little confusing, what with new ones being introduced out of the blue. I love the plot though, it is slowly building and i love it!
Mar 12, 2017 Stine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ideas Isobelle Carmody combines in this series are a bit odd, but have kept my interest so far.
I felt the second book was more refined than the first and gave more depth to the characters. Based on this improvement I will probably continue to follow Elspeth's adventure.
Mar 10, 2017 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The series started out well enough, but more and more books go by without the author ever getting to the point. She established the Big Bad in book one, and four books later the Hero is no closer to actually confronting them than when she started. And I don't mean like a Voldemort situation, the Main Character is making absolutely zero effort to resolve the larger issues of the old time machines and the threat that they represent to the world.
Nov 07, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ORIGINAL READ: 16 Dec 2008 - 19 Dec 2008 (9/10)

Having throughly enjoyed Isobelle Carmody's first novel in the Obernewtyn Chronicles (conveniently titled Obernewtyn), I was looking forward to the second book, The Farseekers. Happily, I was not disappointed.

This book starts two years after the end of Obernewtyn. Obernewtyn is now safely in the hands of the Misfits and, exactly as Rushton intended, is a refuge for those with emerging mental talents who are hunted by the Council and therefore genera
Apr 25, 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
Jill Smith
May 06, 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
I didn’t know that there was a second Obernewtyn book until I stumbled on it a few years after reading the first. I had always felt like Obernewtyn was well finished. So, The Farseekers did feel a little like an after-thought sequel. But, that didn’t detract from its brilliance and value in any way, shape or form. This book built on a world that I had really and thoroughly enjoyed in Obernewtyn, and further immersed and sucked me in to a new, dystopian reality.

Not only did Carmody build on a pre
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
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
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
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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)
  • 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)
  • The Obernewtyn Chronicles: Books 1 - 6

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