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The Farseekers

(The Obernewtyn Chronicles #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  7,277 ratings  ·  245 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 lo ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published December 9th 2008 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1990)
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Nov 09, 2015 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
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
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
Mar 25, 2017 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
The Farseekers is book two in the Obernewtyn Chronicles. Two years ago the secret community of Misfits took over the Obernewtyn. Elspeth Gordie and her allies are working hard to develop their abilities to confront the totalitarian Council. However, when a new talent with more powerful then the Misfits came on the scene. The Misfits had to come out of hiding to investigate. The readers of The Farseekers will continue to follow Elspeth Gordie to find out what happens.

The Farseekers is the first
Jan 01, 2019 marked it as didnotfinish
DNF at 15%

Nope. Can't do it. Everything I disliked about the first book continues in this one and I just do not have the patience to wade through the bad writing and the boring plot to see if it gets better later on. If I'd read this when my sister gave them to me when I was 14, maybe I'd have liked it. But 10 years later, I cannot stand this.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
3.5 stars
Daniela (Lightweaver)
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, read-in-2011
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So the adventurers continues, Elspeth travels to the low lands on the back of a prophecy only to come out the other side with the weight of the knowledge that she must one day take on a dark journey that will take her away from all that she loves. No one fully understands the true potential of Elspeths powers, some comes close. The pace and action of this book keeps me riveted.. isobelle paints such a large slow picture but it unfolds at a very digestible not boring pace. Hints and alluding to f ...more
Nov 24, 2010 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 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 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! ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Misha Ali
Nov 23, 2016 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!
Ju Transcendancing
This was another book that I liked, but like the first book in the series, I suspect I needed to come to it much younger than I did. There was still a lot to appreciate but it was too neat and ordered and came together too easily. Entertaining with great characters though.
Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-1
Post nuclear winter novels about adolescents with new abilities in a conservative future world. Australian writer!
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read in preparation for release of The Red Queen.
May 31, 2012 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... ...more
Cari ☾
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED book 2!! Amazing ending, excited to read book 3!!
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming into your stride. Finding out what your quest is.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just wish she would fall in love with Rushton!!!
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Elspeth has to go on a mission. One junior farseeker ran into another mind and they want to go rescue him; he’s a herder acolyte with a dog buddy. Her cat buddy Marroman, also has a message for her from another mind.
Rushton is not pleased that she is going, but the horse leader blackmailed her into it. They can’t travel such a large distance without horses. They intend to go through an old pass, but when they get close, it isn’t where it is supposed to be and they get captured by Henry Druid’s m
Claire Di Lorenzo
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was honestly a bit hesitant with this series but I never should have been. It is so marvellous 😊

- amazing world building
- Characters are likeable and interesting (though some characters felt like the mimicked each other)
- The main character is super courageous and knows how to weave her way out of situations
- Sometimes situations are dealt with a bit too easily (I’ll elaborate)
- The animals being given a voice and personas were great!

I really like the creation of the world, Carmody writes in
This book was pretty good, but I'm not really sure where it's going. I know that eventually Elspeth is (view spoiler) ...more
B. R. Kyle (Ambiguous Pieces)
Things I Liked:
~Interesting Plot: I liked how the characters and the plot intertwined together and I loved how multiple people and animals were undertaking their own personal journeys and character development and how all of that connected together in the end.

~The Harsh Reality of War: Isobelle Carmody didn’t shy away from the greater ramifications of what the Misfits are trying to accomplish and what the Council will be willing to do in order to stop them. There’s going to be civil war, one way
Liv Dunford
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is the second of a seven book series, and i'm LOVING them so far. From where Obernewtyn left off, there were so many paths that Carmody could've taken in terms of storylines, and the plot of this book was not like anything I expected. And it was awesome. So many new characters were introduced that I already love - Kella, Jik, Darga, Dragon and Brydda - and towards the middle of the book I felt as if they'd been there since Elspeth's first journey at Obernewtyn. The mystery of Henry Druid ...more
Kylie Purdie
Mar 19, 2017 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
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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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