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The Farseekers

(The Obernewtyn Chronicles #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7,057 ratings  ·  229 reviews
A Children's Book Council of Australia Honor Book

In this powerful sequel to Obernewtyn, young Elspeth Gordie-possessed of extraordinary mental powers-has united with others Misfits for refuge on the remote mountain keep of Obernewtyn. Yet the threat from the totalitarian Council to their safety is ever present. Their only defense is to work hard to develop their mental
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by Starscape (first published 1990)
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Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.

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 ...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
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,
Em The Reading Challenge Challenge
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)
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 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 ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Sep 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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 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.
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.
Misha Husnain 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!
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
I just wish she would fall in love with Rushton!!!
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED book 2!! Amazing ending, excited to read book 3!!
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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...
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
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
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, dystopian
I'm of a similar mind in rating this as I was to the first book.
Overall, the story is inexplicably enjoyable; but there are still pacing issues and inconsistencies in the plot and the hazy timeline doesn't get any less hazy.

In Farseekers, Elspeth is part of an expedition to find a mysterious misfit, however, I found that quite often members of the travelling party were simply forgotten about.

Also, taking into account the original publication date, and that these books are targeted at younger
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, australian, fantasy
Not a bad sequel. I read Obernewtyn long enough ago that I couldn't quite remember what happened, but thankfully The Farseekers sums it up well enough that I didn't have to reread it.

The plot of this book seemed thin. Not to say that it wasn't entertaining or interesting, but it certainly seemed like a lot of padding. I got the feeling that Carmody was moving characters around, and taking the opportunity to introduce new characters before she could move on and tell the story she really wanted
After re-reading my review of Obernewtyn, I find that I don't have much new or different to say about this book, second in the series that now has seven books, with publication dates ranging from 1987 to 2015. I still enjoyed the setting and the story; I still like Elspeth and her "misfit" friends; I still worry about what will happen to people with powers like hers; and my main complaint is still the simplicity of the good vs evil dichotomy.

I did find the episode with the bird a bit
Amanda Wells
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think if I had read these books when I was in highschool, they would have been all I thought about. The characters, the world - just great.

I'm often nervous to read something that was written more than ten years ago for young adults, as sometimes authors attempt to connect to 'the youth' by saying some borderline offensive things that do not last the test of time. That's not the case so far here.

I also appreciate that the major plotlines of the story haven't been brushed aside to make room for
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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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