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I can pinpoint the exact time and place I bought this book. It was this quaint bookshop in the middle-east before the advent of super-bookshops, and this was one of the few English-language bookshops in the country. It was early December Except for one green gem: It was nothing short of miraculous to year-old me.

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I say miraculous, because I had only recently moved to the country with an unread Obernewtyn , and, having read the aforementioned novel, I was desperate to read more of Elspeth, and the development of her quest to find and destroy the weaponmachines. It is two years after the events of Obernewtyn , and things are different.

Obernewtyn has become a haven for misfits and Elspeth, guildmistress of the Farseekers, has a home and safety in this new society. But that safety is threatened. With rumours beginning to spread through the land about Obernewtyn, Rushton decides that it's time that Obernewtyn extended its reach. At the same time, the Teknoguild, seeking to understand the machines hidden at Obernewtyn, discover a talent on the other side of the land whose power could mean life or death for all of them. Elspeth, crippled by burns to her feet acquired in the battle with Alexi and Madam Vega, is an odd choice to lead an expedition to rescue this talent and seek information in the land, but a growing rift with the beasts sees her forge a bargain with an angry horse that will have unexpected consequences - for both her and Obernewtyn.

Uncovering the buried library, very cool. Rescuing her friends from the Herders, very exciting. Discovering Lidgebaby, a bit scary and with mind-boggling implications. The truth of Jik and Darga's inclusion on the trip, sad. There is quite a bit of sadness in this story, in the series, it's like a light coating over everything, which just makes you empathise with them all the more. Their situation is so precarious, their fate so terrifying if caught, the stakes so high on everything they do, that you forget for a while that these are just children and teenagers, for the most part being the easiest to come to terms with their mutant abilities; adults tend to have closed minds and fight their knowledge, seek only to pretend to be normal.

So much rests on their shoulders, and they're so young. When I read these books, I live inside the pages, in this world. Like a ghost or spirit that follows Elspeth, untouched physically but present nevertheless. It's the ultimate in reading experience, the way you hope to connect with every book you read, when you start it. I couldn't ask for more. Oh, except for the final book to come out!

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Let's hope it doesn't get pushed back, again! 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, especially Darga, and I think Dragon will be getting interesting in future books or at least I hope so! The advance of the 'overall' beforetime machines plot seems a bit slow, but its early days yet, so I have hope it will ramp up soon.

Dec 22, Daniela Lightweaver rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 15, Alexandra rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, it's better than Obernewtyn, for sure. 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.

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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 Well, it's better than Obernewtyn, for sure. Anyway, we open here rather abruptly to discover that Rushton is in charge, and the Misfits have formed themselves rather too neatly into Guilds according to their mind powers. This was one thing that bugged me about the book - they all seemed to have come into their powers rather quickly, and easily, whereas I had the impression from the first book that many of them were uncomfortable and certainly not that good at using them because of the fear of being discovered.

Perhaps Carmody imagines that once released from that fear, most young people would flourish in experimentation Anyway, the bulk of Farseekers is not actually set at Obernewtyn, but in the lowlands, as Elspeth and some others set out on a joint mission to find a library and a strong Talent they've sensed. Of course, things do not go easily, and they encounter most of the villains foreshadowed in Obernewtyn - Council, Herders, and the Druid himself - in various ways and with various consequences that I shan't spoil. It is a more convincing narrative than the first book; while there are still happy coincidences and useful chance-meetings, well, that's really the stock in trade of a fantasy, in some ways; and here it's done more smoothly and with less jarring "oh hai, yr conveniently who i need" moments.

Characters are more interesting and well developed in this second novel, too. Elspeth is a bit more complicated and nuanced, conflicted between the desire for safety and an impatience with staying put. The characters she goes travelling with show hints of personality and individuality; the most developed and interesting are the animals, and particularly the arrogant stallion Gahltha.

Rushton continues to be gruff and remote but still appealing to me, anyway! The new people our Misfits meet on their travels are probably the most interesting characters aside from Elspeth, and although one of them gets a bit preachy and info-dumpy that's hardly his fault, and I liked him for his rash-yet-considered ways. Finally, the world is built up just that bit more in this novel, mostly thanks to the travels of our heroes.

We learn more about the current society - which is complex enough to be not all bad, but simple enough that the reader knows well, this one did that they really wouldn't want to live there. There's more about the Beforetimes, too, and I seem to remember that it took me until this book to be absolutely sure that Carmody was envisioning this as OUR world after some sort of human-caused apocalypse. Which is a bit embarrassing frankly. Anyway - more Beforetimes things, and stories too. This sort of idea isn't unique, but I like how Carmody runs with it.

So I got the first one from the library and towards the end of the first book I knew this was something interesting.


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And then when I got to the third book, I was desperate to finish it and see what happens that one night I stayed up to finish Ashling without so much as speaking to my husband one night. And now I wait for the fourth book to come from the library. And to be honest, after finishing Ashling, I was left in a bit of a reading funk: Oh, and to think this whole series was started when the author was still in high school??? The author has got quite the imagination and even though it takes place on Earth, it might as well be Middle-Earth or something else like it.

And the people as well…if you can, read them. Definitely do not give up on the first book: Nov 24, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: I'd really like to give this one 4.

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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 I'd really like to give this one 4. I tend to get impatient and just want all the characters I love to get home to the people they love.

And despite my frustration, I think it was all necessary. I was given a satisfying sense of completion of this league of the journey and can eagerly await reading the next book knowing that there are a few unanswered questions that I'm excited to delve into. A perfect second-in-a-series feeling.

All the old elements that I loved from Obernewton were still there, and I especially liked the addition of a few new lovable animal characters. Oct 29, Leila rated it liked it. This isn't quite as good as the first in the series mostly due to repetitive word use--see: 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 This isn't quite as good as the first in the series mostly due to repetitive word use--see: Most of the time, there's no real reason for the death, and you're left confused.

I want to keep reading the series, though, and I'm enjoying the beginnings of a relationship between Elspeth and Rushton. Sep 13, Yune rated it liked it Shelves: 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 This one jumps ahead a bit from where Obernewtyn ended. I still like the level of grittiness of this world, and the characters who are meant to be endearing always are, but I honestly see this as a stepping-stone book, getting Elspeth further along the path to where she's meant to go.

Feb 04, Colin rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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.

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I forgot that part. On to the next one! This was quite a good sequel, though it definitely felt like an in-between book. 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. So much better than the first one Rushton, love!: D and Dragon is such a great character. View all 3 comments. 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, Cari rated it it was amazing. Amazing ending, excited to read book 3!! Jan 02, Josh rated it it was amazing. Re-read in preparation for release of The Red Queen. Anyone who likes adventure! Just as good as the first! Glad I saw it on Choupette's book list: Dec 16, Jade rated it really liked it. I just wish she would fall in love with Rushton!!! Coming into your stride. Finding out what your quest is. This book was pretty good, but I'm not really sure where it's going. I know that eventually Elspeth is view spoiler [ the seeker and is going to find the machines, destroy them and maybe the destroyer and all that view spoiler [ hide spoiler ] but I really don't know what she's going to do in the next however many books I think 7.

I've started Ashling, but I'm getting bored already as I just don't see the point. Elspeth has definitely had some character development and the adventures of The This book was pretty good, but I'm not really sure where it's going. Elspeth has definitely had some character development and the adventures of The Farseekers was really interesting, although I didn't like that it started five years into the future. All in all, combined with the new layout of Obernewtyn guild merch, guild leaders, competition between said guilds!

What on earth is going on?!? Who was that again? Admittedly, once the adventure was underway, it got a lot better.

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Thankfully, that was the main part of the book. Going down to the lowlands from a different perspective was great and I loved the Lue-Ellens is that ow you spell it? And then things got confusing again as Elspeth got closer to Obernewtyn. For the sake of spoilers, I wont reveal anything big. But hopefully Ashling will be: May 09, B.

Kyle rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Also secondary characters who were introduced were kept to minimum and were relevant to the plot. Did anyone really believe Ariel was dead? 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 was finally uncovered, and let's just say there were some On every single page there was always something happening - and it got to the point where I became addicted and I would be reading it into all hours of the night.

The only thing I would change is the fact that Elspeth and Rushton barely got to spend any time together: Elshton is one of my fave fiction couples ever and definitely one of my OTP's. Mar 19, Kylie Purdie rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.


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  • 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 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. Within this, Carmody allows her characters to grow and show themselves in a different light. They are more mature and sure of themselves than they were in Obernewtyn.

    Elspeth in particular comes across as a strong leader, dependable and worthy of her role. The journey element of this book gives a more traditional fantasy novel feel - the quest with challenges that must be overcome.


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    • However Carmody stays true to the world she has created, blending what we know of our world today with the imagination of a terrible future. Like any good series, this book answers some questions and creates others, tempting you to grab the next book and continue the story. I would and do recommend this series often. I would now add to any recommendation that if Obernewtyn doesn't quite grab you, it's worth persevering and continuing on with The Farseekers.

      In light of this book, it feels to me that Obernewtyn while a very good book, is also very much a scene setting book.

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