Continuing my reviews of the Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody this is The Farseekers Book Review by Jill Smith©May15
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 its 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 guilds.
Kella, of the Healers Guild, is trying in vain to help Elspeth recover. Elspeth still relies on a walking stick, and suffers in the cold in the winter in this old building.
The Coercers Guild, for those who can impress make people around them see what they wish to. Disguising them when they travel in a dangerous areas, or infusing a mental image of something the viewer was not seeing.
The Teknoguild, for those seeking knowledge of the before timers knowledge of the past, they scour through books, maps and other treasures, left by Obernewtyn’s former oppressive masters, Alexi and Madam Vega.
The Farseekers guild was most important. They cast their minds over distances to seek out other talents in the land. Those they found may need rescuing from the Herders control. The Zebkrahn machine modified to enhance the Farseekers range has discovered a talent in a dangerous region. It was an area they already knew held knowledge of the Beforetimers. Elspeth proposed an expedition to rescue the talent and discover secrets of the past.
The Guildmerge approved the journey. Elspeth was part of the expedition, much as Rushton objected. She would assist Pavo the Teknoguild to find the books from the before time, while seeking the talent in that region who may be living in danger from the Herders. They would travel avoiding the council and possible discovery of the sanctuary Obernewtyn had become.
This is the second book in ‘The Obernewtyn Chronicles’ and just as page turning as the first. I was unable to guess what was going to happen next. I will continue to read on the series. It is a deserving award winning series.