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 powers before an inevitable confrontation.
But when Elspeth is lured off the mountain in a dangerous quest to rescue a powerful Misfit, the fate of the Obernewtyn colony will hang in the balance.
The second in the Obernewtyn Chronicles begins after some years have passed after the first novel. Obernewtyn has been established (secretively) as a Misfit stronghold and particular talents have been separated into Guilds with the strongest of them leading each guild. Elspeth has become a somewhat more secure character though insistent in her secrecy where her mission from the Guanette is concerned. She also remains deliberately obtuse (perhaps in denial) about the nature of Rushton’s feelings for her.
The Farseeker’s broadens the horizons of the series quite literally by expanding the scope of the novel and its world. Elspeth travels long distances in her journey to find the extremely strong talent and find books left by the beforetimers. The novel sets up the map of the world and builds on it, introducing the various cities and people populating the city. Some important characters are also introduced and there are tragedies that give the series a gravity that had not been present before.
I liked this one a bit more than I liked the first novel in the series. Possibly because I am already acquainted with the characters and am curious about their fates. But the novel also starts a discourse on the nature of the misfits, asking questions that are logical and seem like a reasonable explanation to their various talents. As before, character interaction and dynamics remain a strong appeal in the novel. The plot and progression of the narrative is also well done. I liked it. And hopefully, Rushton has more of a role in the next novel. I certainly hope so.