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The Skeleton's Knife: Book Three of the Farwalker Trilogy Paperback – November 7, 2011
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The fine characterization and interesting story made this just as compelling a read as the previous two books. In fact, this might be my favorite of the series--the story is smaller in scope, which allows for more concentration on character and slower ratcheting up of tension. --Charlotte's Library, CharlottesLibrary.blogspot.com
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A full-time freelance writer, Joni has also published two picture books, one of which earned a 2001 Henry Bergh Children's Book Honor from the ASPCA. She lives on the only paved street in a tiny community at the knees of Mt. Rainier in Washington State. Find her on Facebook as well as at www.jonisensel.com.
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* World-building: Though Ariel's world is different than our own in a few key ways, we feel completely immersed in it throughout.
* Characterization: None of the characters are flat. All feel like real people with strengths and weaknesses, virtues and vices, hopes and fears. All of their motivations ring true.
* Adventure: The pacing is non-stop--a true page-turner! The author raises many questions in the reader's mind, and you have to keep reading to find out the answers.
* A strong female lead: Ariel is one of my favorite female characters of all time. She questions herself constantly and often doubts her abilities, but she nonetheless trusts her instincts and perseveres against all odds, especially when it comes to helping her friends. She sets a powerful example for readers to aspire to in their own lives.
She builds worlds like nobody else, and THE SKELETON'S KNIFE makes it clear that awards she's received in the past--a 2009 Cybil's Finalist for and inclusion in the 2010 Bank Street best books list weren't flukes. The book is the third in the Farwalker Trilogy, following THE FARWALKER'S QUEST and THE TIMEKEEPER'S MOON. You don't have to have read the first two books to enjoy the conclusion to 12-year-old Ariel's tale, but you'll no doubt want to.
In this installment, Ariel must get rid of her dead enemy's knife--and I was on the edge of my seat as I read. I'm refraining from plot spoilers, but suffice it to say, it reminds me of my favorite fantasies from childhood, the ones spiced with singular adventure, a dash of romance, and true peril. It's the kind of book kids will read and remember long past the final page turn.
Fans of the previous books will enthusiastically welcome old friends and embrace new ones. Readers who haven't read the first two books in the series, or haven't read them in a while, might feel a little overwhelmed at first trying to understand this unusual world with several characters quickly introduced. But once Ariel starts on her journey, the story is straightforward enough that it should make sense and be engaging even without the background of the other books.
This is one of those books where you'll find yourself finishing each chapter and thinking, Just one more... just one more... until before you know it the book is done.
A magical fantasy, The Farwalker's Quest, takes place in a futuristic world--a world left devastated and fragmented by the Blind War.
Everyone in Canberra Docks assumes twelve-year-old Ariel will become a Healtouch like her mother. She certainly doesn't seem talented enough to do anything else. Her best friend, Zeke, hopes to follow in his father's footsteps and become a village-chief-like Tree-Singer. But just three days before the Namingfest, Zeke's tree won't speak to him. Instead, the maple directs Ariel to a magical artifact of old: a telling dart.
Used before the war, the telling dart has a secret message destined for but one. The dart fully captures Ariel's imagination, and her heart. When a pair of strangers turns up asking questions and making threats, Ariel and Zeke are forced into a treacherous, life-altering journey.
The Farwalker's Quest, a coming-of-age adventure, is a MUST-READ. Even those who are not generally fans of fantasy are sure to be pleased. No maps or charts are required in the reading of this book. With substantiative characters and a well-woven plot, Joni Sensel weaves a breathtaking tale full of twists and turns that will leave the reader breathless. The pacing is perfect, the prose lyrical and smooth. Readers will quickly find themselves transported to a magical world of danger and loss, of dreams and destiny.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the one I liked the least in the trilogy.
What kind of a person would feel so guilty over the death of a sibling that they wanted to end it all but only by... Read more
Have finished the trilogy today. Devoured all three in about two weeks. Will miss Ariel and Scarl. Time for it to end obit almost wish there was a fourth book to finish it up.Published on November 4, 2013 by Terri Frazier
This is a great book, full of adventure and wonder. I like to pre-read books in consideration of what would be an appropriate gift for the grands. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Zoe
This book was so good!!!!!!!! They should make a 4th and 5th book!!!!!!!!!!!! :)(: Or they should just keep making the books!!! That would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!Published on June 12, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed this novel very much. The story line kept moving and was interesting till the end. This is a good ending to the trilogy however I always hate it when a series I have... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Bernita Lorig
This sure kept my attention. The way Joni Sensel describes everything you can imagine what the area looks like. Enjoyable series.Published on March 23, 2013 by Marsha M Goudie
I know that the title says trilogy but I want more. Isn't it great when you get to the end and want more? I hope that Joni Sensel will hear her fans and write more. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Janice
This book is the last of the trilogy and it brings the end of the story together in an unspected way very vivitly.Published on February 21, 2013 by Olga Gustke
I really loved this book. It finished the trilogy well and it was rife with the sparkling imagination of Joni Sensel. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Rollin C. Thomas