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The Timekeeper's Moon [Kindle Edition]

Joni Sensel
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Book Description

When Ariel Farwalker hears the moon talking to her, she thinks she must be going crazy. Then she discovers an ancient map, and learns that the moon is part of a mysterious summons that's calling her on a new journey.

With her surly guardian Scarl by her side, Ariel sets out on an adventure that leads her to new friends-the beautiful Flame-Mage Sienna and the mute boy Nace, who captures Ariel's heart. As the four travel on, strange things start to happen-fragments of Ariel's past appear in the present, so that it seems that time itself is coming undone. At the end of the journey, Ariel will learn where her journey began, and have a chance to save her life as she knows it.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—This sequel to The Farwalker's Quest (Bloomsbury, 2009) takes place after the Blind War when technology has been lost. It again features Ariel, 13, a Farwalker compelled to obey the moon's summons and travel from one isolated village to another spreading long-forgotten knowledge. She and her taciturn but caring guardian Scarl, a Finder, are journeying through unknown territory following the strange symbols on a map they have found in search of the mysterious Timekeeper. Ariel is having nightmares that take her into the past or into a parallel world where she can see events before they happen. Their companions include Sienna, a Flame-Mage who has her eye on Scarl; and mute Nace, a Kincaller whom Ariel is attracted to. Sensel excels in her vivid descriptions of the setting, the characters, and the adventures that they experience—most notably an encounter with a raging forest fire. Ariel's maturation into a young woman with her first crush is well done as is her reliance on Scarl while at the same time longing for independence. The theme of finding and accepting one's true calling resonates in this second book as much as it did in the first. However, they should be read in order because characters and events from The Farwalker's Quest are often mentioned. The books will be particularly enjoyed by anyone who likes Jeanne DuPrau's "The City of Ember" series (Random) or other postapocalyptic books such as Susan Butler's The Hermit Thrush Sings (DK Ink, 1999).—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
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It’s been a year since Ariel discovered the Vault, and since then she has used her Farwalking skills well, offering trade and knowledge to isolated villages. At night, voices from the moon plague her, but she doesn’t know what they want, only that they are connected to a mysterious map. Determined to go wherever the map leads, Ariel, Scarl (her prickly yet sincere guardian), and two new companions set off. As the map becomes clearer, they realize failing this quest could mean the end of everything. Vivid world building and tight pacing mark this sequel to The Farwalker’s Quest (2009), further distinguished by rich characters with believable relationships. Grades 5-8. --Krista Hutley

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  • File Size: 20258 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too March 3, 2010
Gold Star Award Winner!

The moon calls to Ariel Farwalker and urges her to embark on a quest.

Leaving her best friend, Zeke, behind, Ariel and her guardian journey to new friends and distant lands. Ariel hopes to find the sender of the telling darts, if she lives long enough.

I fell in love with this world and characters in THE FARWALKER'S QUEST. I thrilled at the prospect of reading the sequel, but I did have some nagging concerns. Because the first one blew me away, I feared nothing could compare. THE TIMEKEEPER'S MOON not only compared, but managed to thrill me even more than the first one. Adventure, excitement, and wonderful new characters greeted me with each page turn.

THE TIMEKEEPER'S MOON pulled me in and kept me moonstruck through the entire novel. When I had to put the book down, I felt the story tugging at my mind and urging me to return. I couldn't get back to it fast enough!

Like THE FARWALKER'S QUEST before it, Sensel has a way of bringing her characters and world to brilliant life, making me wish I could stay immersed in Ariel's story forever. The only disappointment I had was the ending, but only because it was over.

Whenever I look at the moon, I'll think of Ariel Farwalker and wonder what adventures her feet will lead her to next.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! September 8, 2010
I loved book two of Joni Sensel's trilogy. In her first book of the series, The Farwalker's Quest, she lays out her world and makes us love Ariel. In Timekeeper's Moon, Ariel's quest continues in a action-packed drama with delicious twists. The tension builds as we learn more about the mysteries of this world, and meet new characters including a love interest. The full characters and Ariel coming into her own as a Farwalker give the series complexity and the legs to sprint to the finish of the series. I can't wait for the third book. Please write it quickly, Ms. Sensel! On second thought, take your time, we'll be no Timekeepers here.
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I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. I'll list the faults first, as they weigh heavier on my mind than the good points.

The basic plot is a classic one (I won't describe in detail as it is revealed as a surprise at the end of the book) - but it is poorly executed. In the story, the heroine is required to perform some seemingly pointless tasks which the book never explains...and the explanation should be presented once the plot itself is revealed, if not sooner. The actions should be integral and, at least in hindsight, the need for them apparent to the reader. A couple of examples: Bilbo acquires the Arkenstone, and later we find out that the act was necessary to achieve an alliance. Harry Potter accompanies Hagrid while Hagrid removes something from a secure vault, and later we find out that something is the special item sought by the villain. In this book (for one example), the heroine has to leap from atop one standing stone (menhir) to another to collect certain important objects - but the task is not difficult for the heroine and seems a pointless redundancy. Having all of the objects atop one stone would have achieved the same purpose. The standing stones serve no obvious purpose, nor the placing of these items individually on each of the standing stones.

Another fault: I expect the use of technology that is present in our own world to pass without explanation - but at least some superficial information should be given concerning the use of scifi technology that appears in the book. Some of this (especially the "telling darts") is not explained even in general terms, *even though characters make use of the technology*.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, Intricate, and Well Written November 30, 2010
I am delighted to report that I loved this book. As a fan of young adult literature, I have been spoiled by the likes of Harry Potter and find it harder to be impressed than I used to. But Sensel does a beautiful job of mixing myth, magic, and mystery in this novel. I think the female protagonist will appeal mostly to female readers, and any boys reading would probably be put off by the brief scene involving the lead character's period. My favorite part of the book was the story beads, which each had a believable myth attached to them, and watching how those myths echoed in the characters' lives. I also felt like Sensel was conscientious about not introducing too many meaningless, unexplained elements as fantasy authors are sometimes wont to do. While there are mysteries in this novel that remain throughout, they fuel the plot.
I would recommend this book to girls ages 12 and up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rushed ending July 3, 2014
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It took them the whole book to reach their destination but mere pages to go all the way back. Seems that the book should have ended with them still a long way from home then the next book start with a sketchy description of how they got back to the Abby.
Other than that, I would think this is not a book for boys. It talks about menstruation for awhile. Also while very tame, feelings of lust are described throughout the book.
I will read the next one but I'm hoping the series will not degenerate into a young romance series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars
I liked pretty much everything about this book, and I would recommend thIs book to everybody the ages of/between ten and fifteen.👧
Published 5 months ago by acb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really like the series I can't wait to read the next book and read about Ariel's adventures in the next book.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the second is as good as the first
This is the second in a wonderful trilogy (the first being "The Farwalker's Quest") about a young girl reestablishing communication between isolated communities in her... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gloria McCracken
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Plot
The book was very fun to read!!! The set was slightly sinister and the plot was mind-boggling, what a great and interesting find!!
Published 20 months ago by Mea.T
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly fun
This series may be for young readers but I always llike a story with imagination. I found it fanciful and fun. Good read for young and not-so-young.
Published 21 months ago by Polekat
5.0 out of 5 stars Far walking
The story line kept moving, it did not stagnate. when there would be a reference to something in the past, it was nicely filled in so that the reader felt like a part of the story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre
I couldn't wait for this book to end. I found the plot bizarre and nonsensical, and, even for a world of make of believe I found the whole thing implausible.
Published 23 months ago by J. Kessler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Farwalker trilogy
If you read the first one, you're going to read this one, just to find out what could possibly happen next! More than just an adventure, it's a coming of age story. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading continues
One good book leads into another and this one is not disapointing. Would recomend this to any one over 12 years old.
Published on March 29, 2013 by Bernita Lorig
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a book
After reading the first book of the trilogy, I couldn't wait to continue the saga. This book held my attention. I purchased the third book and will start it this evening. Read more
Published on March 19, 2013 by Marsha M Goudie
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More About the Author

Joni Sensel grew up near Tacoma, WA, where she memorized Dr. Seuss stories and then began creating her own. This early training and a conviction that 'things are not what they seem' drew her to writing fantasy, including the three books of the Farwalker trilogy -- The Farwalker's Quest, The Timekeeper's Moon (Bloomsbury), and The Skeleton's Knife -- plus The Humming of Numbers (Holt) and Reality Leak (Holt). These books have been recognized as a Bank Street Best Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Cybils Award finalist, a Crystal Kite finalist, and a nominee for the Missouri Truman Award.

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

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