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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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* 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.
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.
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.
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 possibly killing another? As far as Dain knew, no one could come back from their trip to the land of the dead but still insisted Ariel led the way. I just couldn't get over that I guess and the whole story is about how Dain gets Ariel to go there, what happens there, and how they get back.
Then everyone gets a happy ending but in a very contrived way. I felt that more time should have been spent with Ariel's inner struggle to understand the difference between feelings for a friend and feelings of first love.
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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 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
I've loved the Farwalker books from the moment I read The Farwalker's Quest. Reading The Skeleton's Knife was bitter-sweet for me; it's the last book in the trilogy, and I'm sorry... Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by just Joan
I've shared my love for THE FARWALKER'S QUEST (the first book in this trilogy) with anyone who'll listen, including most of the internet. Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by Cheri Williams