The Farwalker's Quest

The Farwalker s Quest Ariel has always been curious but when she and her best friend Zeke stumble upon a mysterious old telling dart she feels an unexplained pull toward the dart and to figuring out what it means Magical

  • Title: The Farwalker's Quest
  • Author: Joni Sensel
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Ariel has always been curious, but when she and her best friend Zeke stumble upon a mysterious old telling dart she feels an unexplained pull toward the dart, and to figuring out what it means Magically flying great distances and only revealing their messages to the intended recipient, telling darts haven t been used for years, and no one knows how they work So when twoAriel has always been curious, but when she and her best friend Zeke stumble upon a mysterious old telling dart she feels an unexplained pull toward the dart, and to figuring out what it means Magically flying great distances and only revealing their messages to the intended recipient, telling darts haven t been used for years, and no one knows how they work So when two strangers show up looking for the dart, Ariel and Zeke realize that their discovery is not only interesting, but very dangerous The telling dart, and the strangers, leads them to a journey perilous and encompassing than either can imagine, and in the process both Zeke and Ariel find their true calling.

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    1. I'll confess something to you. I'm a children's librarian who reads a lot of children's books in a given year. I don't get a chance to review them all, which is too bad. So my To Be Reviewed shelf in my office gets fuller and fuller as the seasons go by. Sometimes I'll read a book for kids in one month and then immediately review it. Other times I'll read a book, put it on the shelf, and pick it up a few months later, a little fuzzy on some of the finer details. Rarest of all is the book I read, [...]

    2. In Ariel's world, there is no technology at all - not even a simple machine like a bike or a wheelchair. Oh, once there were marvelous gadgets - but then there was a terrible war that rendered everyone blind. Eventually, sighted children were born and the world returned to normal - except that folks had lost most of the knowledge they'd had before the war. And perhaps that wasn't such a bad thing, especially if that knowledge had led to the war.When Ariel and her friend Zeke find a telling dart, [...]

    3. The Farwalker's Quest is billed as a Middle Grade Fantasy, but aside from the age of the main characters (12), I really found it quite mature. It's grim (lots of death) and even gruesome at times, so I'm not sure I would recommend it for the younger Middle Grade readers. It's more adventure than introspection or romance, though, so I'm guessing that's why it's not classed as YA.The story is set in the far future of Earth after a war of technology killed off most of the population. Technology is [...]

    4. I am so happy I found this book again. I read it when it first came out, I was in the 3rd or 4th grade, I was thinking about it while laying in bed and couldn't remember what it was call all I knew was the it had a tree on the cover and after ten minute searches through the list 'books with trees on the cover' the title popped in my head and now I plan on reread this book and re-experience what made this book stick in my head after seven years.

    5. Zeke's tree wouldn't speak to him.The Humming of Numbers was one of my favorite 2008 reads, so I was ecstatic to get a chance to read her newest book The Farwalker's Quest. The book stars two kids--twelve year olds: Zeke and Ariel. They're approaching an important date: Namingfest. Soon they'll take tests to determine what paths their futures will take. Zeke hopes to become a Tree-Singer. Ariel hopes to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a Healtouch. Each person in the community has a g [...]

    6. I have to say, I'm impressed. It was interesting to see a world where people have lost the knowledge of many technologies used today and have reverted to living in small villages. I also thought the relationships between the characters was very heartwarming. No spoilers! so you'll have to read it yourself :)

    7. Quick read, easy read. One of my most favorite settings, a post-appocalyps, coupled with a nature-pagan context was nicely told through the stories of two young tweens. Plot, characters, and setting aside, I enjoyed this book and it'll be something I remember.

    8. It's been a really long time since I've found a book this satisfying. It was both simple in it's story line, but complex in it's characters. And it didn't shy away from the more emotional things: death and failure. StoryThis is the story of a world that is somewhat changed from this one. It's not a post apocalyptic world, but it definitely has a feeling of what the world would look like if we took our modernity out of the equation via war. In the case of this world, it was a "disease" that cause [...]

    9. This is the first book in the Farwalker’s Quest trilogy. It ended up being a good fantasy story that starts out a bit slow and then ends a bit slow. I did enjoy the characters and some of the events that happened in the middle. Nothing is really resolved in this book though. Honestly I didn't care enough about the story to continue reading this series.This book is set in a post-apocalyptic world that has a very traditional fantasy feel to it. At the age of thirteen kids take a test to find out [...]

    10. Very well written coming-of-age novel set in what I would call a "next-society" genre (more time has passed than "post-apocalyptic"). As one gathers from the title, there's a quest involved with all the danger that implies. I really appreciate that the story is complete in one volume unlike so many series where many things are left hanging to be covered "later".Read it, you'll like it

    11. This is a Middle Grade fantasy set in a world that has changed since the "Blind War," though it is unclear if this is our world or another. At twelve, there is a NamingTest that each child takes to see if they will apprentice in their chosen vocation and take a new last name such as Healtouch or Treesinger, or spend a year as a Fool. When Ariel fails her Healtouch test, and is kidnapped by two Finders, the harrowing journey to discover her true vocation begins.I like to keep my eye out for inter [...]

    12. Ariel and her best friend, Zeke, are ready for Namingfest, a day when they choose one of the twelve trades and are tested to become an apprentice. When Ariel and Zeke find a telling dart, a long-lost magical artifact from the past once used to send messages, they decide to try to figure out how it works on their own. Before they can determine its message, however, two Finders appear in search of the dart, and they are forced to hand it over. Ariel, however, has a feeling the dart is meant for he [...]

    13. This book was way more intense than I expected. The emotion was raw and the characters real, making it a powerful read. It had a lot of elements of typical fantasy, but also plenty of surprises. It was a perfect combination of familiar and unique.**I'm not sure how much of the following review contains spoilers. I tried to avoid them, but I'm not good at knowing what's important to keep secret. So read at your own risk.**(view spoiler)[Parts of the book were gritty and graphic. I honestly think [...]

    14. 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, [...]

    15. The Farwalker's Quest is listed as the first book in the Farwalker trilogy, and starts us off with a young girl, Ariel, and her friend Zeke, who are both looking to taking an important step on the path to adulthood. They, along with their friend (Madeline?) are ready to take tests to get their second name, which will set them into an apprentice role for their life's work.(view spoiler)[Madeline is unfortunately nearly forgotten, even though she does have a crucial contribution at one point, when [...]

    16. This was such a good, classic quest story and such a read. There's nothing flashy about this book, no vampires or romances or dystopian societies, but Sensel's solid writing and the touching characters that she creates in Ariel, Zeek, and Scarl shine through. Really for me this story was about the characters and the relationships between them. Sure, there's a quest that they must finish, riddles that they must solve, and obstacles that they must overcome, but what I loved was reading the emotion [...]

    17. Joni Sensel’s The Farwalker’s Quest has much to recommend it: a likable and engaging heroine, strong supporting characters and a satisfying theme of finding your mission in an intriguing but imperfect world. Ariel, her central character, is spunky, sometimes grumpy, but kind and empathic and intelligent as well. She lives in a future world in which technology has all but disappeared as the result of a cataclysmic war (even bicycles are mythical mechanisms!) and communication is limited betwe [...]

    18. Anyone who read and loved Lois Lowry's The Giver and the accompanying books, will see some obvious similarities with the idea of occupations in this fascinating fantasy by Joni Sensel. I appreciated that the book was longer and the plot much more intricate than The Giver (which I also loved) but I still finished it in about a day because I just couldn't put it down!The story opens with Ariel and Zeke, 12-year-olds (almost 13) in a small coastal town, preparing to take their Naming test. This wil [...]

    19. Ariel was looking forward to nothing more than passing her Naming Day test, being apprenticed as the next Healtouch for her village, and finding mischief with Zeke, her best friend. But that was before the dart. Once the telling dart falls into her hands, everything changes. Suddenly she's on a journey far beyond the life she knew and in danger from those who want to see her dead.The story has an excellent sense of detail and phrasing. From the very beginning, the characters and their world come [...]

    20. This was an enthralling fantasy, and much better than I was expecting! I had never heard of Joni Sensel, but I saw a reference to this novel somewhere and thought it sounded like it might be worth looking into. I'm really glad I did!It's a fairly typical quest fantasy in a lot of ways. Ariel, who is a little bit of a misfit in her community, finds a "telling dart": a remnant of ancient magical technology that is intended to carry messages. Unfortunately, no one except the village's Storian (teac [...]

    21. Farwalker's Quest is an imaginative journey recounting the tales and travails of young Ariel FarWalker and her friend and companion, Zeke StoneSinger. Ariel and Zeke have just turned thirteen and their futures lie ahead of them during the Namingfest, when each child of age tests for their future trade. Zeke hopes to become a Tree-Singer like his father. Ariel plans without any great enthusiasm to become a HealTouch like her mother. But neither ends up with the destiny they expected and they are [...]

    22. I would recommend 'The Farwalker's Quest'. I enjoyed reading it. I liked the characters- Ariel, Zeke and Scarl. The dystopian history of their world was fairly original and I was intrigued by the premise of the 'Blind War' and the 'Forgetting'. Both of those events led Ariel's world to what it is now, a fairly primitive culture which survives with only 12 trades and almost no modern day technology, machines, and knowledge. Right before her 'trade' test, Ariel and Zeke find a dart with symbols on [...]

    23. Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadTooWhen Ariel and her best friend, Zeke, find a magical artifact, their lives are changed forever. Soon they are on a dangerous journey to discover where the artifact originated. In the process, they discover their true callings and forge an unlikely friendship. Filled with adventure, surprises, and great characters, THE FARWALKER'S QUEST guides the reader one exciting step at a time into a fantastic trip through Ariel's world. This book has common fantasy [...]

    24. I checked this book out on a whim to kill time and didn't expect to read more than a few chapters. Well, it ended up being more engrossing than I had anticipated. The premise is interesting wherein the society is in a post-apocalyptic situation, so far set back that the concept of a bicycle is full of wonder and almost incomprehensible. While they've lost most technology, to survive the people developed various talents through the centuries like communicating with trees and the ability to "find" [...]

    25. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy, try this young adult novel. It's a classic fantasy built around a quest where the two main characters not only find the Truth about themselves but find their places in the wider world. Shortly before the all-important "Namingfest" that will determine their future trades, Ariel and her friend Zeke find an ancient artifact that changes the course of their lives. Though Ariel recognizes a few of the symbols on the telling dart, the message itself is a myster [...]

    26. This juvenile fantasy novel gave me a very bad case of first-reads guilt. I entered the giveaway because I had just discovered giveaways and was overexcited by them and entering draws almost at random. I won this book. I read it and it kept up my interest until the end, but I didn't fall in love with it. Much of the world building didn't make a great deal of sense to me (I never was really convinced by the concept of a "telling dart" which is central to the book). Still, I know every book is its [...]

    27. Without giving away too many of the book's surpises . . . despite the title, for a good part of the book there is neither a Farwalker nor a quest. The beginning of the journey is not voluntary, and is in fact quite traumatic, and both the identity of "Farwalker" and a sense of purposeful "quest" are hard surprises in the midst of some stark realities.As they approach their naming day, thirteen-year-olds Ariel and Zeke are filled with excitement and apprehension. They've learned everything they c [...]

    28. The Farwalker's Quest follows the story of a thirteen year old girl named Ariel. It begins with her and her friend, Zeke, finding a "telling dart," an object that was thought to be out of use for years. The discovery of this artifact set in motion events that will irrevocably change Ariel and Zeke's lives.When I started reading this book, I had some doubts on whether or not it would be a good read. Two of the main characters (Ariel and Zeke) are just about to turn thirteen at the beginning of th [...]

    29. I am not generally a fantasy reader but, as with her Humming of Numbers, Joni Sensel drew me right in to this other time and place. Though the reader figures out well before Ariel does that she's not going to pass her test to be a Healtouch, that only adds to the drama and tension of this amazing and gritty story. Ariel is a compelling and complex character, and so is her apparent nemesis, Scarl. Childhood friend, Zeke, grows up fast and displays immense courage in his attempt to rescue Ariel wh [...]

    30. Ariel and Zeke, best friends, are looking forward to the upcoming naming fest (a sort of graduation) where they will be tested and start their new trades. Zeke can talk to trees while Ariel is trying to become the next healer of the village. Unfortunately everything goes wrong and Ariel finds herself on a journey toward a mission, and treasure that she never imagined. I was excited to read this book. I especially liked the beginning and the descriptions of the world Ariel lives in. I also thorou [...]

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