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Toggle navigation. At least, its quiet until Zeke brings Ariel to the tree and she climbs up into its branches. There she finds a strange brass dart — an artifact once sent from one place to another with a message that only one person could read. Who has managed to send out a dart after all of this time and who was supposed to get it? As Zeke and Ariel try to decide what to do with something so important, two strangers arrive in the village. But then the unthinkable happens and Ariel fails her test.

Suffice it to say that it will keep you turning the pages as Ariel learns to tell friend from foe and overcomes her squeamishness as she uses her healing skills to stitch up wounds and seek out healing herbs. Zeke too discovers new found skills as the trees seek to speak to him but he hears another set of voices. A slow, ponderous set of voices that speak low and quiet. It reads like fantasy with the people living in far flung villages and their stories of time past. But many of these stories involve technologies that no longer work including bicycles and lights and so much more.

With a female main character who is strong and adventurous and her male best friend, this book will appeal to both boys and girls. Rarest of all is the book I read, I'll confess something to you.

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The Farwalker's Quest by novelist Joni Sensel was one of those books that I sort of assumed I'd never get around to reviewing but over the months I found that I couldn't forget it. I kept thinking about it, and darned if I didn't remember it long after it was over. That, to me, is what middle grade chapter book fantasy fans are really looking for. They may devour book after book like lightning, but why do they do it? They do it because they're searching for the story that touches them, stays with them, and remains with them for years and years.

The Farwalker's Quest is one of those books.


The Farwalker's Quest

It reuses a lot of old tropes we've seen many times before, but it also will stick with you long after the memory of other fantasies has faded from your mind. Who hasn't wanted to find a secret message meant just for them? It sounds exciting, like the start of an adventure. But when Ariel pulls an ancient artifact called a telling dart from the bark of a tree, she has no idea where this simple action might lead.

Before she knows it two scary looking men have come to town looking for the dart. Suddenly Ariel is kidnapped, rescued, and now she and her friend Zeke must find out where the dart has come from, and what it might all mean. Along the way they'll make enemies, unexpected friends, and Ariel will discover her true calling.

I've called this book a fantasy already in my opening to this review but is it?

I'm not sure. Certainly there are some fantastical elements at work here. I think that it could also be called post-apocalyptic fiction, in the style of The Giver , though. Lines that discuss sending, "fire through a string as people were said to have done in the old days," is one such tip-off.

It's not hard and fast, though. Unlike books like Raiders' Ransom , this could either be the Earth's future, or it could be another world entirely. You could argue it either way. Really, this book falls into an already big category of children's books about kids in a society where they get their jobs at 12 and then discover that society is not as neat and ordered as they'd thought it was. The language is a lot of fun too. Descriptive without ever overdoing it which is a frequent temptation in epic quests like this one.

There are just little jabs of color here and there. Lines like, "The water drained from the gulch like blood from a scratch, the slopes above too loose with shale for easy walking. So I like the writing in general very much. Less so the all too frequent foreshadowing. More than one or two chapters end with sentences along the lines of, "Even his courage would have failed if he'd known where the Farwalker's path would take them.

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By then, though, Ariel had taken the lead. Sensel is a enjoyable writer with a voice distinctive enough not to need rely on these little glimpses into the future.

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Kids are going to enjoy her writing. They won't need an extra pull to keep them going, or to ramp up the tension. My two cents. Really the only moment that suggests at an older audience is when Scarl removes his shirt and Ariel realizes, "how little resistance she could offer if he'd decided that her clothes would be coming off next. So we're still in the all clear. Sensel has done a stand-up job of creating a new world from scratch. Some of it will be familiar.

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Some, not so much. Whatever the case, prepare to read something memorable. Ages View 1 comment. Aug 23, Eva Mitnick rated it liked it Shelves: children , fantasy. 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.

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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, In Ariel's world, there is no technology at all - not even a simple machine like a bike or a wheelchair. When Ariel and her friend Zeke find a telling dart, a communication device from the old days, their world changes. Instead of settling into their chosen calling as every year-old does, Ariel is kidnapped by two strange men who come to the village looking for the dart.

Zeke follows - and from then on, their lives are completely upended. This isn't just a post-apocalyptic novel - there is magic in the world, from the way trees and stones communicate with Zeke to a ghost who follows the children around. If the darts are a form of technology rather than magic, then it's one never seen in our own world. Unfortunately for Ariel's people, magic isn't enough to sustain her society. Due to her culture's distrust of new ideas and therefore of travelers and outsiders, even what little knowledge each village possesses - not just historical matters but such practical things as medicine and agriculture - is dwindling.

Ariel's dart leads her and her companions to the realization that there is a great storehouse of knowledge from the past that could inject vital new life into the world, if only they could find it and then disperse it. These are intriguing ideas, but they take a backseat to the more immediate action of the story, which involves Ariel's kidnapping, escape, and search for the Vault of knowledge.

Her relationships with Zeke and with the enigmatic Scarl one of her kidnappers are always first and foremost in Ariel's thoughts, and this makes sense for a year-old who always thought she'd be a healer like her mother, not some pivotal piece of a scary and all-important quest. Ariel's anguish and joy are always on-target and sometimes even move the plot forward - and yet I kept wondering about her world. How could each village stay so insular - didn't they need to trade with each other and even intermarry?

Wouldn't they rely on goods from afar - and wouldn't new ideas arrive with those goods? Reading Patricia Wrede's worldbuilding questions probably has made me a very picky reader of fantasy, indeed I also got no sense of Ariel's culture - its religion, cuisine, dress, attitudes toward women.

As a result, the action is vivid but all else is a bit hazy. Oh, and one more thing - at one point, Zeke says "geez.