The Timekeeper's Moon

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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...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
In the year since Ariel Farwalker discovered the Vault, she has strengthened her skill in her trade, traveling to distant places carrying news from the villages she has visited, gifts from far-away lands, and evidence of fabled creatures such as wolf eels. But all of her farwalking skills cannot prevent her nightly struggle to sleep with the moon beckoning her to leave the Abbey. Soon Scarl and Ariel are following the impulses of her feet on a dangerous journey to find the fail-safe that will secure the Vault forever and prove its discovery was not an accident. Using a map drawn from one of the Vault stones and racing against the moon, the two travelers grow closer to each other and encounter new friends and foes along the way. Most disturbing, however are the frightening evidences of the past that resurface, adding to Ariel's fears and growing anxiety that her nightmares may consume her. This entrancing fantasy novel, the sequel to The Farwalker's Quest, continues the story of a world after the Blind War, when all technology was lost. Fans will enjoy seeing Ariel grow, both as a Farwalker and as a young woman, exploring internal and external landscapes and learning more about the joy and pain of relationships. References to menstruation may prompt some questions from younger readers but are handled sensibly by talented author Joni Sensel. Her skill at drawing and bringing to life a vivid and complex world entices, while her keen ability to increase the tension at every point keeps readers' attention riveted to the page. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
Gr 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
Kirkus Reviews
Sensel continues the adventures of Ariel Farwalker, who, in The Farwalker's Quest (2009), uncovered a vault containing knowledge of advanced technologies on a post-apocalyptic, neo-primitive Earth. For the past year, Ariel, now 14, has been experiencing disturbing dreams. The moon nags at her: "Hasten. Late, late." The author follows the formula established in the previous book, as Ariel and Scarl, her guardian, rush to decipher the cryptic message before it is too late. Along with two new characters, the seductive Sienna, a Flame-Mage, and the speechless boy Nace, a Kincaller, they race to solve the mystery. The quartet overcomes life-threatening perils and uncovers a long-forgotten place. Tension develops when Sienna's romantic interests in Scarl threaten his relationship with Ariel. Fans will welcome Ariel's first kiss, as her romance with Nace blossoms. Enough back story is included to refresh readers' memories. While the dialogue is not as sharp as in the earlier work, the fully imagined world, ripe with dangers and rituals, is entertaining. The story comes to a satisfying ending that leaves the possibility for another episode with the spunky Ariel. (Science fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599904573
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joni Sensel is the author of The Farwalker's Quest, Reality Leak and The Humming of Numbers. She also works as a communications consultant. When not writing for children, she climbs trees and chats with boulders at the foot of Mount Rainier. You can visit her online at www.jonisensel.com

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

    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.

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