Reading Level: Middle Grade
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: February 28, 2009
Stand Alone or Series: 1st volume in the Farwalker’s Quest
Source: Swapped through Paperbackswap.com
Rating: 3/5 stars
“Best friends Ariel and Zeke have never left their small village, but a mysterious artifact is about to change that. When Ariel discovers the puzzling dart-like object, she only wants to determine what it means. She doesn’t know that others are seeking the dart for purposes of their own.
When two strangers learn of Ariel’s new possession, they kidnap her and spirit her away. It’s up to Zeke to find and rescue his friend-but when he does, they are far from home and only at the beginning of an adventure that will reveal both their destinies.”
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 what their lifelong devotion will be. For example you could be a Treesinger (talk to trees to learn info) or a Healtouch (a healer and caretaker). Ariel is desperate to be a Healtouch like her mother, but none of that matters after two strangers kidnap her over an ancient dart device she finds.
I thought the whole story started out really slow and was pretty bored. The friendship between Zeke and Ariel is cute but their town-life is kind of lackluster. Things pick up pace a bit once Ariel is kidnapped and I enjoyed this part of the story. In this portion Ariel finds out more about what she is and how to use her abilities. However the ending was pretty slow again and I ended up just wanting the book to be done.
There’s a lot in here about friendship and family and using your resources wisely. This book is just the start of the adventure, nothing is really resolved by the end. To be honest by the end I just didn’t care enough about the story or characters that I even really wanted to know more.
Overall this is an okay book with some interesting elements. The backstory to the world is interesting and some of the abilities the characters have are also intriguing. The pace of the story is a bit slow and I was disappointed in how little was actually resolved in this book. I would tentatively recommend this to fans of adventure fantasy. This is one that kids may like more than adults.