The entire Valley is asleep - but Sleeping Beauty, this isn't. The townspeople have fallen victim to a horrible evil which intends to create an eternal darkness. Determined to save his family and his village, a 12-year-old boy named Tom has found all but one piece of the Spark, which will turn the darkness into light and save them all. All he has to do now is find that final piece, and the Spark will be complete, and the evil will be defeated.
Easier said than done. When the airship carrying Tom and his ragtag group of friends crashes, the group is split up, thrown about by the wind, and must try to find each other once again. New faces pop up along the way, including Roque Ja, the fearsome, giant mountain lion who is pictured on the cover, as well as foes.
This final volume of Bone: Quest for the Spark, a novel by author Tom Sniegoski with spot and full-page illustrations by Bone creator and artist Jeff Smith, with color by Steve Hamaker, does not disappoint. (And definitely read the books in order so you get the complete story! Read my reviews of the first two novels in the trilogy.) Young Tom didn't go on this quest alone, and Sniegoski juggles the various storylines with ease. From Tom's faithful raccoon, Roderick, to his newest ally, a little dragon named Stillman, the supporting characters are just as important to the story. Whether their actions and choices helped or hindered the journey, most of these characters never gave up on the quest or on each other. This volume wraps up the story neatly, then offers up a great cinematic scene right at which could easily lead to a new adventure. I hope it does, because I'd love to read more stories featuring these characters - especially Roderick the raccoon!
Yes, I am rather fond of Roderick, and so my favorite illustration in this volume is that of him sleeping, curled up with his friends, on page 10. I also think Stillman, the little dragon, is adorable, as is his friend, Porter, a turtle. Look at them on page 52. Cuteness abounds. Now look at Stillman on page 25. Stillman would definitely be friends with Littlefoot from The Land Before Time. I also think he'd be good friends with a fellow dragon named Fiddlestick who lives in Christopher Golden's novel Strangewood. (But that book is not for children.)
My favorite lines from Bone: Quest from the Spark, Book Three include:
Upon discovering a strange crack in the wall:
"What's to be found inside, Roque Ja?" Randolf asked.
"Strangeness," the cat said.
Note to fellow Lewis Carroll fans: Doesn't that sound like something a resident of Wonderland would say?
Oh, and to fellow Doctor Who fans wondering about the crack in the wall: Amy Pond was not around when that happened.
This is spoken by Greta, a new character:
"Hang on, please," she begged. "I know it's hard, but I don't want to be alone. Don't make me be alone, Barclay."
"Hi, I'm Stillman," the small Dragon said when he saw Lorimar standing in the center of the chamber. "And I'm here to do something very important."
"That's it," Stillman said. "I'm done with the running and the saving for a little while."
Watch the trailer for Bone: Quest for the Spark.
Related Posts at Bildungsroman:
Book Review: Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book One by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith
Book Review: Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book Two by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith
This review was also posted at GuysLitWire.
Published by Scholastic Graphix
240 pages in length
Learn more about Tom's books and other works at http://www.sniegoski.com