Barbara Else The Knot Impossible: Another Tale of Fontania Gecko Press 2015
There is nothing like diving into a good book and loving it so much, you keep turning the pages because you want to stay in that imagined world for as long as you can. That’s how I felt reading Barbara Else’s The Knot Impossible. Fontania comes to shimmering life as a place because the detail is magnificent. The characters are complicatedly lovable and lovingly complicated. This means they matter. You care about what happens to them.
This is the fourth and final book in the Fontania series -i lave loved them all!
Rufkin is the brave boy who is at the centre of adventure. He can spot when things aren’t writing and he can come up with audacious plans to save his world. He also knows that the life of one small boy (Vosco) matters very much indeed.
You will need to read the book to find out what happens (and what those plans are), but I can tell you there is danger at sea, ferocious cave lizards, people who aren’t as good as they seem and people who are better than they seem.
I love the names of the characters: Mister and Mistress Mucclack, Calleena, Lord Hodie, Rufkin himself, Nissie, Vosco.
The pace of the book is so perfectly managed you just have to keep reading (which may be a problem if it is your turn to dry the dishes!).
I also love the way fantasy and real things come together so beautifully — it feels real, and because it feels real, you feel the place as you read.
I highly recommend this book. I feel a little sad the series is at an end but I can’t wait to see what Barbara writes next. Thank you for such a wonderful fantasy world, Barbara. May you get many more readers for it.
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