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The knot impossible

 4th book in the quartet of A tale of Fontania

By Barbara Else

ISBN 9781776570041

Gecko Press

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While this is the fourth book of tales from Fontania it is like the others, a standalone novel with its own stories. Each book can be read on its own but what does connect the books is the place itself. Fontania is a place of mystery and magic with a bit of mayhem in-between.

The knot impossible is the story of  Rufkin a young boy for whom so much seems to be going wrong.  His complete and utter fear of performing leaves his acting family with no choice but to leave him in the care of the Mccacks, while they tour.

A sense of abandonment weighs heavy on his mind but soon he is drawn in to a great adventure of his own, rescuing a little boy and sailing heavy seas. He meets many characters on this journey, some are good and others downright bad. There are cave-lizards to be avoided and just what is it that is lurking beneath the sea. A little fantasy, a little steampunk and a whole heap of thrills. Rudkin’s biggest problem, is deciding whom to trust! And of course he needs to work this out before “the end-of-days”. This is another great read from author Barbara Else and of course beautifully packaged by Gecko Press. Barbara’s use of language is creative and quirky with its own little idiosyncrasies which adds to the story. It is great to see a character grow and Rufkin does. He finds courage where he least expected to find it so to me  – that is just wonderful.

There is still plenty of summer holiday here in the Southern Hemisphere to find a copy of this book and enjoy reading before school starts up again. A great book for middle grade readers.

I love the supporting map on the inside cover.

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The Volume of Possible Endings
3rd book in the Tales of Fontania series
By Barbara Else
ISBN 9781927271377
Gecko Press

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While this may be the third book in Tales of Fontania series it is a stand-alone novel and can be totally enjoyed without having read the previous books.
Twelve year old Dorrity is the only child in magic-free Owl Town. She has been raised by her three brothers who set out on their yearly pilgrim but no sooner than they leave, they suddenly disappear. Convinced something terrible has happened Dorrity sets out on her own journey. What she faces, is magic and not of the good type. Dorrity is in danger from many folk. Hunted down and captured, held prisoner and taken on a roller coaster ride of adventure. On her journey she meets Metalboy and a wonderful friendship begins. But can he help her and can she help him? And just where are her brothers.
Dorrity is confronted with betrayal and half-truths. It is the discovery of a hidden and magical book The volume of possible endings on which she burns her fingers and begins a quest for the right possible ending. Told with humour and fast-paced, this is a winner.
I do love the french flaps and maps on the end ages. Quality production.