The Knot Impossible A Tale of Fontania by Barbara Else
The fourth and final book in the Tales of Fontania series about a land of magic and all the other human qualities including good and evil. At the heart of it is the question “does the life of one small boy matter?” Of course it does.
The small boy is a lost Royal child, 4 year old Vosco. He is part of a bargain made by the rich and evil Lady Butterly with a higher being for control of all the minerals in the Earth and sea. Will she succeed?
Fontania is turned on its ear as communications break down and everything mechanical stops working properly. Rufkin the youngest son of a family of actors, has stage fright and is left behind while his family go on tour.
Rufkin finds a barge that has lost control in the magic of Lady Butterly. He hears a call for help from the small boy Vosco and answers it. This is the beginning of a magical adventure that in all honesty takes some time to get going. But once it does you will be glad you persisted with the story as I did.
Some wonderful imagery and metaphor as Barbara El;se uses her considerable language skills to describe the magical world of Fontania with its Cave lizards and fire lizards. She also gets fairly deep when the impoverished Nissy proclaims to the fortunate Rufkin “your rich only because of your parents…you can’t understanhow ordinary people have to live”. I think this is the catch phrase for the world we live in.
Aimed at primary and intermediate readers but has a depth that older readers will appreciate.