The Impossible Quest by Kate Forsyth
Published by Scholastic Australia
Tom is issued a warning from the Wild Man of the woods, ‘Tell your lord beware, the wolves smell danger in the wind… But what can he do, he is only the cooks son.
When he tries to warn Lord Wolfgang he is met with the usual resistance for a young boy. No one will take him seriously, no one except Lady Elanor the Lord’s daughter. When Tom stumbles upon her quite by accident, they form a fast friendship.
The castle is stormed by strange creatures that appear like leather and bone, Tom and his wolfhound Fergus, unite with three children, all from very different backgrounds. Quinn an orphan apprenticed to the The Grand Teller, or castle witch, Sebastian, a squire in training, and Elanor, his new found friend.
They watch in secret as Lord Wolfgang and all the castle folk are taken captive by the strange creatures, realising they are the castle’s only hope of redemption. Commissioned by the Grand Teller to find the four magical beasts to awaken the magic to defend the castle, the four set off on an impossible quest.
Their first collective decision lands them prisoner in a neighbouring castle. Keeping their wits about them and working together, the kids find the first of the magical beasts they require, and there ends the tale as their impossible quest continues.
I think this will appeal to reluctant and advanced readers with its short fast paced chapters. There were a lot of unanswered questions at the conclusion, which I believe is the point, with 5 books planned in the impossible quest series. I will look forward to the next instalment.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Kate Forsyth
Title: The Impossible Quest
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: March 2014