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Escape From Wolfhaven Castle

(The Impossible Quest #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  529 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Tell your lord to beware;
the wolves smell danger in the wind . . .

Wolfhaven Castle has been attacked, and only four escape capture... Tom, trained to scrub pots, not fight; Elanor, the lord's daughter; Sebastian, a knight in training; and Quinn, the witch's apprentice.

Somehow, if they are to save their people, these unlikely heroes must find four magical beasts from lege
Paperback, 185 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Scholastic Australia
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Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic children's read that I recommend for ages 9+, this is an exciting tale of adventure... what I particularly liked about this was how each character was so well defined and we get to know each of them in the beginning of the story before they come together and set off on their adventure.. A fun read and great debut to a new series of 5 books..
Christian West
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-2015
"Tell your lord to beware... the wolves smell danger in the wind." Escape from Wolfhaven Castle opens in the middle of a gripping scene and only gets better. This is the first in a planned 5 part series and the first book is wonderful. Aimed at 10-12 year olds it is simply written but draws you in. Being the first in the series means it ends at a point where you go "hey, I want more!" but I see that as simply encouraging me to read the next one when it comes out.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliantly crafted middle grades read from Kate Forsyth. Well paced and easy to read, surprises around every corner.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this with my 10 year old and we both LOVED it! Such a gripping narrative, funny and heart warming and, of course, Kate Forsyth's writing is utterly beautiful. We've just started book 2!!!
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
What an excellent little series this will be, full of mystery and spells and heroism. I think I might read the rest of the books and see how this little group of children save the kingdom
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
a fabulous start to the series! Looking forward to reading the rest, and my full review will be up on my blog.
James Lindsay
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this!! This is a superb entry into a 5 book series.
Just be warned to have all 5 books when you start as you will chew through this page turner in no time.
The main characters are well developed, interesting and work well together.

I can't wait to read this to my sons and my class and the reaction only children have when stepping into a new wonderland.

ok gotta go read part 2.

Well done Kate Forsyth!!
Robin Riedstra
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's an obvious comment to make but it's true, "The Impossible Quest" is impossibly good.

"Tell your lord to beware," the wild man said, gripping Tom's arm with a dirty hand. "The wolves smell danger."

From the opening lines the reader is thrown straight into the action. Who is the wild man, how does he know what the are wolves saying, and why must Tom tell his Lord? Such action and curiosity lures the reader on and Kate Forsyth keeps the reader baited with masterful storytelling throughout the e
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I found this book interesting to read. It wasn't really suspenseful or page turning. But it was funny at times and interesting. The series is probably best for people ages 8-10 I'd say or somewhere around that. Escape From Wolfhaven Castle is a fairly short book and very to the point. At times I could work out what they were meant to be doing and was just like, "When are you going to get smart, guys? Isn't it obvious?" But I did enjoy reading it. The description of the characters is lacking some ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
An entertaining junior's level book. While it calls it book one, it seems more like a long book broke into 5 shorter books, so you definitely need all 5 books. The story of 4 unlikely children working together to gather all the necessary components for a spell needed to save their friends, family and kingdom.
Antoinette M
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
My 12 year old daughter read this, and wanted me to give it 5 stars on my Goodreads. I trust her opinion on these things. She devoured it in a day, and at night by torchlight under the covers, when she was supposed to be asleep, (and when I was supposed to think she was asleep). She loves this story, and can't wait for the next instalment!
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the very beginning of the book readers are thrown into the action, adventure and magic of this story. Superbly written by a fantastic storyteller.

"If you are brave of heart, sharp of wit, strong of spirit and steadfast of purpose, there is nothing you cannot achieve."
Cate Whittle
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great start to this series, getting to know the characters... getting a feel for the setting. Looking forward to reading the following books.
Marj Osborne
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, favorites
A beautifully written, almost eloquent novel for tweens, containing action and adventure. Suitable for boys and girls.
Austin T
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title of the book is Escape From Wolfhaven Castle which is the first book of the series written by Kate Forsyth. The name of the series is The Impossible Quest and there are 5 books in the series. The books starts introducing Tom the cooks son and he gets a message from the Wild Man in the Witchwood and he has to tell the lord of Wolfahaven castle that a danger is coming, but he is not able to get the message to the lord. Then lord Mortlake (lord of Frostwick castle) attacks and takes over ...more
This is a beautifully easy, fun and light-hearted book. With enough of an adventure-based storyline to make you reluctant to put it down. At least as an adult. I’m sure if this was around when I was a child, I would be far more involved in the storyline and think it was a more intense literary experience than I do as a more widely read adult.

I like the four young adults in this story – they’re on the cusp of adulthood and finding their own way. But there is already a sense of comradery and toget
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book for little people, I even enjoyed it.
It is set in medieval times. Lord Wolfgang is Lord over Wolfhaven castle. In it we find characters such as Arwen and Quinn (a witch and her apprentice), Tom and Fergus (the cook's son and his dog), Lady Eleanor (Lord Wolfgang's daughter), Sebastian (soldier apprentice) and a whole gang of other castes folk. Anyway, Tom goes into the woods and runs into this 'wild' man in the woods and is warned that danger is afoot and he should warn Lord Wolfgang
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
My nine-year-old son loved this series and insisted that I read it. I quite liked it too. A great choice for young fantasy fans: the reading level is slightly more advanced than series like Secrets of Droon and Deltora Quest, but a little easier than Harry Potter or Prydain. Somewhat similar to Prydain in terms of setting and mood, it also reminded me at times of A Song of Ice and Fire, though of course much more kid-friendly. The main characters were distinct, interesting, and rather likable; a ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. I was invested in all of the characters. My one gripe is that the story was meant to have multiple books so not a lot could get done. Also that left a cliffhanger. I know multiple book series can have books that have a sense of completion.

I'm not sure who was my favorite character, it seemed to be constantly changing. I was sure after the game it would always be plucky Tom, but soon sarcastic Quinn stole my heart. When they found the unicorn, Elenor stole the show. Fer
Brooke Starling
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
My daughter read the whole series and liked it so much she recommended it to me. So, I read this to my kids (age 10 & 12) at bedtime. I was worried it was going to copy Harry Potter or the Spirit Animals books, but I was pleasantly surprised that it maintains its own distinct plot lines. It’s well written, lots of action, some mysterious creatures and goings on. Makes you want to hurry up and start book 2! It’s always a good sign when the kids beg for “just one more chapter”. We like to find ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a quick read aloud for my ten year old and it grew on us, but we just weren't enthralled. It wasn't really written that well, it was predictable, and really not a whole lot happened. We weren't even sure why it was titled such (this really bugged us, strangely enough), because it had not much to do with escaping the castle (that part was actually rather easy). I didn't really understand why the castle was under siege in the first place either- we needed much more development in that reg ...more
Sean Harding
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
First of a five part series, a fantasy written for young people is engaging enough, whilst being fairly predictable in its content.
The good nature of the style outweighs this though and it is a good start to the series, although as it seems in many of these fantasy series not a lot actually happens, and there is always a bit of padding in them.
It was worth a read, this week I hope to read the whole series.
Angie Matthewson
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Highly engaging for my middle grade reader. Her level is 5th grade and she could do this on her own. But it's a nice bedtime readaloud too. The characters are each unique. Four protagonists, two boys and two girls. So far, a great job giving each complexity. I'm looking forward to finishing the series with my kiddo!
Nicholas Stensland
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It wasn't bad. I read it from the school library collection where I am the librarian.
I had hoped to recommend it to a group of students, but I suspect that it isn't fast-paced enough. There might be one or two of the Year 4s that might enjoy it, so I will start with them.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series has thrown me back into a love for medieval castles, magical beasts and impossible quests! Loved the history, plot twists and unending action. I am within pages of finishing the fifth book and confess that I have been neglecting many responsibilities because of these books haha
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is written for young adults, and though I tend to still read young adult books this was still a bit young for me. However, it was still an interesting read and seems perfect for getting a young reader interested in reading and in adventure/fantasy type books.
Catie  Ewing
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like the book, but I prefer some of the later books in the series. Sadly, there are only four in the series. This is an excellent start.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book from Usborne. RaeAnn had read this series, and I decided to try it.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, tween
This is a good start to a fantasy series for 10-12 year olds. As an adult I found some details and situations lacking, but I can see it being a fun and engaging adventure story for a tween.
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Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling author of 40 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include 'Beauty in Thorns', the true love story behind a famous painting of 'Sleeping Beauty'; 'The Beast's Garden', a retelling of the Grimm version of 'Beauty & the Beast', set in the German underground resistance to Hitler i

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The Impossible Quest (5 books)
  • Wolves of the Witchwood (The Impossible Quest #2)
  • The Beast of Blackmoor Bog (The Impossible Quest #3)
  • The Drowned Kingdom (The Impossible Quest #4)
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