Do you want to fight the powers of the evil shadow and follow the quest of Deltora? Read this review and then read The Forests of Silence, first book of the Deltora Quest series.
Part one of The Forests of Silence, told through the eyes of the young king Endon and his companion Jarred, tells how the magic gems of Deltora are lost through treachery and betrayal.
Part two is told through the eyes of Lief, Jarred’s son, and begins 16 years later. This is where the quest really begins. Lief finds out he has to undertake a quest to find the lost gems of the belt of Deltora.
If you like facts more than fiction you might not like it when the spiritual world comes in, but that’s only a small part of the story. Eight- to 15-year-olds (if they like fantasy) will probably love this book, and the series gets even better as you read it.
Editor’s note: This review was written by Liam, aged 10. Note also that Fishpond’s suggested age range for this book is 5-9, while Amazon’s is 9 and up. Personally I think 5 is a little young. As an adult, I enjoyed reading it with my son.
Other books by Emily Rodda
Deltora Quest Books in Order (Deltora Series 1)
- The Forests of Silence (2000)
- The Lake of Tears
- City of the Rats
- The Shifting Sands
- Dread Mountain
- The Maze of the Beast
- The Valley of the Lost
- Return to Del
Deltora Shadowlands (Deltora Series 2)
Lief, Barda, and Jasmine are back and must work together to defeat the Shadow Lord in his own realm.
Monsters of Deltora
Although The Book of Monsters is usually placed with the Shadowlands Deltora series, it really stands as a one off, full colour book of monsters.
Dragons of Deltora (Deltora Series 3)
The three friends, Lief, Barda, and Jasmine, are still battling the evil of the Shadow Lord, even after his apparent defeat. The last of Deltora’s Dragons are their only hope.
More Stand-alone Deltora Books
Also by Emily Rodda
NB this is not everything she’s written – Emily Rodda is another prolific writer and has also written picture books and other stories for early readers, mysteries and individual novels.
The Fairy Realm Series’ (there are three series’) I’ve been enjoying reading some of these with my five-year-old daughter, although I’ve found some more enthralling than others (she’s liked them all though).