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The Forests of Silence

(Deltora Quest #1)

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The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen and hidden in dark terrible places throughout the kingdom, the Shadow Lord triumphs, and Deltora is lost.

In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unli
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Paperback, 131 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 2000)
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StarFruit I feel ya! I don't know I could recommend anything in adult fiction, but if you haven't read Rowan of Rin, Three Doors and Star of Deltora, you could…moreI feel ya! I don't know I could recommend anything in adult fiction, but if you haven't read Rowan of Rin, Three Doors and Star of Deltora, you could always return to the world in the best way possible :) (less)
StarFruit This is the beginning of the best series I have ever read. You must read!

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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Forests Of Silence (Deltora Quest, #1), Emily Rodda
The Forests of Silence was written by Emily Rodda, and is the first book in the eight-volume Deltora Quest series. It was published in 2000 by Scholastic. The book opens with a boy called Jarred, a friend of Prince Endon. After the death of King Alton and his queen, Endon is proclaimed King in his father's place. To consummate this, a magical steel belt, the Belt of Deltora, is set around Endon's waist. The Belt recognizes Endon as Deltora's
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Jason Sharp
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: is571
This was one of my favorite book series as a teen and was the book that really got me into reading fantasy. It's technically considered a children's fiction book, but if you are interested in YA books don't let that scare you off as it's an excellent piece of fantasy writing. I recently read this book for the third of fourth time after a very long hiatus of reading hundreds of other YA and Adult fiction and I'm pleased to say that it holds up very well.

The series starts with a king and his best
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George Jankovic
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a nice, quick read. This is a great fantasy novel for 7-10-year olds. First half of the book is about the protagonist's dad. The second half is very the action starts and the three main characters meet. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Beth McCraw
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, pretty good middle grade! I liked the adventure!
Michael Chen
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just recently finished reading The Forests of Silence, by Emily Rodda. It the first book in the Deltora Quest books. I read this series when i was younger, and remembered that it was a nice escape from reality. After reading it again i can tell why i liked it so much as a kid.
This book really isn’t like any other books I’ve read in recent memory. The best way Ii could describe it is like the Lord of the Rings, but much easier to read. The fantasy, creatures, and quest all remind me of tha
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Jenni
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My sister and I both read these in fourth grade (I graduated high school this May, for reference), and to this day they rank among our favorite series read, ever. And we both have read a LOT of books.

I forget the plots and the characters names and what even the major point of the quest was... but I do remember the fantastic time that I had reading these books. I remember running to the Childrens' section of Barnes and Noble and hoppping up and down waiting for my dad to buy us the next book, and
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Lindsay Grogan
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Holy nostalgia Batman!

Read this series as a teenager and now revisiting it as an interlude between more serious books. The characters are simplistic and storyline straightforward, but overall is entertaining and holds up quite well. Despite being aimed at 12-15 year old age bracket, I enjoyed rereading this classic gem (excuse the pun) as an adult.
Chris
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read
I saw this book in a box with some other books in my storage unit. I realized that I had gotten it years ago, but had never read it. Although this is meant for a much younger audience, I found the story to be intriguing enough to want to see where the rest of the series goes. I think my only qualm would be that the story, in the beginning of the book, seems to jump around a lot.
Natalie
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
3.5 / 5

A really great read! I'm glad I decided to try re-reading the series this year as I've been meaning to do so for a while.

I was surprised as to how much build-up their was in this novel (considering the size of it) to be honest. While Leif is our main character, he isn't actually introduced until probably a third of the way through, once the initial exposition and introduction (...so to speak) of our "great evil" is complete. I enjoyed the short history listen on the land of Deltora which
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Lorally
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Deltora Quest is a series for children, but the world that is created by the skillful mind of Emily Rodda will stay with you. The characters will remain your friends, and the words will be there to entertain, comfort, distract, anytime you choose to pick up any one of the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Deltora Quest series. My love for these books and my gratitude towards Emily Rodda for creating them cannot be accurately explained without sounding creepy. Which is unfortunate.
Deltora became a home away from
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Dilan
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The book The Forest Of Silence is about a boy named Jared. Jared lived in the castle of Deltora. Jared's parents died so he is still in the castle to be best friends with the prince. They were Best friends and then they got split apart then Jared had a son named Leaf. The Shadow Lord ruled Deltora for many years and the 7 Gems were gone so Leaf goes looking for them with some guy named Barda. They meet a girl named Jasmin. They fight a guy then find 1 gem.


I made a text-to-text connection. I conn
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Benedikt  (Benesbookblast)
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this series when I was a kid. I believe this books really made me read a lot. However I didn't get to read the final installement in the serie (which still bugs me).
This was a quick and fun reread. I think i will read a book of the serie now and then. Its a nice intermezzo between all the horror. I'm glad to be back in Deltora and hope to get to the 15th book ever...
Harold Ogle
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic, quest
Based on this book, "Deltora Quest" seems to be a great transition series for the move from children's books to YA books. This first book in the first series (apparently the Deltora line resembles the "Beast Quest" line, in that they are both long series of books broken up into shorter "mini-series" of five or six volumes each) has an unusually complicated plot (for a children's book), and protagonists that exhibit a more complicated emotional range than most children's books (they're angry, con ...more
Novalee Gorden
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, very detailed and action packed started to a series. I loved it when we were told that Jarred and Endon had a secret code as a kid in order to tell each other if Min was near. I kinda got sad and frustrated at the same time when Endon is crowned as king and is forced out of his friendship with Jarred. Prandine is very forceful, and seems to hate Jarred. I can't believe that Endon didn't believe Jarred when he came to warn him, but noooooo Prandine had to freakout and call for guards because ...more
Gianni
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: deltora-quest
Emily Rodda's book "Deltora Quest; The Forest of Silence" is a fantasy book with magic like no other. The Kingdom of Deltora is under attack from the Shadow Lord and our heroes must find the 7 magic gems to eliminate the Shadow Lord and stop his Evil doings. Now, will our win the battle or succumb to the Evil the Shadow Lord is raining across the Kingdom of Deltora.

Rodda uses Character, Setting, and Theme well to have the story be delightful to read. By having the setting in a castle and a creep
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Bailie
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: back-in-my-day
I adored this series as a kid, and re-reading it now, it actually still stands up. Is is simple? Yes. Are there large chunks of exposition? Yes. Does the whole books feel like a rip off of the Lord of the Rings? Absolutely! But it's engaging and descriptive without being flowery or on the nose, female characters are treated the same as any other, and the plot flows swiftly. For a kid's adventure book, this thing ticks all the boxes for me.
Dani Wood
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this. Never read it before but always wanted to. I have past experience with Rodda’s writing, having read a couple of Rowan of Rin books and the Fairy Charm books, but this was more up my alley. Good read to the little man as well
musa b-n
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm rereading the Deltora Quest series! They're all immediately available as e-books from the library, and they take very little thinking to read but are nice occupations of my downtime, and I'm enjoying revisiting favorite books from my childhood. That's all!
Alistra
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good enjoyable kids book that I still find myself turning to. The T.V series along with it is another, enjoyable show to binge watch.
A good throwback.
Ashlyn
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 2018.

I needed something to get me out of a reading slump and there's nothing like a good quest to do it!
Noah Buhrow
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PERSONAL RESPONSE
While not the hardest book I have ever read, The Forests of Silence did a wonderful job of keeping my interest. Even though the action part of the story is relatively short, it is well balanced by the backstory. Sort of a nine chapter prologue, if you will.

PLOT
In the land of Deltora, King Alton has died of the mysterious illness. Only days before, this same illness took the queen. Their child Endon is crowned, or in this case “belted,” in a ceremony where he will wear the Belt o
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Evan MacNeil
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This will be the first of my reviews of the entire Deltora series. While I have not yet read any of the sequel series, this will be my third time reading the original series – once during my childhood, a second time a few years ago, and now a third time for these reviews. I'll be keeping these reviews free of spoilers for future entries while still revealing what is in the book being reviewed and the preceding ones.

Keep in mind that those who haven't read the books won't get much out of these re
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Featherheart
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
This came highly recommended. But I thought it was seriously lame for the first 50+ pages. In reading about the characters I felt no sympathy, I thought them shallow, especially the first villain we meet face-to-face, and I thought it extremely far-fetched that Jarred just happened to doubt what he had been raised to believe on the night Endon was crowned. Just happened to think of it!
It would have been more believable for Jarred to sneak out, find out what was really going on, come back and fi
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Alexis
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Boys aged 8-11
Recommended to Alexis by: My brother
I'm eight years older than my brother. When I was a teenager I got into the habit of reading the books he was reading so we could talk about them. It started with Harry Potter and spiraled out from there. My brother absolutely loved the Deltora Quest series as a little boy, and practically begged me to read them. I read them all in one weekend, and it lead to a lot of good conversations between us.

I like to think of Deltora Quest as a precursor to epic fantasy series like Lord of the Rings, A S
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Mara
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, 3-5-stars, fantasy, 2019
This book series is for me a lot like what Harry Potter was for many people's childhoods. It's what got me into reading, the first books I ever bought were the translation of this series (because the library didn't have those copies) and they were one of the first books I read in English.

I haven't read this series in a while, say three-ish years, so I was curious how I would reflect on it. It's definitely middle grade, both in length and writing. Personally, I would have cut this book in two. Th
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FerronK
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
it is a very good book for somebody that wants to stick with a sires it has probably one of the best backstories ever it creates strong characters and a very interesting universe. it has very interesting characters and places all tied up neatly into a large adventure. one of the ways that a charterer changed (SPOILER ALERT) is when the charterer barda is brought back from the brink of death from the golden lilies nectar and he says that he admits that he wanted to go on the quest alone and not b ...more
Helsic 伊明海
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm reading DELTORA QUEST in english. Long time ago I started to read the "forest of silence" in spanish because I bought the book in a book festival but I couldn't continue reading because I couldn't find the rest of the books in spanish in that time. Now that I have access to the Public Taichung Library I found all the books in english and I'm so happy! :D

Even the forest of silence was too 'light' and 'cute' (I mean not to much angst or dark like the books I like to read) I readed it again in
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Parker O'connor
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Deltora Quest is a very good book. I like how it starts with a flashback to about 16 years ago to show how the world became what it is. The only problem I have with that is Emily Rodda could have made a book just about Lief's dad and the king. I think the group will have trouble finding all of the gems for the belt. I don't know how Lief's father could send his kid into danger like he did. I think it was cool that Barda was pretending to be a homeless person outside of their house for 16 years j ...more
Jen
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up off of my shelf late at night, with the intention of going to bed after I finished it. It was a good thing I had the rest of the series as well, otherwise I would have had to find a book store open at 11 o'clock at night! The Deltora Quest series is amazing. Once you start it, you will not want to put it down. The character development is believable and the world that Rodda has created is well-developed and lush with danger and magical creatures. I wish I had picked up the ...more
Jake
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was pretty dang good! The beginning was a bit a confusing, but after a while it began to become more clear. The first part of the book is about two childhood friends who did almost everything together. Heck the two Friends even made there own secret language. One of the friends was a prince and his father died from a unknown sickness, Making the prince king! In order to become king, the prince needs to put on a magical with 7 magic gems. these seven gems have the power to keep the shadow lord ...more
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Emily Rodda (real name Jennifer Rowe) was born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 with an MA (Hons) in English Literature. Moving into a publishing career, first as a book editor, and finally as a publisher at Angus & Robertson, Rodda's first book was published in 1984.

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“In ancient days, Deltora was divided into seven tribes. The tribesfought on their borders but otherwise stayed in their own place. Each had a gem from deep within the Earth, a talisman with special powers.” 21 likes
“A hero called Adin rose from the ranks of the people. He was an ordinary man, a blacksmith who made swords and armor and shoes for horses. But he had been blessed with strsngth, courage, and cleverness. ” 16 likes
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