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Deltora Quest

(Deltora Quest #1-8)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  5,138 ratings  ·  310 reviews
For the first time, the eight books of the internationally bestselling fantasy series are brought together in one action-packed volume!

For centuries, the evil Shadow Lord has been plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands in his way is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. Now, Leif, Barda, and Jasmine must un
Hardcover, 752 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 2006)
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Peter Walsh I can confirm this.

I read all of these books when I was 12-15. A couple summers ago I was feeling super nostalgic and reread the entire series (age 21…more
I can confirm this.

I read all of these books when I was 12-15. A couple summers ago I was feeling super nostalgic and reread the entire series (age 21). I was very surprised at how well the dialogue, world building, plot (and its twists), and character development held up.

I HIGHLY recommend this series. It's unique and has quite a dark tone for a kid's series. And honestly....I like it better than lord of the rings.(less)
Tanner Bouchal Jarred lives in the castle. When the king is announced dead by the ringing of bells and shouts, he wakes up to see the new prince crowned with the lar…moreJarred lives in the castle. When the king is announced dead by the ringing of bells and shouts, he wakes up to see the new prince crowned with the large crowd, in which he is unnoticed.(less)

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Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms by: my best friends in High school
Complete 5 Golden Stars

1) The Forests of Silence: ★★★(★)/5
2) The Lake of Tears: ★★★★★/5
3) City of the Rats: ★★★★/5
4) The Shifting Sands: ★★★(★)/5
5) Dread Mountain: ★★★★★/5
6) The Maze of the Beast: ★★★★(★)/5
7) The Valley of the Lost: ★★★★★/5
8) Return to Del: ★★★★★/5

these 8 books of Deltora quest is always one of my selection for the Comfort read (though I had to stop myself not to re-read them too soon, so I'll definitely forget some stuff), I always finished them in 8 days, one every day.
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Catherine Austen
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read these with my kids, and they later read them on their own (at least twice). It's a great fantasy series, gripping and imaginative, with lovable characters - a boy, a girl, and a man - who risk their lives to do what's right. Rodda is one of the best writers of fantasy adventure for young readers. There are few books I've seen my kids so enthralled by (and I liked them, too, though I'm not a big fantasy fan). Start with this series; the books are shorter and simpler than either Rowan of Ri ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

Not many people have heard of this incredible series because Emily Rodda is an Australian children’s author, but oh my goodness, this series has to get out there because it’s that good. I re-read this series almost every year and each time, I can’t believe the amount of world building, plot development and character development has gone into it. Yes, this is a children’s series, but it’s like Harr
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, yes, this is a book for ages 8-14. I actually bought this book for my little sisters some time ago. To this day, my sisters are still raving on about how good the book is. Its been a couple of years now, so I decided I had to give it a whirl.

The book is 8 short fantasy stories about a heroic trio - a blacksmith's son, a wild and brash forest girl and a palace guard - trying to save the land of Deltora from the evil Shadow Lord. Its a fantastic book for kids. Firstly, it doesn't have any wi
Madeline O'Rourke
Look, I first read Deltora Quest many moons ago. I've held it dearly in my heart for all the years since, and as I expected, upon re-reading it as an adult, I only hold it dearer.

One of the reasons why I still enjoy middle-grade novels as a Not-Middle-Grader, is the lack of a need for, nor attempt at, literary perfection. They're just enjoyable. The plot of Deltora Quest moves at a pace that I can only describe as wonderful. The eight novels themselves are short, they go through the rhythms of
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series that I have read as a kid, and reread again brings back many memories of my childhood. This book was among my favorite fantasy books just because of the creativity and magical world of Deltora. The characters are lovably and you really become attached to them. The best part of this 8 book series, is really all about the imaginative creatures, environment, and people are just amazing. I really liked how there were many conflicts going on at the same time, but it wasn't chaotic and eve ...more
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Deltora Quest was one of those books that people sneered at while I read them. But I shit you not, they were one of the best series I've ever read- and after I read them Harry Potter, I will read these to my children. And the illustrations on all the covers are just amazingly detailed. Holy crap. ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any fantasy fan
Shelves: adventure
I give this book five stars but I reveiwed each on induvidually below.

1. Forests of Silence - 3.5 - I didnt find that the characters were well developed and the book is only 90 pages and 55 of them are on introduction. When the story began it was really good.

2. Lake of Tears - 4.2 - This story started of strong when the were captured by Jin and Jod. I also liked all the Ralads. The battle at the end of the book was not really against the gaurdian of the stone; Soldeen but against Theagan. Good
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Fantasy
Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest series will always hold a special place in my heart, for igniting my passion for reading and the Fantasy genre.

The eight books follow Leif, Barda and Jasmine (along with Filli and Kree), as they journey to the most feared places of Deltora (e.g. The City of the Rats etc.) to retrieve the lost gems of the Belt of Deltora, the only force strong enough to drive the Shadow Lord out of Deltora and back to the Shadowlands.
The eighth book, Return to Del was essentially about
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emily Rodda, my favourite author while growing up, has created a world filled with monsters and magic worth reading no matter your age

I read this when I was younger, as they were published. Nothing compared to it at the time. To this day it is my most treasured fantasy series, followed by Eragon and The Potion Master.

Her riddles, magic, gripping story line and amazing characters always made the books impossible to put down. Every chapter had a cliffhanger, the final chapter no exception. I loved
Trey Weller
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda is one of the formative fantasy experiences of my childhood. Really one long novel split into an eight-part serial, Deltora has it all: action, suspense, romance (just a pinch), vivid locales, riddles aplenty, and twists and turns galore. I read the whole thing in a prolonged gulp back in 2002, and it has stayed with me ever since. It's an absolute treasure that not enough people know about. A true children's classic-- and one that appeals to adults, too. ...more
Lily Malone
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
So my two boys, now aged 11 and 9, and have read and loved Deltora Quest, and have the three series in hardcover. My 9 year old has caught the Deltora bug from his brother and this time I decided I'd take a look too and see what I thought... and I've had a great time of it in the Deltora world.
I enjoyed the struggles of Leif, Barda and Jasmine, and I specially warmed to Jasmine during the story. Her pluck and her daring make her a great female lead, especially for youngsters reading this book (a
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My childhood, simply put. I adored this series, and have fond memories of my father returning every week or so with a new book from the series; I loved finding out what gem was on the side of the new book, and all the plot twists and mind puzzles that the books were filled with. There are many similar elements in other fantasy creations, but I think Deltora Quest was the best at it; the characters were better, the twists more exciting, and the monsters and creatures really creative and inspiring ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely obsessed with this book series, I read them all when I was just six. This series has good elements, including, but not limited to, well written and relatable characters, an exciting and quick paced plot, remarkable riddles, and funny happenstances. I thoroughly enjoy this book series every time I read it, and it is without a doubt my favorite book. I highly recommend it.
Kat!e Larson
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These books are a fun, exciting adventure that I never get tired of. I've read them at least ten times and loved them every time. ...more
Matthew Sampson
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first Deltora Quest series is one of my formatives—the books I read as a child that shaped my reading tastes. I remember hunting through the children's section at libraries across the district, searching for the more elusive chapters in the series. Dread Mountain is the first one I read and the one I still love the best. The Maze of the Beast is more unfamiliar because it was hardest to hunt down. The Forests of Silence, The Lake of Tears and City of the Rats were likewise difficult to find, ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
Always timeless and nostalgic, I love this series. While it might be aimed at younger folks, even as an adult I still enjoy this. The plot twists feel believable, if a tiny bit cliche sometimes, but I still love them. I also think reading the books all in one volume is the best way to do it, at least for me, since they are so small as individual books. If you haven't yet tried this series, I highly recommend it. ...more
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is good stuff! I remember reading these books as a child (mostly because my best friend adored them) and being scared to death by the vivid monster descriptions. Still a fan!
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I cannot possibly express how much I ADORED this series when I was in primary school. I must have reread it at least 20 times and even now, about ten years later, this series still holds a special place in my heart. It is such an amazing fantasy series, the world building and the plot are utterly captivating and compelling with the series touching on some really important concepts and themes. The main characters are truly fantastic and you can’t help but become invested in their struggles as wel ...more
Miss Clark
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children, aged 7/8 +
Recommended to Miss Clark by: L
The books are easily simple enough for children as young as seven, but not sophisticated nor complex enough to be captivating for older readers (10/11 +). They are enjoyable, and the storylines could be made into something truly exciting and intriguing, but the format, which is limiting, and the emotional sparseness of the narrative, hamper the books. There is also far too little character development. And the series lacks subtlety when it is needed most, stating the obvious, and then becoming v ...more
Jeff Johnston
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story had relentless pace which kept you wanting to read chapter after chapter. Leif, Barda & Jasmine come together in an arduous and dangerous journey in their search for the stolen Deltora Gem stones. Success will allow them to rid their land of the evil Shadow Lord and his oppressive rule. There are plenty of riddles, hideous guardians and allies to meet on this quest.

Thanks Josiah for your recommendation. I had a lot of fun reading this book!!!
Now for my own quest. A new story to read.
Tyler Fulcher
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done-reading
I thought that the book was great i was able to finish the book in under a month even thought it is so long. The book had all the features to a good book that i like witch is adventure and action. The book follows Leif Barda and jasmine who travel through the land of deltora in witch they need to get back the seven gems witch are scatted across the land. the book is a good easy read to have if you need something to read.
Andy Worcester
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Emily Rodda knows how to capture the mind of a young person. This series, being on the top few of fantasy series that I've read, is of a great adventure of a boy (Leif) who journeys through the land to save his kingdom. He is companioned with another man and meets many people along the way. There are many great and interesting secrets within these books and in the overall series.
If you like magic, adventure, trials, and kingdoms, than this is a great book for you.
Mona  PBR
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best children books I've ever read. I'm 27 now,But still, wherever I see this book, my attention is drawn and I want to read it again. It was my first fantasy novel and it motivated me to keep reading books. ...more
luke ambrose
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great adventure book I have ever read,it's awesome ...more
May 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: adventure
This series got boring after a while. I wouldn't recommend. ...more
Barbara Howe
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: late primary school children
Shelves: children-s-books
Most of the children’s books I’ve rated are ones I read to my daughter. The Deltora Quest series, by Australian author Emily Rodda, is an outlier. My daughter discovered it for herself and read the entire series as a pre-teen. I didn’t read it until years later, when I discovered she was annoyed with me for never having paid attention to her favourite. So when I did sit down to read it, I was primed to expect great things…and was rather taken aback by the less than stellar writing in the early b ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This series is, no joke, perhaps the only one that I personally can truly define as a 'comfort series' of sorts. I first got into these books as a primary schooler, and it well and truly nurtured the seeds of love for fantasy that had already been planted inside. The worldbuilding is incredibly unique, touching on recognisable concepts in addition to creating it's own gorgeous swath of creatures. Rodda's way of mixing simple and complex concepts forms a setting that not only feels plenty real, b ...more
Andrew Dato
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, reviewed
After reading these as a kid I decided to revisit these books as an adult. After going through some adult fantasy fiction I wanted to see how these book hold up and work as children fantasy. I felt that it was better to review all eight books as a singular book instead of one book because it kind of works like that. Which I have to say, these books actually hold up now that I'm older.

Are they a great work of fantasy, no. Do they service as a great entry point for kids to get in to the fantasy g
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, nosologic
When I was in primary school, I remember reading this book vividly. I got my parents to purchase me the books through a school catalogue run by scholastic. Deltora quest held high significance towards me as my friends were also interested within the series. A memory I won't forget is my fourth-grade teacher, Ms Orman (one of my most favourite teachers ever) gifted me City of the Rats for Christmas on the 18th of December 2008.

While reading Deltora Quest, I had some nostalgic moments of myself in
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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. ...more

Other books in the series

Deltora Quest (8 books)
  • The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest, #1)
  • The Lake of Tears (Deltora Quest, #2)
  • City of the Rats (Deltora Quest, #3)
  • The Shifting Sands (Deltora Quest, #4)
  • Dread Mountain (Deltora Quest, #5)
  • The Maze of the Beast (Deltora Quest, #6)
  • The Valley of the Lost (Deltora Quest, #7)
  • Return to Del (Deltora Quest, #8)

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