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The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest #1)

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The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade the land of Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven stones of great and mysterious power.In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a dangerous quest. Determined to find the lost stones and rid their land of the Shadow Lor ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 131 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (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
Sara Kamjou
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, mystery
یه داستان افسانهای کهن جادویی رازآلود.
مدتها بود دلم برای خوندن یه فانتزی جذاب لک زده بود!
یادگاری از کتاب:
بزرگترین سفرها با اولین قدم آغاز میشود و ما اولین قدم را برداشتیم. در قدم بعدی هر چه پیش آید، باز ما دلیل خوبی برای جشن گرفتن داریم.
Mahdi Lotfi
ارباب سایه ها تصمیم دارد به شهر دل حمله کندو فقط کمربند دلتورا آنرا نجات میدهد .ارباب سایه ها هفت گوهر کمربند را در هفت مکان اهریمنی و با نگهبان هایی شیطانی مخفی کرده است.آنا و جارد پسرشان لیف را با همراه دیگری بارادا به جست و جوی کمربند ها میفرستند .لیف و بارادا برای پیدا کردن یکی از گوهر های کمربند باید از روی نقشه ای کهنه به سمت گوهر ها بروند و آن ها را به دست بیاورند .
دو همسفر با وجود خطر های فراوان به سوی اولین مقصد به راه می افتند :جنگل های سکوت....
Jason Sharp
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Motahare Ghaderi
با این که خوندنش سرگرمی خوبی بود اما هیچ خلاقیت چندانی توی داستان ندیدم. گره ها چقد سریع باز می شدن چقدر مشکل ها زود و بی دردسر حل می شدن و امان از بی جزئیاتی... توی این سبک داستان ها ذائقه ی من لا اقل شخصیت پردازی های ظریف، فضا سازی های پیچیده و از همه بیشتر توصیفات ریز به ریز وقایع رو می طلبه و می پسنده اما توی این کتاب نویسنده انگار یه مروری بر داستانی داشت که قبل تر یکی دیگه مفصل ترش رو نوشته
ولی خب بعد مدت ها یه قصه خوندم. حال داد.
George Jankovic
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pro-pidi-i-maxi
Série DELTORA — Země nestvůr a kouzel si získala oblibu mezi dětmi po celém světě.


Ať už se mamce snažím tvrdit cokoliv..
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
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arghavan by: دخترعمّه‌جان -شکیبا- .
به عنوانِ «رمانِ فانتزیِ کودک» خیلی خوبه؛ ولی «رمانِ فانتزیِ نوجوان» نه؛ اصلاً. [«کودک» رو در این عبارت، فردی نهایتاً پنجم دبستان درنظربگیرید.]
خیلی «ساده»س کتاب. سرراست و ساده و معمولی. تعلیقِش برای آدمهای «نوجوان» [طبق همون تعریف توی کروشهی قبلی] خیلی مسخره بهنظرخواهداومد؛ ولی یه «کودک» میتونه رسماً ذوقمرگ بشه با اون تعلیقها :ی شخصیتپردازیهای خاصی نداره اصلاً؛ گرهگشاییها خیلی سریع انجام میشه و تندتند سروتهِ همهچی هم مییاد و همه در کنارِ هم به خوبی و خوشی زندگی میکنن؛ ... ولی به عنوانِ چیزی که ب
anna (readingpeaches)
i realise i might be Way Too Old to read this for the first time but i saw a cool edit & now here we r :///
Lindsay Grogan
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.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Harold Ogle
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Benedikt || Benesbookblast
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...
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.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Zebardast Zebardast
در جستجوی دلتورا داستانی فانتزی و متشکل از سه مجموعه، نوشتهٔ امیلی رودا نویسنده ی استرالیایی است. داستان درباره ی سه همسفر است که سرزمین تخیلی دلتورا را به دنبال تکمیل کمربند دلتورا و شکست خادمان ارباب سایههای اهریمنی زیر پا می گذارند. نخستین نسخه ی مجموعه ی اول در سال ۲۰۰۰ میلادی در استرالیا به چاپ رسید و اکنون نیز در ۳۰ کشور به فروش می رسد. در فوریه ی ۲۰۱۰ این مجموعه در کل ۱۵ میلیون و در استرالیا ۲ میلیون نسخه فروش داشتهاست. سه مجموعه شامل ۱۵ کتاب میشوند که ۸ کتاب اول در جستجوی دلتورا، ۳ جلد ب ...more
Noah Buhrow
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.

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
Evan MacNeil
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
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ( to speak) of our "great evil" is complete. I enjoyed the short history listen on the land of Deltora which
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Parker O'connor
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Helsic 伊明海
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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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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