August 10th 2006 03:19
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There are three main characters: Lief, son of a blacksmith, Barda, a beggar, and Jasmine, a wild girl from a place called "Forests of Silence". An unusual bunch, to begin with, because most fantasy books will not include guards-turned-beggars and wild girls in the main plot. But there you go. That's another thing that's appealing in this series: nothing is what it seems. Even I was sometimes taken by surprise.
The first series, Deltora Quest, has 8 books in all and follows the trio around the land of Deltora to seek the magical gems and overthrow the evillness that is the Shadowlord, as well as find the rightful heir to the thrown.
The second series, DQII: Deltora Shadowlands, has 3 books and follows the trio underneath Deltora in search of the Pirran Pipe. Once they find the three pieces of the pipe they can go to the Shadowlands where the Shadowlord lives and rescue the Deltoran captives there.
The third and final series, DQIII: Dragons of Deltora, has 4 books and follows the trio around Deltora to destroy the 4 evil sisters leeching the life out of the land. The final 3 pages of the fourth book made me cry, because it heralded the end of a wonderful series.
The beauty behind this series that I think lacked in other fantasy books is that it engages the readers in the quest. One very obvious way is through the various puzzles and riddles to solve. This may be a children's series, but the puzzles and riddles are hard.
Madame Rodda has once again captured my imagination thanks to her awesome writing style. I'll send her roses if I could, oui!
I bought my books from Dymocks, Kinokuniya, and Angus and Robertson. This series can be found in the Youth section of libraries, and the Young Readers' section in bookstores.
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