A Solid Adventure
Fiction – Juvenile - High Fantasy
8 - 12
Deltora Quest #1
Literary Awards: West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA) for Younger Readers (2002)
Only the jeweled Belt of Deltora can stop the plans of the dastardly Shadow Lord, but the gems were stolen long ago and hid around the land. Who will have the courage to face overwhelming obstacles and make the belt whole once again?
While this book didn’t move me like Rowan of Rin it still was a fun adventure story and opens up the reader to the elaborate world of Deltora. Ms. Rodda as always is a master world builder, with lovely visuals, interesting characters and a land full of wonder.
Ms. Rodda’s writing effortless writing and quick pace kept my attention and wanting to know what happens next. I like that the backstory started far enough back for the reader to really understand what was at stake and how easily woven it was into the first few pages. The backstory also helps set a dramatic, pivotal point setting the stage for change and conquest. Also, having the story on the shorter side will help it appeal to younger readers with shorter attention spans.
Another great thing about this book is that it is a bit older so its’ series is finished along with a couple of others revolving around the same characters.