Title: Tales of Deltora
Author: Emily Rodda
Series: World of Deltora Companion
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Easy reading, Medieval fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
5th sentence, 74th page: Then, adruptly, it toppled and fell.
‘This book of tales contains the secret history of Deltora. That is a startling claim, I know, but it is true.’
So writes Josef, the Palace Librarian in the time of King Lief.
Where did the Shadow Lord come from? How did the Ak-Baba come to be? Who are the Masked Ones?
Here, for the first time, are the true stories behind Deltora Quest. Let Emily Rodda take you on a magical journey to discover the secrets of Deltora, land of monsters and magic.
I loved this collection of tales. Not only were they fun and interesting to read on their own, but they built beautifully on the Deltora series (1, 2 and 3). The way in which the tales are broken up into short ‘folklore’ stories means that this book is really easy to read. After all, each short story has its own theme, message and journey. But, read in one big hit, as a whole, and with the rest of the Deltora series in mind, the overarching message and story comes to light.
Tales of Deltora brings Emily Rodda’s world of Deltora alive. Not only through her multi-layered tales, but also the fantastic images that accompany them. Turning the page is like opening a doorway into a whole new world every time. If the words don’t make it difficult to turn away from this book, the picutres make it nigh on impossible.
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