The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/4
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Filled with action, adventure, and magic, Emily Rodda's remarkable Deltora series begins right here--with a spectacular new lenticular 3-D cover! 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 Lord, they struggle toward their first goal--the sinister Forests of Silence.
The premise is straightforward. The companions must find the seven gems that have to be returned to the Belt of Deltora, as this will give them the power to challenge the evil Shadow Lord. So, each volume is centered on the search for a particular gem. This allows for a change of scene in each book, (Forest, Lake of Tears, City of Rats, etc.)
The best part is that the companions are pretty well-developed. Noble Hero boy, gutsy Heroine girl, steadfast adult soldier/fighter, various animal companions. The books tend to include cyphers, puzzles, riddles-before-you-cross-the-bridge, and the like, which are classic but also entertaining. And, while there is magic, it isn't the random, out of the blue, "where did that come from?" stuff that is usually necessary to cover bad plotting.
Plus, everything seems properly pitched at the right age. Dialogue, plotting, puzzle difficulty, violence, conflict, and so on all fit together. (I'm amazed at how violent some kids books are, or how simply worded some supposed ya books are. It seems that the hardest part is to get all of the ingredients on the same age-appropriate level.)
Each book in the series is fairly brief, but that allows for a rise and fall in tension, and a bit of a break, from book/adventure to book/adventure. And the overarching story frame keeps everything organized. For what it's worth, I think you have to read this book one first. Rodda tries to do a little summary prologue in each later book, but this first one really sets out all of the characters, and their histories and their motivations, and informs a lot of the later action.
So, just a wonderful contribution to the form and a great introduction for new readers.
Emily Rodda brings to life this phenomenal fantasy world in her book series. She has created these creatures, people and places that the reader can picture so vividly. The imagination of this author is fantastic because she has created a fictional world that has its own history, laws, creatures and magic. However, this world is not provided enough progression to entirely divulge its secrets to its reader.
Though Emily Rodda has created a phenomenal story, the plot itself seemed to go very fast paced. Now I know as a children’s book it is meant to be rather short. However, it is my belief that this world that she has created could have made for a great Young Adult novel. Most of the plot seems to only be a summery of the full picture of the plot and I personally would have loved to have more time to get to know characters and experience this world.
The plot itself dives right into the story, but not in a way that is an abrupt shock, with the death of the King in the first sentences. From there as the plot progresses I had a strong desire for more detail of what the environment looked like. Rodda has a sense of detail however, I wanted to more about each place, I felt like I was receiving pictures that than video. I got to just see a snap shot of this world but not as clearly as how other authors have presented theirs.
The concept of the story was quite an intriguing one and the way that Rodda ends her chapters is great. Each time I ended a chapter I just plowed into the next one so that I could find out what happened next. Rodda’s writing style kept me interested every step of the way and left me hungry for the next book, but I still feel like this book and perhaps even the series could have been so much more if it had been written as a Young Adult novel rather then a children’s novel.