Deltora is a land of monsters and magic ... The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora, with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen and hidden in dark, terrible places throughout the kingdom, the Shadow Lord triumphs and Deltora is lost. In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a perilous quest. Determined to find the lost gems and rid their land of the tyrant, they struggle towards their first goal-the sinister Forests of Silence.
The land of Deltora has been overrun by the evil Shadow Lord. The only way to rid Deltora of the Shadow Lord's control is to find the magical gemstones that belong on the Belt of Deltora - but only the true heir to the throne of Deltora can wear the belt, and they have vanished. Lief and his companion, Barda, are tasked by Lief's father to search for the gemstones and the heir, before Deltora falls into a state it cannot recover from. The first stop on their journey takes them to the Forests of Silence, where mystical magic and sorcery is the only inhabitant -- or is it? The only way for the team to complete their quest is to learn the meaning of teamwork, friendship, and to figure out how to battle magic and mysterious beings without getting themselves killed. The Forests of Silence is a wonderful, adventurous, first book to an even more wonderful series! - Rebecca (QBD)