Plot summary[ edit ] The book opens with a boy called Jarred, a friend of Prince Endon. Jarred goes to the library and learns that the evil Shadow Lord, a Sauron -like intelligence located in the Shadowlands, once tried to seize the land in which is the kingdom of Deltora. Because the people of those days were divided into seven tribes, the Shadow Army soon overwhelmed much of the land. Jarred learned that a blacksmith named Adin gathered the sacred talismans from each tribe and attached them to a chain of steel medallions. Adin later became king of the united land called Deltora; yet he never forgot that the Enemy was not destroyed. He therefore never let the Belt out of his sight.
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The three brothers eventually found the lilies, but the youngest brother, Gorl , demanded their nectar for himself and killed his brothers. However, the lilies withered during the battle, so Gorl vowed to guard and protect them until they bloomed again. He also used his trip to the Forests to look for Topaz dragons , but to his disappointment, he could not find any. Gorl, whose spirit was inhabiting his armour to continue guarding the lilies, found the Topaz and attached it to the hilt of his sword.
Jarred and Anna fled to First Wood after they were denied shelter in Tora. They lived in the Forests for seven years raising their daughter, Jasmine , until Grey Guards captured them and brought them to the Shadowlands. Jasmine was not captured and continued to live in the Forests with Filli and Kree , a siski and raven who had also been orphaned.
When Lief and Barda began their quest to retrieve the seven gems, Barda decided to go to the Forests of Silence first, since it was closest to Del. They took the Wenn Del path and were captured by the Wenn who nearly fed them to their master, the Wennbar , but Jasmine rescued the two and, after some convincing, took them to The Dark, a ring of vines created by Gorl to guard the Lilies of Life.
They hoped to lose the unknown enemy who had been harassing their party. Soon Jasmine realised that they were still being followed by an unknown person. They expected this person to be the same enemy who had been harassing their party before they split up. Jasmine suggested to use a stream to mask their scent and so the companions did. After wading through the stream for some time the companions reached a grove decorated with fruits.
They quickly learned that skin tasted very bitter and greedily they ate the sweet flesh of the Sleeper Fruit. Jasmine and Barda quickly went unconscious and Lief saw a giant Orchard Keeper approaching them. It was going to murder and eat them but Lindal of Broome appeared and saved them. It is inhabbited by a large assortment of creatures, including the Wenn and the Wennbar. It is found on the border of Topaz and Ralad territory, and so it crosses into both.
In the centre of Mid Wood are the Lilies of Life, whose nectar has amazing healing properties. This area would come to be known as The Dark when the ghost of Gorl grew a ring of vines to protect the lilies for himself.
The Forests of Silence
It is the first book in the first series of Deltora Quest. 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.
Forests of Silence
Comprehension Questions – Deltora Quest #1 The Forest of Silence