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30 review for Dread Mountain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Dread Mountain (Deltora Quest #5), Emily Rodda Jennifer June Rowe, AC, is an Australian author. Her crime fiction for adults is published under her own name, while her children's fiction is published under the pseudonyms Emily Rodda and Mary-Anne Dickinson. Dread Mountain is the fifth book in the Deltora Quest children's fantasy series written by Emily Rodda. It continues the quest of Lief, Barda, and Jasmine to find the seven missing gems of Deltora, braving dangers and Guardians in each book. T Dread Mountain (Deltora Quest #5), Emily Rodda Jennifer June Rowe, AC, is an Australian author. Her crime fiction for adults is published under her own name, while her children's fiction is published under the pseudonyms Emily Rodda and Mary-Anne Dickinson. Dread Mountain is the fifth book in the Deltora Quest children's fantasy series written by Emily Rodda. It continues the quest of Lief, Barda, and Jasmine to find the seven missing gems of Deltora, braving dangers and Guardians in each book. The fourth gem has been found and the fifth is hidden in Dread Mountain. The trio travel to the mountains in search for the emerald. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پنجم ماه مارس سال 2004میلادی عنوان: کوهستان وحشت؛ نویسنده: امیلی رودا؛ مترجم: محبوبه نجف خانی؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1382؛ در 158ص، مصور، نقشه؛ فروست در جستجوی دلتورا؛ رمان نوجوانان؛ شابک 978964176807؛ چاپ چهارم 1386؛ چاپ پنجم 1388؛ چاپ ششم 1389؛ موضوع جادوگری - داستانهای کودکان و نوجوانان از نویسندگان استرالیایی - سده 20م جلد پنجم از سری هشت جلدی «در جستجوی دلتورا»، اثر «امیلی رودا (جنیفر روو)» نویسنده ی «استرالیایی» هستند؛ ارباب سایه‌ ها بر زمین دلتورا حکومت می‌کند؛ تنها «لیف»، «باردا»، و «جاسمین» می‌توانند، این سرزمین را از دست نیروهای اهریمنی نجات دهند؛ برای اینکار آنها باید هفت گوهر جادویی را پیدا کنند، و سر جایشان، یعنی روی کمربند جادویی «دلتورا» برگردانند؛ چهار گوهر پیدا شده، و حالا اخبار مهمی از خانه، به «لیف» رسیده‌ است؛ دلش می‌خواهد به خانه برگردد…، اما جستجو باید ادامه پیدا کند؛ برای یافتن پنجمین گوهر، قهرمانان باید دست به کار خطرناکی بزنند، بایستی به انتهای سرزمین سایه‌ ها بروند، و وارد قلمرو تاریک، و وحشتناک «گلیک» هیولا بشوند؛ آیا «لیف»، «باردا»، و «جاسمین» از کوهستان وحشت، زنده برمی‌گردند؟ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 28/02/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms

    4.75 Golden Stars danger ahead in the path of the 5th gem destination: Dread Mountain, at the border of the shadowlands the rumours had spread the Shadowlord started to be suspicious the thrills started from the first page this book is even faster pace than the others, probably because the way of their traveling is flying not on foot when start reading, can't put it down. new friends & allies the green, mountainous scenery was refreshing deadly pranksters! doubtful remembering details & waiting for them to 4.75 Golden Stars danger ahead in the path of the 5th gem destination: Dread Mountain, at the border of the shadowlands the rumours had spread the Shadowlord started to be suspicious the thrills started from the first page this book is even faster pace than the others, probably because the way of their traveling is flying not on foot when start reading, can't put it down. new friends & allies the green, mountainous scenery was refreshing deadly pranksters! doubtful remembering details & waiting for them to happen, also forgetting some & saw them suddenly, were exciting. I love re-reading! my Smart boy Lief & the spark of this cute ship, I always coupled these two. also I really liked that short Vraal POV; strange, but thrilling. - Plot: ★★★★(★)/5 World Building: ★★★★/5 Characters: ★★★★★/5 Written style: ★★★★/5 General idea: ★★★★★/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book starts with our heroes leaving the Shifting Sands and heading to Dread Mountain, to get the fifth of the seven gems needed to complete the Belt of Deltora. After travelling through sparse plains with little to no shield against potential spies from the Shadow Lord, they come across a natural spring of water (and an odd warning), thinking nothing of it after Kree and Filli (their animal companions) drink from the spring and receive no ill effects, the drink from the pool and quickly fal This book starts with our heroes leaving the Shifting Sands and heading to Dread Mountain, to get the fifth of the seven gems needed to complete the Belt of Deltora. After travelling through sparse plains with little to no shield against potential spies from the Shadow Lord, they come across a natural spring of water (and an odd warning), thinking nothing of it after Kree and Filli (their animal companions) drink from the spring and receive no ill effects, the drink from the pool and quickly fall asleep; dreaming of home (in Leif's case) or of friends (in Barda's case). Upon waking, Leif finds and makes a friend in Prim, a young Kin (which, from my understanding, is kinda like a dog/kangaroo/dragon cross? As in... awesome and loyal like a dog, with dog-like features, but with a pouch like a kangaroo, and with the size and wings of a dragon?) and makes quick friends with her before she is captured by Grey Guards. These guards then drink from the pool and end up turning into giant trees... because apparently that's what happens to those of "evil" who drink from said pool. Okay. Sure. Anyways, after becoming friends with the rest of the Kin, our heroes receive a ride to Dread Mountain (and a tag-along in the form of Prim who wants to finally see the home that the Kin were once driven from). There, they come across a few new enemies such as the Vraal (which I've seen pictures of... and it's creepy as hell), the Dread Gnomes, and the awful giant toad (that's on the cover) known as Gellick; who is guarding the next gem (an emerald). The battle against Gellick was definitely better done than the one against the Hive in the Shifting Sands - for one, there was an actual battle this time! Finding out that the deadly poison in the blister packs that the Grey Guards carry was actually the venom that basically oozed out of Gellick (and... ew...) was an interesting take, though as a result it didn't go too well when our heroes attempted to use said blisters to take out Gellick... Luckily, Leif had some of that magic water handy, because now Gellick is no longer a giant toad but instead a giant tree. MUCH better 8'D Anyways... Onto book #6!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    This was a great next step on Lief’s journey around Deltora. As the group continues onwards and their success increases, so does the danger that they find themselves in. This time, they find themselves meeting mysterious legends, finding the true story of Doom’s past and solving the mystery of the Grey Guards’ blister balls. I loved the Kin – they’re a gorgeous kangaroo-type creature that is believed extinct, and help Lief, Barda and Jasmine on their journey in a fantastic manner. As with everyth This was a great next step on Lief’s journey around Deltora. As the group continues onwards and their success increases, so does the danger that they find themselves in. This time, they find themselves meeting mysterious legends, finding the true story of Doom’s past and solving the mystery of the Grey Guards’ blister balls. I loved the Kin – they’re a gorgeous kangaroo-type creature that is believed extinct, and help Lief, Barda and Jasmine on their journey in a fantastic manner. As with everything on this journey, there is a sense of destiny and fate in the path that they take. Not only are they able to uncover the fifth gem, but they also dismantle another one of the Shadowlords plans and schemes. This journey is no longer just about finding the seven gems of the belt, but also showing the extent of the Shadowlords dark tyranny. I loved the ease with which this book could be read. Yes, I know that it is aimed at a younger generation, but it is the perfect book for late at night when I can’t sleep, but still want to read. It’s easy, fun and has just enough mystery that you still have to think while turning from page to page.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    SN: I remember loving this series when I was a kid but I don't remember if I actually finished it. I might have moved on to another series by the time the last book was published. So here goes my attempt at rereading the entire thing! The Kin are probably my favorite things ever. I loved how this book expanded on the world-building that's slowly been taking place in the previous book. Plus, I love a good puzzle and this one has one of those puzzles that I remember trying to recreate when I was yo SN: I remember loving this series when I was a kid but I don't remember if I actually finished it. I might have moved on to another series by the time the last book was published. So here goes my attempt at rereading the entire thing! The Kin are probably my favorite things ever. I loved how this book expanded on the world-building that's slowly been taking place in the previous book. Plus, I love a good puzzle and this one has one of those puzzles that I remember trying to recreate when I was younger.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tamar

    I give this book 4,5 stars. I loved the Kins. The best creatures in this series till this point. I really loved this one. The creatures were just fantastic. The world was interesting. Also the dream aspect was very interesting. Just love this part. Not yet 5 stars because I found this one too short. I would’ve wanted it to go on for a bit longer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kiffin Irwin

    Best book in the series so far. It has a nice Hobbit vibe to it and it really tied the series together so far.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Parker O'connor

    This is my favorite books in the series. It you out meeting one some of the weirdest characters in the Deltora Quest series. These giant animals are called Kin. They are large dragon like creatures. It starts out with a young one named Prin who takes a liking to Lief. Lief finds a dream well with magic water. When he goes to sleep he can go wherever he want to see whats happening and finds out his parents have been captured, but he can't do anything to help them. He then goes to the Mountain to This is my favorite books in the series. It you out meeting one some of the weirdest characters in the Deltora Quest series. These giant animals are called Kin. They are large dragon like creatures. It starts out with a young one named Prin who takes a liking to Lief. Lief finds a dream well with magic water. When he goes to sleep he can go wherever he want to see whats happening and finds out his parents have been captured, but he can't do anything to help them. He then goes to the Mountain to find the other gem. I don't think they should have taken Prin because she is just a child. Since the monster toad leading the goblins is dead I think they will become less hostile towards everyone. I hope the Shadow Lord won't notice that the poison that they are giving the troops is really water until they have already dealt with him. I recommend this book to middle school boys and girls who like fantasy. The main characters of the book are boys and girls, so it fits either. The book is a fairly easy read, so it should fit most middle school students. Dread Mountain is a very solid book. I gave it four out of five stars because it was a good book but not perfect. I liked the new characters that were brought into the book. There was a lot of action once they reached Dread Mountain. We learned a lot about some of the characters met in the previous books. Dread Mountain was a all around good book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kenrick Su9

    It is a comparison book as books such as other Deltora Quest books.They are all interesting and a good book to read.The characters are Lief,Barda,and Jasmine.Lief is the main character in the book.He is all ways funny but heroic.He is a very honest man.Barda,a very inpatient troll.Finally,Jasmine, a cleanliness-freak girl.She always complains about her skirt had gotten dirty and stuffs like that.Togetther,they stop the world from a monster,Gellik.I felt worried after reading this book as the las It is a comparison book as books such as other Deltora Quest books.They are all interesting and a good book to read.The characters are Lief,Barda,and Jasmine.Lief is the main character in the book.He is all ways funny but heroic.He is a very honest man.Barda,a very inpatient troll.Finally,Jasmine, a cleanliness-freak girl.She always complains about her skirt had gotten dirty and stuffs like that.Togetther,they stop the world from a monster,Gellik.I felt worried after reading this book as the last sentence said,"he prayed that the wait would not be too long,"said Lief.The problems are that they need to find 7 gems to the belt of Deltora to stop the evil Shadow lord from destroying the world.The moral of the story is that a person had to be respectful.A wizard wanted to learned a magic from the Shadow lord but the wizard says"Hurry up and teach me,you fool!"Once the lord had heard it,he turned the wizard to a old frog.My feeling and the best part of the story after reading the story was that as the heroes were so up sad that their friend named Frano was turned to a big spider.But actually,he reflected the magic back from the wizard and turned him to a stone!The genre of the body of the story was about fantasy and part love.The seting was at a mountain top.The ending was mysterious as they mention about "waiting for you."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    Dread Mountain feels like a step back from the fourth book. It wasn't bad, but the book felt pretty formulaic. The heroes need help to get to the mountains, especially as their deeds started to get noticed. So, like in book two and three, their conveniently meet something that will help them. In this case, it's the creatures called Kin. From the pages, they remind me of winged kangaroos. However, what this book does well is the world-building. It expands on multiple things where Doom comes from, Dread Mountain feels like a step back from the fourth book. It wasn't bad, but the book felt pretty formulaic. The heroes need help to get to the mountains, especially as their deeds started to get noticed. So, like in book two and three, their conveniently meet something that will help them. In this case, it's the creatures called Kin. From the pages, they remind me of winged kangaroos. However, what this book does well is the world-building. It expands on multiple things where Doom comes from, and how he came to be, where the poison came from that the Gray Guards use, that two other finalist from the tournament, of the previous book, managed to escape with the resistance . Additional to that, it teaches a lesson. Don't mess with nature, as the consequences will come to bite you in the arse. The monster was a bit underwhelming, as it only, got, like, one chapter of screen-time before easily killed. Was the idea clever, yes? But it was a bit anticlimactic. The Dread Gnomes and Kin took a bigger focus in this book. It isn't bad per se, but that makes the excitement of the final better, well, less. However, this book clearly continues to expand on book four, have more connection to it than the previous three books had (view spoiler)[ as little is mentioned of these books (hide spoiler)] .

  11. 4 out of 5

    DivaDiane

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was another really good one! We found one minor mistake (how can they see each other nod in a completely dark space?) but again very clever. Dante's favorite bit was when (spoiler!) the gnomes agreed not to hunt the Kin anymore. This was another really good one! We found one minor mistake (how can they see each other nod in a completely dark space?) but again very clever. Dante's favorite bit was when (spoiler!) the gnomes agreed not to hunt the Kin anymore.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mella

    Deltora Quest is one of the hallmarks of my childhood. I eagerly read and reread each book in the series when the next one came out. When they were all out, I read and reread the series whenever it struck my fancy. Which, quite frankly, was a lot. It's hard not to love them though, they're just typical fantasy and fantasy is my one true genre - no matter what else I read, it's always fantasy I come back to. Quest stories are the quintessence of classic fantasy. There's nothing like a hero with a Deltora Quest is one of the hallmarks of my childhood. I eagerly read and reread each book in the series when the next one came out. When they were all out, I read and reread the series whenever it struck my fancy. Which, quite frankly, was a lot. It's hard not to love them though, they're just typical fantasy and fantasy is my one true genre - no matter what else I read, it's always fantasy I come back to. Quest stories are the quintessence of classic fantasy. There's nothing like a hero with a quest against evil. In Deltora Quest, the hero is Lief - a sixteen year old boy who wants nothing more than to return peace and happiness to his kingdom. When he is offered the chance to fulfil a promise his father made, he jumps - leaping headfirst into danger to try to make a difference. The Belt of Deltora is the only thing that can defeat the Shadow Lord who rules but it was broken many years ago, the seven gems scattered across the realm and guarded by only the most evil creations. Lief sets out to find the gems and reunite the belt so that the Prince of Del can claim his throne and push the evil of the Shadow Lord back into the Shadowlands and away from the kingdom. Lief begins his journey with the beggar Barda, an old friend of his parents but it's not long before they're also joined by Jasmine, the wild orphaned girl they meet at their first stop - and her companions Filli (a possum? mouse? type thing?) and Kree, a raven. Each book follows the trio as they travel the land for the lost gems, weaving a tightly written narrative with lots of action and adventure. Along the way they meet new people both friends and enemies, have to confront their own hopes and fears and figure out and solve many riddles, puzzles and problems to complete their quest. (view spoiler)[ Tired and thirsty, the trio are delighted to stumble across a small pool of water. The sign naming it the Dreaming Spring with the words; 'Drink, gentle stranger and welcome. All of evil will beware' though gives them pause. Especially when Jasmine reports that trees surrounding the grove are completely silent. But when Filli and Kree both drink and remain unharmed they decide to risk it and once satisfied make camp deeper in the trees, setting Barda to watch. Lief wakes up thirsty from a bad dream and decides to head to the Spring. There he is amazed to discover a Kin named Prin - a fabled flying creature he once had a soft toy of. The rest of Prin's Kin (yeah I can't resist that kind of pun) are dreaming and she is delighted at the idea of a playmate. When she suggests hide and seek, Lief can't bear to disappoint and so goes to hide. Unfortunately Prin is captured by Grey Guards while he does. Barda and Jasmine agree to help him rescue Prin but in the meantime the Grey Guards drink the water and turn into two of the dead silent trees that cover the grove. When the rest of the Kin awaken they learn that only those who mean no harm can drink from the water safely. Furthermore the water is the Dreaming Spring - "whatever or whoever you picture in your mind when you drink, you visit in spirit when you sleep." Jasmine and Barda are comforted by this because they dreamt the Manus and Ralad people and Doom and the resistance members are safe. But Lief is further worried because he dreamt his home was empty and branded with the sign of the Shadow Lord. They also learn that the Kin relocated from Dread Mountain when the Dread Mountain gnomes stopped trying to kill them using arrows and began actually killing them with poison tipped arrows. The grove was originally their winter home but now they stay all year long and use the water to dream of their mountain home. They are reluctant but when Barda asks them to carry the trio to Dread Mountain, three Kin step forward. They get up early the next day and proceed to fly towards Dread Mountain. I liked this; Merin glanced up at the lightening sky and turned to Barda. “As I am the largest, you are to ride with me,” she said politely. Plainly, she was anxious to be gone. Rather nervously, Barda climbed into her pouch. Lief had to smile at the sight, and despite their fears many of the watching Kin laughed aloud. “What a large baby you have, Merin,” called Prin’s mother. “And how beautiful!” Both Barda and Merin preserved a dignified silence. Rodda, Emily. Deltora Quest #5: Dread Mountain (pp. 40-41). Scholastic Inc.. Kindle Edition. Poor Barda and Merin being mocked so. They fly all day before stopping for the night at Kinrest - a halfway point. However in the cave they find something puzzling - a grave about ten years old with the marker Doom of the Hills. I loved this part, the mystery of Doom deepens. Who is he really? An enemy? A friend? Back in the sky, the Kin fly as close to the Mountain as possible before starting to make defensive manoeuvres to avoid any gnome arrows before landing. “Lief, are you all right?” Stiffly, Lief uncovered his face and blinked into Ailsa’s dark, anxious eyes. He swallowed. “I am very well, thank you,” he croaked. “As well as anyone can be who has just crashed through a thorn tree.” Ailsa nodded solemnly. “It was not my best landing,” she agreed. “But there are no gaps in the Boolongs here. That is why we are safe from the gnomes. They do not like the thorns.” “I do not love them myself,” grunted Barda, who was sitting on the ground beside Jasmine, inspecting several wicked-looking scratches on the backs of his hands. Rodda, Emily. Deltora Quest #5: Dread Mountain (p. 54). Scholastic Inc.. Kindle Edition. Their landing had me laughing. Alisa nods solemnly. Perfection. The Kin leave shortly after, warning them of the coming storm. Just after they leave though, the trio are horrified to see Prin has followed them and falls prey to a gnome arrow. They rush to get to her and luckily manage to save her with the last few drops of the nectar. Only to run right into a Vraal. This time, Prin saves them with purple moss that burns before using the green moss to heal their injuries. When they recover, Prin makes a path through the trees and they head up the mountain. At one point they discover an old gnome rest and Barda makes them shields using the walls (which is tree bark). They've just finished when they hear a troop of gnomes and discover the gnomes have made their own well trodden path. I enjoyed how they used their new shields to hide. And how disheartened they are to realise there's a track they could've taken instead of being all scratched up. But they eventually make it up the mountain and find the door to go in. This is probably my favourite part. The door is dark at the top and light at the bottom with decorative grooves. To begin with Lief uses white dust to rub into the grooves too make the words appear. The words form a rhyme and say you should find an arrow straight and narrow, put it in the arrow shaped hole in the door and push. Which they do. But they hear giggling and hesitate to step forwards. Prin knocks Lief over and Lief suddenly sees why the gnomes are giggling. The decorative grooves aren't grooves - they're stretched out carved words that add to the rhyme and say 'if you want to die'. Because the door leads to a giant pit if you push the door. You need to pull the door to enter safely. Lol tricky. Very tricky and very clever. I loved it. Although they make it inside they find themselves in a dead end, right before a door slams shut. Locked up, they struggle to come up with a plan without knowing what the gnomes will do. Prin laments that they aren't at the Dreaming Spring so they could dream what the gnomes are doing and Lief gets excited, remembering that they've still got water bottles full of the spring water. They dream and discovers what the gnomes are up to and worse, what the guardian of Dread Mountain is. A giant slimy poisonous toadlike beast named Gellick that has been living with the gnomes for many years and has enslaved them all. “Oh, yes,” Lief jeered. “It helped you drive away the Kin, so that now your paths and gnome-rests are smothered by thorny Boolong trees in which Vraal can lie in wait. It enslaved you, so that now you toil day and night in Gellick’s service, half starved and in fear of your lives. You have indeed made a wonderful bargain.” Rodda, Emily. Deltora Quest #5: Dread Mountain (pp. 110-111). Scholastic Inc.. Kindle Edition. The make a deal with the gnomes to destroy Gellick in return for the emerald stone he wears on his brow. They plan to use the Grey Guards' blisters against him but are horrified when Gellick calls them fools for using his own poison against him. That's when they learn that while the gnomes harvest the toad's poison, they only keep some to tip their arrows - the rest is taken down the mountain and left near the Shadowlands. Hope seems lost when Lief has a flashback to the Dreaming Spring and proceeds to throw the remainder of his water bottle into Gellick's mouth, turning him into a tree and regaining the fifth gem, the Emerald. The adventure ends happily when the Kin return to the mountain and the gnomes greet them in friendship. I liked their plan to trick the Shadow Lord with deliveries of fake poison and the fact the Kin and the gnomes are going to work together to achieve it. (hide spoiler)] 5 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mothpit

    I have to admit that when I started listening to this book I already forgot most of what I listened to in previous instalments (it has been so freaking long) and the anime version is not fresh in my mind anymore either so I was afraid that that would take away from my enjoyment. But it did not. Before I get into how I feel about the story I have to highlight the narrator of the story, Ron Haddrick, because he works his ass off with these books. He is brilliant. He puts the correct emotions into I have to admit that when I started listening to this book I already forgot most of what I listened to in previous instalments (it has been so freaking long) and the anime version is not fresh in my mind anymore either so I was afraid that that would take away from my enjoyment. But it did not. Before I get into how I feel about the story I have to highlight the narrator of the story, Ron Haddrick, because he works his ass off with these books. He is brilliant. He puts the correct emotions into every characters voice and when the pace picks up his voice picks up urgency as well. And he sings the children's song in the book! This is a great narration. It makes me feel like I am a child again. Deltora Quest is a wonderful series and Dread Mountain is perhaps my favourite arc in the entire story. There is just to much to love: the Kin, that are basically sentient, fluffy, furry dragons fused with kangaroos, the Dread Gnomes who are straddling that gray area where I do not quite know whether I pity them or not (view spoiler)[ I mean, enslavement is tough but one of them is wearing a coat made out of the skin of another sentient creature! (hide spoiler)] but the ending is pushing them towards being allies in a sort of "turning a new page" fashion. My favourite part was, naturally, Gellick, the toad who was both frightening and disgusting. I truly felt sorry for the emerald for having to touch him. I also liked how he factored into the Shadow Lord's greater plans. It made me feel like defeating him accomplished something. And boy, oh boy, what a defeat it was, I loved it: (view spoiler)[ Leaf used the water of the Dreaming Spring. It was wonderful because it was properly set up: first we got the introduction of the water and a demonstration of what it does, then we got the reminder that our heroes still have it (by having them use its magical properties) and then BAMM, goodbye Gellick. I take great joy from the idea that turning into a tree was a thoroughly painful experience for him (hide spoiler)] . That is an aspect of the series I really like: sure on many occasion it is magical objects that bale them out, small deus-ex-machinas, but it never truly feels like it. It's never "oh. ofc they have something for that. why would they not?" but "OH! of course they have something for that!". It is nice to see the payoff of the things they pick up on their journey. It is also nice to see them use their wits to get out of tight situations rather than just fall back on their trinkets.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    *Plays Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" while reading this* Finally! I've been waiting for Barda to step up his game and this book is where he does it, both in combat and in ingenuity. Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt Barda is a competent fighter, he just hasn't shown much prowess on page. So this was a welcome change. Things are getting more urgent, the Shadow Lord has cottoned on to the group causing havoc with his guardians and freeing formerly enslaved people. Lief, Barda and Jas *Plays Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" while reading this* Finally! I've been waiting for Barda to step up his game and this book is where he does it, both in combat and in ingenuity. Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt Barda is a competent fighter, he just hasn't shown much prowess on page. So this was a welcome change. Things are getting more urgent, the Shadow Lord has cottoned on to the group causing havoc with his guardians and freeing formerly enslaved people. Lief, Barda and Jasmine must be more cautious that ever. However, the more gems they collect, the more people they help, and the more allies they get. It is all building up to a grand finale bringing everyone together to face down the Shadow Lord, and I am really looking forward to that. The Topaz is still the hardest working gem of all those the companions have acquired, but finally in this book another gem gets to shine. Still, I can't help but feel like it was very Topaz-heavy up till now, and there's only 3 books left so I don't envision the others getting much time to shine. Lief pretty much refuses to touch the Opal because he's scared of what it might show him, and as far as I can tell, the Lapis Lazuli is a talisman. But a talisman against what? Hopefully, we shall see. There are also some new and interesting revelations in this book. Unfortunately as this is a reread, none of them are a shock to me. I sort of wish I could experience that first time reader magic again, but my memory is surprisingly still good enough almost two decades down the line to remember how this goes. I'm more than a little excited for the next book because it takes our group to the coast of Deltora, and anything nautical/aquatic/piratey is right up my alley. NB: I'm reading this alongside the Deltora Book of Monsters which offers additional worldbuilding and backstory to many of the creatures and characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jack Dismuke

    Dread Mountain by Emily Rodda is a very entertaining book. It is the fifth book in the Deltora Quest series. The three travelers are now trying to get the fifth gem. They are on their way to Dread mountain which is on the borders of the Shadowlands. On their way there they find talking flying animals called kin. The kin used to live on dread mountain, but they were killed by the dread gnomes. The travelers convince three of the kin to take them to dread mountain. They get to dread mountain and Dread Mountain by Emily Rodda is a very entertaining book. It is the fifth book in the Deltora Quest series. The three travelers are now trying to get the fifth gem. They are on their way to Dread mountain which is on the borders of the Shadowlands. On their way there they find talking flying animals called kin. The kin used to live on dread mountain, but they were killed by the dread gnomes. The travelers convince three of the kin to take them to dread mountain. They get to dread mountain and are attacked by dread gnomes. They do land safely and start their hike up the mountain. When they arrive they get captured by dread gnomes. The Dread gnomes are ruled by a giant toad with the fifth gem. The travelers convince the gnomes to help overthrow the toad. they do this and get the fifth gem. I really enjoyed this book. This might have been my favorite so far. The authors style of writing is good because she gives each of the characters thoughts, but still focuses on Lief. I also liked the whole plot in general. It was suspenseful and full of action. I wouldn't change the book at all. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good fantasy read. Kids and Adults can both read it this book and enjoy it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brittney Tyler

    Star Rating: 5 stars Note: This is the 5th book in the Deltora Quest as well as 5th in the overarching Deltora series so this will not be an in-depth review. As I was getting close to my deadline for reading, I decided to focus on some on of my shorter books so that I could reach my goal on time, and this led to me picking by Dread Mountain by Emily Rodda. I have given multiple summaries of this book series and said repeatedly that this are good books to get children interested in fantasy and to Star Rating: 5 stars Note: This is the 5th book in the Deltora Quest as well as 5th in the overarching Deltora series so this will not be an in-depth review. As I was getting close to my deadline for reading, I decided to focus on some on of my shorter books so that I could reach my goal on time, and this led to me picking by Dread Mountain by Emily Rodda. I have given multiple summaries of this book series and said repeatedly that this are good books to get children interested in fantasy and to start them out with. Up to this point, these books are very formulaic, although not boring, but this one starts to deviate from the formula by starting to create a multi-layered plot. While we are still focusing on our main characters of Leif, Barda, and Jasmine and their quest to find the seven gems of the magic Belt of Deltora, we now are seeing perspectives from the Resistance movement lead by the mysterious Doom and various connections are starting to come to light. I love how this series slowly ramps up the complexity and gently eases children and new fantasy readers into this sometimes complicated and confusing genre. All in all, it was a great addition to the series, and I can’t wait to keep reading. 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    CodeBlue

    This book seemed shorter to me, or maybe I could not put it down. Either way our intrepid heroes continue their journey to collect the missing gems for the belt of Deltora. Along the way they make more friends in the Kin, who I could not help but picture as Falkor the dragon from the Neverending Story - likely because the author chooses to give them fur. There is some interesting magic at work in this one involving a mystical pond that saves the band of heroes more than once. It also gives them This book seemed shorter to me, or maybe I could not put it down. Either way our intrepid heroes continue their journey to collect the missing gems for the belt of Deltora. Along the way they make more friends in the Kin, who I could not help but picture as Falkor the dragon from the Neverending Story - likely because the author chooses to give them fur. There is some interesting magic at work in this one involving a mystical pond that saves the band of heroes more than once. It also gives them dreams of the people they think about before they go to sleep, which helps Jasmine, Barda, and Lief keep tabs on their friends and family on their journey. The journey takes them to Dread Mountain, where a terrifying monster is found, before meeting mischievous gnomes - where the heroes have to overcome a few traps laid out for intruders, and the guardian of the next gem. At dread mountain, they learn the source of the Grey Guards "blisters" as well as ending a feud between the Kin and Dread Gnomes before they continue on their way to the next gem. One area of interest is whether this is the origin of the mysterious Doom figure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alina Lundholm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh this is one of the better of the original series, I think. The Kin are probably one of Rodda's better inventions, love the velvety brown descriptions of them, you can really visualize the creatures. So lovable, too! Another theme of the series is uniting warring groups and the gnome/kin tensions are emblematic of the much bigger tensions of Deltora's peoples. Though I do wish there was a better reason for the gnomes shooting down and killing Kin for more than just using their skin for fashion. Oh this is one of the better of the original series, I think. The Kin are probably one of Rodda's better inventions, love the velvety brown descriptions of them, you can really visualize the creatures. So lovable, too! Another theme of the series is uniting warring groups and the gnome/kin tensions are emblematic of the much bigger tensions of Deltora's peoples. Though I do wish there was a better reason for the gnomes shooting down and killing Kin for more than just using their skin for fashion. I mean, seriously? Nothing more than that? I do enjoy the solution to defeating Gellick at the end. Always clever to use a device introduced in the initial pages (i.e. Dream Water turning the Baddie into a gigantic tree in a cave, great imagery!). Forgetting the name of that trope but it's called something with a gun. The example is that if you see a shotgun hanging on the wall of a bar in the beginning scene, you better your bungies that gun will go off by the end of the scene. The same principle applies here! So yes, A+ for original problem-solving.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I didn't find this book as enjoyable as the others in this series. It's not bad or anything, but it contains a lot of world building that is external to where they are in the story, so I found it harder to get attached to the setting and new character. I'm not too fond of Prin, but she was alright for the most part. I did like some of the puzzles though, they're among the cheesiest and most ridiculous that I've read in the series so far. I didn't find this book as enjoyable as the others in this series. It's not bad or anything, but it contains a lot of world building that is external to where they are in the story, so I found it harder to get attached to the setting and new character. I'm not too fond of Prin, but she was alright for the most part. I did like some of the puzzles though, they're among the cheesiest and most ridiculous that I've read in the series so far.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Pretty good. I liked the Kin...unique creatures with an interesting culture (though it was hard to really envision how they would look), and the gnomes were handled in a thoughtful, nuanced manner--pretty unusual, really for an antagonistic fantasy race (think goblins), especially in a book for children.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Col

    Flying kangaroos are just as weird a second time around. Lots of traps that really got my goat as a kid, and one of the better final villains of these books. The Doom's identity subplot continues to be the most interesting aspect (including the amusing detail that Jasmine is consistently the most hostile to him), as well as a red herring that Barda might be Endon in disguise. Flying kangaroos are just as weird a second time around. Lots of traps that really got my goat as a kid, and one of the better final villains of these books. The Doom's identity subplot continues to be the most interesting aspect (including the amusing detail that Jasmine is consistently the most hostile to him), as well as a red herring that Barda might be Endon in disguise.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    Fifth book in the series and another dramatic title with a predictable storyline where they complete the next part of their quest with typical events and machinations along the way, again it is all about the journey rather than the destination. At some point I'm going to do a marathon run of these to burn through them I think. Deltora Quest #5 Emily Rodda #12 Fifth book in the series and another dramatic title with a predictable storyline where they complete the next part of their quest with typical events and machinations along the way, again it is all about the journey rather than the destination. At some point I'm going to do a marathon run of these to burn through them I think. Deltora Quest #5 Emily Rodda #12

  23. 5 out of 5

    Niv

    not at me not being able to read any book for like a month and then out of nowhere reading 2 (so far) installments of DQ in one day lol this was lovely!! i recognized gla-thon's name and it brought me memories of what's to come and i'm sooo excited ahhh prin is the cutest and i love that she gets to mature right in front of our eyes let's goooo not at me not being able to read any book for like a month and then out of nowhere reading 2 (so far) installments of DQ in one day lol this was lovely!! i recognized gla-thon's name and it brought me memories of what's to come and i'm sooo excited ahhh prin is the cutest and i love that she gets to mature right in front of our eyes let's goooo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Blake

    jarred the story was based around him. in the story, Leif didn't speak very much no, because the last chapter was called Farwell and the characters were sad leaving each other. BY Emily Rodda jarred the story was based around him. in the story, Leif didn't speak very much no, because the last chapter was called Farwell and the characters were sad leaving each other. BY Emily Rodda

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily Hyland

    I loved the drama in this book! Though it is starting to be quite repetitive and nothing has really changed in terms of plot and characters. Though I have been enjoying every time they collect a new gem.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Winter

    whoop whoop love this series realllllllly gooooodddd and intense

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zach Josh

    Very enjoyable book. Great characters and a strong storyline.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Smith

    One of the more enjoyable books in this series. Barda continues to annoy me to no end, however, Jasmine and Lief are both more tolerable in this book. Also, Prin is adorable!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kara Thomas

    We all liked this one. I think the series is getting better as we go on.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Josie Corkill

    Kin(garoos)... Very clever

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