When I first heard about this giveaway, I immediately knew what book I was going to post about. Or rather books, because I couldn’t cut out the rest of the series. It just wouldn’t be right.
I've gathered a lot of favorite books over the years, but the one that stands out most, that will always stand out most, is the Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda. It wasn't the first series I read, but it was the first one I fell in love with.
I haven't always been an avid reader. I read as a kid, but it wasn't a great priority of mine. I hadn't found anything that really grabbed my attention, that made me rush to the library in search of the next book in the series. The books I read consisted entirely of Goosebumps and Animorphs. But Goosebumps wasn't scary enough, and I kind of lost interest in Animorphs after the third book (mostly because I couldn't find the fourth for the longest time). My reading habits changed dramatically when a new library opened, bringing with it a new selection of books. I'd never read a fantasy book before, so I was intrigued when I found a book called The Forests of Silence, and immediately checked it out. It was one of my best decisions.
Over the next couple of months, I devoured the rest of the Deltora Quest series, and then moved on to Deltora Shadowlands. When I was done with those, I went in search of more fantasy books. I had to have more! This led me to Scholastic's website, and Rodda's other fantasy series, Rowan of Rin. I'm actually glad none of my libraries had the Rowan series, because it forced me to buy them, which led to a great many discoveries in the mid-grade section of Barnes & Noble. I found Rowan of Rin and Dragonlance: The New Adventures, and, years later, Dragons of Deltora, the final Deltora series (a very happy day indeed, since I thought the series had ended already). By then I was working on my own fantasy book, something I probably wouldn't have been doing had I not found Deltora Quest.
One series changed so much for me. I went from simply being a reader to being a bookworm, aspiring writer, and, eventually, a book blogger, which is why I am, and always will be, incredibly grateful for Deltora Quest.