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Tales of Deltora is a book written by Emily Rodda and illustrated by Marc McBride. It is the first voloume of the Deltora Annals and tells the ancient history of Deltora, or "the Land of Dragons" as it was once called. The book is writen in a way that make it sound like a work of the palace librarian Josef. The book was inspired by a book in the story that had the same title, and which was written by Josef, and is supposed to be a real world equivalent to it, just as The Deltora Book of Monsters was a real life equivalent to a book by the same name in the story.
The book tells the ancient history of the Land of Dragons, better known as Deltora. Through individual tales and supposed historical records the story of how the seven tribal gems came to be, the forging of the Belt of Deltora and the battle fought against the Shadow Army by Adin the blacksmith are revealed. The first part of the book are made up of stories from the famed Tenna Birdsong Tales, while the remaining part are made up by texts copied directly from the Deltora Annals. The book tells the ancient history of the Land of Dragons, later to be known as the land of Deltora.
Real counterpart publicationEdit
A real world counterpart of the book has been published, written by Emily Rodda. The tales are filled with colorful illustrations. One large picture exist for each chapter/tale, except for the chapter "The Battle for Deltora" which contains three pictures.