In my opinion this is the most wonderful Deltora book of them all. It is beautifully illustrated by Marc McBride and the writing by Emily Rodda is equally stunning as all her writing is. There are two parts to this book. The first part explains the ancient history of the Shadowlands, the Ak-Baba and the Shadowlord. The second is about how Adin, the first king of Deltora and also the maker of the Belt of Deltora, united the seven tribes (Del, Ralad, Plains, Mere, Dread Gnome, Toran and Jalis) and collected each of their gems (the topaz, the ruby, the opal, the lapis lazuli, the emerald, the amethyst and the diamond). Also for fans who want to order this book right away you can go to Australian on-line bookstores and buy the book there where the book has already been released. And for even more Deltoran delights go to a Japanese bookstore in your area or search on-line for the Deltora comic series issued in Bombom (a monthly Japanese comic magazine). Even though the comic is in Japanese you can pretty much understand what's going on if you've read the books. Thank you Emily Rodda for creating this wonderful series.