Title: Shadows of the Master (Star of Deltora #1)
Author: Emily Rodda
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publication Date: 1st August 2015
Rating: 3/5 stars
Britta has always wanted to be a trader like her feather, sailing the nine seas and bringing precious cargo home to Del harbour. Her dreams seemed safe until her father’s quest to find the fabled Staff of Tier ended in blood and horror. Now his shamed family is in hiding, and his ship, the Star of Deltora, belongs to the powerful Rosalyn fleet. But Britta’s ambition burns as fiercely as ever. When she suddenly gets the chance to win back her future she knows she has to take it – whatever the cost.
She has no idea that shadows from a distant, haunting isle are watching her every move.
I absolutely loved the Deltora Quest series when I was in primary school! When I discovered that there was a new series coming out, I read all the old ones in preparation. Well, sort of – it took me a bit longer than I expected, which is why this review is almost six months after the publication date!
Star of Deltora is centred around Britta, the daughter of a trader. Her father, Dare Larsett, went missing on a quest to find the Staff of Tier, leaving his crew dead and his family ruined. When the opportunity to try out for a coveted spot as Apprentice to the powerful Rosalyn fleet, Britta jumps at the chance, hiding her intentions from her mother and sister. She desperately wants to sail the ship her father once owned, the Star of Deltora, now the pride of the Rosalyn Fleet.
Captain Gripp was my favourite character, though I doubt we will see much more of him for the rest of the series. Gripp was an old friend of Dare Larsett, and acted as Britta’s sponsor for her entry to the competition. He was the stereotypical old sailor, reminiscing about his glory days on a boat, but he truly cared for Britta’s dreams and tried to help her as much as he could to sidestep her father’s reputation.
I loved that the Rosalyn Fleet would only take on female apprentices, as it allowed Rodda to create a whole cast of excellent female characters. Britta herself is a great addition to the world of Deltora – she can also be a bit mean, which I really liked!
The competitive element is in full play by the end of the novel, and I can’t wait to see what else Rodda has in store for us. Plus, this book has a few mysterious scenes involving Dare Larsett and I want to know how he fits back into his daughter’s life after so long! The second segment, Two Moons, is on my shortlist in the TBR pile!
Which childhood favourite would you like to see come back to life?