Star of Deltora: The Towers of Illica by Emily Rodda
Published by Scholastic Australia
This book is so enthralling and gripping that it kept me going right to the very last page. It was beautifully thought about and well-written. There was suspense on every page, pulling me into the story.
This book is mostly about two girls, Britta ( the main character ) and Jewel, and a boy named Sky, who live on the ship, Star of Deltora. Britta and Jewel are both competing in the Trader Rosalyn contest. The winner of this contest will become the heir to the Star of Deltora. Britta and Jewel are fantastic friends, but the other contestant, Vashti, might be Britta's unknown enemy. Someone has been attacking Britta on the ship and at port, watching and stalking her, waiting until she is alone. It could be Vashti, or it might be someone else. Britta needs to figure this out fast before her enemy manages to get rid of her. She knows that her enemy is lurking just out of her reach.......
With the help of her two friends, Jewel and Sky, will Britta be able to unveil her enemy and win the Trader Rosalyn contest? I am not spoiling the surprises to come.
My favourite part is at the very end, when Britta, Jewel and Sky are talking and laughing cheerfully and merrily together in Jewel and Britta's cabin. They are all discussing the times that will come. I liked this part mostly because it held the most suspense in the whole book. I really wanted to read the next book in the series when I finished the Towers of Illica. I loved the last, suspense-filled sentence "And it is a long way back to Del." A mixture of desperate wanting for more and amazement at this fantastic book was churning around inside me.
My favourite character was Sky, a feisty, sly sort of boy. He liked wandering around off the ship when he wasn't allowed, and at the end, Sky wasn't even supposed to be in Britta and Jewel's cabin. I liked Sky because of his mischievous ways and sly tricks.
If I could tell Emily Rodda something to improve about this book, I would say that she should have added more description on how Vashti looked, and what kind of family she came from. I really wanted to know a lot more about Vashti. This does allow me to use my imagination to think about the possibilities, however.
I give this book a rating of 4.999 out of 5, and I recommend it for anyone who loves a suspenseful adventure story.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Emily Rodda
Title: Star of Deltora: The Towers of Illica
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: April 2016