Anyone here still remember the "Deltora Quest" books? This is the first fantasy book series I ever got into. I've been trying to re-read all of them since the last time I read them was over a decade ago. I'm on the seventh book now ("The Valley of the Lost"). So far, all of the other odd-numbered books are my favorites. 1. The Forests of Silence (Establishes the world, story, characters, and their archetypes well enough) 3. City of the Rats (The most gruesome, "cult"-like entry, I'd say) 5. Dread Mountain (Further raises the stakes of the group by having Lief find out about his parents, introduces the Kin species, shows a bit about Doom, etc.) As for the others: 2. The Lake of Tears was okay, better than the other even-numbered sequels. 4. The Shifting Sands was meh. 6. The Maze of the Beast felt like the most boring entry in the series. Guess pirates outside of AC IV don't excite me much.