The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen and hidden in dark terrible places throughout the kingdom, the Shadow Lord triumphs, and Deltora is lost.
In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a perilous quest. Determined to find the lost gems and rid their land of the tyrant, they struggle towards their first goal – the sinister Forests of Silence.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of wizarding fairy tales. It was written in around the 15th century by Beedle the Bard.
Albus Dumbledore acquired the original copy of the book, written in runes, at some point. He bequeathed it to Hermione Granger in his will. It was given to her in person by Rufus Scrimgeour, who interrogated her as to why this particular book should be left to her, and what might be the significance of it. Hermione, having been raised on Muggle fairytales, had no idea, and simply answered that maybe Dumbledore thought she would like it since he knew she appreciated books.
At some later date, Hermione translated the book into modern English and published a new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The edition, which was published to raise money for a children’s charity, incorporated original notes about the stories written by Dumbledore some months before his death. Noted Muggle author J. K. Rowling provided the introduction.