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   This article is about the fictional object The Deltora Book of Monsters. For the actual book written by Emily Rodda go to The Deltora Book of Monsters (real).

The Deltora Book of Monsters
General information
Owned by

The palace library

Created by


In possession of

Marilen as palace librarian


To inform about the monstrous fauna of Deltora

Chronological information
First appearance

The Deltora Book of Monsters

Last appearance

Isle of the Dead

The Deltora Book of Monsters was a book that the Chief Palace Librarian Josef wrote after he fled the palace in Del. It was meant to be a collection of detailed description of creatures and hazzards found throughout Deltora.


The Deltora Book of Monsters[]

Josef began writing The Deltora Book of Monsters after he fled from the palace in Del. He was inspired after hearing tales of the monstrous sea serpent, Soldeen, who inhabited the Lake of Tears. Over the years before and after the Shadow Lord's invasion, Josef travelled Deltora and added to the book from conversations he had with travellers, the peddler Steven, and his adoptive son and apprentice, Ranesh.[1]

Dragon's Nest[]

At some point after he returned to the palace, Josef presented his completed book to king Lief in the hopes that the young king would read it and gain some wisdom. Lief instead skimmed through the pages and looked at Josef's illustrations.

On the night of the full moon meeting, Josef mentioned his book when explaining to Lief that the dragons of Deltora were divided into seven tribes like the people of the land.[2]

Isle of the Dead[]

Lief recalled having seen a picture of the Blood Lilies and Fleshbanes in The Deltora Book of Monsters, and cursed himself for not reading up on the creatures.[3]


  1. Rodda, Emily. The Deltora Book of Monsters. Scholastic Australia. 2001.
  2. Rodda, Emily. Dragon's Nest. Scholastic Australia. November 1, 2003.
  3. Rodda, Emily. Isle of the Dead. Scholastic Australia. May 31, 2004.