'The Shifting Sands certainly lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessors-danger, mystery, adventure and puzzles to solve. There are also appearances by the dreaded Grey Guards, a brief meeting with an Ak-Baba and new, cunning enemies to be defeated. As in the previous Deltora adventures, Emily Rodda is able to lead the reader into a fast, unpredictable adventure that has you thinking, guessing and wanting to know more-what struggles and adventures will Lief and his companions face as they seek the fifth stone? What of the Grey Guards? The resistance movement? Will any other companions join them? What about King Endon's child?
The Shifting Sands is a thoroughly good read that you just cannot put down! And after you have finished reading this book, you, like me, will spend many long moments waiting to get your hands on the next one.'
Tim Stanwell (Year 5 teacher, Oxford Falls Grammar School, Sydney)