* Lief means [[spoiler: "heir"]]... and "loved", of which he is both.
* After Doom [[NonSequiturThud hits his head and is rambling about his history after leaving Del]], he uses the phrase [[spoiler: "dear heart"]], used [[spoiler: by Jarred to Anna in Part 1 of ''The Forests of Silence'']], subtly hinting at the truth that [[spoiler: he is not Endon, as the scene implies, but Jarred]].
* The behavior of the different Pirran tribes is consistent with the kind of music they liked. The Plumes, who liked brave and glorious music, were willing to stake everything on letting the companions try to kill the Fear. The Aurons, who liked the beautiful and rich music, had a schism over the meaning of beauty in their changed circumstances, and many of them shut themselves in a magic dome to uphold their ideal of beauty, rather than face reality. The Kerons...well, it works for the first two, anyway, and they didn't spend much time around the Kerons in any case.
* All the first series main villains represent a different sin:
** Gorl: Wrath, which pushed him into killing his brothers and ruining the forest.
** Thaegan: Lust. Just look at how many children she has. Plus, cruelty is taking pleasure in the suffering of others.
** Reeah: Vanity. It becomes his FatalFlaw as he's too much busy gloating to notice Jasmine.
** The Hive: Greed, obviously.
** Gellick: Gluttony. He enslaved the Dread Gnomes, forcing them to farm flies for him and killing them if they couldn't replace the flies he ate.
** The Glus: Sloth. It's a huge slug that can't move very fast, and it lives in a cave network where resting for too long will kill you.
** The Guardian: Hubris. He's powerful and dangerous, but he believes that he's too great to be bested, so he plays games with his guests and eventually is defeated.
** The Shadow Lord himself: Envy. He hates all "good" living beings, and wants to rule everything, ''especially'' Deltora, which was snatched from him multiple times. Plus, if he can't have it, [[ThePlan well…]]
* In The Deltora Book of Monsters it is revealed that [[spoiler: Josef hid the book The Belt of Deltora where he hoped someone would one day find it, namely Jarred or Endon.]] It is said that Jarred started it all, because he found the book and hid the royal family, but without Josef Jarred would not have been able to find and The Belt of Deltora at all, and thus come to realise as he did the dangers the Rule posed on the royal family and the safety of Deltora.
* The Shadow Lord based most of his plans and traps on legends or things that actually happened. Considering that he faked a [[spoiler: sister for Jasmine]] means that [[spoiler: Anna]] might have been unknowingly pregnant when she was killed.
** On another note, think carefully about the Ols. Supposedly, there's various tests to see if the people you think are on your side are really Ols, primarily the three-day test. But this doesn't work for higher than Grade 2 Ols. At any slow moment when Leif has his guard down and thinks the Shadow Lord's threat is over, the Ols can sneak in, replace Jasmine or Barda, and kill him off in his sleep. In a deeper level, how can you trust ''anyone''? Even if they aren't Ols, the second plan of the Shadow Lord is mind control snakes. ''Anyone'' can be working for the Shadow Lord.
*** In fact, consider the Ol which was impersonating Barda in Maze of the Beast. It could have quietly killed Lief and Jasmine anytime during those two days which they travelled together, even in their sleep. Luckily the Ol had orders to deceive rather than kill...
** All of the mind control snakes were killed in the end of the second serial. Of course, the Shadow Lord can grow more, but without a pool of Deltorans he can send back to infest others, it'll be a lot harder to do anything with them. As for the Ols, it's a problem. But it's possible they can't even get into Deltora with the Belt at its full power and the Sisters defunct.
** Doran's fate. Hundreds of years [[spoiler: as the guardian of the Sister of the West, forced to exist as long as the Sister did,]] knowing that he failed and he'd never see his friends again.
* The extent of [[spoiler: Paff's miserable existence. She was one of the hundreds rescued from the Shadowlands, and returned home to… no family, no friends, nobody who actually liked or cared about her and a job with a fussy, hard to live with man who constantly compared her to his old assistant. Is it any wonder that she turned to the Shadow Lord? And even then it gets even more depressing, because he withdrew his powers from her at the last moment, leaving her to die alone.]]