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For Will and Evanlyn, freedom has never felt so fleeing. Still far from their homeland after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, the Ranger's apprentice and the princess's plan to return to Araluen is spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive by a Temujai warrior. Though still weakened by the warmweed's toxic effects, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his For Will and Evanlyn, freedom has never felt so fleeing. Still far from their homeland after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, the Ranger's apprentice and the princess's plan to return to Araluen is spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive by a Temujai warrior. Though still weakened by the warmweed's toxic effects, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend, but an enemy scouting party has him fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until old friends make a daring, last-minute rescue. The reunion is cut short, however, when they make a horrifying discovery: Skandia's borders have been breached by the entire Temujai army. And Araluen is next in their sights. If two kingdoms are to be saved, the unlikeliest of unions must be made. Will it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy? Or will past tensions spell doom for all? The battles and drama are nonstop in Book Four of this hugely popular epic.


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For Will and Evanlyn, freedom has never felt so fleeing. Still far from their homeland after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, the Ranger's apprentice and the princess's plan to return to Araluen is spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive by a Temujai warrior. Though still weakened by the warmweed's toxic effects, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his For Will and Evanlyn, freedom has never felt so fleeing. Still far from their homeland after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, the Ranger's apprentice and the princess's plan to return to Araluen is spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive by a Temujai warrior. Though still weakened by the warmweed's toxic effects, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend, but an enemy scouting party has him fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until old friends make a daring, last-minute rescue. The reunion is cut short, however, when they make a horrifying discovery: Skandia's borders have been breached by the entire Temujai army. And Araluen is next in their sights. If two kingdoms are to be saved, the unlikeliest of unions must be made. Will it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy? Or will past tensions spell doom for all? The battles and drama are nonstop in Book Four of this hugely popular epic.

30 review for The Battle for Skandia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4), John Flanagan تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم فوریه سال 2013 میلادی عنوان: نبرد اسکاندیا - جنگاوران جوان کتاب چهارم؛ نویسنده: جان آنتونی فلانیگان (فلناگان)؛ مترجم: مسعود ملک یاری؛ تهران، افق، 1391؛ در 430 ص؛ مجموعه جنگاوران جوان کتاب 4؛ شابک: 9789643699017؛ موضوع: رمان نوجوانان و داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م پانزده سال است که اهالی آرالوئن در صلح و صفا روزگار میگذرانند. چرا که مورگاراث اهریمنی نتوانسته پایش را از کوهستان باران و ظلمت The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4), John Flanagan تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم فوریه سال 2013 میلادی عنوان: نبرد اسکاندیا - جنگاوران جوان کتاب چهارم؛ نویسنده: جان آنتونی فلانیگان (فلناگان)؛ مترجم: مسعود ملک یاری؛ تهران، افق، 1391؛ در 430 ص؛ مجموعه جنگاوران جوان کتاب 4؛ شابک: 9789643699017؛ موضوع: رمان نوجوانان و داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م پانزده سال است که اهالی آرالوئن در صلح و صفا روزگار میگذرانند. چرا که مورگاراث اهریمنی نتوانسته پایش را از کوهستان باران و ظلمت بیرون بگذارد. اما او بار دیگر دسیسه کرده است. «گیلان»، «ویل» و دوستش «هوراس» که جنگجویی جوان است در ماموریت ویژه‌ ای به سرزمین همسایه می‌روند. ولی اهالی «یل» فرار کرده یا اسیر شده‌ اند.... ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Holy Bananas! Book Four in the Ranger's Apprentice not only makes up for the lack luster book Three, it left it my fists pumping in the air! Book Three basically set up the events for book Four, in which the ranger Halt and the warrior apprentice Horace were in search of the missing princess Evelyn and the ranger apprentice Will. But enough of the pleasantries and onto the action! Book Four, or the Battle for Skandia, is non stop action. Grab it now and enjoy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    Amazing. I've loved this series since Ruins of Gorlan the first book. It's suspenseful, action packed, and fun to read. It really makes you want to read. I really love how mortal enemies can come together to save their world. John Flanagan did a great job with this book and all his others. Really, really good.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Four solid stars. Told in 3rd person omniscient, there are only about 300 pages creating a swiftly flowing pace. (Long books wear me out). The plot is solid but not confusingly complex. The characters we met in earlier books return again, guarding each other's back, including Will, Horace, Evanlyn, Halt, Erak, etc. Their bond of friendship further develops, a spirit of camaraderie, loyalty, trust. This series is classified as fantasy, but there are no fantastical elements in this particular entry Four solid stars. Told in 3rd person omniscient, there are only about 300 pages creating a swiftly flowing pace. (Long books wear me out). The plot is solid but not confusingly complex. The characters we met in earlier books return again, guarding each other's back, including Will, Horace, Evanlyn, Halt, Erak, etc. Their bond of friendship further develops, a spirit of camaraderie, loyalty, trust. This series is classified as fantasy, but there are no fantastical elements in this particular entry (except one scene with a berserker killing rage). It's really more like an alternative history, where English-typecast characters (from Araluen) help the battle-axe toting Skandians (Vikings) repel an invasion of mongol-type invaders from the Eastern Steppes (the Temujai), light-calvary-archers led by a Khan-type chieftain. It was written for teens, but I enjoyed it. There is maybe too much time spent on battle scenes, but the tactics were interesting and the fight did not feel overwhelming. Kudos to the author for creating credible (not Mary Sue) action scenes with the young princess, Evanlyn / Cassandra. There is a good map and a fun app at the author's website: http://www.worldofjohnflanagan.com/ra...

  5. 3 out of 5

    Johanna

    The Battle for Skandia is the fourth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. What can I say? These books are just incredibly relaxing for me to read. Flawed but endearing characters, easy but exciting plots. I don't have to think and can just enjoy it. Though in this particularly there were some things I would have liked differently. Most importantly I would have liked the book to deal with Will's trauma a bit more. He was enslaved, abused and drugged in the last book... I feel like he should have The Battle for Skandia is the fourth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. What can I say? These books are just incredibly relaxing for me to read. Flawed but endearing characters, easy but exciting plots. I don't have to think and can just enjoy it. Though in this particularly there were some things I would have liked differently. Most importantly I would have liked the book to deal with Will's trauma a bit more. He was enslaved, abused and drugged in the last book... I feel like he should have some form of PTSD. Instead it was just kind of dropped and hardly ever mentioned again. That was a bit disappointing. I also feel like the series could use a bit more direction at this point. Not that it's not interesting but currently I'm missing an ultimate goal. What am I reading to? Is this series going to follow Will's life for the rest of eternity until his death? Just like some kind of road trip? Not that I won't read this, but still... A bit direction would be appreciated. Apart from that, I'm still enjoying the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    rachel • typed truths

    There are few books that manage such a level of consistency - and that's a compliment, though it doesn't sound really like one. Normally in a series there are some good books, some not so good ones, great characters, characters that piss you off... the Ranger's Apprentice series has had nothing but a consistently engaging plotline, an incredible cast of loveable and a fascinating setting. It hasn't gotten boring once. In this installment we get to know Erak more which I loved. Erak and Halt's dia There are few books that manage such a level of consistency - and that's a compliment, though it doesn't sound really like one. Normally in a series there are some good books, some not so good ones, great characters, characters that piss you off... the Ranger's Apprentice series has had nothing but a consistently engaging plotline, an incredible cast of loveable and a fascinating setting. It hasn't gotten boring once. In this installment we get to know Erak more which I loved. Erak and Halt's dialogue was hilarious. It was also fascinating to learn more about the Skandians. While the battle was a little long-winded, I think it was key. It gave Evanlyn the chance to grow in her character. After seeing everyone else doubt her abilities - at times, she even doubted herself - it was nice to see her grow in confidence and wow everyone with her hidden awesomeness. I'm intrigued about her and Horace's relationship and how it is going to progress over the rest of the series! I have to admit that I missed Will a little bit though. He still isn't back to his usual self (for most of the book) and he got a little weird towards the end. Overall, this was fantastic - just as I've learnt to expect from John Flanagan. I'm excited for the next book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    C.P. Cabaniss

    This is the fourth installment in the Ranger's Apprentice series and takes place in Skandia, where Will and Evanlyn have been for nearly a year. When Halt and Horace arrive to rescue their friends, they must join forces with their enemies in order to return home. But enemies have a habit of becoming friends. I was glad that Will was back and mostly himself in this novel because I missed him for the majority of the previous installment. And I loved his reunion with Halt. Their father/son relations This is the fourth installment in the Ranger's Apprentice series and takes place in Skandia, where Will and Evanlyn have been for nearly a year. When Halt and Horace arrive to rescue their friends, they must join forces with their enemies in order to return home. But enemies have a habit of becoming friends. I was glad that Will was back and mostly himself in this novel because I missed him for the majority of the previous installment. And I loved his reunion with Halt. Their father/son relationship is beautiful and I love the bond that they have formed. His friendship with Horace was tested (slightly) and strengthened. This is really the first of the novels where there is a hint at future romance between any of the young characters. Evanlyn is friends with both Horace and Will and they both obviously care for her a great deal. It doesn't go too far, but it does introduce the possibility of relationships there. One thing I really enjoyed was how much we were able to see Evanlyn's strength. She didn't want to just sit on the sidelines and watch the men do all the dangerous work, she wanted to help. And her help was vital. It's nice to see girls be the heroes too, without taking away from the boys. The two can exist together. Another solid addition to this fun, adventurous series. I'm looking forward to continuing onward.

  8. 3 out of 5

    Joshua Letchford

    I really enjoyed the Ranger's Apprentice series as a light read, even as an older teenager. The books are very easy to pick up and Flanagan's style draws you into the story. I gave this book five stars because it has probably the best battle-scene (it takes up nearly half of the book) I have ever found in fiction. Modern authors and movie-makers rarely understand medieval warfare. They are used to modern weapons like machine guns and artillery, so they use archers and catapults like automatic ri I really enjoyed the Ranger's Apprentice series as a light read, even as an older teenager. The books are very easy to pick up and Flanagan's style draws you into the story. I gave this book five stars because it has probably the best battle-scene (it takes up nearly half of the book) I have ever found in fiction. Modern authors and movie-makers rarely understand medieval warfare. They are used to modern weapons like machine guns and artillery, so they use archers and catapults like automatic rifles and cannons. The superhero complex encourages them to follow the exploits of a single hero who can plough through a battalion single-handedly (think the Jedi knights). Flanagan doesn't fall for any of that nonsense. His battle is interesting, clever, realistic and above all, plausible. The strategies the commanders use make sense, the tactics the warriors use are realistic, and oveall, I finished the book feeling like "that could have really happened". I reread this book just for that. But Flanagan doesn't get caught up in "getting it right"- he stil remembers to keep it personal. You aren't some bird flying over the battle watching it like a an all-knowing god; you watch the events unfold through the eyes of his beloved characters, especially Will, Horace and Halt.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marten

    The fourth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series was an action filled adventure living up to the first three stories. I enjoyed the continuing story of Will and Evenlyn as they attempted to escape the Skandian city of Hallashome. Just as they seem to be free, the author throws another two plot twists at the reader and puts them back in harms way and the reader is bound to another gripping adventure. Halt, Horace, Evanlyn and Will all need to be at their best to take on the new challenges if the The fourth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series was an action filled adventure living up to the first three stories. I enjoyed the continuing story of Will and Evenlyn as they attempted to escape the Skandian city of Hallashome. Just as they seem to be free, the author throws another two plot twists at the reader and puts them back in harms way and the reader is bound to another gripping adventure. Halt, Horace, Evanlyn and Will all need to be at their best to take on the new challenges if the raiders from the steppes. I find the authors use of the Middle Ages, Europe, Asia and other cultures of the times quite interesting. It is easy to make connections to wonderful stories, sagas and histories while reading about Will in his adventures. It's a little like a simpler Lord of the Rings or even Robin Hood story which is action packed, full of fantasy, admirable characters and morals for all ages of readers. Certainly, the stories leave you wanting the next episode. I certainly can't wait to read book number 5.

  10. 3 out of 5

    - ̗̀ jess ̖́-

    Ooh, this one is where the series really starts to take an upward turn for the better. I'm going chronologically within the series, so I'm reading number seven after this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh, and it appealed to my rapidly growing interest in military history; the description of the titular Battle for Skandia is incredibly detailed and descriptive. This is one part where the series excels - the battles. To my knowledge the battle was fairly realistic as well, and how it was fought mi Ooh, this one is where the series really starts to take an upward turn for the better. I'm going chronologically within the series, so I'm reading number seven after this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh, and it appealed to my rapidly growing interest in military history; the description of the titular Battle for Skandia is incredibly detailed and descriptive. This is one part where the series excels - the battles. To my knowledge the battle was fairly realistic as well, and how it was fought minor skirmishes, with one large pitched battle. Though it's a kids book, death and carnage of war isn't shied away from, which I appreciate. This is also where camaraderie really starts picking up; I love, love everyone's dynamic with each other. It gives me such warm fuzzy feelings inside.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Graham B

    This was by far the best book out of the first four. All of those books have a lot of description. A large amount of times in this one it dozes off, descripting one character or one object for pretty much a whole page. Everything else was outstanding. I would reccomend this book to anyone really. Even if you DESPISE mideval fantasy. If you don't like reading, I wouldn't read this book because listening to the descriptions will be a waste of your time.

  12. 3 out of 5

    S. M. Metzler

    Most of the book was about the battle, which I actually don't mind. Once again, I'm almost certain Flanagan had done lots of research because the terms and descriptions and battle strategies and whatnot seemed very realistic and believable. I'm not a huge fan of the writing style; it seemed to be a bit too explanatory in places I thought already were self explanatory if that makes sense. Nor am i a fan of the Skandians or the front cover :P But ah the ending!!!! The ending made the whole read wo Most of the book was about the battle, which I actually don't mind. Once again, I'm almost certain Flanagan had done lots of research because the terms and descriptions and battle strategies and whatnot seemed very realistic and believable. I'm not a huge fan of the writing style; it seemed to be a bit too explanatory in places I thought already were self explanatory if that makes sense. Nor am i a fan of the Skandians or the front cover :P But ah the ending!!!! The ending made the whole read worth it. So bittersweet. Looking forward to the next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Raha

    3.5 نسبت به جلدای قبلی روند کند و ماجرای ساده ای داشت. با این حال هنوز هم از خوندن این مجموعه لذت میبرم. خیلی داستان واقع گرایانه ایه و برای من که بیشتر، داستانای فانتزی، تخیلی...ترسناک و... خوندم تجربه ی دلنشینیه :)

  14. 3 out of 5

    Michael Bates

    Plot-4 Stars Characters-5 Stars Setting-3 Stars Between Will, Halt, Horace, Cassandra and Erak I loved all the characters. That is the biggest reason why I keep coming back. The plot is good but it's the characters that really make you want to turn the page. In this series, there are no surprises (Unless this is the first book you have ever read) but again he does his characters well and same for his writing. Would I read the next in the series? I already have.

  15. 4 out of 5

    A Bookworm Life

    Blijft erg leuk om naar te luisteren! Bij dit luisterboek was ik wel een stuk minder gegrepen door "Het grote gevecht"

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anwar

    In the last book, it last took place when Will and Evanlyn were kidnapped by the Skandians. Will is an apprentice ranger who is taught by Halt who is a ranger in the ranger corps. There are fifty rangers for each hold or castle. Rangers are like sheriffs in the modern world. Evanlyn is the daughter of the high king Duncan. The skandian kings servant Erak helped save Will and Evanlyn escape from Skandia. Will and Evanlyn escaped and stayed in this cabin for the winter. One day Evanlyn was going f In the last book, it last took place when Will and Evanlyn were kidnapped by the Skandians. Will is an apprentice ranger who is taught by Halt who is a ranger in the ranger corps. There are fifty rangers for each hold or castle. Rangers are like sheriffs in the modern world. Evanlyn is the daughter of the high king Duncan. The skandian kings servant Erak helped save Will and Evanlyn escape from Skandia. Will and Evanlyn escaped and stayed in this cabin for the winter. One day Evanlyn was going for hunting while Will slept and Evanlyn got kidnapped by the Temujai. The temujai are nomads who live in Temujai. They only go out of there area if they want to start a war by taking someones land. Thats when Will found out Evanlyn didnt come back and it was fifve hours later. So will followed the tracks for days until he reached a camp where they held Evanlyn. There were seven temujai and there weapon of choice is the long bow so is the rangers. Will was only armed with a bow so he moved closer. The temujai were about to kill Evanlyn until Will took a shot and missed. Then he saw another arrow fly passed him and he saw Halt who was there hidden in his camoflauge cloak. In four seconds he already killed five temujai. They went and saved and Evanlyn while Horace who was an apprentice knight killed two of the temujai easily. Erak was with them also because he need help from Halt. Halt had experience in wars and strategies thats why Erak wanted Halt to help them in the war against the temujai. Halt, Horace, Will, and Evanlyn went to skandia to fight off the temujai. They had an archer army of a hundred that was hidden under brush at a cliff. While the skandians held shields when they blocked off the arrows from the temujai. Will helped the skandian slaves aim and measure the range and distance and Evanlyn let Will know when they were ready. They took out half the temujai and they would've lost if will and halt hadn't thought of the archer idea. They barely survived until the temujai gave up when they lost more than half of there men. Temujai are hard to defeat becuase they are organized, trained, battle hardened, and full of stratigies. After that the skandians celebrated there victory and Halt, Horace, Will, and Evanlyn went back to Castle Araluen to celebrate with the king.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tmfeilla

    Evanlyn was tied to a thick pine, halfway down in the snow, watching the vicious Temujai about to slice her in two. An arrow suddenly burrowed into his wrist and he fell to his knees in pain. Suddenly three figures dashed from the forest and destroyed the Temujai camp taking just one prisnor. As Will, a ranger's apprentice, Horace, a warrior apprentice, and Halt a full fledged ranger begin to leave the cold frozen land of Skandia they find a whole army of the marauding Temujai horseman ready to Evanlyn was tied to a thick pine, halfway down in the snow, watching the vicious Temujai about to slice her in two. An arrow suddenly burrowed into his wrist and he fell to his knees in pain. Suddenly three figures dashed from the forest and destroyed the Temujai camp taking just one prisnor. As Will, a ranger's apprentice, Horace, a warrior apprentice, and Halt a full fledged ranger begin to leave the cold frozen land of Skandia they find a whole army of the marauding Temujai horseman ready to invade and destroy the entire realm and then directly after the realm of Araluen, our heroes' homeland. In this book our heroes and the Skandians must cover up long fueds of war, and team up to fight back at the massive Temujai army, hoping to stop them in their tracks from conquering both kingdoms. This book's plot is outstanding with suspense always slowly but surely build, and many well thought strategies and at times hilarious twists and turns. I reccomend this book to anyone that enjoys a great fantasy novel or anyone that has started the epic Ranger's Apprentice series. Can the Skandians and Araulens bond together defeat the marauding Temujai or will they themselves be defeated? See for yourself in the newest addition to Ranger's Apprentice : The Battle For Skandia.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Loewen

    ***SPOILER ALERT*** I was both happy and sad when I finished reading this masterpiece. Happy because the book was just plain awesome, and although the ending was a touch melancholy, it was perfect. Sad because this book marks the end of Will's time as an apprentice to Halt (with the exception of book 7 of course, although he was practically full-fledged in that one.), and it also ends my favorite part of the series. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love every book in this series, but books 1-4 ar ***SPOILER ALERT*** I was both happy and sad when I finished reading this masterpiece. Happy because the book was just plain awesome, and although the ending was a touch melancholy, it was perfect. Sad because this book marks the end of Will's time as an apprentice to Halt (with the exception of book 7 of course, although he was practically full-fledged in that one.), and it also ends my favorite part of the series. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love every book in this series, but books 1-4 are just.....extra special to me I guess. They carry a certain magic that the other books lack. But back to reviewing The Battle for Skandia! I'm pretty sure I cried when Halt and Will were reunited; it couldn't have been more touching and awesome! It was so good to seem Will and Evanlyn safe with Halt and Horace again. The plot twists with Slagor and the Temujai were brilliant, as was the way Halt and Will devised to over throw his plans. (Not to mention when Halt gets seasick, too funny!) The battle=total epicness. Brilliantly written. There wasn't a page of this book that bored me, I loved everything! Halt had so many great sarcastic replies; he's definitely the master of those! This book is one my treasures, and one of my all-time favorites!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Negar

    خب فوق العاده بود دیگه :) این دفعه نسخه ی آمریکایی رو خوندم. جدا از اینکه اسم استرالیایی رو خیلی بیشتر دوست دارم، هنوزم حس می کنم یه تیکه هایی از جنگ نبودش اینجا. یه سری قسمت ها بعد از حمله ی تموجای ها به کمان دارا و تموم شدن جنگ... و غیر از اون هم یه فکر بسیار مبهمی دارم که انگار ماجراهای هلت و ارک روی کشتی اینقدر کم نبود :-؟ از همینجا خواهش می کنم، اگه کسی استرالیاییش رو دم دست داره بهم بده. من کلاً تموم فایلام با کامپیوترم به فنا رفت متاسفانه :| + چرا اینا توی چلنج امسال میاد؟ :| باید بعداً بشی خب فوق العاده بود دیگه :) این دفعه نسخه ی آمریکایی رو خوندم. جدا از اینکه اسم استرالیایی رو خیلی بیشتر دوست دارم، هنوزم حس می کنم یه تیکه هایی از جنگ نبودش اینجا. یه سری قسمت ها بعد از حمله ی تموجای ها به کمان دارا و تموم شدن جنگ... و غیر از اون هم یه فکر بسیار مبهمی دارم که انگار ماجراهای هلت و ارک روی کشتی اینقدر کم نبود :-؟ از همینجا خواهش می کنم، اگه کسی استرالیاییش رو دم دست داره بهم بده. من کلاً تموم فایلام با کامپیوترم به فنا رفت متاسفانه :| + چرا اینا توی چلنج امسال میاد؟ :| باید بعداً بشینم و تاریخ همه شون رو بذارم برای قبلاً :|:|

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    A definite improvement compared to the last book. This book has a lot of good action scenes all the way through. I would almost say it's a little too much action because sometimes it dragged on a bit. It kind of feels like the third book and this one could easily have been just 1 book if they had less unnecessary scenes filling the pages. Still a good read, though. Also, I still hope for some more interesting female characters as the story progresses. I like Evanlyn but there should be more than A definite improvement compared to the last book. This book has a lot of good action scenes all the way through. I would almost say it's a little too much action because sometimes it dragged on a bit. It kind of feels like the third book and this one could easily have been just 1 book if they had less unnecessary scenes filling the pages. Still a good read, though. Also, I still hope for some more interesting female characters as the story progresses. I like Evanlyn but there should be more than just one.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Andrew

    The beggining was too slow for me, but once I got past that it was good. Will is finally free Just to turn around and fight with the enemy Halt has to help the Skandians win So they can all become friends

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Quite good, nearly 5 stars..

  23. 3 out of 5

    Argona

    So far the best book in the series! I really really enjoyed this one and I couldn't put it down. Cleverly written, action-packed with great characterization. Simply perfect.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    I am about ready to drop this series. I will give it another book after this. As one might expect, with this book (#4) taking place on the other side of the world, as did #3, it is to be expected that the other orphans from Castle Redmond would be missing from this book despite close relationships to the main character. (view spoiler)[But completely absent? Even at the reunion that ended the book, going as far as to have the other battle masters and guardian/nanny around but not the other orphans I am about ready to drop this series. I will give it another book after this. As one might expect, with this book (#4) taking place on the other side of the world, as did #3, it is to be expected that the other orphans from Castle Redmond would be missing from this book despite close relationships to the main character. (view spoiler)[But completely absent? Even at the reunion that ended the book, going as far as to have the other battle masters and guardian/nanny around but not the other orphans? (hide spoiler)] Ah, but I am out of order. The begining, maybe 1/2 or 2/3rds, was DULL. I was bored listening at 2x speed and I thought it was worse than the repetativness of the earlier books. Then there is a battle, a grand end-of-the-world affair which has been shown as typical for the series and I suppose when fighting every skirmish does feel like the whole world is in chaos. The battle was okay. (view spoiler)[Then the return to Arluen was funny, apart from the neglect of 'closest friends' which will make casting for a movie series easier with absent characters remaining so, I mentioned above.> (hide spoiler)] Two points where choices did not make sense: (view spoiler)[ 1. Why have slaves as archers instead of looking to Skandians retired from being warriors/raiders or just the hunters? CLEARLY there is archery proficiency (with shit bows!) if they can expect to hunt with them. 2. Why have the moment of Holt not currently able to sign a treaty when if Erik is dropping them off in Areluan the king and he could just sign it there? (hide spoiler)] I forgot one, 3: Consistant use of voices bellowing over impossibly loud situations or heard over distances, or both. (view spoiler)[At the battle, and the king talking with Holt shore to ship (hide spoiler)]

  25. 3 out of 5

    Chad

    Trying to keep up with my 11 year old but am further behind. He recommended 17/5 stars so I'm guessing this a perfect series for the target demographic. After the last book I'm glad we're back to adventuring and the rangers doing what they do best, helping win wars! My only real complaint at this point is that we seem to have gotten away from a fantasy that the first two books were, there are no strange monsters or magic at all anymore. The story has become an alternate history in a thinly veiled Trying to keep up with my 11 year old but am further behind. He recommended 17/5 stars so I'm guessing this a perfect series for the target demographic. After the last book I'm glad we're back to adventuring and the rangers doing what they do best, helping win wars! My only real complaint at this point is that we seem to have gotten away from a fantasy that the first two books were, there are no strange monsters or magic at all anymore. The story has become an alternate history in a thinly veiled Europe invaded by Mongol hordes. I guess it's easier to write if you don't have to make up your own world. Though there is only one female character, she is written very well. She has agency and her own thoughts and self-direction. She is capable and resourceful and rescues as much as she is rescued. She is shown to be every much the equal as everyone else. Not a stereotypical princess who's only job is to be a love interest for the hero.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Another solid installment in the Ranger’s Apprentice series and possibly my favorite so far along with the first one. I mentioned in my review of the first book that the characters seemed a bit in the young side, but I would say they’ve caught up beautifully and definitely seem more in the 16-17 year old category for all they’ve been through. I love the added characters of the Skandians and princess. This chapter of the story wrapped up nicely with no cliffhangers and will be a nice place to bas Another solid installment in the Ranger’s Apprentice series and possibly my favorite so far along with the first one. I mentioned in my review of the first book that the characters seemed a bit in the young side, but I would say they’ve caught up beautifully and definitely seem more in the 16-17 year old category for all they’ve been through. I love the added characters of the Skandians and princess. This chapter of the story wrapped up nicely with no cliffhangers and will be a nice place to bask in the satisfying storytelling for a bit before jumping to the next book. I’m a hearty fan of the series and suspect I will continue to enjoy subsequent adventures.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Irene

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *** Warning: This review contains spoilers! *** This book is my favorite in the series so far! Finally, Will and Halt are back together again! There's a battle to fight in Skandia, but ultimately we see our heroes return home to Araluen, and that's all I really wanted. The author continues to favor "grim" and "uncanny" as his two favorite adjectives. Humor was a solid strength in this book, as Halt's small size was juxtaposed with Erak's massiveness, and the Skandians' simple tactic-less fightin *** Warning: This review contains spoilers! *** This book is my favorite in the series so far! Finally, Will and Halt are back together again! There's a battle to fight in Skandia, but ultimately we see our heroes return home to Araluen, and that's all I really wanted. The author continues to favor "grim" and "uncanny" as his two favorite adjectives. Humor was a solid strength in this book, as Halt's small size was juxtaposed with Erak's massiveness, and the Skandians' simple tactic-less fighting was pointed out in matter-of-fact ways. My feelings for Evanlyn continued to wax and wane; I got annoyed at her behavior, and then she'd redeem herself. I think in the back of my mind I'm always fearful that a romance will blossom between her and Will, or her and Horace, and it's one my biggest pet peeves to see an action/adventure movie get sidetracked by superfluous romance! I know we barely knew them, but I thought Alyss was meant for Will, and Jenny for Horace. I guess with Horace becoming a great knight, he's far above Jenny's station now, which is unfortunate. I'm still disappointed that we've now pretty much lost sight of Alyss, Jenny, and George, and I wonder if we'll see much of them at all in the remaining books. I'm also still a bit indignant that King Duncan "got away" with his daughter never knowing that he completely forsook her to her fate in the hands of her Skandian captors. Those minor quibbles aside, it was great to see Halt and Will and Horace back in all their glory. And I have to admit, I enjoyed being won over by Erak. Fine, he's the one who kidnapped Will and Evanlyn in the first place, but I guess he, too, redeemed himself after all. Finally, just an added tip: If you want to read the books chronologically, after Book 4, read Book 7, and then go back to Books 5 and 6! There is an Author's Note in Book 7 explaining how he realized after the fact that he should have filled in the period of time between Books 4 and 5.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Jo

    Rangers Apprentice Series by John Flanagan. The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan is one of my favorite series of all time, and it deserves the hype. The series is told from the eyes of Will, a young boy living in a world of kings, knights and castles;the middle ages.Rangers answer only to the king, they're skilled archers and are at the centre of every battle, their spies and are skilled in espionage, while also being envoys. This series is a YA version of The Game of Thrones.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Steve Weller

    This is such a fantastic series—everyone needs to be reading this. This book concludes a three-novel story arc that shaped our young heroes’ destinies and clinched the friendship of unlikely allies. Can’t wait for the next one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    This book is definitely a filler book. There wasn't a lot of character development and the plot was good but it was just kind of there. Recommended 14+ for violence, some language, and the end of the non-consensual drug addiction from the last book.

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