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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142410756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142410752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third book in the Ranger's Apprentice series features a dual story, switching between the ranger's apprentice, Will, accompanied by princess Evanlyn, and the ranger, Halt, accompanied by Will's friend Horace, a young knight-in-training. After an unsuccessful attempt to escape from the ship where they are captives, Will and Evanlyn are taken to Skandia and put to work as slaves. Meanwhile, Halt and Horace ride to the rescue, or at least toward the rescue, only to be detained by a series of petty thieves and a nefarious knight. Although both strands of narrative feature journeys, each provides its own challenges for the characters and pleasures for readers. The Halt/Horace strand combines elements of knightly combat with a certain dry wit, and the Will/Evanlyn strand offers a good adventure story with a surprising twist. Throughout the novel, Flanagan's deft character portrayals and well-paced story will engage readers, and the ending will leave them clamoring for the next volume. Phelan, Carolyn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"Laced with humour, credible characters and the poignancy of slavery and drug addiction, The Icebound Land is a gripping tale" The School Librarian "Dazzling in its detail, children will be unable to put this down" Liverpool Echo "A fantastic adventure with endearing characters. Five out of five stars" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John's assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting. After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years. John began writing Ranger's Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

Customer Reviews

Great plot and character development.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D @ Paradise Lake on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I haven't read the United States version of this book, having purchased the australian edition over a year ago. "The Icebound Land" is the first half of the tale of Will and Evalyn's adventures in Skandia, while Halt and Horace set off to rescue them. As a book, it does not quite stand alone, and you really need to read book #4 "The Oakleaf Bearers" to read the conclusion of the tale. Book #4 is a five star book. You can order the Oakleaf Bearer from the online Australian bookstores - they cost about $15 each. Books #5 (the Sorcerer in the North) and #6 (The Siege of Macindaw) are also a single story with the same issue - book #5 doesn't quite stand by itself, and then book #6 completes the story. I found the vocabulary in the Australian editions to be more advanced than the Scholastic versions available in the United States - I don't know if Flanagan is using a more mature vocabulary in the later volumes, or if the U.S. editor is making the stories easier to read for their targetted audience because, as I said, I haven't read the U.S. versions to compare. Ranger's Apprentice is a great series - the books will not let you down.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Australian author Flanagan originally wrote this series to encourage his twelve-year-old son to love reading. The Ruins of Gorlan is Book One, and The Burning Bridge is Book Two. The setting is vaguely medieval Europe, with interesting details of battle, weapons, and character.

Rangers are a branch of service to the King of Araluen, skilled at woodcraft and longbow, and many people think they have a command of magic. Halt is a skilled Ranger, one of the best. He can disappear into a tree (or give that impression) and can fire a fatal arrow in seconds, even through the eye slit in a knight's visor. His apprentice, Will, and the young girl Evanlyn have escaped unscathed from a terrible battle, only to be caught by a raiding party of Skandians led by Jarl Erak. Halt is not allowed to go after them, so he arranges for the King to banish him for treasonous comments made in public, and he and the young knight Horace set off to Gallica, to find Will.

The chapters alternate between the stories of Will and Evanlyn as prisoners with the Skandians, and Horace and Halt on their trip through Gallica. Halt is old and very wise. He is able to teach the young knight Horace a thing or two about strategy and honor on their travels. Will is able to help Evanlyn during the short sojourn on the island of Skorghijl, waiting out the winter storms with the raiding party, and also keep up his spirits and fitness. But when they return to Jarl Erak's home of Hallasholm, Evanlyn is made a house slave, and Will becomes a yard slave, toiling in terrible cold until he becomes addicted to warmweed, and forgets who he is. Jarl Erak respects Will's bravery and skill, and hates to see him addicted and treated so poorly. He decides to help Will and Evanlyn try to escape.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Summer Paulus on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love the Ranger's Apprentice series. It stands right up there with other fantastic fantasy favorites like The Symphony of Ages and The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme by Elizabeth Haydon, The Icewind Dale by R.A.Salvator, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien and Dragonlance: Chronicles by Weis and Hickman. But with John Flanaghan's newiest installment in the Ranger's Apprentice series, The Icebound Land falls short of what we were expecting. Sure, this book does nicely as a sequel, but I felt Flanagan could had done a tad-bit more, such as Will being a drugged-slave. But overall, this book was a great read!
We have Halt and Horace traveling into the country-side, right into danger. Stupid men who claim themselves as gallant knights by beating up helpless travelers with mest-up amour and poor weapons to earn a living challenge the two left-and-right, holding up there search again and again for the lost ranger, Will. All the while Will and Evalyn are fighting to stay alive against the Skandians and the cold of winter.
I truly enjoyed this book. Halt's raw humor and Horace's jokes kept me laughing, while Will being drugged by Warm-Weed kept me feeling dread for the beloved character. If you enjoyed the first two books of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series, The Ruins of Gorland and The Burning Bridge, your guaranteed to like reading The Icebound Land. I'm already looking forward to reading The Battle for Skandia. Can't wait! Keep sending these Australian Treasures over John!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on July 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Icebound Land (2006) is the third fantasy novel in the Ranger's Apprentice series, following The Burning Bridge. In the previous volume, Will and Evanlyn burned the bridge over the Fissure, but were captured by Skandians. The Araluen forces broke Morgarath's army and then Horace challenged Morgarath himself.

In this novel, Will is a Ranger apprentice. He is small and quick and deadly with his bow and knives.

Evanlyn Wheeler is an Araluen woman, but she has used a false name to protect her father from extortion. She is really Princess Cassandra, the daughter of King Duncan of Araluen.

Halt is a full Ranger, dangerous and feared. He has become used to Will and his incessant questions.

Horace is Will's friend and a knight trainee. He is very good with sword and lance, seeming to be a natural armsman.

Erak is a Skandian Jarl and captain of the raider ship Wolfwind. He and his crew have escaped from the battle of the Plains and are heading home. He is also taking Will and Evanlyn with him to be sold as slaves.

In this story, the Wolfwind is caught by a storm before reaching Cape Shelter and is blown south. Will has never been on a ship before and the huge waves are very scary. He and Evanlyn are tied to the mast to keep them from being washed overboard, but Will has never known such fear as when the waves break over the ship and flood the deck.

The Wolfwind finally sails beyond Cape Shelter and beaches on Skorghijl Island. With the storm season upon them, it would be too dangerous to try to reach Skandia. So the Wolfwind crew will wait out the season on the island.
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