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Ranger's Apprentice 7: Erak's Ransom [Kindle Edition]

John Flanagan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Erak's Ransom is the seventh thrilling book in John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series - over seven million sold worldwide.

Will, you're going to a place that is unlike anywhere you have ever seen.

You have been sent on a mission to rescue the Skandian leader who has been captured by a dangerous desert tribe. Their land is beyond all your experience so far. Violent sandstorms, warring tribes and danger stalk you at every turn.

Amongst your group is the princess, whose life you must protect. Can you keep her safe and reach the hostage before time runs out?

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Book 7, the latest adventure in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, chronologically takes place after Book 4. Soon to conclude his apprenticeship and become a ranger, young Will joins Halt, Gilan, Horace, Evanlyn, and Svengal on a perilous mission to free their friend Erak, who has been captured by the Arridians and held for ransom. The vaguely Middle Eastern desert setting provides new challenges, new allies, and new foes for the Araluens and their Skandian friends. Bringing together many favorite characters for a grand adventure, this book delivers both excitement and quiet good times. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan


"As with the rest of the series it's fun, it has moments of peril and the characters are coming into their own, especially as our lead hero comes to a momentous moment in his own life" -- Tatty "Flanagan has a gift of writing that is beguiling and which grips you from page one. Again I highly recommend these books for all ages" -- Vicky

Product Details

  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (October 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LPE4UG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
The seventh "Ranger's Apprentice" book is kind of confusing chronologically -- it's actually set between the fourth and fifth books of the series, during the last days of Will's apprenticeship.

And oddly enough, the tough young apprentice Will is almost a supporting character in his own story until the second half of the book, with the focus often shifting to Alyss, Halt and Cassandra. That's also the point when John Flanagan revs up the plot of "Ranger's Apprentice 7: Erak's ransom," pouring in plenty of action, bloody battles, politics, bandits and a treacherous conspiracy against the Skandian oberjarl.

After years of being secretly in love with each other, the Ranger Halt and the diplomat Lady Pauline are married in nearly royal style... only for their luxurious reception to be crashed by Svengel. The Skandian warrior reveals that Erak decided to go on one last raid in the Middle-Easty land of Arrida, got captured, and is being ransomed for eight thousand reels. King Duncan is happy to provide the money, but he's not so happy that a member of the royal family must go to Arrida... and his strong-willed daughter Cassandra is volunteering. So the princess (under the guise of "Evanlyn"), three Rangers and a crew of Skandian warriors set off for Arrida, and haggle a bargain with the ruling Wakir, Selethen.

But things go wrong when Will loses his faithful pony Tug in a sandstorm, and goes off searching for him -- only to become lost in the desert. Selethen, Halt, Evanlyn and Svengel soon learn that Erak has been kidnapped from his kidnappers, and they may be after the deadliest, cruelest people in Arrida, the Tualaghi. Even worse, an old enemy is involved. The only hope for his friends may be Will, and the new allies he's gained in Arrida's deserts.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 10 year old's review March 25, 2008
In Ranger's Apprentice 7, Erak is making a last raid when he is caught and is held for ransom. Will, Halt, Horace, Cassandra, and Gilan must find him and rescue him. There is a fair amount action in this book. This book is only available in the Australian version. Chronologically, this book comes before the 5th and 6th but after the 1-4. He does a good job of putting pressure on characters. I thought it was a good book and that it was worth buying online from an Australian bookseller.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The book is one of the most exciting yet in John Flanagan's series. After a relatively calm start that includes a wedding for one of the central characters, the story proceeds from a seafaring journey to desert adventures that combine political intrigue, surprising twists in alliances, sword fighting and the testing of archers' skills, as well as survival under brutal circumstances. Readers will find themselves effortlessly picking up information about sailing techniques, ancient wooden ships, nomadic lifestyles, varying cultural views, and desert topography, climate and endurance skills as the tale, with its themes of loyalty and trust, unfolds. The heroes face their serious challenges, including the threat of impending death, with bravery and maintain a dialogue flecked with humor and word play true to their personalities and relationships. All in all, another can't-put-down book for myself and my 10-year-old son.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful May 24, 2009
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We first discovered this series at the library. My twelve year old son and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of the books. In fact, since this volume is not yet available in the US, there's a line up of boys waiting to read it on my son's baseball team. The series has both strong and admirable male and female characters. There is an old world setting with a modern feel. This story fits in the RA time line between books four and five, before Will is a fully trained Ranger. It was my son's favorite so far!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Met our Anticipation February 22, 2010
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This next book in the series is even better than anticipated. It takes the Rangers on a mission they never expected. Great for both kids and adults alike. Wonderful series that most teens, and their parents, can enjoy. Good clean family reading. Can't wait for the next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVE BY FAR! February 24, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok so this book takes place before the events in book 6 which i was confused about. I think this book was my faveorite because something important was happening constantly. There was WAY more humor in this one which in my book is always a good thing. I think all ages could read this book and enjoy it. This book had a climax in every chapter and a surprise in every page. I'm already pre-booking the next one. Yes that is how much i love these books. 12 stars all around. a thrilling page turner for every age:)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erak's Ransom November 2, 2009
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Very good book. Could not wait for it to come out in the store. Recommend it for any age level. Waiting on book 9. Not only did my son and I read it but another family from where I work was waiting for us to finish the books as well. Very easy to follow and held my attention. Didn't want to put it down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure... September 9, 2008
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Finished... just couldn't put it down... and now for the waiting of the next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved every book in this series
Published 20 hours ago by Brenda A. Hux
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
I love the Rangers Apprentice books. I had read 1-4 , but I quit when I got to 5. My mom said to read book 7 next instead, so I picked it back up. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Marietta Sisca
5.0 out of 5 stars Winner
Excellent series for young boys and girls. The characters are strong, smart and loveable. The adventures are engaging with a strong moral element.
Published 15 days ago by smitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Still loving the series
But I was a little confused on the order of this book. It says it is book 7 but clearly this should have been before book 6. Read more
Published 17 days ago by toothwarriorprincess
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I love this whole series of books. I thought they would be all the same and get boring but the author brilliantly changes locations to make each book interesting while continuing... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sean M Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Again, a gift to my granddaughter who reads a lot and this was one which she did not have yet.
Published 28 days ago by Thelma M. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent characters and story!
John Flanagan is a great writer. He brings his characters and story to life. You can hardly wait for his next book.
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great book in a great series
I gave Erak's Ransom 4 stars because its a great book that people of all ages can enjoy in a relatively short book, yet i cant give 5 stars as that would mean it was perfect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
I'm glad John Flanagan went back to wills years as an apprentice, and it was also nice that they went to someplace exoticish
Published 1 month ago by Mark Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm tropical breeze
I hate the heat and I hate wanting water so much it hurts. Flanagan does an excellent job of making you feel like you're in the desert when you're nice and comfortable in your... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason Salmon
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More About the Author

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.

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