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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ranger's Apprentice (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; First Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399256189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256189
  • ASIN: 0399256180
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story.”—Booklist, starred review, on The Ruins of Gorlan

Book Description

Inspired by questions and letters his loyal readers have sent over the years, John Flanagan offers a gift in response: a collection of "lost" tales that fill in the gaps between Ranger's Apprentice novels. For the first time, readers can learn the truth behind how Will came to be orphaned and what his real relationship to Halt is, or watch Alyss in action as the young Araluen diplomat disguises herself and becomes the perfect spy.

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Customer Reviews

With some extra stories and content, ALL questions are answered and all loose ends tied!
Sir Troll
Again, a very engaging and well written book, Flanagan is an excellent character writer and story teller.
Tony
I have enjoyed read all of the books in this series, and can't wait for the next one to start.
John Davidson

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
John Flanagan spent ten books crafting the stories of the Rangers Will and Halt, young knight Horace, and their many friends and allies. And in "Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories," he explores some of the stories hinted at but never really explored before -- stories that illuminate the characters' pasts, small-scale adventures, and a few romantic climaxes as well.

The story is framed by a little story that takes place in the present day. Archaeologist Giles McFarlane and his assistants are excavating the remains of Castle Redmont, when one of them finds the ruins of a Ranger's cabin -- and a parchment manuscript filled with long-lost tales.

Among the stories are tales of Will Treaty and Halt. Will must write a flowery speech while battling shipwreckers, track down his abducted dog Ebony, and struggles with the inevitable when Tug is badly wounded during a mission. Additionally, he must unravel a conspiracy of murder and treachery in the days leading up to Horace and Evanlyn's wedding -- with dire consequences if he fails.

Additionally, Gilan gets a couple of stories. First, a bunch of thieves take Jenny hostage on the very day that she's expecting Gilan for a romantic dinner (awww!). And during Will's captivity in Skandia, he investigates an equally malevolent ally of Morgarath's named Foldar (brother of File?) who is busy establishing a foothold in a corrupt barony.

And there are stories that illuminate the characters' pasts. "Death of a Hero" explores how Halt met Will's father twenty-ish years ago, and how both his parents died. And "The Hibernian" studies Halt's entry into the Ranger Corps and his first meeting with Crowley, during a dark period for the Rangers.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dadinator on October 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The story behind this book are that these are stories that have been found while historians are exploring the ruins of Castle Redmont and its nearby village. The book is a collection of short stories that fills in some of the blanks that didn't fit into the original books. eg. Gilan hunting down Foldor who is mentioned as Halt is banished from Araluen).
The ton of the book is different; some parts are more sad/somber and others are just shortened adventure stories. I think some younger readers may be bothered by the thought of a time when Castle Redmont lies in ruins and they realize this world has moved on.
As a stand alone book, I still prefer the full stories to a collection of short stories. Still this is a very fun read and for fans of the series, I think you will love it. If you haven't read the entire series, there will be a name or two you may not recognize, but it won't be a big deal. I, for one, am not ready for this world to move on.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hong Li on October 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book was great. It filled in most of the missing holes.I myself do not want to believe this series are over.Hopefully his new series brings such action.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
John Flanagan spent ten books crafting the stories of the Rangers Will and Halt, young knight Horace, and their many friends and allies. And in "Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories," he explores some of the stories hinted at but never really explored before -- stories that illuminate the characters' pasts, small-scale adventures, and a few romantic climaxes as well.

The story is framed by a little story that takes place in the present day. Archaeologist Giles McFarlane and his assistants are excavating the remains of Castle Redmont, when one of them finds the ruins of a Ranger's cabin -- and a parchment manuscript filled with long-lost tales.

Among the stories are tales of Will Treaty and Halt. Will must write a flowery speech while battling shipwreckers, track down his abducted dog Ebony, and struggles with the inevitable when Tug is badly wounded during a mission. Additionally, he must unravel a conspiracy of murder and treachery in the days leading up to Horace and Evanlyn's wedding -- with dire consequences if he fails.

Additionally, Gilan gets a couple of stories. First, a bunch of thieves take Jenny hostage on the very day that she's expecting Gilan for a romantic dinner (awww!). And during Will's captivity in Skandia, he investigates an equally malevolent ally of Morgarath's named Foldar (brother of File?) who is busy establishing a foothold in a corrupt barony.

And there are stories that illuminate the characters' pasts. "Death of a Hero" explores how Halt met Will's father twenty-ish years ago, and how both his parents died. And "The Hibernian" studies Halt's entry into the Ranger Corps and his first meeting with Crowley, during a dark period for the Rangers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PattiB on October 18, 2011
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This book wrapped up all the missing bits in the series. I couldn't have been more happy. I actually cried at one part. If you've read the series and can fairly well remember the books, this is for you. I would write a longer review, but i would have nothing to say. The book was amazing, however, if you're expecting another long adventure with Will, this is not the right book, the series was over in book 10, this is just a closing book, and a marvelously written one at that.
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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.

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