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Erak's Ransom: Book 7 (Ranger's Apprentice) Paperback – September 6, 2011
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Bringing together many favourite characters for a grand adventure, this book delivers both excitement and quiet good times." * Booklist * "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" * tattystreasurechest.blogspot.com * "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" * www.bfkbooks.com * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have enjoyed all of this series and will continue to buy each of Mr. Flanagan's titles. Each book does a nice job of standing alone without the boiler plate that some authors feel required to use in series (Wheel of Time) Each book builds on the last and the whole series is a fun bit of fantasy with out the sex and gore that seem to be requisite for "adult fiction", well developed characters and interesting storylines keep the series going.
Nearly five years after first becoming Halt's apprentice, Will is just a few weeks away from passing his final evaluation and becoming a full-fledged Ranger in his own right. He's faced kalkaras, wargals, Skandians and the Temujai with barely an eyelash batted, but privately Will worries that he is not ready to face the day-to-day challenges of life as a Ranger without Halt standing by his side. For his own part, Halt recognizes that his life has been fundamentally changed by the experience of mentoring Will. Once a man who valued peace and solitude, Halt is somewhat surprised to realize he will miss Will's lively, inquisitive presence in his life. In preparation for the day when Will will leave the small cabin in the woods by Castle Redmont, Halt finally proposed to his longtime love, Lady Pauline, and the two are feted in a wedding celebration the likes of which the denizens of Castle Redmont have rarely seen.
Into this joyous celebration stumbles Svengal, proud captain and former first mate to Erak, Oberjarl of the Skandians. Svengal informs his Araluen friends that Erak, bored with his role as a glorified tax collector, decided to make one last raid. Unfortunately, Erak's surprise attack on an Arridi coastal town was no surprise at all. Convinced that a fellow Skandian set him up to be captured by the forces of the desert nation, Erak sent Svengal to seek aid from his Araluen allies. Now it is up to Halt, Will, Horace and Evanlyn to sail to Arrida and negotiate for the Skandian Oberjarl's release.
With each successive book in The Ranger's Apprentice series, I am amazed anew by John Flanagan's skillful story-telling and lively prose. These books are a pure delight. They pull the reader wholly into Will's adventures and reveal the wonders of the world he inhabits. By this point, Will, Halt and Horace feel like old and trusted friends and I love reading about their adventures.