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The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice) Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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- Publisher : Philomel Books; First Edition (November 5, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399163603
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399163609
- Reading age : 10 - 13 years
- Lexile measure : 780L
- Grade level : 5 - 6
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.51 x 9.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #154,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said let me tell you why you want to read this book. First and foremost this book does bring the series to a close that many readers wanted to see. That is to say Will gets an apprentice. The title of the book gives away the origin of our new apprentice and it makes sense given the progressive nature of the story what will make this apprentice standout. The relationship between Will and his apprentice is enjoyable and almost a trip down memory lane as they are many callbacks to pass stories. You will find yourself laughing and crying at some parts of the story .
If this series had continued with the new apprentice as the focal point then I think this book would have served as a great gateway to the second half of an awesome series. The location at the end of the series does taint my view of the work.
If you haven't figured it out by reading the first chapter and the summary, Alyss is dead. Yep a major subplot and sometimes part of the main story throughout the whole series, is unnecessarily ruined. There was no good reason for this book to kill off a awesome character due to a fire started by thugs. Then about 6 or 8 thugs somehow beat, who Halt himself said, was the best archer he knew. And then the apprentice saves the day. And I personally didn't like that character either. To me it was just an unoriginal character used to drag on a series with a perfect ending because he fans and business people wanted it too. Maddie, the new apprentice, is Evanlyn and Horace's daughter who is rebellious (hmmm sounds familiar) uses a sling to hunt and play pranks at the castle (I feel like this is just like another character) is royalty (I can almost place it) and has a horrible attitude at times with authority. Ya it's the exact same character as Evanlyn rewritten as Wills Apprentice in another book. More to it the story didn't even have a good interesting villain like the others did. Only reason I gave it 3 stars is because it has Will and all my other favorite characters in it, even if they don't live up to how they were in the other books.
As for the book itself, a slightly underwhelming end to the series.
Don't go in expecting a Ranger's Apprentice book. Go in expecting something of a time-skipped sequel of sorts. Because that's what it is.
This isn't another one of Will's adventures with all the main characters like Halt, Horace, Evanlyn, etc. This details Will and his new apprentice, and actually focuses around 60% on the apprentice instead. Most if not all the old/main character make appearances, but are VERY minor roles, there only to be there. Basically, the series ended with the Emperor of Nihon-ja, and this book just lets readers know what happened after, with Will training his apprentice.
However, that aside, it's still a well-written book by all means. It kept me more or less hooked, despite the "main character change". It may not hold the same charm as the previous novels detailing Will's achievements, but the dry humor, superhuman archery, and action is still present.
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The characters are well rounded and have developed from the first book . If you have read the series you can see all the characters develope .
I won't give anything away but you can feel Will's loss and pain . The solution was well thought out and fitted in perfectly . As I've said to friends just because a book is aimed at teens/young adults doesn't mean you can't read it . I'm 61 and this series has been excellent , a real roller coaster . Loved the horses - Tug in particular .
I cannot recommend this book higher . Read the series and then go onto The Brotherband series which are even better .
It was suspiciously similar to the first book, but in my opinion it was a cleaner throwback the the past. The first part of the book was a good humored, if slightly predictable introduction and preparation( both for the reader and the characters) while the second is a sad but highly exiting and enjoyable minor crime, investigation and battle that somehow feels just as big as army's facing off.
Love the series, u have to read it
Relationship with the story and the world they all live in.
As for people who say the first four books in the series are the only decent books I disagree entirely as my thoughts on the topic are that the further on you get in the series the more you are connected with the characters of the story which in turn makes the books better on some level.
This review was made to be helpful and informative about the rangers apprentice books and series and how I believe they are an excellent read for all ages. As for me I hope John Flanagan keeps writing more of this series and also of the Brother band series which I would defiantly check out if you are a fan of rangers apprentice.
I hope this has been helpful if so like it and I will see you in my next review.
Having got that off my chest I will say it introduces a peach of a charector in wills apprentice! A spoiled princess is no match for a grumpy, grieving hate filled ranger. While I wasn't impressed with the way the book starts, I enjoyed the way the story unfolded and particularly loved the ending