- Series: Ranger's Apprentice (Book 5)
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (June 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780142414293
- ISBN-13: 978-0142414293
- ASIN: 0142414298
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Will is just settling into his first post as a brand-new, just-commissioned Ranger when he is dispatched to deal with problems on the kingdom’s northern border. Though his keen senses and uncanny expertise with his knives and his bow are vital, Will’s success often hinges on his ability to assess the skills and intentions of those around him. The scenes involving Will, his mentor, Halt, and Halt’s mentor, Crowley, work beautifully to fill in background information, dramatize Will’s growing maturity, and entertain readers with clever dialogue. The Sorcerer of the North is a must-have volume for fans of the popular Ranger’s Apprentice series. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story. -Booklist, starred review, for The Ruins of Gorlan
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The lord of an important stronghold, protecting their land from a Pict invasion, has been "cursed"! At least, that's what the locals think. His heir isn't a soldier, or a tactician; but a scholar, and an unpopular one at that.
His illegitimate cousin is both popular And a soldier. A recipe for resentment, and confusion among the castles soldiers as to who should be in charge.
Will enters the castle in the disguise of a jongaleer, (sp), or singer. He plays a mandala and sings well; good enough to pass in a backwater place like this one anyway.
He will be sent help, (also in disguise.)
Unfortunately, a bad apple from their past, blows their cover, and events start to get complicated rapidly!
No spoilers, so I will just say this was a fun, witty, entertaining book, starring the younger band of heroes. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and was holding my breath during some moments. Will climbing up a tower wall at night was just one of them. Did I mention it was cold and icy?
Is there really sorcery going on? Will it be possible for Will to rescue his partner from the castle tower; and if so; how? What crazy, inventive ideas will sprout from Will and his friends agile minds this time, and will they be enough to win the castle back?
And...what about those Skandians?
Get busy reading so you can find out! I have to start the next book now!
In this book, young Will is a man hand has his own territory to cover as a Ranger. He's pretty much a law unto himself, a spy and a force for the king. It was odd seeing Will in action as a man instead of a teen, although he isn't a very old man, barely into his twenties. I missed seeing him a Halt's side, or trying to figure out how to play the odds against the adults. But it was also nice to see him pretty much full grown and doing what he was trained to do.
The plot is complicated in this book, and it took a little while for all the pieces to come together, but Flanagan is a gifted author when it comes to plots. Will is tasked with finding out what sickness has stricken down Lord Syron and who is truly loyal to him, and maybe sorting out who the eventual inheritor of the lands should be.
I liked the plotting and the characters, the hiding and the spycraft that goes on throughout. Alyss, Will's friend who is also a spy, joins the mission and things really heat up on all fronts because during the action Will and Alyss discover that they're drawn to each other in ways they hadn't expected.
Flanagan's sense of the world is awesome in this one. As Will traipses around the castle, the castlegrounds, and the forest outside the walls, the environment comes to life on every page. Flanagan has a vivid imagination and shares if quite elegantly with his readers.
I also enjoy the author's subtlety, the way he leads you down a path and you start expecting events to take a certain turn, then he twists everything around so that you don't know quite what is going on or who to trust. Flanagan is at his best in this one.
The only thing that will put some readers off, especially the new ones, is how the book ends with so many things left hanging. I howled when we got to the end, not prepared to let go. My son patiently reminded me that every book Flanagan does is more or less two parts. And that's true. Books five and six basically form one large story, as did the first pair of books and the second pair. However, the other two were not truncated quite so suddenly as events come to a halt in this one.
I've got the sixth book in the series. I'm just waiting on another family trip!
My son, who also loves Wings of Fire, Fablehaven, Bartemius and Spirit Animals, loves this series. It has a lot of humor and is well written for middle-grade children.
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Really catches the readers attention and keeps it through the whole story. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for an easy read.