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Now a full-fledged Ranger, Will must rescue his friend Alyss from a rogue knight and uncover vital information needed to ward off a Scotti invasion.
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{Sixth published/ seventh chronologically of 11 (or 12); Ranger’s Apprentice series. Fantasy, children’s, YA} (2007)
Group read.

Will, having had to leave Alyss trapped in a tower inside Castle Macindaw, is now desperate to rescue her as well as foil the plans of the traitor holding the castle. Luckily he finds unexpected and somewhat unusual allies, although they are still all outnumbered, and they plan to take the castle back to prevent it falling into the hands of Scotti invaders coming over the border from Picta because otherwise it would leave the whole of Norgate Fief open to their raids and weaken the kingdom of Araluen. And Alyss, a trained diplomat and Royal Courier, is no damsel in distress but contributes too, getting vital information about the enemy out to them as she can.

While most books in this series (so far) can be read as stand-alones - although they follow the overall story arc of Will’s apprenticeship as he grows up to become a Ranger - this book is the second part of the story that was begun in The Sorcerer in the North and should be read after it. Will is now a full fledged Ranger and is on his first solo mission, which was given to him in the previous book.

The tone of the book is a bit more serious than previous instalments although Will and Horace still bicker away (while recognising that sometimes their friend is covering for nerves). The friends, Alyss, Horace and Will, are now all around sixteen years old. As Flanagan’s characters are getting older and, presumably, so is his target audience, he’s introducing some (mild) swearing.

And illogically, right on the heels of a sudden rush of relief, Horace felt his anger welling up.
'His blood? Why didn't you say so? I was frantic here, thinking you were bleeding like a stuck pig!'
'When did you give me a chance?' Will said, 'You were all over me, grabbing at me, turning me this way and that!'
The anger, of course, was nothing more than reaction to the shock and fear they had both felt. But it was no less real for all that.
'I'm sorry!' Horace snapped back. 'Forgive me for being concerned about you. It won't happen again!'
'Well, if you'd got here a little sooner, there wouldn't have been a problem,' Will retorted quickly. 'Where the hell were you, anyway?'
'Where the hell was I? Where the hell were you? Is this the thanks I get for saving your life? Because let me tell you, it didn't look as if you were having the best of it with our friend here.'
He nudged the unconscious MacHaddish with the toe of his boot. The Scotti general made no sound. But Will had the grace to look suddenly chastened as he realised his friend was right.
'I'm sorry, Horace. You're right. You saved my life and I'm grateful.'
'Well ...' Now it was Horace's turn to shuffle his feet uneasily. He knew the reason for Will's apparent anger. He had seen it in many soldiers who had come close to death and he knew Will hadn't meant to be ungracious. 'That's okay. Think nothing of it.'


I’m always impressed with Flanagan’s fight scenes which are described well enough for me to follow them and for them to make sense without getting bogged down in the detail.

There are oblique references to the previous adventure (Erak’s Ransom) and the next one (The Kings of Clonmel) but I think it’s just to position this story within the timeline. Another good instalment in the series.

July 2021
3.5-4 stars ( )
  humouress | Aug 15, 2021 |
Another exciting installment in the Ranger's Apprentice series. Left wondering at the end of the last book, Will assembles a motley crew to help rescue his oldest friend Alyss from the clutches of a rogue, whose treachery imperils Araluen. Along with Horace, shipwrecked Skandians, the exiled Lord's son, and his forest friends, Will mounts a daring rescue. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This book covers the second part of Will's adventures in the North. Will Alyss be rescured? Who will claim the throne--Orman or Keren?

I like that the author weaves in actions in previous books that show up in later books. Will's time with the Skandians had a purpose.

Warning: review may contain spoilers. Read at your own discretion.
*****

I like that the original 4 (only 3 of whom appear in this book) have training and gifts that complement each others--and they are learning to respect each others strengths as well as reinforce the weak areas of the other. Will turns to Horace regarding the siege of the castle, recognizing that Horace has more training toward such things--though he does also realize that Rangers are more trained in thinking outside the box and in ingenuity--so in the end, it is a combination of the two of their talents that result in success--reminds me of the cartoon my nephew used to watch "Wonder Pets" that always stressed teamwork.

The Will-Evalyn-Horace triangle made me think a bit of the original Star Wars one between Luke-Leia-Han (that was before we knew how Luke and Leia were related). I kind of wonder if Evalyn will end up with one of them or if she'll end up with someone else entirely. Will also seems to have romantic feelings for Alyss. I respect that Horace is trying not to step on Will's toes by having an official relationship with Evalyn--though we don't really see Evalyn/Cassandra in this book to know what her take on her relationship with Horace is.

The plot point of two people in love not wanting to say so to each other is a bit overused in fiction--I forget though that these characters are young.

I wasn't sure if Will's wanting to see Delia was out of loneliness--a loneliness that is somewhat understandable since his "group" has split up after spending some time together--or because he truly felt something for her. It seems she couldn't have been too serious about Will if she up and married the ferryman's son in the time Will was out of town, but it did make me wonder about her actions in the previous book. If she was in love with the ferryman's son, why was she coming on to Will? It's hard to believe a serious relationship that led all the way to marriage developed in the time Will was gone. I didn't really expect Delia to be there waiting for him--unless it was as a plot point to put a wrench into Will's budding relationship with Alyss.

And, I'm sorry, but Will just gets back to the fief he's supposed to be serving, spends a short amount of time there (it's not specified, but I'm guessing Will had to report in to the Baron shortly after he returned to the area--probably the next morning but possibly a day or two later. We're told it's not long enough for him to write the letter to Horace about scheduling training for Seacliff, but it is long enough for Will to get mail) and he's taking off again, leaving his fief Ranger-less. Yes, I'm sure there's a method within the Rangers to cover fiefs if a Ranger is away either on a mission or on a personal matter--but Will doesn't seem to invoke that (unless he tells his Baron at a time we're not seeing). ( )
  JenniferRobb | Mar 1, 2020 |
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In Book 6 of the popular Ranger’s Apprentice series, Will, his friend Horace, and a sorcerer/healer join forces with a fierce but loyal troop of Skandians to recapture Castle Macindaw, rescue Alyss from its tower, and restore the castle to its rightful owner. Series fans will relish the familiar details of warfare and comradeship as well as the surprising fireworks in both war and love. While this satisfying novel could be enjoyed as a separate volume, it is best read in series order, as it concludes the story of Will’s first mission as a Ranger, an adventure begun in Book 5. Grades 4-8. --Carolyn Phelan ( )
  fifthelecoach | Oct 20, 2018 |
Another amazing installment of one of my favorite series - honestly, it doesn't even seem worth bothering with a review anymore, given the fact that I'm now six books in and would assume most people would be either sold on the series or will have long since given up by this point. Still, this is a direct continuation off of book five, and also continues the second overall story-arc of the series that was introduced in that book. I'll give Flanagan a lot of credit on that front - he has a good feel for when a timeline is too worn out and thus knows exactly when to remove the reader from that story and jump smoothly into another one. The characters are still the ones that a reader will love from before, but off on a new set of adventures with new friends and enemies to be found. Overall, it's a solid read and riveting story, though, yes, the series quickly comes to noticeably lack the overarching tension one usually expects from a book series, instead relying on smaller story-arcs within a cohesive timeline and universe. But then, it really does work here, and you really aren't craving some common enemy throughout the series or anything like that. So, while it is extremely noticeable by this point that this is the case, I honestly didn't even care anymore by the end of the book. I just wanted to know what Will would get up to next. So, I guess, mission accomplished on that point. ( )
  TiffanyAK | Apr 17, 2018 |
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