Series: Ranger's Apprentice


THE ROYAL RANGER by John Flanagan
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An excellent addition to a favorite series; the short breather did Flanagan good. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Flanagan returns to the kingdom of Araluen for another adventure, reuniting readers with familiar characters and introducing them to a new generation of heroes and villains. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR OF NIHON-JA by John Flanagan
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2011

"Here's hoping a break will restore zing to future adventures. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The 10th and final full-length episode in an alternate-Earth series that's just about reached its sell-by date unites the five members of the central cast in yet another rescue mission to a distant land. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE FOR SKANDIA by John Flanagan
Released: March 1, 2008

"Readers who hate tales that end in cliffhangers will also appreciate the definite (though probably deceptive) feeling of resolution at the close. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Taking up where the previous episode, Icebound Land (2007), left off, the latest chapter in this unusually well-founded heroic fantasy reunites the four central characters—then sends them back into the hands of the (Viking-like) Skandians to defend these erstwhile enemies against an invading army of (Mongol-like) Temujai. Read full book review >
THE ICEBOUND LAND by John Flanagan
Released: June 1, 2007

"The author hasn't expended much effort to develop original cultures or characters, but—repeated side comments and references to past events aside—his fluent writing, engaging protagonists and credibly choreographed fight scenes will keep readers involved. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A mild case of middle-volume-itis afflicts the third episode in this increasingly popular fantasy series, as Flanagan alternates short chapters to weave a double-stranded tale that advances the main story only an inch or two while filling out the page count with incidental adventures and repetitive explanations. Read full book review >
THE BURNING BRIDGE by John Flanagan
Released: June 1, 2006

"It all adds up to a winning formula that should prove out to a long, steady run for this above average series. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
More absorbing, straight-arrow adventures set in the medieval, alternate world kingdom of Araluen and featuring the three apprentices introduced in The Ruins of Gorlan (2005). Read full book review >
THE RUINS OF GORLAN by John Flanagan
Released: June 1, 2005

Sturdily competent fantasy from a veteran Australian screenwriter, this quartet opener introduces five teenaged orphans raised together in the medieval-like kingdom of Araluen, focusing on the apprenticeship of wiry, clever Will to a mysterious scout/spy, and on Will's changing relations with oversized, rival-later-friend Horace. Read full book review >