The story that brings the Ranger's Apprentice arc full-circle!
Will Treaty has come a long way from the small boy with dreams of knighthood. Life had other plans for him, and as an apprentice Ranger under Halt, he grew into a legend - the finest Ranger the kingdom has ever known. Yet Will is facing a tragic battle that has left him grim and alone. To add to his problems, the time has come to take on an apprentice of his own, and it's the last person he ever would have expected. Fighting his personal demons, Will has to win the trust and respect of his difficult new companion - a task that at times seems almost impossible.
John Flanagan returns for one final bow to the series that has conquered millions of listeners worldwide with this pulse-pounding adventure that brings one era to a close, and ushers in the next....
©2013 Jon Flanagan (P)2013 Penguin Audio
John Flanagan had originally picked Lost Stories to tell the end of Will Treaty's tale. It did that, but we fans almost felt cheated as it was a collection of short stories. This book, set about 20 years after the events of the last full length story brings things to an end. It gives us the opportunity to meet a new generation. He has tied down most of our original adventurers in ways that prevent continuations of the old stories, but this story offers a lot of the same excitement we saw in earlier books with Will in a slightly different role. I don't give up all hope of seeing another Will Treaty book, as Flanagan has released books that take place between already published books before.
The story is a compelling one. It dealt with darker plots than we had seen since Icebound Land, but managed to keep things lighter than that story. Introducing a new generation was Flannagn's way to say, "I'm done with this series, but I'm leaving my options open for more stories in this realm." There were several sub-plots to keep the story moving and offer character development. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed any of the books in this series. I wouldn't recommend it as a first book to read as it would provide spoilers for just about every book in the series.
Yes, It gave a sense of closure to one story but left it open hopefully for another to begin.
I liked the feeling of full circle but at the same time a new begining.
Awesome , played the roles perfectly.
I hope it's the begining to a new rangers apprentice series.
My biggest disappointment though was Maddie. She finds out that her parents have taken a extremely drastic step which upsets her. Unfortunately this betrayal's impact lasts something close to 2 paragraphs and then vanishes. The fact that Maddie doesn't show any other emotional response to the event just makes her appear shallow and leaves the book lacking depth that other books in the series have captured so nicely.
The Author uses the book as a soap box to preach about the sins of alcohol.
Maddie had (at first) one memorable character trait but soon that's eliminated to the point where you could go through the book and replace "Maddie" with Wioll and stick Halt back in as the Mentor and you'd likely not notice the difference.
In the genre? No I've read far worse. By the author possibly.
About the only good thing about the story was the narration.
No, the book summary is misleading. The summary tries to make it sound more dramatic then it actually is. It should really read "Will takes on his god daughter because her parents don't have a clue what to do with her. This isn't a realy mystery because the author's telegraphed who the apprentice will be from teh second chapter."
Compared to the rest of the series, this one really flopped for me.
I don't want to give anything away but plan to laugh, cry, worry and in the end be satisfied with the conclusion of one generation's stories and the beginning of another. Tug and Will offer laugh out loud moments. Flanagan's wit is quick and sharp so pay attention. Keating delivers a great performance, as always.
One of my favorite lines goes something like this...Maddie said something, Will snorted, Tug broke wind... Flanagan's prose sometimes just sneaks up on you like that and you find yourself laughing out loud in the grocery store when reaching for a gallon of milk.
There are moments of angst and concern for the characters. There are moments of revenge, moments of heroism and moments of growth. I loved watching Maddie grow from a spoiled princess into a young responsible woman and the first female Ranger Apprentice.
I listened to the Audible version of the Royal Ranger, the 12th book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. First off, a quick note about the narrator. He is a very skilled narrator, and one with a British accent which went perfectly with this novel. The only downside was he occasionally misspoke a voice (reading a male with a female voice, etc.) but this was extremely rare.
Having read the entire series, I looked forwarded to hearing this one. I was not disappointed as this book has all the charm, polish, and adventure of the previous novels. In this one, Will Treaty is in a bad state after his wife was killed. Seeking revenge, Will shuns his Ranger duties in lieu of tracking down the criminals responsible. Meanwhile, all of Will's friends look for a way to help save him. They decide to make princess Madeline an apprentice to Will. And from there, the story takes off.
There isn't a slow point in the novel and as we follow Maddy's apprenticeship, I was reminded of the first few books where Will shadowed Halt. I loved seeing the progression of this relationship, the growth of Maddy (and Will), and the adventure they both set out together on.
While I really loved this book, there were a few minor issues that took me out of the immersion. First, the horses never seem to sleep...they keep watch at night and yet plod along during the day. Secondly, at one point Maddy leaves a group of children in a cave for a few days without any mention of where they would get food or water (it was mentioned specifically that they had run out during the journey). And lastly, all of these children had been abused yet in the end it seemed to imply they were returned to their homes. I would have preferred to see something mentioned about perhaps they being taken in as wards in Araluen. One was a born leader but no mention of him being offered an apprenticeship as a knight or ranger.
I'm not sure what the author's future plans for this series are. I would love to see more of Maddy and her adventures, but who knows if there will be another book. In the meantime, I am looking forward to reading the next Brotherband book and I will be remembering how much I enjoyed this one, and how much I miss this series. Another new favorite for me.
I wish I had not read this story as it takes away from the ending of the original run. Compared to the initial series, Book 12 lacks the same intriguing character connection. The update regarding Will's life at the beginning derails the tale and it never quite recovers.
I hope the next Brother Band book closes the existing story loops and that the characters are not altered as drastically as those in the Apprentice series.
Mr. Keating did a wonderful job of story telling.
No. The original run was an excellent adventure for boys, the role reversal in this new effort takes away from the story line. There are very few books out that I can recommend for my boys, they were so disappointed the main character has shifted to a girl.
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