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
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.
I have been a fan of the Rangers Apprentice books for a long time, and I love this RA book. The story is compelling, and even with a mostly-new cast of characters, it captures my attention easily. This is easily my favorite in the series
BOYS WILL LOVE THIS SERIES AS WELL AS OTHERS WHO ENJOY THIS PERIOD OF TIME STORIES. VERY WELL WRITTEN AND NARRATED
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.
I truly enjoyed this book! Reading about the characters as they grow older and evolve is so satisfying. Meeting new characters is just as exciting!
Like many good things this series appears to be coming to its end...or at least the author's view of the Ranger Apprentice world. This is the only novel in the series that I can say started off slow and was a little nerve racking at the beginning with the characters themselves being a little sluggish.
This is the first novel of the series that at first impression I would not put into the hand of a 4th grader as I would the rest of the series. The mood and situation of the story begins rather dark. What came to mind was the Hunger Games series...but gladly Flanagan brought the reader out of doom and gloom.
By the time we were in the middle through the end of the story, John Flanagan was at his best like the stories that preceded this one. I look forward to Book 13 this fall and many more that could be written.
John Keating does a another superb job in narration along with great characterization.
I could have listened to this series for the rest of my life. He captivated my attention and I am NOT a book reader, therefore the audio series was a great blessing. I actually feel a little bit of grief in my heart due to the fact that was the last book in the series.
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