John Flanagan, author of the best-selling Ranger's Apprentice fantasy adventure epic, delivers a second prequel to Ruins of Gorlan, the novel that started it all, with Halt and Crowley preparing for war against a near-unstoppable enemy
When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen. But Morgarath, now in hiding, is already planning his next move, recruiting an army of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals. Newly crowned King Duncan knows he must assemble his troops for battle.
To find out the full extent of Morgarath's plan of attack, Halt prepares for a seemingly impossible task - climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night and venturing deep into enemy territory to spy. After all, the winner of this war could be determined by one wrong move.
At the Battle of Hackham Heath, the fate of a kingdom will be decided. This origin story of how Halt came to be Araluen's most famous Ranger - and how war will decide the future of the next generation - will thrill Ranger's Apprentice fans and new listeners alike.
©2016 John A. Flanagan (P)2016 Listening Library
Being 46 yrs old, and not caring what age these books are supposed to be written for, I can say it was an absolute delight hearing the story of the still new king with the brand new daughter, Halt and Gillen's first meeting, and how much Halt was really involved with Will's life before he became 'The Ranger's Apprentice'. Through the original series you learn to love these characters, so seeing them become what you know them as is a real treat. The epilogue, shoot, maybe even the last line of the entire book, may well be my favorite part.
The whole series is great! I can't wait for the next one to come out!
I'll be the first to admit I hate to read. Harry Potter was my gateway to the Young Adult genre. Where I have been stuck ever since.
Yes definitely I always enjoy listening to Flanagan's series over and over. Keating brings so much life to the characters. I just started my 10 year old son on the original series and he is on book two. He reads along while Keating narrates. I have been listening along with him. Listening to both book #2 in both series ties in well together. Every time a new book is going to be released I go back to the start and do the whole series again. .
The thing I like best is the introduction of characters in this series that we know from previous series. Characters that might just go on to be Halts apprentice in the future. I also enjoyed the epilogue.
John Keating is hands down my favorite narrator. I am an awful reader and he brings books to life for me. As I raise my children I entice them with audio books like these to bring some life to the characters to help them really get into a story and want to read more. Grant it I have a love for everything Irish and a fine accent he brings to it. It is funny when I listen to other series not written by Flanagan but narrated by Keating and I say, "Oh I like this character he is using Halts voice for him."
Of course I did! As mentioned early I am 42 and I am stuck in the YA genre. I just can't escape. I suppose that's not the worse thing in the world. There is just something about this series that brings you in. I really enjoy Halt. His one liners always make me laugh but I even get choked up when he refers to personal matters of the heart.
Just in case you didn't know John Flanagan wrote an entire series before this called Rangers Apprentice which produced a spin off series called the Brother Band Chronicles and now this series has arrived. All of them are great and the story lines are excellent and they all intertwine a little with the characters. John Keating brings all the characters to life with excellent performances in each and every one.
I've listened to all these books.
I love these stories, they have brought many moments of laughter, sadness and pride mixed in. I can't wait till the next one to come out. if your reading this review, I'd say give this series a listen, it has a way of pulling you in as if it were for real.
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