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  • The Battle of Hackham Heath

  • Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years
  • By: John A. Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 477

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous

  • By sal on 04-16-17

Exhilarating and Encompassing... As I've come to expect.

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Reviewed: 09-05-17

If you've never heard of John Flanagan's Rangers, nor of the Ranger's Apprentice, than you are in for a treat!
I believe this book stands alone if you start the prequel series to the Ranger's Apprentice here. Although, I do urge you to go back and find the first book because all of his novels are a work of art.

This book takes place 15yr.s before the first book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. It tells the main story of Hackham Heath where Will's father died, and how Halt played a key roll in Morgaroth's defeat. We also learn more about the other key players in the Ranger book series, including how Gillian came to meet Halt.

This series, the 'Early Years' and the "Ranger's Apprentice" books, are a wonderful and encompassing read for all ages and all genders. If you enjoy fictional Medieval-era stories, they are for you.
I'd also recommend reading the "Brotherband Chronicles" by the same author. They are set in roughly the same time, but are about the Skandians. A country of Viking-esque nature.
You'll see many of the same names from the "Ranger's Apprentice" series, but they are set roughly after the 6th novel.
Enjoy! 😊

  • Dealing with Dragons

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun for girls or boys

  • By Richard on 11-18-03

This was Great can't what to see what happens next

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Reviewed: 09-03-17

This book was so great that I loved it a lot I can't wait to see what happens next in the second book as I find out which book comes next that is so awesome is this was epic I was the part with the Jenn that I was cool and also so the end was epic so that's all guys say bye-bye