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Months have passed since Horace departed for the eastern nation of Nihon-Ja on a vital mission. Having received no communication from him, his friends fear the worst. Unwilling to wait a second longer, Alyss, Evanlyn, and Will leave their homeland behind and venture into an exotic land in search of their missing friend.

When they finally catch up with him, they find Horace entangled in a military coup. Determined to protect the imperial throne, Will and his band of Araluens must piece together and train a force in order to fend off the master Senji warriors intent on overthrowing the emperor.

Suspense and pulse-pounding action abound in this final adventure in the worldwide phenomenon that is Ranger's Apprentice.

Listen to more in the Ranger's Apprentice series.
©2011 John Flanagan (P)2011 Penguin

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  • Michael
  • Groton, NY, United States
  • 10-24-11

Great character builders for 10-90 yr olds

I have now read most of the series and am closing on the last book. I give big kudos to the author for a serious which older children and young adults will build much good clean character and understanding of military and diplomatic interactions between various groups of people. All with quite a good dose of humor and characters which certainly become beloved as the books go by!

Highly recommended for young readers!

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Good but not too good

I liked this one a lot but the other books in the series I liked better.

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Action packed and great conclusion.

Loved the many different twists and good ending. The narrator was superb! Wish he read for other series.

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love this series and love this book good audio too

I finished this in under 2 days just cuz i was busy, otherwise would have tried for 1 love this book and the audio added good depth to it as well

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The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

The story was slow until the end. I struggled with finishing it. The other books were excellent. Kind of a let down for the last book.

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one of the best books in the series.

will listen to anything this narrator reads.
Simply amazing examples of true Heroism, courage and leadership. The ending will make your eyes wet for some reason.

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Loved it

what a terrific novel. As in all his books, I hate having to turn it off.

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Sounds familiar.....

Sounds like China. I like China
Workbook is also good book. Will is now a butterfly and Alice and evenlyn are passed.

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Impossible odds at an impassable mountain fortress

This is one of my favorites in Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series, and it has a very slight overlap with his Brotherband series. Keating's narration is quite good, too.

With Japan being The Land of the Rising Son, Flanagan aptly named his alternate nation Nihon-Ja. Horace is the main character in this account, and his character really shines as a tender-but-indomitable warrior, willing to take on unbeatable odds for friendship, and the right cause.

The gang's all here. Alyss and Evanlyn carry out some heavy-duty heroics together, after they work out their petty insecurities (sigh). Will is everywhere at once, bow in hand and brimming with ideas, flitting from one clever stratagem to another, while his mentor Halto-San pulls all the right strings like a puppet master. We also have the delightfully urbane hawk-nosed Iriddian warrior, Selethen, and the Skandian wolf-ship skipper, Gundar Hardstriker. While I certainly enjoyed seeing the whole gang together, I also loved some new characters, especially the kind emperor Shigeru and the young Kikori timber worker, Mikeru. George, Will's childhood friend from the orphanage, now a scribe / lawyer, plays a key role, too.

Thankfully, Flanagan eased up on the constant references to coffee I've seen in the rest of the series. In Japan, they drink tea, and I have a hunch the author isn't crazy about that.

This one reminded me of Butcher's Codex Alera series, with all the focus on fighting like a Roman century, moving in unison in rehearsed formations, thrusting short swords through moving shield walls. Good series!

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Awesomeness

It was so good and awesome end of you like to Stewie and it was a very active and changing Stewie so it was very good