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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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10 out of 5

It was amazing 10 out of 5 superb perfect recommended best thing since sliced bread






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Lack of 'good' female characters

First off, the overall storyline is interesting. I do enjoy the look into the Ranger's Apprentice equivalent of an Asian culture.

That being said, this book, more than any others in the series has made me realize that the series has a female character problem. I noticed it a few books ago, that the only two slightly more main female characters were being used primarily as love interests for Horace and Will.

Thus Alyss and Evelyne spend a huge portion of the book acting catty and jealous of one another while Will stands around being clueless about the tension. While they do have they're own side plot in this, I don't think that the side quest solves the problem that the series doesn't have much in terms of good representation for girls or women.

This is definitely a series written for pre-teen boys that don't much care for nuanced and not stereotypical female characters. I wish that the author was capable of stepping out of his 'man' box and creating woman characters that were people first, but I don't think he has the right mindset to do that.

If you're the type of person where the stereotypical presentation of female characters was bugging you in previous books. This book is like 20 times worse on that front. If you don't much care, either way, it's a good enough read.

I think, after this book, I'm done with the Ranger's Apprentice universe. I'm giving this a 2 'manly handshakes' out of 5 storywise.



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felt a little jipped

for the Hefty price this book is swinging sure feels like it was rushed it's amazing up to about the halfway marker and then it feels like it's missing 10 Pages here and there until it finally skips what feels like an entire chapter toward the end. overall still a good book.

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Great story and full of excitement!

Great story and full of excitement!

This book has excellent character development, a great storyline, and action scenes that keep you on your toes. Highly recommended!

Great voice acting as usual in this series.

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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.