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Publisher's Summary

When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.

Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath's scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.

This origin story brings listeners to a time before Will was an apprentice and lays the groundwork for the epic battles that will culminate with The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge - books 1 and 2 of the Ranger's Apprentice series.

©2015 John A. Flanagan (P)2015 Listening Libarary

Critic Reviews

"Action and intrigue, great characters, and a properly scary villain make this book an absolute necessity for any library. With appeal for both boys and girls, libraries can anticipate a waiting list for this title and great anticipation for the sequel." (School Library Connection, starred review)

"Flanagan’s familiar mix of action, humor, and cliff-hanger endings will have fans and newbies hooked." (School Library Journal

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Mistake in recording

This would have 5 stars from me, but there seems to be a mistake in the recording somewhere around chapter 6.

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Our family loves John Flanagan's books, and this new series promises to be just as beloved. I'm enjoying getting to know a young Crowly, and my 12 yo says Flanagan's descriptions of dinners make him hungry.

John Keating is one of my favorite readers and is an excellent fit for Flanagan's style.

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great story as always, but why is there 9 minutes of another story and narrator?

fans of John Flanagan's ranger's apprentice series will love going back to the beginning to discover how the Lord of rain and night came to be. My niece got me into reading Flanagan's work a few years ago. the stories focus upon issues of growing up and becoming a person of strong integrity and character in a world that rarely rewards such traits. I do highly recommend this story and all other books by this author. although, I must state in my audio copy there was about 9 minutes between chapter 5 an chapter6 that was from a completely different book and narrater that had no connection to this book. Audible please fix this error. despite this technical problem, I would recommend this book as a great family long drive listen. this is a clean story an parents just might find the story more engrossing than the kids do.

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Great Listen!

My favorite book in the series! John Keeting does an amazing job giving it life!

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Amazing!!!!!!

This is an amazing prequel!! I loved the original series and loved this one nearly as much!!!!

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Very Well Done!

I've read and loved these books for a very long time. John Keating's narration is fantastic, adding just another layer of depth and enjoyment to a young adult masterpiece.

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great story with lovable characters

this is a book I would want on my shelf which is saying something as I don't have much room on my bookshelves.

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Every spare minute I had, I had to listen.

I was captivatied each moment of the story. I could not stop listening to it. the story had amazing character development, along with the amazing voice actor, which really help the story be brought to life.

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great

great book finished and in 2 days. Love that ever love to purchase the book from my collection

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Amazing!!

This book is so good!! This is my favorite Rangers Apprentice book so far ( other than kings of clonmel). Very very great!! Definitely recommend.

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Terrell

I found the book to be very interesting and enjoyable. I highly recommend it to anyone interested.