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The Battle for Skandia Book Review

Continuing my Ranger’s Apprentice journey, I’m excited to share my book review of the fourth book The Battle for Skandia. Battle for Skandia book review

Still far from home after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, young Will and Evanlyn’s plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive. Though still weak, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend but soon finds himself fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring last-minute rescue. But their reunion is cut short by the horrifying discovery that Skandia’s borders have been breached by the Temujai army – and Araluen is next in their sights. Only an unlikely union can save the two kingdoms, but can it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy? {Amazon}

This is my favorite book so far in John Flanagan’s series. It is action packed and I love the interesting alliance between the Rangers and the Skandians. Will, Horace and Evanlyn continue to mature and work out their places in the kingdom. It still makes me smile to think how far Will and Horace have come since the first book. Even the rugged Halt evolves. I am also glad Erak’s character continues in this book. If you haven’t started reading this young adult series, you are missing out! I give The Battle for Skandia 5 slices!

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The Icebound Land Book Review

Icebound Land book reviewI’ve been alternating between book club books, the stack of random books I’ve accumulated, and  reading the books my kids love. Today’s book review of The Icebound Land by John Flannagan falls into the last category. It is the third book in the young adult Ranger’s Apprentice series.

Kidnapped and taken to a frozen land after the fierce battle with Lord Morgarath, Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as captives aboard a fearsome wolfship. Halt has sworn to rescue his young apprentice, and he will do anything to keep his promise – even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers he has served so loyally, Halt is joined by Will’s friend Horace as he travels toward Skandia. On their way, they are challenged again and again by freelance knights – but Horace knows a thing or two about combat. Soon his skills begin to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around. But will he and Halt be in time to rescue Will? {Amazon}

My children warned me that this book has slower pace than the first two, which I agree with. It feels like a crossover book, getting us from book two to book four. We do see Will grow and face challenges in the first half of the book, along with Evanlyn, Halt and Horace. The second half of the book focus much more on the latter three. Despite the slower pace, the book does move the story forward and I enjoyed it. I give it four slices.

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The Burning Bridge Book Review

I’m still working on catching up with one of my children’s favorite series by John Flanagan – Ranger’s Apprentice Book 2: The Burning Bridge. This young adult fantasy series has compelling characters, unique creatures and a lot of adventure. Before I get to my book review, here’s a back cover blurb.The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan

For years, the Kingdom of Araluen has prospered, with the evil lord Morgarath safely behind the impassable mountains. For years, its people have felt secure. but the scheming hand of the dark lord has not been idle. . . . on a special mission for the rangers, will and his friend Horace, an apprentice knight, travel to a neighboring village and discover the unsettling truth: All the villagers have either been slain or captured. but why? Could it be that Morgarath has finally devised a plan to bring his legions over the supposedly insurmountable pass? if so, the king?s army is in imminent danger of being crushed in a fierce ambush. And will and Horace are the only ones who can save them. {Amazon}

The pace was a little slower in this book than the first book, but if was by no means a snoozer. Holt’s apprentice, Will, faces another mission that doesn’t go according to plan. I’m again impressed with his intuition and quick thinking. I’m also glad to get to know Horace better in this book – he has matured into a pleasant young man. I give The Burning Bridge four slices!

Now to catch up on some other reading so I can move on to the third book in the series, The Icebound Land.

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