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After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible - even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path. It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone - and it's a request Will cannot refuse. Tra After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible - even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path. It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone - and it's a request Will cannot refuse. Training a rebellious, unwilling apprentice is hard enough. But when a routine mission uncovers a shocking web of crime, Will must decide where his priorities lie - finishing his quest for revenge, or saving innocent lives? John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger's Apprentice - but what has happened since you last saw Will and his friends might shock you!


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After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible - even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path. It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone - and it's a request Will cannot refuse. Tra After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible - even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path. It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone - and it's a request Will cannot refuse. Training a rebellious, unwilling apprentice is hard enough. But when a routine mission uncovers a shocking web of crime, Will must decide where his priorities lie - finishing his quest for revenge, or saving innocent lives? John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger's Apprentice - but what has happened since you last saw Will and his friends might shock you!

30 review for The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

    4.5 stars and the only reason it's not getting 5 stars is because the series is over. Oh and the ending sucked too but other than that this was great!! It was a pretty long book but this is how I finished: 1. Didn't study for Monday's test. 2. Didn't eat dinner and the next day's breakfast. 3. Didn't get out of bed until 20 minutes before class started. 4. Didn't shower (OK now I showered so shhhh!) 5. Didn't answer my boyfriend's phone calls. 6. Didn't meet an ARC deadline (oops!) This series, books 1- 4.5 stars and the only reason it's not getting 5 stars is because the series is over. Oh and the ending sucked too but other than that this was great!! It was a pretty long book but this is how I finished: 1. Didn't study for Monday's test. 2. Didn't eat dinner and the next day's breakfast. 3. Didn't get out of bed until 20 minutes before class started. 4. Didn't shower (OK now I showered so shhhh!) 5. Didn't answer my boyfriend's phone calls. 6. Didn't meet an ARC deadline (oops!) This series, books 1-12, has been with me since 2008 and I'm so sad that the story is over. These characters, both dead and alive, mean so much to me! I love that these books are readable to all age groups and has a mix of every genre in it! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Again,

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nina394

    I'm disappointed with the Royal Ranger. I love Ranger's Apprentice series and J. Flanagan writing. I really do. I grew up with the series, I'm going to read it to my children one day (I hope). But to me some stories are better left unfinished. For me, the 11th book is the end of the series. What happens next...well I don't really need to know. The same things like in real life. People die, get old etc...And I don't really need my favourite characters for so many years suddenly grew old or die in I'm disappointed with the Royal Ranger. I love Ranger's Apprentice series and J. Flanagan writing. I really do. I grew up with the series, I'm going to read it to my children one day (I hope). But to me some stories are better left unfinished. For me, the 11th book is the end of the series. What happens next...well I don't really need to know. The same things like in real life. People die, get old etc...And I don't really need my favourite characters for so many years suddenly grew old or die in the last book of the series. The time difference between 11th and 12th is too big for me and I found it very hard to accept the changes. The last time we saw some of the characters they were ok, even smiling, then we get a new book, start to read only to find out that they dead, old or sick. More, the way the two of the characters die is really not very believable. I felt like it was forced. They dead because perhaps author felt it was required for other character's development. Or to remind us that all good things eventually come to the end. I wasn't really looking for this. Putting that aside,the plot was the weakest of all the books in the series. Too much focus on training Maddie get me bored and I don't think that it happened before with the previous books in the series. There were good moments there, I have to admit, that really got my attention and some good action and humour too. But I didn't find idea of princess becoming a ranger believable. In addition, I found she changed too quick. I felt a bit like I was being forced to like her in the end...and I really do believe people change or grow up, just it rarely happens that fast in real life, especially when you deal with spoiled 15 years old girl. And suddenly she also became so skillfull that she was a hero in the end. Too predictable. Too good to be true. It was like she was even better than Will when he was her age. Besides, the only reason that she got a chance to train with Will was her family. If she wasn't a princesse she would never get a chance to be apprentice to a ranger. The one thing that I found that can save this book (a little) is Will. The way he treated and teached his apprentice was priceless. He was a great mentor, just like Halt was. There are few scenes in book with Will and Maddie that I really loved. In the end, I still wish that Royal Ranger wasn't written. What I'm looking for are prequels to Ranger's Apprentice. I don't want any more books about Maddie.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jerecho

    I thought I was reading Ruins of Gorlan with a girl character... This one is still likable. The plot is good but a little bit force to meet something or a demand. I like the humour with the slavers, with Will and Maddie. This one just stirs the memory of the past book... In the end, I thought this one shouldn't be written but maybe the author thought that an episode in the life of a character should have a closure in order for a new character to shine. Still a good read 😊 I thought I was reading Ruins of Gorlan with a girl character... This one is still likable. The plot is good but a little bit force to meet something or a demand. I like the humour with the slavers, with Will and Maddie. This one just stirs the memory of the past book... In the end, I thought this one shouldn't be written but maybe the author thought that an episode in the life of a character should have a closure in order for a new character to shine. Still a good read 😊

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Not the best installment in the series but I still like it. The Ranger's Apprentice series is one of my favorites so I was very much looking forward to reading the latest installment. Overall, I guess it's my less favorite of all twelve volumes. My biggest problem with the novel? Character development. The book centers around Will and Maddie who is the daughter of Cassandra and Horace. Maddie is portrayed as a rebellious princess who sneaks out of the castle at night to go hunting. She un Not the best installment in the series but I still like it. The Ranger's Apprentice series is one of my favorites so I was very much looking forward to reading the latest installment. Overall, I guess it's my less favorite of all twelve volumes. My biggest problem with the novel? Character development. The book centers around Will and Maddie who is the daughter of Cassandra and Horace. Maddie is portrayed as a rebellious princess who sneaks out of the castle at night to go hunting. She unselfishly gives the game she hunts to the castle guards so they can help feed their families. When confronted by her parents, Maddie explains how she wants to learn to defend herself, to have some adventure just like her parents did when they were her age. Now, this is where things go off track I think. We know from previous books in the series that Cassandra hated being stuck in the castle learning needlepoint and the other things a princess was expected to do. So you would think she would have some understanding of how her daughter feels. But, no, she does the opposite of what you would expect her to do. It's like Flannagan forgot what Cassandra did in the previous volumes of the series. It's so completely out of character that it's absurd. So we have Maddie who wants to learn to fight and use weapons, to have adventures like her mother and father did. She's given the chance to be the first female Ranger's apprentice and what does she do? She shows up at Will's with a maid and a ton of fancy clothes thinking she can spend time with the local baron enjoying time at court! Okay, what happened here? It's like someone kidnapped the first Maddie and put a different one in her place before she got to Will's. If this Maddie was back with Cassandra they'd be having a grand time and there'd be no problems at all. It's like Flannagan had to reinvent Maddie so he could create conflict between her and Will. Not good. Now once we get all that out of the way and the character development is finish the book is quite good. Will and Maddie go off to investigate the accidental death of another Ranger and the action starts there. This part of the story is typical Flannagan and I enjoyed it almost as much as I did the other novels. It was just way too short. Not sure if Flannagan plans on making Maddie the subject of a new series or not. If so, my suggestion - skip it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Marie

    That last gif is like my sister and I when we found out about this book. That last gif is like my sister and I when we found out about this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~

    Check out my Alyss costume HERE: http://escapingrealitybookreviews.wor... Excuse me while I go cry in a corner. Wow, was this book perfect, or what? It was definitely worth the $12 in shipping fees to get it from the UK, rather than waiting for the USA edition in a month. My life is complete, and yet destroyed. This book makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you happy, sad, scared, worried, pretty much every emotion you've ever felt. In one book. There is a sort of... conclusive feeling to t Check out my Alyss costume HERE: http://escapingrealitybookreviews.wor... Excuse me while I go cry in a corner. Wow, was this book perfect, or what? It was definitely worth the $12 in shipping fees to get it from the UK, rather than waiting for the USA edition in a month. My life is complete, and yet destroyed. This book makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you happy, sad, scared, worried, pretty much every emotion you've ever felt. In one book. There is a sort of... conclusive feeling to the whole novel. Everything is wrapped up, all loose ends tied together, and you put it down with a feeling of immense satisfaction. This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. It's perfect. It's magnificent. It's better than any other (aside from HP, which it ties) book I have EVER read. Any book. This is the best book, I have ever read. Wow. I loved it. So much. The characters! Getting to see Will all grown up and so much like Halt! And yet, he was still my Will. It was all so perfect. I'm 16, and I HIGHLY recommend this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Terrington

    The advantage of living in Australia can sometimes feel like a disadvantage. Sure, we're apparently the envy of a lot of the world financially (if they've heard of us), we have a great environment, some wonderful sports and some of the world's best coffee, yet it always feels like we're last to get any of the good cultural acts. Most of my favourite American bands and films seem to come around after everyone else has had them (and books too). Sure, we get the odd Marvel film early viewing but it The advantage of living in Australia can sometimes feel like a disadvantage. Sure, we're apparently the envy of a lot of the world financially (if they've heard of us), we have a great environment, some wonderful sports and some of the world's best coffee, yet it always feels like we're last to get any of the good cultural acts. Most of my favourite American bands and films seem to come around after everyone else has had them (and books too). Sure, we get the odd Marvel film early viewing but it's almost like a token gift. Which is why it's nice when a popular (and favourite series of mine) is actually written by an Australian. I don't mean to boast, but I will since it rarely happens, that I got to read this novel way earlier than most of the world. It's not scheduled till an October 3 release date and yet the publishers got the novel early to my local bookstore where I had a nice pre-order to pick it up for almost 10 dollars cheaper. Now, to the book itself. It must be noted that the 5 star rating is the result of all the entire novels in the series, though I have no doubt this may be the best among them. It was clearly a novel written with care, passion and insight and this to an extent helped make it a touch above the other novels in the series. I have a tendency to rate YA and general children's literature books on a different scale or level to other novels. That is not to say I find them inferior as literature. Some of the greatest works of fiction have been primarily children's fiction texts (see Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia for example). But like other types of 'genre fiction' they are different to other works of literature. And when I say literature I mean the literature studied in schools or universities as 'high-brow' works. To that extent I try and judge children's literature as a whole, by the various issues and concerns they deal with. As an entire series Ranger's Apprentice has been superb children's fiction. It is the type of fiction written and appealing to all ages. Though John Flanagan's style could hardly be called beautiful it is wry and warm in its tone; inviting but never consoling. There is a subtlety about his writing, and though his tales are of other worlds I cannot help but feel the particular Australian vibe which leaks through his words. It is a familiar vibe and one which grounds the book all the more in reality. It is an odd concept that a work of fantasy could be grounded in familiarity but the best fantasy truly takes the normality of the world and exposes the fantastic elements of that normality. The plot of this novel is hard to talk about without exposing any key spoilers. It follows a much older Will and his new apprentice as they go undercover on a mission, a mission with roots in Will's recent and dark past. It is a plot lined with tragedy and is about the process of recovering from tragedy. It is a moving and fitting end for the series, which in a way comes full circle as the reader by this point has seen Will Treaty move from Apprentice to Ranger to Master Ranger with Apprentice. I will warn readers that there is little of any of the other characters that you may be familiar with in this novel. That said, if you've read this far, why stop now? There is a sense that the novel could continue on with another book following Will and his apprentice. However, I think it is fitting that John Flanagan end it here. Not only does it allow for the series to come that full circle. But it is a bowing out before the novels begin to recycle plots ad infinitum. There is a noted idea amongst storytellers that it is better to leave the audience wanting more than to outstay your welcome. And I believe John Flanagan has left his readers wanting more, leaving it up to his readers to imagine the future and beyond.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tay

    YES. THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD. DON'T BLAME ME IF YOU IGNORE THIS, AND READ AHEAD WHEN YOU . . . 1) shouldn't because you don't have much of a grasp on the series. 2) don't want anything spoiled (like I sadly had). & 3) just don't want some additional information on JF RA series book #12. 4) however, if you have randomly read the 11th book, then I think you would be okay to read on. It's not like you have become emotionally attached to any of the characters as such. yah. So, please. Caution has be YES. THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD. DON'T BLAME ME IF YOU IGNORE THIS, AND READ AHEAD WHEN YOU . . . 1) shouldn't because you don't have much of a grasp on the series. 2) don't want anything spoiled (like I sadly had). & 3) just don't want some additional information on JF RA series book #12. 4) however, if you have randomly read the 11th book, then I think you would be okay to read on. It's not like you have become emotionally attached to any of the characters as such. yah. So, please. Caution has been given. Read at own risk people. ^___________^ Okay. *clears throat* Ever since I started reading John Flanagan's first RA book -- The Ruins of Gorlan, I became immensely captivated by the man's work. When I finally finished the series, The Lost Stories helped me through the pain, but it only satisfied for a short time. SO, when I found that there was a 12th book, you could say that I was excited. VERY EXCITED. but OMG. OCTOBER. Really? Why? When I read the descriptions on Goodreads, I literally started freaking out that Halt had died or something, but from other descriptions it is definitely evident that he lives. SO, then that got me extremely worried that it's rather Alyss that has passed on. If Mr. Flanagan does that to me, I think I will need to be issued into psychiatric care. Seriously, though. But hang on, we have many other characters we have come to love immensely, so what if it's Gilan, Jenny, Horace, Evanlyn, Pauline, etc. These are some pretty important questions that we have no answers to! UNTIL OCTOBER! Poo. I'm so conflicted it is killing me. By the sounds of it, Will's apprentice will be the royal princess - Horace and Cassandra's first born child. I'm not sure if I'm thrilled with the idea of a female Ranger; it just really doesn't seem to be sitting well with me. It almost disrupts the awesomeness of the Ranger Corps. Like, I'm a girl and everything, but in these books believe that men are the tiny bit more superior in these novels, even though there are those females who kick arse for sure in them. I just think it was a risky move on Flanagan's part. Who knows how many are going to be for or against it. But seriously, if it's Alyss that has died, I don't know if I could ever look at The Ranger's Apprentice the same ever again. :( October cannot come soon enough either way. Review to come, that is, when I actually buy the book online in friggin OCTOBER. UPDATE 18/06/13 (view spoiler)[ I've read that Alyss is the one who has died. The reason, I'm not sure. :( And the Royal Ranger is Maddie, Horace and Cassandra's rebellious daughter. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dragina

    Wonderful finish to the series. It's very bittersweet, but I love it anyways. SO GLAD MY WILL RETURNED TO ME. 😭😭😍😍 I wish he'd never left. Wonderful finish to the series. It's very bittersweet, but I love it anyways. SO GLAD MY WILL RETURNED TO ME. 😭😭😍😍 I wish he'd never left.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lexie

    ~ I wanted to rewrite my review for this book because it holds a really special place in my heart. Plus the old review was pretty crap, and this book deserves the best review I can write for it. I can't recommend this series highly enough to people, it will always be special to me and I love it so much and always will. Ok, now to my review. This is one of the best books I have read. I loved everything about this book. It is my favourite in the series and one of my favourites in general. I loved ~ I wanted to rewrite my review for this book because it holds a really special place in my heart. Plus the old review was pretty crap, and this book deserves the best review I can write for it. I can't recommend this series highly enough to people, it will always be special to me and I love it so much and always will. Ok, now to my review. This is one of the best books I have read. I loved everything about this book. It is my favourite in the series and one of my favourites in general. I loved the whole story it was so great, I loved the characters, I love everything. This book was just so great. I really loved the plot of this book. It was a really well developed story, and it was so great and beautiful and sad. In this one, Will is far from the cheerful, humorous, happy and kind to all character who lights up the place with his smile. No, in this one he's dark and languid. Consumed by grief after a tragic death of someone who meant the world to him - which the death so shouldn't have happened it was so terrible and sad! - Will is consumed by grief and anger at the unfair and senseless tragedy. He can think of nothing but getting revenge on those who were responsible and its consuming him fully and darkening his soul. He's not listening to anything his friends say and he just doesn't care anymore, even refusing missions, putting his position as a Ranger at risk, something that would destroy him if he lost it. He's lost all heart and spirit. Wills friends are extremely worried for him, but they can't find a way to stop him spiralling down this dark path. Meanwhile at the same time, Cassandra the soon to be queen, and her husband Horace the great warrior knight, are having trouble with their rebellious fifteen year old teenage daughter Madelyn - or Maddie as she's always called. Just the typical teenage stuff, always backchatting and having attitude and sneaking out of the castle at night, annoying the guards and driving her parents insane. When they all come together - Horace, Cassandra, Halt, Will's former mentor and father figure, now a retired ranger, Pauline, Halt's wife, and Gilan the Commandant of the Ranger Corps, another former apprentice of Halt and a close friend of Will - it is Halt's ingenuous idea to have Will take an apprentice, and for that apprentice to be Maddie. They're all shocked at first, as Maddie would be the first ever female Ranger apprentice, not to mention the fact that she's a princess, but after some thinking they believe it will work. So they send a letter to Will, asking him to help them by taking Maddie as an apprentice. It's something Will can't refuse. Somehow even in the dark place he's in, he manages to realise that he can't turn his back on his two closest friends, after everything they've all done for each other, how many times they've saved each other's lives, everything they've been through together and what they all mean to each to other. So Will takes Maddie as an apprentice. At first he's still gruff, uncaring and spiritless, and Maddie finds it difficult to cope with all her privileges as a princess being taken away, her 'uncle' Will being different and the tough job of everything. But over time, Will gets too occupied with Maddie to focus on his dark thoughts of vengeance, and Maddie's presence gradually lightens his mood and puts spirit back in him, she even makes him laugh finally for the first time in ages one morning. Maddie also matures, learning more responsibility, independence and sensibility. Eventually, Will and Maddie uncover this huge despicable crime of child kidnappings for a slave ring, and they must solve and stop it. The suspense climaxes in the last quarter of the book, and it seriously becomes nearly unputdownable! SPOILERS I just have to say this! The last part, when Will tells Maddie to run and get the kids to safety and he stays and holds off the band of slavers as they're called and lets himself get captured. Jory Ruhl, the one who was mainly responsible for the death of Will's wife Alyss, and who also turns out to be the leader of the criminal gang, plans to burn Will to death 'in honour' of Alyss, who died in a fire in a building. I know this is gonna sound very weird, but I don't think Will would've minded if he had actually died like that, just as Alyss had died, that's probably how he would want to go. Wow I loved that whole part though, when Will was captured, the SUSPENSE! My hear was pounding as I read! Then Maddie went back for Will and saved him! Oh I loved that so much, that whole part was something else. The climax was something else. Truly amazing. When Jory Ruhl fell into the pile of wood and the fire began and he was burned alive, in the fire that he was going to kill Will with, that Alyss died from, and Will rolled clear of it just in time. And the end of that scene was so beautiful, when Will was carrying Maddie who had been gravely injured by Jory Ruhl's spear and came dangerously close to death, up the cliff and treated her. He cried for her, desperately hoping her for her to make it. And miraculously, Maddie pulls through. Maddie then becomes an official member of the Rangers, and Will is back to his normal self. This story was just absolutely beautiful... I love you so much Will! And all the characters! Spoilers end. Stories like these are always special to me. Those stories with a kind of dark character, driven by grief or pain or suffering, who slowly changes throughout the story as a result of another character or adventures. I just love those kind of character developments, those transitions from dark, cold and bitter, to strong, lively, and realising what life is really about, what it can really be, defying the odds, and whatever their dark past is to be great, to take their life back and live it to the full. Those kinds of characters are my favourite, my most highly regarded and respected. They are great characters, so special and amazing, and this story is a sensational example of a beautiful story for a character like that. The underlying themes and depth of this story make it a thrilling, beautiful and wonderful story to behold. I never got bored throughout this book. In this series I loved even the casual interaction between characters. Even just a typical day in the world of these characters was enjoyable. John Flanagan's writing style made sure that every little thing that happens is an enjoyable read, and keeps you hooked until the end. I remember reading the first book of this series, The Ruins of Gorlan, knowing nothing about it and just giving it a shot, it was the first different book I had read in a while, and I just got hooked instantly and pulled into this series, devouring the rest of the books like a wildfire. I'm so glad I picked up Ranger's Apprentice The Ruins of Gorlan that faithful day, and so glad I got to experience this amazing series. The Royal Ranger was of course, my favourite, a spectacular conclusion to this awesome series. My second favourite was The Sorcerer in the North, and other favourites of mine would probably be The Ruins of Gorlan, The Burning Bridge and The Lost Stories. I loved every one of the Ranger's Apprentice books, and even though I read other amazing series that may become my favourites, Ranger's Apprentice will always hold a very special place in my heart. I will always remember it. And best of all, its the work of fellow Aussie author John Flanagan! This provides so much inspiration for me, a young Australian with a dream to become an author. Thank you John Flanagan, for this truly amazing series, and for providing so much inspiration and ideas for me as an author. I owe one of my own series that I created to you, it came to exist thanks to the inspiration of Ranger's Apprentice. So thank you John Flanagan, for Ranger's Apprentice. Look, I have to give The Royal Ranger a 10/10. I just loved everything about this book. And the things it made me feel when reading it make it worthy of a 10/10 book. I absolutely loved the story, I love the characters so much, they are amazing! I love the world, the Kingdom of Araluen, and I absolutely love the whole concept of the Rangers. The pace was perfect in this book, and I love John Flanagan's writing style. Everything about this book is just amazing, even the freaking cover is absolutely beautiful! Plus it's my favourite kind of book, medieval fantasy, yes! I will remember Ranger's Apprentice forever. It may get lost amongst many other great books as I broaden my horizons, but it will always be there, I will always have the whole series - oh except book 10, oops, (laughs nervously) - sitting on my bookshelf, a reminder of my first real favourite series, and one that continues to inspire me. Thank you for reading, and please if you haven't, go pick up Ranger's Apprentice and read it! As soon as you try it, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. I can't wait for the movie! I'm so excited! You can be sure I'm gonna go see it as soon as it is released! The wait is killing me!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Will Wortner

    The Rangers Apprentice: The Royal Ranger If you love The Rangers Apprentice series, you will LOVE this book. 4.5 stars The perfect read for a Rangers Apprentice fan. This book gave me such a feeling of nostalgia, it was like visiting and old friend. Flanagan tore at my emotions and made me laugh from start to finish of The Royal Ranger. Like others said, the adventure isn’t as grandiose as previous novels. It does not make this story any less exciting than previous novels. The adventure Will and the The Rangers Apprentice: The Royal Ranger If you love The Rangers Apprentice series, you will LOVE this book. 4.5 stars The perfect read for a Rangers Apprentice fan. This book gave me such a feeling of nostalgia, it was like visiting and old friend. Flanagan tore at my emotions and made me laugh from start to finish of The Royal Ranger. Like others said, the adventure isn’t as grandiose as previous novels. It does not make this story any less exciting than previous novels. The adventure Will and the new apprentice undertake is fitting and realistic first quest for an apprentice ranger. The first book in the series follows Will as an apprentice, the last book follows will as a trainer of an apprentice. Will trains the newest apprentice, and he falls into a similar role as halt in the first novel. I felt like I was reading book 1 again but from halts point of view. Pros: The newest Ranger Maddie The role reversal of this book compared to book 1 The emotion How Flanagan writes conversations. Added vocabulary Cons: Will seems to lose a step Smaller adventure than we are used too *****SOME SPOILERS BELOW****** The Long: Half a star was taken away because I believe Will could have eliminated more thugs than he did at the end of the book. He not being able to hit more of them didn’t fit his legendary persona. That was my only concern. This read is very similar to book 1. Will becomes a mentor and emulates much of what Halt does in the first novel. He starts using Halt’s phrases and realizes he has become much like Halt. He sees traits in his apprentice, Maddie, that remind him of himself as a young apprentice. I laughed through much of the novel as it unfolded. I kept remembering book one and how Halt acted and treated Will, and it was hilarious to see the same occurrences play out again. Only this time from the ranger, not the apprentices, point of view. We stay in Araluen the entire time, which is fitting when you have an apprentice. I would have liked a bigger adventure, but it simply would not have fit the story line. It would have been like coming home from your desk job on a Wednesday, then call in sick on Thursday because the President said you are the only hope to save the world from an alien invasion, then go back to work on Friday like it was no big deal; That just doesn’t make sense. The character relationships between all of the main characters remain strong. Flanagan does a fantastic job of making all of their personas and relationships with each other feel very real. They have believable concerns and dilemmas throughout the novel, making the characters feel very real and human despite being fictional. The royal ranger ends the series very well. Flanagan closed the book on Will’s adventures, and I feel content with what happened. He has the option to open up a new series with Maddie, but Will as the main character has come to an end. The Story: We enter Araluen almost 2 years after Horace and Cassandra’s Marriage. The King is sick, Cassandra is the regent, and everything in the kingdom is calm. Cassandra and Horace have a daughter, Maddie, who is as adventurous and headstrong as her mother. >>>>>>>BIG SPOILER ON NEXT LINE<<<<<<<< (view spoiler)[Will is hell bent on revenge after the death of Alyss. Halt and Gilan convince Cassandra and Horace to strip Maddie of her nobility and have her enter the ranger corps under Will Treaty’s tutelage. In the hopes that Maddie will stop being a brat and give Will something to live for again. (hide spoiler)] >>>>>>spoilers returning to normal levels<<<<<<< Will and Maddie train at Will’s cabin at Redmont Fief. We see both characters evolve because of the other involvement in each other’s life. Maddie introduces a new weapon to the Rangers’ armory. The two of them eventually are given a quest by Gilan, the new Ranger Commandment. Will and Maddie embark on a classic feeling Ranger quest to destroy a slave trading gang, which inevitably leads to Will finding redemption when he least expected it. The Writing: Flanagan writes conversations that feel so real and natural. Many of the conversations will feel relatable to real life. Flanagan has always done an excellent job creating real world feeling situation. The book is filled with challenging vocab words. Flanagan put in the perfect amount of vocab, and I was impressed with the amount of times I found myself looking up a definition. I was not expecting this, and loved that he is able to challenge readers with his writing. The Characters: Will- Is in a state of depression. He is on the verge of getting kicked out of the Ranger Corps. Halt and Gilan quickly find a way to save their friend. Will slowly becomes (an older, Halt like) version of his younger self with the help of Maddie. My heart went out to how Will must have felt at the beginning of the novel. Halt and Pauline- See like a typical couple now. They banter and work well as a team and always seem to be on the same page as one another. Pauline has 1 pov chapter in the beginning of the novel. Both Halt and Pauline take supporting rolls through this novel, and are not present through much of the middle of the story. Halt is now a retired ranger; he denied the position of Commandment when it was offered to him. Horace and Cassandra- are stressed with running the kingdom for Cassandras incumbent father. They have a lot to deal with. On top of the kingdom they have a rebellious teenager. They take on a role of parents who just don’t know what to do; feeling like their child is on her last straw. They also appear in the beginning and end of the book, but are not present during most of it. Maddie- acts like the typical royal brat in the beginning of the novel. She has some redeemable traits, like being very personable with the guards, and being a good hunter with her sling. She is very spoiled and pretentious. She evolves with her training with Will. By the end of the novel she evolves into a very mature and respectable young adult. Gilan- has been awarded the position of Ranger Commandant. He receives the position when Halt refuses. He handles the job well, but is concerned that Will is close to being ejected from the corps. Jenny- Is still running her restaurant and appears and is mentioned a couple of time through the novel. Overall: 4.5 stars- A great end to a series I loved so much. Review will be rounded up to 5 on Amazon and Good reads because this book is worth it!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cordelianne

    I loved the repetition with the first book, that Will was giving the same answers as Halt used to do! To conclude: great ending to a wonderful series. It was a long one, but a very enjoyable one as well :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annika Lundkvist

    Gosh... And here I thought the eleventh would be the last one. I don't know what to make of this. Personally I thought the last book was a perfect ending to the series, but... Gosh... And here I thought the eleventh would be the last one. I don't know what to make of this. Personally I thought the last book was a perfect ending to the series, but...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hazel West

    Thoughts on the Overall Book: So, I'm a long time fan of the series. It's one of my favorites, and I was excited as everyone else to hear he was continuing it, but then when I found out the premise. Well, I wasn't nearly so excited anymore. And while it turned out not to be as horrible as I feared, I still really wish John Flanagan hadn't written this story line. I couldn't care less about it really. I think he should have just written a prequel story about Halt and Crowley. We all wanted that a Thoughts on the Overall Book: So, I'm a long time fan of the series. It's one of my favorites, and I was excited as everyone else to hear he was continuing it, but then when I found out the premise. Well, I wasn't nearly so excited anymore. And while it turned out not to be as horrible as I feared, I still really wish John Flanagan hadn't written this story line. I couldn't care less about it really. I think he should have just written a prequel story about Halt and Crowley. We all wanted that anyway, but oh well, that's my opinion. Cover--Yea or Nay: It's not my favorite Ranger cover, but I do still like it. I like the misty feel to it. Characters: I'm not a fan of seeing my favorite characters get old. My sweet little Will is old and grim, and that's okay when it's Halt because I love Halt for who he is, but Will? No. Halt is mostly the same, but more like a grandpa than himself. Cassandra is still annoying and throwing random hissy fits, Horace wasn't in it enough to form an opinion on his older self, and Gilan is really the only one who hasn't changed at all. *sigh*. (view spoiler)[ I also think it was just cruel to kill Alyss off. It wasn't really nessessary and it's just like...okay, this is a character we all knew and liked, and she's suddenly dead between books. I hate it when that happens! (hide spoiler)] And then we come to Maddie. I've never been a complete fan of John Flanagan's female characters. Alyss was the only one who I actually ever liked. I'm not counting Pauline because she wasn't a teenage girl, and Maddie was really just Cassandra, but more snooty at least at first. I never really ended up liking her. I tolerated her for the duration of the book, and she ended up okay, but I have no wish ever to see her again and I don't care where she goes after this. As for the baddies, Jory Ruhl was pretty good. I wished there was more of him in the book. The whole part with the Storyman and the Stealer was cool. They were creepy and that whole idea of the slavers was pretty well thought out as well, so at least we had pretty smart villains. The Romance: Thank heavens there wasn't any because it would have made this book intolerable. Writing Style: I have never had any complaints with John Flanagan's writing style itself. It's pretty much the same as all his other books. Accuracy/ Believability: The Baddie's plans were believable, Maddie wasn't too good in a fight, and there wasn't much else to complain about in that quarter. Problems/What bothered me: Maddie. And truthfully, the whole idea of female rangers. Okay, yes, I would love to be a ranger myself, but I certainly don't want to read about female rangers. We've already come to the conclusion that the ladies of Araluen are more than capable of fighting and they have always been along with the lads, the knights and rangers, but I'm a bit of a purist, and I like to keep all boys clubs all boys when I'm reading. Mainly because I like reading about male characters more than female characters for the fact that the lads usually aren't as annoying on a general level as the girls. I don't like surprise girls coming in and getting in the way of the lads and being all "I'm better than anyone just because I'm a woman and I can kick butt as well as you". I'm not saying we can't! I'm just saying that the ladies can fight alongside the rangers, and they can fight just like the rangers, but actually being a ranger just...I didn't care for it. There was absolutely no reason Maddie even had to be a girl! The same story could have happened if she was a troublesome boy, and she might not have been quite as annoying. So yeah, my main problem with Maddie, I'm sorry, but she just kind of ruined the story for me. Conclusion: 2.5 stars. The lowest ranting I have ever given a Ranger book. It was okay to read and I did enjoy some parts, but overall, I wasn't impressed and it made me sad to say that. John Flanagan, please write Halt and Crowley prequels, the fans will appreciate that gesture more than anything else. Recommended Audience: Ranger fans who have to read it on principal. if you're new to the series, don't start here, obviously!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The second half of the book gets nearly 4 stars, but the first half gets only 2 from me. This book takes place about 16 years after book 10. Ranger Will has gray hair and a gray beard (but he's only about 40, so that didn't fit). He's grieving a personal loss, feeling bitter and vengeful. Quite understandable. But he's also petty, petulant, and mean-spirited with his new apprentice, and to the kids at the party, and to the curious blacksmith. The drunken hangover scene went on far too long and W The second half of the book gets nearly 4 stars, but the first half gets only 2 from me. This book takes place about 16 years after book 10. Ranger Will has gray hair and a gray beard (but he's only about 40, so that didn't fit). He's grieving a personal loss, feeling bitter and vengeful. Quite understandable. But he's also petty, petulant, and mean-spirited with his new apprentice, and to the kids at the party, and to the curious blacksmith. The drunken hangover scene went on far too long and Will was far too harsh, preachy, and cold. After all, it was a first offense, done in youthful ignorance and immaturity. Why end the series with characters acting out of character? Why end with a downer? Would be better to stop after book 10, Emperor of Nihon-Ja. Much more upbeat story! Gradually, by the second half of the book, Will became more like the cheerful fellow we know and love. Thank goodness for his canny horse Tug. His "discussions" with Will added some light relief. There were a few humorous scenes in this book, relieving the otherwise unpleasant tone. Plot-wise, I found some holes and inconsistencies: (view spoiler)[ First, I found it hard to believe that Will missed so many shots and wasted so many arrows, given his expert eye in the prequels. He shot a pirate from the deck of one heaving ship to another in book 9!! Furthermore, his tactics were questionable and not in keeping with prequels or his training: He should have immediately sent Maddie to Amberton for the sherrif and back-up (to hide in waiting out of sight) the first day they arrived, when he found the slavers' camp on the beach. Instead, he let Maddie nap that first day, and sleep that night. The children were put at risk, because there was no back-up, with odds of 18-2. Then Maddie had to leave the children, abandon them in a cave, putting them at risk again. Will's muscle cramps seemed over-stated. Finally, when the battle was over, no mention was made of ensuring the children's safety from the monsters at home. Their parents abused them, which was why they were kidnapping targets in the first place. (hide spoiler)] But I choked up when Will finally cried his dammed-up tears. That felt credible and poignant. And I liked the epilogue. Flanagan is a good writer, but he went a bit too far on the "willful teenager" trope, and he does tend to reiterate things we know from prior books (e.g., that Will doesn't tie up his horse, because ranger steeds don't run away). Moreover, anachronistic words like "dad" and "kid" pulled me out of the medieval setting and shot me back to modern America. And too much focus on coffee!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Very good. The best of the series, I think.

  17. 5 out of 5

    colleen the convivial curmudgeon

    3.5 Not necessarily my favorite book of the series, but I did find it a fitting conclusion as things come full circle and Will is now the grizzled grey-beard taking on an apprentice which opens him back up to the world. (I had sort of guessed what the "senseless tragedy" referenced in the blurb was from several of the reviews - so, thanks for that... ) One thing which kept distracting me is I was trying to think of timelines and ages. According to Wiki, Flanagan has said this last story takes plac 3.5 Not necessarily my favorite book of the series, but I did find it a fitting conclusion as things come full circle and Will is now the grizzled grey-beard taking on an apprentice which opens him back up to the world. (I had sort of guessed what the "senseless tragedy" referenced in the blurb was from several of the reviews - so, thanks for that... ) One thing which kept distracting me is I was trying to think of timelines and ages. According to Wiki, Flanagan has said this last story takes place 16 years later - so if we take it 16 years after the first book, Will would be 31. I guess he just went grey early. ^_^ Anyway - I enjoyed watching Maddie go from a spoiled brat to a disciplined Ranger. It was cool seeing Will as a mentor - repeating many of the lessons and habits picked up from Halt, including a wry sense of humor, but still infused with his own personality. I found the storyline a little predictable and drawn out in places, but the ending kept me turning pages and I liked the epilogue a lot. It made me happy. :) For some reason, I had thought Book 10 was going to be the last in the series, and I was very disappointed with it ending there. Then Lost Stories came out, and I thought that was it, and then this came out. I guess this is definitely it - and it makes sense to end here. As I've said, things have come full circle and it's a good conclusion to the series - one I'm sure I'll be rereading at least once or twice down the road.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Riannon

    This was a good book, like all the others in the series. It probably would have been somewhat less good if I had not read all the previous books. Like most Ranger's Apprentice novels, the plot is nothing spectacular, but the characters are great. It had less humor and fewer laugh out loud moments than most of the preceding books. It's more bittersweet; less lighthearted. I didn't necessarily like it less because of this, but it was definitely different in tone. Readers who read Ranger's Apprenti This was a good book, like all the others in the series. It probably would have been somewhat less good if I had not read all the previous books. Like most Ranger's Apprentice novels, the plot is nothing spectacular, but the characters are great. It had less humor and fewer laugh out loud moments than most of the preceding books. It's more bittersweet; less lighthearted. I didn't necessarily like it less because of this, but it was definitely different in tone. Readers who read Ranger's Apprentice primarily for its playful banter and wit may be disappointed in The Royal Ranger, but I was not. A very solid four stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lila Kims

    OH MY GOSH. OH MY GOSH. THIS FINALE, Y'ALL. THIS FINALE. Out of the three parts of a story, Flanagan is the best at ENDINGS, I tell you. He may be the best ender-of-stories EVER - I always emerge from a Ranger's Apprentice book feeling ALL THE FEELS. But seriously, this whole book was awesome. Darn. Awesome. And I'm gonna shut up now, before I start running around in circles with fangirliness. :D OH MY GOSH. OH MY GOSH. THIS FINALE, Y'ALL. THIS FINALE. Out of the three parts of a story, Flanagan is the best at ENDINGS, I tell you. He may be the best ender-of-stories EVER - I always emerge from a Ranger's Apprentice book feeling ALL THE FEELS. But seriously, this whole book was awesome. Darn. Awesome. And I'm gonna shut up now, before I start running around in circles with fangirliness. :D

  20. 5 out of 5

    C.B. Cook

    Arrrgh, the feeeeels!!! Review to come soon!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sagagirl

    How I wanted to like this book, the closing of the series. The series has been quite well written, with interesting glimpses into cultural diversity and with a real feel for a mix of adventure, agency, and friendship. Halt's Peril was perhaps my favorite, for it emphasizes the real vulnerability of simply being human. So I had high hopes for this book. Although the set up is fine -- Will's friends ask him to take an apprentice to ease his grief -- the execution felt light. For this adult, the ser How I wanted to like this book, the closing of the series. The series has been quite well written, with interesting glimpses into cultural diversity and with a real feel for a mix of adventure, agency, and friendship. Halt's Peril was perhaps my favorite, for it emphasizes the real vulnerability of simply being human. So I had high hopes for this book. Although the set up is fine -- Will's friends ask him to take an apprentice to ease his grief -- the execution felt light. For this adult, the series suddenly felt underdeveloped emotionally, with fewer risks. My three biggest issues: 1) Aside from the prolog, Will's grief, the ostensible pivot point for the plot, is truncated. 2) The female apprentice is talented, with little to no missteps in her training. This undercuts any emotional resonance. Rather than the story being about Will and the apprentice, it is really about the apprentice's adventures (all successful and heroic). For me, this is a type of romanticization of women, as if to be in an adventure story, girls and women need to be super-heroic, banished of all but the most minor flaws. 3) Finally, the modernization of language and gesture, particularly at the end, felt false -- again, as if the female apprentice had to be hipper and cooler, just to be present in the story. The "full circle" of Will's taking on an apprentice is undercut by these issues; nonetheless, I'll continue to recommend the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    I don't really know what to say. Ranger's Apprentice is over, and it is slowly hitting me. This was our last story, and most likely our last time with Will, Horace, Halt, Evanlyn, Alyss, Jenny, Gilan and everyone. I did not expect anything from this series when I began The Ruins of Gorlan and now look where we are. This series has become on of my all-time favourites and it is so, so hard to give that up. This story was the perfect ending for the series but it broke my heart at the same time. No, I don't really know what to say. Ranger's Apprentice is over, and it is slowly hitting me. This was our last story, and most likely our last time with Will, Horace, Halt, Evanlyn, Alyss, Jenny, Gilan and everyone. I did not expect anything from this series when I began The Ruins of Gorlan and now look where we are. This series has become on of my all-time favourites and it is so, so hard to give that up. This story was the perfect ending for the series but it broke my heart at the same time. No, it didn't just break my heart, it shattered it into a million little pieces and then crushed them under its heel. I cried so much at the beginning. It killed me seeing what became of the characters, but the more the story progressed the better I felt. I loved our new character, Madelyn, and I want more of her and Will's story. I need a spin-off with them (the Royal Ranger series has a great ring to it, doesn't it?), and there's so much they could do with it. *sigh*. I am going to have the worst book hangover once it hits me that this it, it's finished.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    So I read the first chapter on USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/bo...). "How do you think fans will react to the final book in the series? I hope they'll enjoy it. I think they will. It's the usual mixture of adventure, action and, of course, humor. And I hope they'll realise that it's time for the series to end. I've been invading the privacy of Will, Halt, Horace and Evanlyn for years now. It's appropriate to let them have a little time to themselves, without having me peering over So I read the first chapter on USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/bo...). "How do you think fans will react to the final book in the series? I hope they'll enjoy it. I think they will. It's the usual mixture of adventure, action and, of course, humor. And I hope they'll realise that it's time for the series to end. I've been invading the privacy of Will, Halt, Horace and Evanlyn for years now. It's appropriate to let them have a little time to themselves, without having me peering over their collective shoulders. I guess I could have continued the series, but I believe all the relationships and characters are now formed. And since the books are heavily reliant on the growth and development of the characters, if I were to continue, the series would become stale." ^now, if only Erin Hunter had had the same mindset when they were writing the Warriors series... (view spoiler)[By the way, after reading the first chapter I was like, "WHATTTT NO NO ALYSS CAN'T DIEEE...." and then I was sad. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate Forsyth

    For a long time, John Flanagan was one of my son’s favourite authors and I read him book after book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series each night at bedtime. I enjoyed them as much as he did (which was not at all generally true of all our bedtime read-a-thons). Often I’d find myself choked up at the end as Will, the small but indomitable hero, once again triumphed against the bad guys. An irresistible mix of action, adventure, and humour, the Ranger’s Apprentice series has sold more than fifteen For a long time, John Flanagan was one of my son’s favourite authors and I read him book after book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series each night at bedtime. I enjoyed them as much as he did (which was not at all generally true of all our bedtime read-a-thons). Often I’d find myself choked up at the end as Will, the small but indomitable hero, once again triumphed against the bad guys. An irresistible mix of action, adventure, and humour, the Ranger’s Apprentice series has sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide which makes John Flanagan one of Australia’s most successful children’s authors. The Royal Ranger is the first in a new series which begins when Will must take on a new apprentice of his own, and train them in the mysterious skills of a ranger. His new apprentice is going to be a challenge, however. Not only is she rebellious and spoiled, but she’s a princess! The first girl to ever be apprenticed as a Ranger, Maddie has a lot to learn, and a lot to prove. I was on a panel with John Flanagan at the Bendigo Writers Festival, and so read this latest offering in preparation to sharing a stage with him. I loved revisiting the word of Araluen, and particularly loved seeing a girl in the role of a Ranger. She was tough, determined, and made a great sidekick to Will. Long may the Rangers rule!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    NEW BEGINNING is a fantastic ending to the Ranger's Apprentice series and a fabulous beginning to the new branch-off series, The Royal Ranger! Fans of the old series will find much to love here and those new to the series will be able to start here if they'd like. With a likable leading heroine, friendship, danger, and a mission to fulfill set in the Ranger's Apprentice world, it is sure to entertain from beginning to end. I knew from the first couple of pages that I was going to enjoy this book. NEW BEGINNING is a fantastic ending to the Ranger's Apprentice series and a fabulous beginning to the new branch-off series, The Royal Ranger! Fans of the old series will find much to love here and those new to the series will be able to start here if they'd like. With a likable leading heroine, friendship, danger, and a mission to fulfill set in the Ranger's Apprentice world, it is sure to entertain from beginning to end. I knew from the first couple of pages that I was going to enjoy this book. If you love fantasy with stealthy, highly trained characters (called rangers in this series), with a protagonist who has some good character development, and a climatic ending full of danger, then this book is for you! I did have a little confusion when the situation is set up with Maddie as I haven't read the other books in the original Ranger's Apprentice series (we have them and my son is a huge fan, so I do plan on rectifying that), but my confusion didn't last long as the story turned its focus on Maddie and Will. From there on I pretty much loved every single minute. I'm excited to move on to book two and find out what happens next to these characters I have come to love. In the end, was it what I wished for? If you're a fantasy fan and haven't started the Ranger's Apprentice series, or have but haven't read The Royal Ranger series, you can start here. I loved it and highly recommend it to middle graders, teens, and adults alike! Content: Some violence. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barb Middleton

    An entertaining conclusion that comes full circle from the first book. Flanagan sticks to his usual formula of dry humor in the adult characters and a protagonist that grows up while facing dangers. While this story's pacing slows a bit in the middle because of the focus on training an apprentice, it picks up with an exciting ending. About 17 years has passed and Will Treaty is now middle-aged. Many of the characters from previous books have died or are dying. Others are doing well in old-age an An entertaining conclusion that comes full circle from the first book. Flanagan sticks to his usual formula of dry humor in the adult characters and a protagonist that grows up while facing dangers. While this story's pacing slows a bit in the middle because of the focus on training an apprentice, it picks up with an exciting ending. About 17 years has passed and Will Treaty is now middle-aged. Many of the characters from previous books have died or are dying. Others are doing well in old-age and have found happiness with a partner. Will has had a tragedy in his life that has left him grieving and unable to move on in life. When Halt comes up with a crazy plan for Will to apprentice the first girl Ranger, it's a challenge Will can't resist. It also helps him love someone again and begin healing from his own personal loss. Flanagan creates strong female characters with flaws. Some might feel its slow as this girl Ranger grows up and makes mistakes while learning from them and changing. This part of the story which involves her training doesn't have as much action found in other Ranger Apprentice stories but I enjoyed the character development. It's Flanagan. I know the action will come on full force eventually. And it does. Will isn't as crotchety as Halt so there is less of a dynamic between the two, but Will is his own person and a good teacher. Will never got Halt's jokes in the previous novels but in this one he does get the girls. I kept waiting for that oddball humor to show up but it didn't. The horse humor does though. They are still talking to their anthropomorphic horses. I did laugh when Will got irritated with the girl for correcting him at times. Hmmm... imagine that... adults getting exasperated with kids. All-in-all good fun. When the girl Ranger makes her first kill she is shocked and Flanagan shows this quite well. Then when she makes the second kill she isn't shocked at all and is glad her victim is dead. This didn't jive with the first reaction and I wondered how she hardened so quickly. I do think Flanagan does a nice job showing how a girl has to adapt to the physical differences of being a Ranger. She isn't going to be able to string a huge bow and must find a weapon that works for someone small and less muscular. She's quick and smart and it is these qualities that make her good. I did think it odd that she fell asleep in the middle of a battle. Wouldn't she have gone after Will right away? Or maybe that was showing she was a kid and not really a seasoned warrior. The series begins in book one with a boy apprentice who wants to be a knight but is too small and becomes a Ranger or spy. This last book comes full circle and has that same boy training the first girl Ranger. A nice ending to a fun series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't believe there's no more Ranger's Apprentice T.T My eyes are faintly sparkling with tears, dejected that the series came to an end or proud of all the characters, not sure which exactly. But what I'm certain of is that Will came back to his old self again :') Thanks to the pride of her parents, Maddie, who compensated me for all the disappointment many female characters -in other books- have caused me (I think I said that before?) I like to capture the part in which Will thought he lost Ma I can't believe there's no more Ranger's Apprentice T.T My eyes are faintly sparkling with tears, dejected that the series came to an end or proud of all the characters, not sure which exactly. But what I'm certain of is that Will came back to his old self again :') Thanks to the pride of her parents, Maddie, who compensated me for all the disappointment many female characters -in other books- have caused me (I think I said that before?) I like to capture the part in which Will thought he lost Maddie: "The day was a normal day, just like the day before. But it would always be different because he would remember this day as the day he lost Maddie. ‘I’m hungry. What’s for breakfast?’ she said. His head jerked up and he looked at her. Her eyes were open and she was smiling at him. It was a weak smile, but a smile nonetheless. He felt his heart lurch wildly inside his chest, with hope and relief and joy. ‘What’s for breakfast?’ he repeated numbly. ‘After all that you’ve put me through, that’s all you can say?’ She shrugged, then winced as the movement caused her pain. ‘What can I tell you? I’m my father’s daughter.’ He began to laugh. And somewhere, the laughter turned to tears and he was sobbing uncontrollably – immense sobs that racked his entire body and floods of tears that coursed down his cheeks. And he knew the tears were the ones he had never been able to shed for Alyss. They were for her. And they were for Maddie. And they were for him. Most of all for him." When I read this part I instantly knew that we've won Will back, that all the sorrow and grief and loneliness Will suffered from have been swept away.. :') Finally, I'd like to congratulate Horace and Cassandra on their letting their daughter pick such a tough way and that they've been the most lovely, considerate, and courageous couple in the whole series ^_^ And I'd like to salute the honorable seniors of the Ranger Corps for allowing a girl to join and offcially accepting her as a Ranger's Apprentice. (The book's title belongs to you now, eh Maddie? :p ) P.S. John, you better start a new series set decades after this one with the Ranger Corps more advanced, having some new weapons, and with our respected rangers from both sexes. :D Thank you, John Flanagan, for giving me the time of my life while reading your indulging books!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Atlas

    * * * * * 5 purely and entirely nostalgic stars Is this a very good book? Not really. It almost exactly mirrors the first book for a good chunk of the novel - replace Will with newcomer Maddie, and Halt with Will. The second half is a ranger mission that isn't exactly original either. But. What The Royal Ranger did manage to absolutely nail was to transport me back to when I was twelve and picked up this series. I was so entirely absorbed that it brought back a whole host of memories of me sneakin * * * * * 5 purely and entirely nostalgic stars Is this a very good book? Not really. It almost exactly mirrors the first book for a good chunk of the novel - replace Will with newcomer Maddie, and Halt with Will. The second half is a ranger mission that isn't exactly original either. But. What The Royal Ranger did manage to absolutely nail was to transport me back to when I was twelve and picked up this series. I was so entirely absorbed that it brought back a whole host of memories of me sneaking around woodland whilst walking the dog, trying to sneak through a pile of leaves without making any noise (to this day I am thoroughly convinced that this is an impossible feat). It evoked so much of my youth that I found it impossible not be thoroughly enraptured. I am now twenty. If you buy this book for your twelve year old they will probably enjoy it as much as all the other Ranger's Apprentice books, unless they have developed substantially more critical reading skills than I had at twelve. Your fifteen year old will probably realise that this book is a pretty big plot and material recycle. Your twenty year old aka me will read this with absolute fondness for the characters she loved as a child. Pretty much everyone gets a cameo - Halt, Pauline, Jenny, Bellerophon, Cassandra, Horace, Gilan. The ending is totally a fairytale finish. I loved it. I stayed up until 3am to finish this. The new character is Horace and Cassandra's daughter, Maddie. She's an absolute menace and royal brat in the kind of way teenage girls can be - parts of her reminded me hilariously and unashamedly of myself. I can see younger readers not liking her very much, but I found her likeable enough and definitely enjoyed her character growth. Will is grieving the loss of his wife and my heart broke for him. He reminded me so much of Halt - like when Halt got himself expelled from the ranger corps to go and rescue Will - and watching him take on an apprentice of his own was hilarious and delightful. My enjoyment of this book stemmed almost entirely from childhood nostalgia, my still lingering wish to be either a ranger of a wood elf a la Legolas, and my love for the characters. I may well be off to reread the entire series. Read more of my reviews on my blog: http://atlasrisingbooks.wordpress.com

  29. 4 out of 5

    Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Review forthcoming. ......................................................................... All spoilers marked in this review are disastrous. If you've not read this, they will ruin. Seriously! More spoilers possibly disenchanting are including without tags, sorry. STELLAR. The Royal Ranger didn't really meet my expectations it just blew them out of the water and to Timbuktu, Madelyn has just the same charm most all of Flanagan's characters are lucky to have, Will is just the same - or rather no Review forthcoming. ......................................................................... All spoilers marked in this review are disastrous. If you've not read this, they will ruin. Seriously! More spoilers possibly disenchanting are including without tags, sorry. STELLAR. The Royal Ranger didn't really meet my expectations it just blew them out of the water and to Timbuktu, Madelyn has just the same charm most all of Flanagan's characters are lucky to have, Will is just the same - or rather not at all. One of the earliest notable thoughts was that I was boycotting it if Madelyn didn't get a hug from Will by the end, she doesn't but by the end I couldn't imagine boycotting it. I loved it!! (view spoiler)[ Alyss's death was shocking. Really truly shocking, it could not even elicit a tear, though, until Will was talking to Sable, his dog. Then the shock let up... (hide spoiler)] "Will, of course, had both fingers in his mouth and was emitting a piercing whistle, and contriving to grin hugely at the same time." There is that moment which all you can do is hug a book. But, companions, I just hugged it at the end :).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Austin A

    As soon as I read the first few words of this series I was hooked. I could not stop reading them, I read book after book after book, and once I read them all It was really hard to find a new character that I liked. I read the other series John Flanagan wrote (The Brotherband Chronicles) once I finished those books I was waiting for John to write another Brotherband book and when I came to the book store I found book 12 of The Rangers Apprentice series and I bought it then and there. I finished i As soon as I read the first few words of this series I was hooked. I could not stop reading them, I read book after book after book, and once I read them all It was really hard to find a new character that I liked. I read the other series John Flanagan wrote (The Brotherband Chronicles) once I finished those books I was waiting for John to write another Brotherband book and when I came to the book store I found book 12 of The Rangers Apprentice series and I bought it then and there. I finished it within 5 or so days. ******************************SPOILER ALERT********************************** I think this book really has a major plot twist and I was VERY startled when I heard about Alyss. It was very depressing after reading about Alyss so many times and then learning she died tragically in a fire. And it also suprised when Horace an Evalyn (Cassandra) had a child. ************************************************************************************ This book is going in my favorite book of all times list. I hope everyone that has read any of John Flanagan's books gets the opportunity to read this series.

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