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The battles and drama are nonstop in Book Four of this hugely popular epic.
Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Gr 5-8- Will and Evanlyn have escaped imprisonment in Skandia and are hiding out in a remote cabin, waiting for Will to gain enough strength to begin their journey home. Their peace, however, does not last long, as Evanlyn is kidnapped by a Temujai warrior. Halt, the Ranger to whom Will is apprenticed; Horace, a knight in training; and Will rescue her, but are intercepted by Skandians before they can continue home. The Temujai are advancing behind them, leaving Will and his friends to form an uneasy alliance with the Skandians. The tension builds to the final battle between the Temujai warriors and the Skandians. Fans of the series will eagerly devour this one and wait impatiently for the next. Readers who aren't familiar with the previous books would do best to start with the first one, but those who choose to start here won't be lost. A sure bet for fantasy fans, as well as those who enjoy action and adventure.-Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
In the forest, there was a slithering thump as a load of snow finally slid clear of the pine branches that had supported it for months and fell in a heap to the ground below.And it was then that Will realized the significance of the endless tap-tap-tap that had woken him. Behind him, he heard the door creak and he turned to see Evanlyn, her hair wildly tousled, her blanket wrapped tight around her against the cold. "What is it?" she asked him. "Is something wrong?" He hesitated a second, glancing at the growing puddle of water beside the bucket. "It's the thaw," he said finally. After their meager breakfast, Will and Evanlyn sat in the early morning sun as it streamed across the porch. Neither of them had wanted to discuss the significance of Will's earlier discovery, although they had since found more signs of the thaw. Small patches of soaked brown grass were showing through the snow cover on the ground surrounding the cabin, and the sound of wet snow sliding from the trees to hit the ground was becoming increasingly common. The snow was still thick on the ground and in the trees, of course. But the signs were there that the thaw had begun and that, inexorably, it would continue. "I suppose we'll have to think about moving on," Will said, finally voicing the thought that had been in both their minds. "You're not strong enough yet," Evanlyn told him. It had been barely three weeks since he had thrown off the mind-numbing effects of the warmweed given to him as a yard slave in Ragnak's Lodge. Will had been weakened by inadequate food and clothing and a regimen of punishing physical work before they had made their escape. Since then, their meager diet in the cabin had been enough to sustain life, but not to restore his strength or endurance. They had lived on the cornmeal and flour that had been stored in the cabin, along with a small stock of vegetables and the stringy meat from whatever game Evanlyn and he had been able to snare. There was little enough of that in winter, and what game they had managed to catch had been in poor condition itself, providing little in the way of nourishment. Will shrugged. "I'll manage," he said simply. "I'll have to." And that, of course, was the heart of the problem. They both knew that once the snow in the high passes had melted, hunters would again begin to visit the high country where they found themselves. Already, Evanlyn had seen one such-the mysterious rider in the forest on the day when Will's senses had returned to him. Fortunately, since that day, there had been no further sign of him. But it was a warning. Others would come, and before they did, Will and Evanlyn would have to be long gone, heading down the far side of the mountain passes and across the border into Teutlandt. Evanlyn shook her head doubtfully. For a moment, she said nothing. Then she realized that Will was right. Once the thaw was well and truly under way, they would have to leave whether she felt he was strong enough to travel or not. "Anyway," she said at last, "we have a few weeks yet. The thaw's only just started, and who knows? We may even get another cold snap." It was possible, she thought. Perhaps not probable, but at least it was possible. Will nodded agreement. "There's always that," he said. The silence fell over them once more like a blanket. Abruptly, Evanlyn stood, dusting off her breeches. "I'll go and check the snares," she said, and when Will began to rise to accompany her, she stopped him. "You stay here," she said gently. "From now on, you're going to have to conserve your strength as much as possible." Will hesitated, then nodded. He recognized that she was right. She collected the hessian sack they used as a game bag and slung it over her shoulder. Then, with a small smile in his direction, the girl headed off into the trees. Feeling useless and dispirited, Will slowly began to gather up the wooden platters they had used for their meal. All he was good for, he thought bitterly, was washing up. The snare line had moved farther and farther from the cabin over the past three weeks. As small animals, rabbits, squirrels and the occasional snow hare had fallen prey to the snares that Will had built, the other animals in that area had become wary. As a consequence, they had been compelled to move the snares into new locations every few days-each one a little farther away from the cabin than the one before. Evanlyn estimated that she had a good forty minutes' walking on the narrow uphill track before she would reach the first snare. Of course, if she'd been able to move straight to it, the walk would have been considerably shorter. But the track wound and wandered through the trees, more than doubling the distance she had to cover. The signs of the thaw were all around her, now that she was aware of it. The snow no longer squeaked dryly underfoot as she walked. It was heavier, wetter and her steps sank deeply into it. The leather of her boots was already soaked from contact with the melting snow. The last time she had walked this way, she reflected, the snow had simply coated her boots as a fine, dry powder. She also began to notice more activity among the wildlife in the area. Birds flitted through the trees in greater numbers than she'd previously seen, and she startled a rabbit on the track, sending it scurrying back into the protection of a snow-covered thicket of blackberries. At least, she thought, all this extra activity might increase the chances of finding some worthwhile game in the snares. Evanlyn saw the discreet sign that Will had cut into the bark of a pine and turned off the track to find the spot where she and Will had laid the first of the snares. She recalled how gratefully she had greeted his recovery from the warmweed drug. Her own survival skills were negligible and Will had provided welcome expertise in devising and setting snares to supplement their diet. It was all part of his Ranger training under Halt, he had told her. She remembered how, when he had mentioned the older Ranger's name, his eyes had misted for a few moments and his voice had choked slightly. Not for the first time, the two young people had felt very, very far from home. As she pushed her way through the snow-laden bushes, becoming wetter and wetter in the process, she felt a surge of pleasure. The first snare in the line held the body of a small ground-foraging bird. They had caught a few of these previously and the bird's flesh made excellent eating. About the size of a small chicken, it had carelessly poked its neck through the wire noose of the snare, then become entangled. Evanlyn smiled grimly as she thought how once she might have objected to the cruelty of the bird's death. Now, all she felt was a sense of satisfaction as she realized that they would eat well today.Amazing how an empty belly could change your perspective, she thought, removing the noose from the bird's neck and stuffing the small carcass in her makeshift game bag. She reset the snare, sprinkling a few seeds of corn on the ground beyond it, then rose to her feet, frowning in annoyance as she realized that the melting snow had left two wet patches on her knees as she'd crouched. Evanlyn sensed, rather than heard, the movement in the trees behind her and began to turn. Before she could move, she felt an iron grip around her throat, and as she gasped in fright, a fur-gloved hand, smelling vilely of smoke, sweat and dirt, clapped over her mouth and nose, cutting off her cry for help. 2
Posted March 29, 2012
I loved this book! It was an amazing way of Flanagan to bring all tje characters into one daring rescue. This book is an epic battle that will take you to your own world! A colision of raders and defenders mix to one team to defeat the riders from the east. The princess of Arulen risks her life for the city of Halasholm, Skandia. Let the series continue! It took me to my own little world, battle, and character.
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Posted January 31, 2012
In this book i really got a good picture of every thing that was going on. I loved the imagination and visulisation in this book. Think the author did an awsome job
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Posted April 9, 2012
Book 3 had less action and more on the emotional side. It was a turning point for Will when he and Evanlyn were captured and taken as slaves. Book 4 is action-packed and had humorous moments just like the first two books. This series is addicting. I'm getting ready to start book 5.
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Posted January 25, 2012
Posted July 25, 2012
Halt adds alot of humor will is starting to be serious its like halt has lost his seriousness and gained will's funnyness 5 STAR
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Posted December 31, 2011
A very nice follow up to the previous book and as far as I am concerned the best book of the series so far. Many of the characters were given more depth and the plot has just the right amount of twists and turns. Not a book that is easy to put down!
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Posted May 23, 2012
This book is about a sixteen year old boy named Will and his friend Evanlyn, who are escaped slaves in Skandia. Will is addicted to warmweed, which was given to him by another slave in Hallasholm. Meanwhile, Halt and Horace came to Skandia looking for Will. They found him just after Evanlyn was captured by a Temujai, and Will got off the warmweed. Halt thought that the Temujai was an advance scout for a larger party. He was right! The temujai was part of a force of about 5000 like him with only one purpose in mind- to destroy Hallasholm. And they wouldnt stop there. They needed the Skandians ships so they could attack Araluen, or the Ara-Land as they called it. Halt knew the Temujai ( having lived there for awhile) and knew how they fought. He knew that they were expert bowmen, and they knew the Skandians werent. But there were some slaves thar knew how to shoot a bow, and Erak (one of the Skandians) had a bunch of longbows that he "liberated" on a raid. Will trained them and told them where they would go during the battle. He also had the Skandians raid the Temujai supply column and formation to make them slower because they ad to post guards around the formation. When the Temujais got there, they didnt know the Skanfians had archers. They had a nasty surpris! The Skandians beat the Temujai and elected Erak as the Oberjarl. Then, they negotiated a treaty between Araluen and Skandia and sent the Araluens home. When they got back, they found out that Evanlyn was really Princess Cassandra in disguise, and Horace got knightd. This book has excellent character development and stratwgy. It is very addictive (like warmweed) A great book for ages 10-15 PS read number 7 next PPS Johns Brotherband chronicles is really good
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The Battle for Skandia
The Penguin Group
Imagine escaping from being a slave to a gang of sea pirates, only to have your best friend be captured again, spoiling your plans to get home. Kind of hard to imagine that, right? Well that's what happened to Will in the book Ranger's Apprentice book 4: The Battle for Skandia. This book is written by John Flanagan and is the 4th book in The Ranger's Apprentice series. It starts out with Will and his friend Evanlyn making their way home after they dangerously escaped slavery in Skandia, which is the home to sea pirates. But then, their plans were spoiled when Evanlyn was captured by a mysterious group of little men riding on small horses. When Will tried to rescue her, he met up with his mentor, Halt, and his best friend, Horace, and together they defeated the small group of captors. But who were these strange, small people who kidnapped Evanlyn? Halt, Will, Horace, and Evanlyn found out that the small group was part of a huge army, armed and ready to take over Skandia, and Araluen, their home country, is next on their "invade and conquer" list! In order to save Skandia, and Araluen for that matter, our heroes will have to join up with the Skandian sea pirates. But even with the Skandian's help, will they be able to defeat the highly skilled enemies? Read The Battle for Skandia to find out!
This book has many well-developed characters which make the story come alive. The main character, Will, is an apprentice Ranger, learning how to be a part of the King's intelligence force. And like all Rangers, he has a gray-green cloak, a bow and a quiver of arrows, and two knives, which he keeps close at hand. Will is a small character; he is thin and short. But this is an advantage because Rangers practice the art of blending into the scenery and becoming totally unseen. Also like all Rangers, Will is brave and he has a big heart. He always tries his best to help people in need of assistance, just like his mentor, Halt, who is an old grizzled Ranger. He taught Will everything he knows. I find Halt the most well developed character because of his personality. Halt seems to be the tough guy, but he really is a big softy. Halt will stop at nothing to help someone, even if it costs him. Someone very similar to this is Evanlyn, or better known as Princess Cassandra. She is King Duncan's daughter, but her "screen" name is Evanlyn. Even though Evanlyn is a Princess, she doesn't act like one. Evanlyn is very spirited, brave, and quite kind. She always gets her way and if she doesn't, she will fight for it. Those three characters are a few of many characters who make up The Battle for Skandia.
In my opinion, this book is the best book in the series. It isn't just about fighting; the Battle for Skandia really expresses friendship between people who wouldn't normally be friends. That makes it a very touching story, not to mention the heart-stopping adventure and the comedy. This book, like all the other books in the series, is one story you cannot put down. It keeps you wanting more with every page-flip. John Flanagan is a genius when it comes to writing a book full of loyalty, respect, friendship, laughter, fighting, and everything in between. The Battle for Skandia is one book that everyone, young and old, will love and treasure forever :)
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This book is great! I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed john flanagans other books in this series. Ps: stop posting about pokemon and cats.
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Im actually not going to be doing another secret message series becasue i just dont have the time anymore but... i will be starting a new game at: Big nate makes a splash go there for details but its not going to be starting until January 10th just so some people can see and go there.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2014
Remember: I will be starting another secret message series on January 1st 2015 on this book! So dont forget and look here on your nook between 6:30pm and 10:30pm on January 1st! See ya next year!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2014