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The Icebound Land (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Icebound Land (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by John Flanagan

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Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Our young heroes, Will and Evanlyn, find themselves hostages with treachery all around them. They cannot run, for there is no place to go. Their captives seem blind to what they have caught, a Ranger in training and a royal heir, which for the moment serves their purpose. Now their friendship will be put to the test many times as they struggle to keep each other alive and well. While they put their survival skills to use, Holt disgraces himself and then steps down as a Ranger to seek Will and Evanlyn. Along the way, he and another skilled swordsman, Horace, cross paths and find each other's company useful. As youthful Horace learns from Holt when to fight and when to wait, Evanlyn finds a friend amongst a large number of foes. She must make quick decisions and reach deep inside to end one journey and begin another one. Will Evanlyn's royal secret keep her alive or cause her death? Will Evanlyn and Will find a way to escape or remain slaves? Can Holt and Horace conquer their enemies in time to save Evanlyn and Will? From inside John Flanagan's imagination comes a medieval tale that leaves this reader wanting more. Although the premise of a knightly tale has graced many books, this adventure goes beyond that with its strong character voice, swashbuckling action, and unexpected twist and turns of the plot. This book is part three of the "Ranger's Apprentice" series and should be in every library.
VOYA - Arlene Garcia
The third volume of The Ranger's Apprentice series picks up exactly where The Burning Bridge (Philomel, 2006/VOYA August 2006) leaves off, with Will and Evanlyn captured by Skandians and heading toward slavery. Although Halt vowed to go after his charge, the King has forbidden him to do so, ordering him to hunt down the last remnants from Morgarath's evil army. Neither Will nor Halt are ones to simply resign themselves to fate, and before long, Will works out an escape and Halt is banished from Araluen. Meanwhile Evanlyn reveals her royal heritage to Will, placing them in even greater danger, as the Oberjarl of Skandia swears to eradicate the entire Araluen royal family. Flanagan offers exactly what his fans have waited for-the continuing adventures of favorite characters. The chapters still alternate between Will and Halt's points of view and end on cliffhangers to keep the pages turning. Readers picking up the series for the first time will have no trouble figuring out what took place in previous volumes. The problem is that there is nothing new here. The characters do not seem to grow or change, and although the plot moves along at a brisk pace, nothing much seems to happen. Will is still in wilds of Skandia at the end of the book, and Halt is not even close behind. This series has the makings of being very long and drawn out, which probably will not bother the author's fans in the least.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-9 -The young Ranger apprentice, Will, faces capture by Skandian raiders in the icebound North in this audio presentation of John Flanagan's third installment (Philomel, 2007) in the series. Accompanied by friend Evanlyn, a young woman bearing a secret regarding her birthright, Will is tossed about in stormy seas aboard the ship of Seawolves who threaten to hold the pair hostage or sell them into slavery in Skandia, a Nordic-like homeland. New characters such as the ship's captain, Erak, are introduced by British narrator, John Keating, who deftly captures the gritty, sharp-tongued pirate voices and the soft-spoken teenaged captives. In alternating chapters, returning characters, Halt (Will's mentor) and Horace (Will's friend), are expelled from Araluen for insulting the King and decide to use the opportunity to set out and find Will. Their adventures alternate with Will and Evanlyn's dilemma and clearly steal the limelight as they travel on horseback through Gallica, being challenged at every turn by unscrupulous knights who are laugh-out-loud comical in their ineptness. Halt, as Horace's teacher, is a wise and multidimensional character, whose wry sense of humor will engage listeners and keep them on the edge of their seats as they try to anticipate his next move. Vivid imagery and detail make the medieval-like elements believable. Keating makes the production entertaining, and the cliff-hanging conclusion is sure to have fantasy fans hoping for another installment.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

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Kirkus Reviews
A mild case of middle-volume-itis afflicts the third episode in this increasingly popular fantasy series, as Flanagan alternates short chapters to weave a double-stranded tale that advances the main story only an inch or two while filling out the page count with incidental adventures and repetitive explanations. In the odd-numbered chapters, Will and Evanlyn, enslaved by Skandian (Viking) captors in the previous volume, manage to escape into the snowy northern mountains, but only after Will acquires an addiction to warmweed, a brain-numbing narcotic. In the even-numbered ones, Will's Ranger mentor Halt and talented knight-in-training Horace set out through Gallica (France) on a rescue mission, and are themselves temporarily imprisoned by a cruel robber baron. The author hasn't expended much effort to develop original cultures or characters, but-repeated side comments and references to past events aside-his fluent writing, engaging protagonists and credibly choreographed fight scenes will keep readers involved. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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Turtleback Books
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Ranger's Apprentice Series
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5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
950L (what's this?)
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10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John's assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting. After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years. John began writing Ranger's Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series. He currently lives in Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

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Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 704 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!! YOU should read the book one and two
Devin McCabe More than 1 year ago
Great book suggest read 1 2 first and just read whole series you will love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Rangers Apprentice the ice bound land is a slow paced book that sets up the next book in the series. Will is doing all he can to recover and help Evanlyn. They are still with the skandians. this is a very exiting book were Halt and Horace are racing against time to save Will and Evanlyn when it takes unexpected turn in Galitca which will lose valuable time to save. This a very good book because of the back and forth movement is the book. Sometimes you will find you will be with Will and Evanlyn. I liked the book John Flanagan used the snow covered mountains as the seeing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite series. They are fantastic books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all of these books they are so good!!!! Even at age30 im enjoying these books
Tammy Strunk More than 1 year ago
I have read the whole seiries and this might be my favorite
Barry Miller More than 1 year ago
J. Flanagan has once again achieved perfection with his 3rd book of The Rangers Apprentice. I just started to read his book and I am already in love with them. This is a great series for all ages. It is filled to the brim with action, a little bit of romance, and adrenalin. From advanced readers (9-12) to teens (13+) to adults, this series will make you laugh, love, and even cry at and for he characters. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my fav so far. I was expecting somting going on between will and evanlyn... WHO GIVS A RATS ASS IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a grate book in every possible way !!!!!!!!! :) : D
ZuZusPetals More than 1 year ago
My eleven-year-old son and I have been reading together at bedtime since he was a little boy. We are always glad to find a series of books that we can enjoy together. This series by John Flanagan has been among the best. The characters are well developed and complex and you cannot help but like Halt, Will,Evalin, and Horace. The humor is smart and quirky. I think it is a wonderful lesson for my son to see how people who originally did not like each other can develope a friendship and mutual respect for each other. I also think he is impressed with the admiration and loyalty they feel for each other. The look in my son's eyes when Will finally recovered from his addiction to warmweed could not have been happier if it had been one of his own school buddies. We had to start the next book in the series the very night we finished this book. Great stuff!
icedominater1 More than 1 year ago
Ranger's Apprentice Book 3 I am going to tell you about this spectacular book, Ranger's Apprentice. The reason it must be told is because I find it to be an exciting tale of action, mischief, and it has an intriguing story that I think is stimulating. This book starts out with two main characters, Will and Evalyn (Will is an apprentice ranger, someone who uses a bow to fight, and Evalyn is a maid), who in the last book, got captured by a band of fierce Scandinavians. These barbarians plan to take Will and Evalyn back to their home country and sell them off as slaves. But what they don't know is that Will's master Halt (Halt is also a ranger, but he is a senior ranger, not an apprentice) and his friend Horace (a knight) are traveling to save Will and Evalyn. Meanwhile, the Vikings and their slaves get caught in a huge storm with waves higher than the ship. "The ship began to claw its way up the face of the wave, rising higher and higher, moving more and more slowly until Will was sure they must begin the terrible backward sliding motion again. Then the crest of the wave broke and thundered over them." Pg. 4 By the time that it is over, they are forced to dock on this small island. At the same time, Halt and Horace are traveling through a country called Gallica, and all these strange knights want to challenge Horace, but always loose. Soon Horace's fame spreads and attracts some odd knights. On their way through the country, they get captured by an evil knight named Deparnieux (day-par-nyeu), where in a couple weeks a challenge will be issued between Deparnieux and Horace. "What a thoroughly piece of work you are Deparnieux," Horace said softly, and the black knight leaned forward across the table, thrusting his chin out for the ritual blow with a glove that would issue the challenge and make the entire event irrevocable. "Frightened boy?" He sneered, and then flinched as a glove slapped stingingly across his cheek. Not the pain made him flinch. Rather, it was the unexpectedness of it all. For the boy across the table hadn't moved. Instead the bearded, grizzled ranger had come to his feet with the speed and agility that left the warlord no time to react, and struck him across the face with the glove he had held under the table for the past few minutes. "Then I challenge you, Deparnieux," Halt said. And for a few seconds the warlord felt a surge of uncertainty as he saw the light of satisfaction deep behind those steady, unwavering eyes" pg. 226 and pg. 227. Meanwhile, back in the Vikings home town, called Hallasholm, Will was sold as a yard slave, and Evalyn as a house slave. That means that Will has to work in the cold snow 20 hours a day, and Evalyn has to work inside for 15 hours a day. The sad part is that Will, just to stay warm, needs this very addictive drug called worm weed. If he doesn't get the drug he is turned into a mindless animal that always craves the drug. Finally, the Viking leader Erak, that captured Will and Evalyn, feels some sympathy for Will who was once a great warrior. So as you can tell.wait I'm not supposed to tell you the end, but I can tell you that the day comes when the challenge against Deparnieux is issued. Instead of Horace (the knight) fighting him, Halt (the senior ranger) challenges Deparnieux. But sadly, you'll have to read the book to find out the end. Rating: 10 stars out of 10 I rated this book 10 stars, because it had everything. Action, a great story line, and
darkawesomeness64 More than 1 year ago
An amazing story with lots of twists and surprises that will make you never want to put the book down, starting off with Will and Evanlyn getting taken to Scandia this is one book you won't want to miss!
Sandra Jensen More than 1 year ago
Itbis awesome
steverc More than 1 year ago
A can't put down book.
cardinal79 More than 1 year ago
My 11-year old son read this book and thought it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish there waz at least a little romance between 'Will' & some girl it should be akinda girl who is stubborn, short temperd, likes to fight, real quick witted and is one of the 'Rangers' daughter oh & she should also b 15 & hav long thick black hair and she should be training her whole life to bcome a 'Ranger' other than that this is avery great series!!! Hope they make a tv series outta this series!!!!!! Any1 agree with me here??!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really ,really ,really great, because there is a really good ending and cliffhanger!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I mentioned bad things. There aren't many, but the worst is that in the second half of the book, nothing happened. Or almost nothing. The whole second half just had me longing for something to happen. Very sad in places too, but that just adds to the drama. Other than that, the book was great. The first half was action-packed and left me hungering for more. So all in all, read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever doesnt like John Flanagans writing needs to look at the other books that are popular like the hungar games was super predictable and undiscriptive. Twilight was a bunch of fail werewolves and vampires...The only other popular book series that is good is diary of a wimpy kid because it is funny and you dont now what to expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best ive ever read!!! But be sure to read the first and second ones
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I think it is so very aweso
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a stunning, action-packed book!