The Lost Stories (Ranger's Apprentice Series #11)

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Inspired by his millions of fans worldwide, many of whom wrote him emails and letters questioning the fate or the origin of some of the most popular characters and storylines from Ranger’s Apprentice, John Flanagan decided to reward his loyal readers with a collection of stories answering these questions. In Book 11 of the Ranger's Apprentice epic, fans will see never-before-published stories featuring all their favorite characters, from Will to Halt, from Horace to Alyss. More than a companion book, THE LOST ...

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Overview

Inspired by his millions of fans worldwide, many of whom wrote him emails and letters questioning the fate or the origin of some of the most popular characters and storylines from Ranger’s Apprentice, John Flanagan decided to reward his loyal readers with a collection of stories answering these questions. In Book 11 of the Ranger's Apprentice epic, fans will see never-before-published stories featuring all their favorite characters, from Will to Halt, from Horace to Alyss. More than a companion book, THE LOST STORIES is, ultimately, a new entry in the series—and a tribute from author to reader.

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The ten Ranger's Apprentice novels of Australian author John Flanagan have riveted the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers, many of whom, not surprisingly, have questions about characters and events not fully fleshed out in these resonant fantasies. In response to letters and online questions, Flanagan now opens the gateways to "lost" stories that fill in missing pieces of the Ranger's Apprentice canvas. A most welcome postscript to a scintillating series.

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Gr 5 Up—A wood and brass chest, unearthed during an excavation of the ancient kingdom of Araluen, contains manuscripts authenticating the existence of the Rangers, who had merely been legend. These lost stories weave a thread through events and characters from previous titles in the series. The collection opens with Ranger Halt divulging to his apprentice, Will, how he came to be his mentor. Years before, he was saved in battle by a young sergeant named Daniel, who, in his last breath, asked Halt to look out for his wife and a son—a baby named Will. In another chapter a young Ranger, Gilan, takes on Halt's search for a coldhearted killer when Halt is exiled for insulting King Duncan. Animals are keen and well-developed characters throughout the series and this volume is no exception. In one story, Will's dog, Ebony, is stolen by Roamers training fight dogs for sport and, in another, Flanagan pulls heartstrings with the bittersweet retirement of Will's horse, Tug. More sentimentality and bits of humor are shown as Flanagan's leading men find their mates and settle down. Halt's masculine demeanor is softened by Pauline and, as Will prepares a speech for the marriage of his best friend, Horace, readers will also be rooting for his union with Alyss. Author notes at the beginning of each chapter explain how readers' questions often prompted the stories. While those unfamiliar with the earlier books will enjoy the adventurous tales on their own merit, Lost Stories will be most satisfying for diehard fans reluctant to say goodbye to the series.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142421956
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Ranger's Apprentice Series , #11
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 24,322
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

John  Flanagan

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. John began writing Ranger’s Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series and its spinoff, Brotherband Chronicles. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

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It had been a long, hard three days.

Will had been on a tour of the villages surrounding Castle Redmont. It was something he did on a regular basis, keeping in touch with the villagers and their headmen, keeping track of the everyday goings-on. Sometimes, he had learned, little pieces of gossip, seemingly trivial at the time, could become useful in heading off future trouble and friction within the fief.

It was part of being a Ranger. Information, no matter how unimportant it might seem at first glance, was a Ranger’s lifeblood.

Now, late in the afternoon, as he rode wearily up to the cabin set among the trees, he was surprised to see lights in the windows and the silhouette of someone sitting on the small verandah.

Surprise turned to pleasure when he recognized Halt. These days Will’s mentor was an infrequent visitor to the cabin, spending most of his time in the rooms provided for him and Lady Pauline in the castle.

Will swung down from the saddle and stretched his tired muscles gratefully.

“Hullo,” he said. “What brings you here? I hope you’ve got the coffee on.”

“Coffee’s ready,” Halt replied. “Tend to your horse and then join me. I need to talk to you.” His voice sounded strained.

Curiosity piqued, Will led Tug to the stable behind the cabin, unharnessed him, rubbed him down and set out feed and fresh water. The little horse butted his shoulder gratefully. He patted Tug’s neck, then headed back to the cabin.

Halt was still on the verandah. He had set out two cups of hot coffee on a small side table and Will sat in one of the wood-andcanvas chairs and sipped gratefully at the refreshing brew. He felt the warmth of it flowing through his chilled, stiff muscles. Winter was coming on and the wind had been cold and cutting all day.

He gazed at Halt. The gray-bearded Ranger seemed strangely ill at ease. And despite his claim that he needed to talk to Will, once the usual greetings were out of the way, he seemed almost reluctant to begin the conversation.

“You had something to tell me?” Will prompted.

Halt shifted uncomfortably in his seat. Then, with an obvious effort, he plunged in.

“There’s something you should know,” he said. “Something I probably should have told you long ago. It’s just . . . the time never seemed right.”

Will’s curiosity grew. He had never seen Halt in such an uncertain mood. He waited, giving his mentor time to settle his thoughts.

“Pauline thinks it’s time I told you,” Halt said. “So does Arald. They’ve both known about it for some time. So maybe I should just . . . get on with it.”

“Is it something bad?” Will asked, and Halt looked directly at him for the first time in several minutes.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “You might think so.”

For a moment, Will wondered if he wanted to hear it, whatever it might be. Then, seeing the discomfort on Halt’s face, he realized that, good or bad, it was something that his teacher had to get off his chest. He gestured for Halt to continue.

Halt paused for a few more seconds, then he began.

“I suppose it starts after the final battle against Morgarath’s forces, at Hackham Heath. They’d been retreating for several days. Then they stopped and made a stand. We’d broken their main attack and we were forcing them back. But they were rallying on the right, where they’d found a weak point in our line . . .”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    John Flanagan does it again!!!!!

    I was so sad when the Ranger's Apprentice stories ended because I felt as if I had lost my best friends. The way Flanagan brings us more stories without actually making it a part of the series, is brilliant! When I read the book, I felt as if I were sitting down with my old friends again, but this time, Flanagan lets you know that the characters are gone. This book taught me extra things about my friends and I loved Flanagan for giving me another glimpse of them. Highly recommend!!!!!!!

    27 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Should I?

    I have the first book but don't know if i should read it. Should I? Help me!

    26 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

    Can't Wait!

    An email I sent to Mr. Flanagan is the basis for a short story in this novel. It explains how Foldar ( one of Morgarath's lieutennants ) was captured by Gilan after Halt left with Horace for Skandia. I can't wait to finally read this novel!

    19 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    AMAZING!

    I was acrually a little depressed when I realized that this would be the final book of this series (which has never happened with any other series) But this book ended on a note that any true fan will love Now I guess its time to begin the next series that is being developed by this truly amazing author

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Awesome

    Loooooovvvveeee this series. I cried when i finished this one. I wish it wasnt over. Best series ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Spectacular

    Lovely ending to RA....but Flanagan says he may write a book 12, in which Will may get a female apprentice! He might also write a series on Halt and Crowley and their adventures back when they were trying to reform the Ranger Corps, after the Brotherband Chronicles is finished (which, I might add, are perfectly splendid reads too).

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Wonderful End to an Endlessly Wonderful Series

    I choked up when I finished this book, as I knew that Halt, Will and company were never to be written of again. I loved the series, and have begun to reread it for the third time (Anyone who cannot read these books more than once is not a true Ranger's Apprentice fan). I wish that the series could continue on to when Will has kids, and see if they become Rangers as well. I truly regret that this series had to end, but it is probably the longest I have read. I strongly recommend that you read books 1-10 first, as then you will fully grasp who all of these charactets are. I love how at the end, John Flanagan leaves you to wonder for yourself what comes of Will, Halt, Horace, Alyss, and Evanlyn (Cassandra). We fans can only hope that these spectacular works will one day become a major motion picture. I will forever remember Will, and deep down I have a longing to go back in time to a parallel universe where Araluen exists, so that I can become a Ranger. I wish that this series never had to end. Good-bye, Will Treaty. Your story holds true to me, even if it is fictional.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Awesome

    2nd best book in the series the first is niha ja but would recomend to anyone

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    The Best!

    Ths is a great book it is worth the money.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    I love the Ranger's Apprentice series!

    I love this book series including this book. My friend got me
    into these books. Thank him for telling me about the Ranger's Apprentice series. It's such a good series!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    for Ranger's Apprentice fans

    Great book to read covering the little detail of gaps throughout the ten book series...and details on Halt's Mentor, and tiny things we (Ranger's Apprentice) readers/fans would like to know...Thank you John Flanagan and to those who helped him by asking him the questions about Gilan, and about Tug's age.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Amazing Series

    The best series I've ever read! This book definately wraps everything up nicely

    Cat kids please take your annoying whatever you're doing somewhere else, maybe get a phone or something

    We're here to read serious reviews of the book and you just spammed like 5 pages of them

    Aanyway great book and i highly recommend th series to anyone and the book to anyone thats read the series

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    ^^ Nice little closer to the series

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, I had always wondered what exactly they did with the horses when they got too old. All the other tales were quite good and purple prose had me giggling. The only thing I didn't like was the archeological dig. Found that a little cheesy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    God i cant wait.

    So many memories with ranger's apprentice,most of which have to do with taking my brother's copies,hiding in the bathroom and reading a few page when i had time. Good times.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    A Symphony of Words!

    RANGER'S APPRENTICE: THE LOST STORIES is an utterly delightful read! The ending is, simply put, beautiful, and the characters are just as amazing as they always are! Will is SPECTACULAR, and this book is MAGNIFICENT!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Sweet

    I have read all ten books of the rangers apprentice series and they are the best i have ever read

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Okay, so this isn't really a reveiw for the book, but RANGER'S A

    Okay, so this isn't really a reveiw for the book, but RANGER'S APPRENTICE BOOK TWELVE IS COMING OUT ON NOVEMBER 5TH AND IT'S GOING TO BE CALLED ROYAL RANGER AND GO TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Awesome

    There will be a 12th book in the series! John Flanagan said so himself!
    i am so excited!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Awesome!

    Amazing! OMG! Wish there were more! Yeah! Go Halt!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Zl New book

    I wish john would write another Rangers book, but i would recomend people to read Percy Jackson

    I have not read this yet but i can't wait to read it very interisting

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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