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

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

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by John Flanagan

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The secret history of the New York Times bestselling Ranger's Apprentice

Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world. Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers.

Two names pass the lips of every


The secret history of the New York Times bestselling Ranger's Apprentice

Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world. Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers.

Two names pass the lips of every storyteller: Halt, and his apprentice, Will. They and their comrades in arms are said to have traveled throughout the kingdom and beyond its borders, protecting those who needed it most. If true, these rumors can be only part of the story.

Only now, centuries after these men and women walked the earth, do we have confirmation of their existence. Behold The Lost Stories.

Editorial Reviews

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.

From the Publisher
"The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story.”—Booklist, starred review, on The Ruins of Gorlan
School Library Journal
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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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Ranger's Apprentice Series
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5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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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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From the Publisher
"The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story.”—Booklist, starred review, on The Ruins of Gorlan

Meet the Author

John Flanagan (www.rangersapprentice.com), a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly.

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The Lost Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 359 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
Craig Dooley More than 1 year ago
I have the first book but don't know if i should read it. Should I? Help me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Justus Brown More than 1 year ago
Loooooovvvveeee this series. I cried when i finished this one. I wish it wasnt over. Best series ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
J03Author More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ths is a great book it is worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Dragongirl7 More than 1 year ago
If you're thinking of not reading this book because you think it's not part of the series & isn't worth reading, you couldn't be more wrong. While there are stories that happen before the series, between the books, or during them, there are also a few that take place after the conclusion of the 10th book. So this is definitely worth reading. You find out how Will's dad died & Halt's relation to him, what Gilan did while Halt and Horace were in Skandia, & how Halt met Crowley & joined the Ranger Corps. There's also some stories involving a stolen dog, some pirates, jewelry thieves, & a renegade wolf, as well as a couple of weddings... So it's definitly worth reading if you enjoyed the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! OMG! Wish there were more! Yeah! Go Halt!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this series and now i need a new series to get hooked on. I already have read percy jackson and tried red pyramid thing but didnt enjoy it. Please?...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2nd best book in the series the first is niha ja but would recomend to anyone
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There will be a 12th book in the series! John Flanagan said so himself! i am so excited!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it depressing in some ways beacuse it was the last book i felt lik i lost some good friends but still every story has its end and this is its end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book ties up some lose ends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come join the rangers apprentice series at longbow all results!, You get to roleplay characters from the rangers apprentice series or make up your own characters! Note: only join if YOU have read the rangers apprentice series!!! And act like you are in the series! Absolutely NO powers! Remember only join if you have read the rangers apprentice series! Come join and train to be a ranger like will, halt, gilan, and crowley! Or a knight like horace! ~ Nick, ranger of norgate fief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this collection of short stories. I was a little disappointed when I found out that book ten was going to be his last full novel in the Rangers Apprentice series but this book really tied up a few of the loose ends. If you like adventure books check this out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are all talking about Warriors! This is Rangers Apprentice!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it had more info and extended stories. If John flanagan is reading this, PLEASE write an extended version of the story with Halt and Crowley, we want to know more. An entire book would be nice. Either way, fantastic book. Its a must read fr any Ranger fan. It goes into detail about Jenny Halt Gilan and even Tug. It helps with understanding more about everyone in the story through a series of ahort stories that fit with a broader plot. The one about where Halt came from is exxiting and fun. Please tell everyone to tell John Flanagen to write an entire book about Halts adventures with Crowley. Were dying to know. We beg of you John. Youre smart, use your brains band think, i made a New York Times bestselling series and have fas in every corner of the world. I should write about what theyre asking for. Please John. Think about all of us people. Pleaae.