A New Beginning (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger Series #1)

A New Beginning (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger Series #1)

by John Flanagan


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From #1 New York Times bestselling author John Flanagan comes the story that brings the Ranger's Apprentice series full-circle and ushers in a brand new arc starring Maddie, the Royal Ranger!

Will Treaty has come a long way from the small boy with dreams of knighthood. Life had other plans for him, and as an apprentice Ranger under Halt, he grew into a legend—the finest Ranger the kingdom has ever known. Yet Will is facing a tragic battle that has left him grim and alone. To add to his problems, the time has come to take on an apprentice of his own, and it’s the last person he ever would have expected: Princess Madelyn, the daughter of Princess Cassandra. Will has to win the trust and respect of his difficult new companion—a task that at times seems almost impossible.

John Flanagan returns to conclude the series that has conquered millions of readers worldwide with this pulse-pounding adventure that brings one era to a close,  ushers in the next, starting the series anew starring Maddie, the Royal Ranger.

For fans of Tolkien, Redwall, Game of Thrones, and T.H. White, Ranger's Apprentice delivers fantasy-adventure thrills with real-world historical details.

*previously published as Ranger's Apprentice 12: The Royal Ranger*

Praise for John Flanagan:

 “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
“Fans of the series will eagerly devour this one and wait impatiently for the next . . . A sure bet for fantasy fans.” —School Library Journal
“Flanagan's deft character portrayals and well-paced story will engage readers, and the ending will leave them clamoring for the next volume.” —Booklist, on The Icebound Land


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142427316
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 16,256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

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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Praise for the Ranger's Apprentice series:

“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
“Fans of the series will eagerly devour this one and wait impatiently for the next . . . A sure bet for fantasy fans.” —School Library Journal
“Flanagan's deft character portrayals and well-paced story will engage readers, and the ending will leave them clamoring for the next volume.” —Booklist, on The Icebound Land

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The Royal Ranger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 206 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS I love this series. They say this is the last book, but I won't mind if more come out at all. I would read them. The plot is years after the last book and things have changed a lot. Will is in a depression state. He has refused Ranger assignments. Horace and Cassandra are frustrated parents at wits end. plus Cassandra is running the country. Halt has a plan. The main characters are back but most of them have a small part except Will and his new apprentice. I love these characters. They are so likable so real to me. Even Tugs are back. The setting is at least 16 years since we have seen them. Araluen is still ruled by King Duncan but he is ill so Princess Cassandra is running the country. Once I started the book I did not want to put it down till I had finished reading it. I hope this book will bridge a new series starting from the old one. Fans of the series will love it. It is aimed at boys but all ages can enjoy. My daughter was in High school when she started reading the series. So I love it. My friend and her family a mix of ages girls and boys have all read the series too. November 5th 2013 by Philomel 464 pages ISBN: 0399163603
baltoreader More than 1 year ago
Great, as are the rest of the books in the series (I have them all). But I guess we'll never find out what happens to Maddie...  I understand that Mr Flanagan is tired of the series, but it could go in other directions now..Please keep writing???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such a great book.im just so sade that more arnt on the way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe anyone would rate this negatively. This book was the beautiful end to a magnificent series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plz tell me this is not the last book plz! I hate it when good series end. If u have to end it, plz put an attaching series like how rick riordian did with percy jackson series and the heroes of olympius series. I am a fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down I was completely mesmerized into the book I could hardy walk without reading it! John Flanagan I know that this the last book but if you would please just make another book I am completely mesmerized by your work and respect it with great quality but can you at least consider it I hate it when a wonderful series end, everybody does I bet you right now millions of your wonderful fans are asking the same trust me you could bring joy to the lives of the people who have asbergers desiese and altimers desiese just think about. P.s I have, a sister who wants to read them and I will once she turns 7 or 9 and I would like to provide her a nice complete series she is really interested in these book I read her a page or two and she loved it! Can you please consider it for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot remember how long ago I started on the journey with Will Treaty, but have eagerly waited for more! Have shared the books with siblings, grandkids and anyone else who was interested. Was excited when I read "Royal Ranger" was coming out. Started reading it as soon as it arrived in at my door. Partly to return to Will's world and partly because my sister was eagerly waiting for me to send it to her. It was a great read! I wish there were more to look forward to. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a well written, exciting story. And am glad the Mr. Flanagan has continued to story with the "Brotherband" series. Am eagerly waiting for the next adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like always Flanagan writes a masterpiece. Wish this wasn't the end of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, It really portrays how hash and miserable life can actually be, Alyss dying was a nice touch to the book, it was meant to cause saddness, and it suceeded
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. A good ending to the series, but Flanagan can always return later and extend with another book if he wants to. My 10 year old son has read all the series, and it is exciting to hear him talk about this book. He just started it, but I finished it within days of it coming out. There are sad parts, but that makes the story seem real to the reader, because life isn't always fair.
Tricia_FtWorth More than 1 year ago
Book is a wonderful read and it makes me sad that this will be the last one. I would love to see Will mentor more lost kids that need a chance to shine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I loved it that much. By far the best book, but there are still things that need to be answered, but I'm content for now. Maddie is a excellent addition to this series and it pains me dearly that it will no longer continue. Thank you for all the amazing books about Wills Adventure, and I'll pray for more in the future.
Croter More than 1 year ago
I hate to see the story end. The characters were so interesting and believable that you feel like you really know them. I can't recommend this series enough, it was just a wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read the whole series and then i figured out about this one and i freaked out its so good and i hope you enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I highly recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great end to an even greater series. Every aspect of it was amazing. John once again wove an enthralling tale that captures the readers attention. Great book, well worth picking it up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like all the ranger books and can not decide which one i like best. If i had to pock i could not but this book is in the top 5 of all his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad ending, wish Alyss didn't die.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't want to make people mad but Will is way better than Horace. Reply if possible
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For someone who believed that the Lost Stories would be the final book, this was a pleasant surprise. It would be amazing if Flanigan made a spin-off of this, even if he doesn't, it would still be a more than worthy finale to the series. I reccommend it to even those who havent read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this story was touching even though it had its sad parts because I think it adds a much needed plot twist. I love this seiries and would buy all of the books if there weren't so many:)
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
I had great expectations for The Royal Ranger and I can't say I was disappointed. When the story begins, we find Princess Cassandra and her husband, Sir Horace, at wits ends with their fifteen-year-old daughter and Will Treaty in a well of despair, intent on revenge. All righty, this wasn't entirely unexpected, but it was a bit unexpected too. For one, Gilan and Jenny aren't married yet? Not okay. I mean, last we knew, Jenny was infatuated with Gilan. How could she be so stupid! Why? Just why? The rest of it all made sense though. Poor Crowley's left the world. King Duncan is dying. Halt's retired but is still his awesome self. Pauline hasn't changed. Cassandra and Horace are different but age does that. Will remains both the same and the most different all at the same time. He's so sad and much grimmer than Halt ever was, but we get to see pieces of him between it all. His apprentice, Maddie, was a wonderful addition to the story. Mr. Flanagan had her develop as a character at just the right pace, keeping her fundamental attributes together while having her grow everywhere else. While I can't say I'm disappointed, there were a few things I missed that just weren't part of this story. I missed young Will and Horace. I missed Halt being the mentor. And I wished Gilan and Jenny had a different ending, but I can't say it was unrealistic either, just not the one I wanted. I truly missed the byplay between Will and everyone else. But I will say that Will fulfilled every expectation I had for him as a mentor. He was everything I always knew he'd be. And The Royal Ranger had just the right amount of echoes from The Ruins of Gorlan at the moments they counted the most. The plot and events were reminiscent of The Ruins of Gorlan, but not exhaustively so. The Royal Ranger was a wonderful ending to a beloved series. It brought all of our characters full circle and it was nice to it all done so masterfully. I will truly miss this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could you make rangers books were Halt is just starting being an apprentice ranger?????????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is yet another fantastic book by Flanagan.  The book takes a few twists that made me a bit unhappy initially but they help set the mood and feeling for the rest of the book.  As long as the series continues I will continue avidly read of the adventures of Will Treaty, Maddie, and the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read this book i thought of how Will use to be an apprentice to being a ranger with an apprentice. This is an awesome story of Maddie and Will. So sad that this is the last book.