Title: Halt’s Peril
Author: John Flanagan
Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice #9
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Easy reading, Medieval fantasy
Publisher: Random House Australia
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘Burn the barn when we leave.
Halt, Horace and will are on the trail of Tennyson and his followers. The false prophet of the Outsider cult escaped justice for his crimes in Clonmel, and Halt is determined to stop him before he crosses the border in Araluen. Will has defeated one of Tennyson’s Genovesan assassins in Clonmel but there are two left alive. Are the extraordinary archery skills of Will and Halt enough to save them during a duel with the Genovesans… or is Will’s mentor facing his last battle?
Will’s love and care for Halt shine throughout this next chapter in The Ranger’s Apprentice series. Mostly this is due to, as the title says, Halt’s Peril. However, it is also the first time that they truly work together since Will’s graduation into the ranks of the Rangers. While the dynamic has changed slightly, much of their relationship has remained the same, and it is fun to understand how they have transformed over the years. Especially Will.
Where The Kings of Clonmel was all about pursuing Tennyson and the Outsiders, Halt’s Peril quickly turned into a battle of the archers. The assassins of Genovesan, and the Rangers of Araluen. The different styles and fashions in which these characters conduct themselves is incredibly entertaining, and throughout the novel, it is almost impossible to judge which team will come out on top. However, it is the integrity and care for each other that helps the Rangers come out on top – their relationship causes them to rely on each other and trust in a way that is impossible without the love that they feel for each other.
Although The Ranger’s Apprentice series is starting to feel a little unoriginal at this point, it is still amazing. The character development of Will, Horace and Halt has progressed so organically that they feel all the more real to me. Their lives and the battles that they fight jump off the page as the cast marches through your mind. Flanagan manages to bring alive a world that is so similar to ours, yet different enough that you constantly want to discover what is around the next bend.
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