Title: The Royal Ranger
Author: John Flanagan
Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice #12
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Easy reading, Medieval fantasy
Format: Short Story
Publisher: Random House Australia
5th sentence, 74th page: The fireplace was full of dead ashes and needed a good clean-out.
After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible – even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path.
It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone – and it’s a request Will cannot refuse.
Training a rebellious, unwilling apprentice is hard enough. But when a routine mission uncovers a shocking web of crime, Will must decide where his priorities lie – finishing his quest for revenge, or saving innocent lives?
The final book of the Ranger’s Apprentice series raises the stakes higher than ever. Is Will on his last mission for the Ranger Corps?
I’m still not entirely sure about my thoughts on this addition to The Ranger’s Apprentice series. on the one hand, it is really enjoyable to see what has happened to the characters almost fifteen years after the last book. But, on the other hand, the bitter creature that Will has become is really disconcerting. Plus, killing off one of my favourite characters in a series always makes me unsure about how far I want to progress into the book. It’s definitely worth it, but it is incredibly difficult to throw yourself into The Royal Ranger compared with the rest of the books in this series.
Evanlyn and Horace’s daughter is everything that you would expect her to be – pig-headed, stubborn, rebellious and with a mind of her own. However, the sheltered upbringing which she has had has also created a horribly conceited creature – one with all of the pride of her station, yet none of the responsibility. The contrast between the impetuous teenager and the rest of the young cast throughout the series is incredibly strong, and serves as a great reminder that at some point children need to grow up and move on with their own lives.
The Royal Ranger is a great reminder that we shouldn’t wallow in bitterness, and we shouldn’t be too proud to take another’s advice on. The ways in which Maddie and Will are able to work together and help each other get over the past is a great segue way into a new dawn for The Ranger’s Apprentice series.
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