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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440869846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440869849
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Emperor of Nihon-Ja is the tenth thrilling book in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series – over eight million sold worldwide.

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Will, you owe it to your friend to find him.

Horace is missing. Months have passed since he was sent on a military mission and you, Evanlyn and Alyss set out to discover what has become of your old friend.

You find him in Nihon-Ja where the rightful emperor has been overthrown. Now you must face the highly trained Senshi warriors, while Alyss and Evanlyn must overcome their rivalry to seek help from a mysterious group of mountain dwellers.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cavetti on 18 Jun. 2013
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Having read the series I felt obliged to read this "final" book and although I would not condemn it entirely, I reward it little praise. The concept of the "Ranger's Apprentice" is fantastic, exciting and often thwart with page-turning danger; however it is this that Flanaghan's 10th book lacked.

Having peeked in the 2nd,3rd and 4th books, adding danger, delight and mystery, this novel offers a reasonably bland plot, partaking in the Japanese country of Nihon-Ja. The very nature of removing it from the beloved land of Arulean, detracts from any sense of danger or climax which this book desperately needed. However as proven in the "Oakleaf Bearers" this can be overcome, with the great battle that directly saw action for all the characters; while the book offers a few snippets of mortal peril, the focus is on planning and discussion and the final battle brief and unclimatic.

I have also had a slight difficulty with Flanaghan's consistent emphasis on Halt as a character. The very title of the book "The Ranger's Apprentice" places immediate attachment to Will; however he is frequently undermined throughout the series and the real emphasis given to Halt. I feel perhaps, Flanaghan would rather have written a story about Halt as opposed to Will, who is always perceived, even after his graduation, as merely the second-in-command and apprentice, giving little opportunity to shine. While he shone in the first few books, his role has increasingly declined.

My final difficulty with this book is the implied romantic relationships (spoiler alert... well not really) between Horace and the Princess Cassandra and then Will and Alyss. The romantic relationship between the former is very sudden, unexplored and their marriage too sudden to really feel any emotion between the two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2011
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The land of Nihon-ja has been mentioned a few times in the Ranger's Apprentice series -- a sort of fantasy version of Japan. And "The Emperor of Nihon-ja" takes us right into the heart of this distant land, with John Flanagan's usual mix of action, humor, clever plotting and slightly-altered versions of real-world civilizations.

Horace has been a guest of the Emperor of Nihon-ja, Shigeru. But as he's preparing to go back to Araluen, the Senshi warriors under Lord Arisaka suddenly rebel against the Emperor -- and Horace ends up accompanying Shigeru into the mountains. So Halt, Will, Alyss and Evanlyn (who have been overseeing training in Toscana) set out on a Skandian ship, heading straight for Nihon-ja to help their friend.

The journey to Nihon-ja has many dangers -- pirates, desert warriors, and squabbles aboard the Wolfwill. But the biggest danger is Arisaka's army, which is closing in on a remote mountain fortress where the Emperor is hiding -- and if he wins, Nihon-ja will be thrown into an era of brutality. And he's not the only terror lurking in this unfamiliar land...

"The Emperor of Nihon-ja" is apparently the last of the "regular" Ranger's Apprentice novels, and it seems like a fairly logical place for the main storyline to end. The main problem is that it does drag sometimes, especially in the first several chapters, which are bogged down by sodden horseback riding and traveling via Skandian ship.

However, things pick up once Halt, Will and Co. arrive in Nihon-ja. Flanagan's prose is nimble and descriptive, with smoothly realistic dialogue and some humorous moments (a villager accidentally says "bum" to the Emperor). But he also weaves in a load of tactical maneuvers, tricks and the occasional military stunt (the Macedon Phoenix).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The land of Nihon-ja has been mentioned a few times in the Ranger's Apprentice series -- a sort of fantasy version of Japan. And "The Emperor of Nihon-ja" takes us right into the heart of this distant land, with John Flanagan's usual mix of action, humor, clever plotting and slightly-altered versions of real-world civilizations.

Horace has been a guest of the Emperor of Nihon-ja, Shigeru. But as he's preparing to go back to Araluen, the Senshi warriors under Lord Arisaka suddenly rebel against the Emperor -- and Horace ends up accompanying Shigeru into the mountains. So Halt, Will, Alyss and Evanlyn (who have been overseeing training in Toscana) set out on a Skandian ship, heading straight for Nihon-ja to help their friend.

The journey to Nihon-ja has many dangers -- pirates, desert warriors, and squabbles aboard the Wolfwill. But the biggest danger is Arisaka's army, which is closing in on a remote mountain fortress where the Emperor is hiding -- and if he wins, Nihon-ja will be thrown into an era of brutality. And he's not the only terror lurking in this unfamiliar land...

"The Emperor of Nihon-ja" is apparently the last of the "regular" Ranger's Apprentice novels, and it seems like a fairly logical place for the main storyline to end. The main problem is that it does drag sometimes, especially in the first several chapters, which are bogged down by sodden horseback riding and traveling via Skandian ship.

However, things pick up once Halt, Will and Co. arrive in Nihon-ja. Flanagan's prose is nimble and descriptive, with smoothly realistic dialogue and some humorous moments (a villager accidentally says "bum" to the Emperor). But he also weaves in a load of tactical maneuvers, tricks and the occasional military stunt (the Macedon Phoenix).
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