Book five of this popular series of YA fantasy novels is actually meant to be read as book six. So just to make sure you get your money’s worth, i strongly suggest that you follow is recommended reading order. Now onto the book’s story line ...
Will Treaty, at last, is old enough to be declared a Ranger in his own right, and to be awarded his first Fiefdom. But just when he is getting comfortable in his new abode, and making more friends than he knows what to do with, he is given the task of working undercover (as a jongleur, no less) in a magnificently atmospheric northern castle (Macindaw) to ascertain the truth, or otherwise, of the rumours considering the use of black magic by a mysterious sorcerer.
And so off Will goes, in search of adventure and justice.
Along the way, Will makes decisions that may well come back to bite him. New friends are made, but just as easily, are new enemies. And of course the worst thing is that some of these enemies are made without Will (or the reader) realising.
The writing in this book is based on the same writing style as the preceding volumes in the series. I must admit the first half of the book is a little flat, and dare i say it, a little disinteresting. Not much happens in the first 150 pages, and when it does, its all a trifle slow. But events transpire in the story’s second half to lift the fable out of this apparent quagmire of mediocrity. The reader finds out - a little too late for Will’s best interests - who the Sorcerer is, how the magic works, and who can be trusted, and who can’t. The book’s real baddies become apparent, as do the good guys.
And of course, the REAL good guys finally sense something is wrong with their grand plan right at the end when they send a fan favourite off to the mystery to see what the big hold up is.
SORCERER IN THE NORTH is definitely worth your time. It is worth your money, too, but obviously make sure that you read the preceding books in the series first. And the story even ends on a cliff hanger, so we can safely assume that the sequel - THE SIEGE OF MACINDAW - will have plenty of drama, twists, thrills and spills, and of course the obligatory fist pumping finale just like book two did. Now, *that* book was fantastic. Unfortunately, this book isn’t. It’s still very good though. But lets just hope for the series’ sake that book six (THE SIEGE AT MACINDAW) lives up to the hopes and dreams of the millions of RANGERS APPRENTICE fans out there.
Bye for now.