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Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice Book 7) Paperback – 1 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440869730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440869733
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bringing together many favourite characters for a grand adventure, this book delivers both excitement and quiet good times." (Booklist)

"As with the rest of the series it's fun, it has moments of peril and the characters are coming into their own, especially as our lead hero comes to a momentous moment in his own life" (tattystreasurechest.blogspot.com)

"Flanagan has a gift of writing that is beguiling and which grips you from page one. Again I highly recommend these books for all ages" (www.bfkbooks.com)

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Erak's Ransom is the seventh thrilling book in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series – over eight million sold worldwide.

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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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The seventh "Ranger's Apprentice" book is kind of confusing chronologically -- it's actually set between the fourth and fifth books of the series, during the last days of Will's apprenticeship.

And oddly enough, the tough young apprentice Will is almost a supporting character in his own story until the second half of the book, with the focus often shifting to Alyss, Halt and Cassandra. That's also the point when John Flanagan revs up the plot of "Ranger's Apprentice 7: Erak's ransom," pouring in plenty of action, bloody battles, politics, bandits and a treacherous conspiracy against the Skandian oberjarl.

After years of being secretly in love with each other, the Ranger Halt and the diplomat Lady Pauline are married in nearly royal style... only for their luxurious reception to be crashed by Svengel. The Skandian warrior reveals that Erak decided to go on one last raid in the Middle-Easty land of Arrida, got captured, and is being ransomed for eight thousand reels. King Duncan is happy to provide the money, but he's not so happy that a member of the royal family must go to Arrida... and his strong-willed daughter Cassandra is volunteering. So the princess (under the guise of "Evanlyn"), three Rangers and a crew of Skandian warriors set off for Arrida, and haggle a bargain with the ruling Wakir, Selethen.

But things go wrong when Will loses his faithful pony Tug in a sandstorm, and goes off searching for him -- only to become lost in the desert. Selethen, Halt, Evanlyn and Svengel soon learn that Erak has been kidnapped from his kidnappers, and they may be after the deadliest, cruelest people in Arrida, the Tualaghi. Even worse, an old enemy is involved. The only hope for his friends may be Will, and the new allies he's gained in Arrida's deserts.
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All the Ranger's Apprentice books are excellent. There are brilliant plot twists, real depth and development to the characters, both male and female characters are strong and well drawn and there is good witty humour between them. They are not really dark and the books have good endings but they are not "twee" for all that. Some books, but not this one, are part of a two part story. This one stands alone; they are off to the desert, facing betrayal, thirst, loss, slavery and death and the plot twists just keep you guessing. Hey I've bought them all ... enough said?
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I bought this book for my 11 year old daughter who loves adventure stories, particularly if they have a magical twist. She's read the series from the start and waits with anticipation for the next to arrive each time. She takes her book everywhere with her, just in case she'll be able to steal a moment to read one page more. Every now and again you find a series of books that sucks you in completely, and this is one.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2011
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An unusual break in the sequence for the Rangers Apprentice Series and one that chronologically appears before book five, The Sorcerer in the North. It's a wonderful additional novel that includes our old Skandian Friend Erak as well as the crew of his ship as they sail to Araluen to help raise the funds for Erak's Freedom.

Drawn into a scheme cooked up between a traitorous Skandian as well as the Tualaghi, Will and our friends must fight their way through a foreign land to save their friend as well as learn to survive in an unfamiliar landscape of deserts. As with the rest of the series it's fun, it has moments of peril and the characters are coming into their own, especially as our lead hero comes to a momentous moment in his own life.
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