Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice Book 7) Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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)
Erak's Ransom is the seventh thrilling book in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series – over eight million sold worldwide.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I gave a 4 star rating as the book was very predictable at times, however overall a very good read.
I loved the style of writing and topic.
Daughter has next read so peace will continue for some time to comePublished 1 month ago by David Porter
As ever, a great read. Danger of these books being limited to teenager reads because of the background info on the author writing the first to encourage his young son to read more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
On the whole, an awesome read with much the same feel to the first four. What happened though? Will is an apprentice again when in the last two he's a fully fledged ranger, a bit... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
I purchased this book that said "new", when I received it, it was in such bad condition that I was devastated. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sally-Ann Dunn
Please note is is book 7 in the RANGERS APPRENTICE series, but it is written in a way that means it should be read before book five. Onto my review ... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Greggorio!
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