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Summary

Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger's secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger's weapons are not so useless after all....

©2010 John Flanagan (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Kiki D
  • St Albans, Herts, UK
  • 08-04-13

Perfect Motivation for pre-teen readers

I've been trying to get my pre-teen son to read this series having bought it for my now teenage son ... this helped get past the sometimes difficult phase of "Getting into" the story.he listened wrapped to the first 8 chapters and then grabbed the book off the shelf!!! 24 hours later and he's reading the second bookl in the series!!



Joyful news for any parent trying to encourage young boys to give up their games consoles!

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Brought it to life

Loved this series for ages, felt like reading it again for the first time hearing it narrated - wonderful job :)

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A fantastic story for anyone of any age<br />

I discovered John Flanagan's junior books by accident - one of the best accidents I've ever had. I'm spreading the excitement of the Ranger's Apprentice series to anyone who will listen!

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Great book, great characters.

I loved this book, especially since both my kids loved it to. the characters are great, funny and inspiring for the kids.
Good clean, exciting, fun!

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Best story ever

Great story. Very exciting and a great start to a brilliant series.
Great characters.
Excellent performance, such variance of voices for the different characters.

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  • Sarah
  • 31-08-14

Most enjoyable

Listened to this book on the way to school every morning with 2 boys aged 7yrs and 12yrs. They were absolutely riveted and QUIET (yay!!). We could not miss a morning without the Ranger's.

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  • Keith
  • 29-04-12

Keith's Review

Enjoyed this story as it unfolded. It painted a clear picture of the characters and how they developed along the way. Left me keen to delve deeper into the series.

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  • Helen
  • 05-02-11

Hoping the rest will be available at Audible

Thoroughly enjoyed what is apparently the first in a series and hoping the rest are available soon.
Instead of the "child without parents" story focusing on parentage, Will has to deal with the day-to-day challenges of being without patronage in a world I would like to know more about.

More, please?