Title: The Royal Ranger
Author: John Flanagan
Summary: After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible – even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path.
It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone – and it’s a request Will cannot refuse.
Training a rebellious, unwilling apprentice is hard enough. But when a routine mission uncovers a shocking web of crime, Will must decide where his priorities lie – finishing his quest for revenge, or saving innocent lives?
Genre/Pages: High Fantasy/473
Rating: ★★★★★★ (6 of 5)
My Review: I knew the advertised ‘major plot twist’ in advance. If this book has been ‘spoiled’ for you, don’t let that stop you. Life goes on. Though I won’t spoil the major plot twist, by now everyone should know about Will’s apprentice. A girl. My immediate reaction? “NO.” I was not thrilled with the idea. But don’t let that aspect turn you off, either. Now I understand. There was no other possible person, and everything works together so perfectly, just read it! So, just read the book, ‘kay? Get it? [Got it.] Good. That said, on to the review…
This book was absolute perfection. Everything about it was perfect. The characters (WILL! HALT! *fangirl squeal*), the endless laughs, the anguish, the suspense, the pain, the joy, The Royal Ranger is a book that you will always love, and never forget. Throughout the novel, there is still very much the Ranger’s Apprentice feel to it, and yet the plot didn’t drag, it wasn’t slow, it was original and new. And yet, it was just as heartbreaking, agonizing, hilarious, inspirational, and beautiful, as all the others have been.
This book brings the whole fantastic series full circle; it leaves you with a sense of satisfaction and conclusion. In my opinion, that one attribute is the single most important thing in an end-of-series novel. And John Flanagan pulled it off magnificently. The characters stayed true to themselves, and the writing style was, as always, highly engaging and excellent.
Content Advisory: A few people die, nothing graphic. Absolutely no cussing. Some kids get drunk on cheap wine, it is not displayed as acceptable. Scenes of intensity.
To Sum it Up: Fast-paced adventure, a touch (repeat: a touch.) of romance, humor, and a fantastic storyline and writing style: The Royal Ranger was everything I ever could have hoped for of the 12th and final novel in the epic sage The Ranger’s Apprentice. I recommend it to 10+.
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