Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Ranger's Apprentice (3) The Icebound Land

Rangers Apprentice 03 Icebound Land (Hardcover)

by John Flanagan (Author)
  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; 1 edition (Jun 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399244565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399244568

Product Description

From Booklist
The third book in the Ranger's Apprentice series features a dual story, switching between the ranger's apprentice, Will, accompanied by princess Evanlyn, and the ranger, Halt, accompanied by Will's friend Horace, a young knight-in-training. After an unsuccessful attempt to escape from the ship where they are captives, Will and Evanlyn are taken to Skandia and put to work as slaves. Meanwhile, Halt and Horace ride to the rescue, or at least toward the rescue, only to be detained by a series of petty thieves and a nefarious knight. Although both strands of narrative feature journeys, each provides its own challenges for the characters and pleasures for readers. The Halt/Horace strand combines elements of knightly combat with a certain dry wit, and the Will/Evanlyn strand offers a good adventure story with a surprising twist. Throughout the novel, Flanagan's deft character portrayals and well-paced story will engage readers, and the ending will leave them clamoring for the next volume. Phelan, Carolyn

This particular volume seems to run slow in the middle and lack the adventure and excitement of the other novels. Also, it introduces a drug/drug addiction=warmweed. Plot is lacking...elements of a story fulfilled.

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