Duel at Araluen (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #3)
King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped high in the south tower of Castle Araluen. In the north, Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are besieged in an old hill fort, as they wait for the Red Fox Clan's next attack. Ranger's apprentice Maddie must find the Heron brotherband and convince them to join her, so she can give her father the help he needs to break out from the hill fort and ride to confront the traitor. Will they reach Castle Araluen in time? And when the battles have been fought and the dust has settled, who will rule the Kingdom of Araluen?THE ROYAL RANGER IS BACK AND THE STAKES ARE HIGHER THAN EVER IN THE WORLD OF RANGER'S APPRENTICE.FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING RANGER'S APPRENTICE AND BROTHERBAND SERIES THAT HAVE SOLD A MASSIVE 15 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE.

Duel at Araluen (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #3) Details

TitleDuel at Araluen (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2018
PublisherRandom House Australia
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Adventure, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction

Duel at Araluen (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #3) Review

  • Shae
    January 1, 1970
    I first started reading the Ranger's Apprentice series with my son when he was 9 years old.Nearly 5 years have passed since then and he still eagerly awaits each new release.This installment did not disappoint!
  • Zitong Ren
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t even know that this one had came out, but hey, it did and I’m not complaining. I will begin saying that the original Ranger’s Apprentice series, especially the earlier books were some of my favourite middle-grade books alongside Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. I’m also Australian, so maybe it is because I like reading books by Australian authors. Either way, I did greatly enjoy this latest book set in Araluen.This book is by far one of the more serious books in the series, being a conti I didn’t even know that this one had came out, but hey, it did and I’m not complaining. I will begin saying that the original Ranger’s Apprentice series, especially the earlier books were some of my favourite middle-grade books alongside Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. I’m also Australian, so maybe it is because I like reading books by Australian authors. Either way, I did greatly enjoy this latest book set in Araluen.This book is by far one of the more serious books in the series, being a continuation of the last book of this civil war involving the Red Fox Clan. One thing to note is that I have read a lot of adult fantasy, and also have learnt quite a lot about history since I first began reading the first book, so here are some of my pointers. The scale of the world is actually quite small to what the real world is, though I completely understand this as it is for younger readers and world building, scope and scale from something like Malazan would have been ridiculous. Maybe this is my history side of my brain, but having an army of one hundred and fifty soldiers seem like a lot is really strange in my view as generally, medieval battles had a few thousand men on the field. Still, this does not ruin any of the storytelling.Sometimes, I am also kind of struggling to see that characters from the original series are all middle-aged now since I had gotten so used to their teenage and later young-adult selves and I still need to wrap my brain around the time changes, though I understand why, as this tells the tale of Maddie and no longer Will.Despite it being aimed for younger readers, there is lots of killing and death of ‘normal soldiers’ as often in books they are not valued like real people, though Flanagan does try as there is so few people to begin with. I also found the book to be really predictable and I wasn’t all that surprised or that excited with the ending, though I did like the epilogue.I did like this book, though I will say that I did not like it as much as the original series, which is by far my favourite over the Brotherband series and this. I have also read the Early Years which comes before the original series. Overall, a wonderful new instalment with both newer and older characters alike. 8/10
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Aaah. Another Royal Ranger book! I love these SOOOOO much, and I am not alone. Blogger Julia Tomiak has a great post on why SHE loves the Ranger's Apprentice books, and I agree with everything she has said! At Kidlitcon, someone said that the reason WWII is more appealing to write and read about than other military conflicts is that it has very clear cut bad guys and good guys. I think the same can be said about The Ranger's Apprentive. Not only are the Araluens and Skandians fighting on the sid Aaah. Another Royal Ranger book! I love these SOOOOO much, and I am not alone. Blogger Julia Tomiak has a great post on why SHE loves the Ranger's Apprentice books, and I agree with everything she has said! At Kidlitcon, someone said that the reason WWII is more appealing to write and read about than other military conflicts is that it has very clear cut bad guys and good guys. I think the same can be said about The Ranger's Apprentive. Not only are the Araluens and Skandians fighting on the side of right, but they are just good people. They are nice to their horses, they treat their soldiers well, they give women equal opportunities. The Red Fox Clan is NOT good. They are also clumsily stupid, mean, and only clever enough to make them worthy opponents. I don't normally like reading about fighting and violence, but reading these books is sort of like... hitting pillows when you are angry. It releases tension and makes you feel better, somehow. Given the state of the world today, it's a relief to retreat to this world and bash the Red Fox Clan around a bit!E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhen We last saw Maddie and Cassandra, things were bad. Dimon, former palace guard chief, had assembled a rag tag bunch of men angry about the fact that Cassandra might soon be heir to the throne, and they were besieging the castle. The king, Cassandra, Maddie, and many others loyal to the crown managed to barricade themselves in a tower. Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are in the north, having been lured there to get them away from the castle. Maddie comes up with a good idea-- hunt down the Skandians, who had some issues with one of their boats, and get them to help Horace's men, so they could get back to the palace. Having discovered tunnels under the palace, Maddie is able to sneak away, find her father, locate the Skandians (who are always up for a good battle!), and start to deal with the Red Fox Clan. Maddie is successful, and Cassandra manages to hold off Dimon's men in very clever ways, including setting fire to their newly built trebuchet! Dimon is not a good commander, so when the stakes get tough, his men start to desert him. The casualties were high in the fight with Horace, so the Araluens are able to deal with Dimon fairly easily. Strengths: *Sigh* Along with bashing bad guys, there's good cups of coffee by the fireside, humor, and Cassandra giving Dimon a run for his money with her sword fighting. The plot moves along quickly, and there are lots of great scenes with flaming pig bladders. Weaknesses: We only see Will at the end. And I feel sorry for Maddie. No romance for her, because there is no one her own age. Let's introduce her to some young, new rangers, shall we?What I really think: I don't like long series; this is the notable exception, along with Alex Rider. Mr. Flanagan can come out with two books a year for as long as he might want.
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  • Tricia Mingerink
    January 1, 1970
    *happy sigh* If there's one series that hits all my sweet spots, it is the Ranger's Apprentice series. This book wasn't perfect, but it was still good. Better than some of the recent Brotherband Chronicles, though not quite up to the pinnacle of perfection that books 8 & 9 were. But they are hard to match. Likes: - Horace and Gilan together. Gilan is a favorite, and he gets lots of screen time in this and the previous book. - the Herons. This has an epic crossover between the Rangers Apprent *happy sigh* If there's one series that hits all my sweet spots, it is the Ranger's Apprentice series. This book wasn't perfect, but it was still good. Better than some of the recent Brotherband Chronicles, though not quite up to the pinnacle of perfection that books 8 & 9 were. But they are hard to match. Likes: - Horace and Gilan together. Gilan is a favorite, and he gets lots of screen time in this and the previous book. - the Herons. This has an epic crossover between the Rangers Apprentice series and the Brotherband Chronicles. I did miss the fact that Lydia wasn't with them (for an unexplained reason besides just that she stayed behind in Skandia for some reason?). - Maddie - she really comes into her own in this book- realistic female warriors - John Flanagan is one of the best writers for realistic female warriors. Sometimes he strays into making them too flat and sometimes too awesome. But a lot of times he is very good at having his female characters fight like women. Repeatedly in the fight scenes with the women in this book, they think about how they are smaller, have less muscle mass, have less strength, and thus have to come up with their own way to fight. Not as thrilled: - Really missing Will and Halt. This set of books felt a lot like books 5 & 6 where Will is sent on his first mission without Halt. And those books aren't my favorite because of it. - Some of the tension seemed lacking. But that could have been just me. Overall, I have enjoyed the new Royal Ranger series and it re-awakened my love of John Flanagan's books. I hope there will be more books in the Royal Ranger series!
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  • Joanna (BookandPages)
    January 1, 1970
    I really don't know what to rate this one. Out of all of the Flanagan books that I have read, this book and it's previous installment have been my least favorite. I like Maddie as a character, but the books have been too short too really get to know her or understand her. She's also an apprentice as shown by the title, but we didn't get a lot of teaching moments because Will is absent for the cast majority of this book and it's predecessor. I also kind of feel like Maddie seems overly skilled in I really don't know what to rate this one. Out of all of the Flanagan books that I have read, this book and it's previous installment have been my least favorite. I like Maddie as a character, but the books have been too short too really get to know her or understand her. She's also an apprentice as shown by the title, but we didn't get a lot of teaching moments because Will is absent for the cast majority of this book and it's predecessor. I also kind of feel like Maddie seems overly skilled in this book and I think that is because I haven't seen her practice and grow like Will did. There were some parts that I loved about this book though.The epilogue was fantastic, the duel between Cassandra and the villain was intense and well written. I'm also a sucker for any time the Skandians show up.However, most or this book was too slow. I love descriptive writing as much as the next person and I love how indepth Flanagan gets in his descriptions. With that being said he overdid that in this book. There was too many descriptions and not enough characterization. I would like this series to be continued because I want more interaction between Will and Maddie like we got in the first book. 3/5 stars. It's Ranger's Apprentice, and I can't give it less than that...I just wish I was giving it more.
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  • Suki
    January 1, 1970
    Duel at AraluenI love these books. Bought it yesterday and finish the next day. So well done and having new and old characters is always enjoyable. The plot was well done and the characters are always a pleasure to read about and watch then grow. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Bookish Madeleine
    January 1, 1970
    Fabuła „Pojedynku w Araluenie” jest bezpośrednią kontynuacją wydarzeń, które miały miejsce w „Klanie Czerwonego Lisa”. Nasi bohaterowie są postawieni w bardzo trudnej sytuacji i muszą znaleźć z niej wyjście, co wymaga od nich wielu umiejętności i zaangażowania. Mimo że poprzednią część cyklu czytałam w wakacje, nie miałam najmniejszego problemu z odnalezieniem się w akcji tej powieści. Autor pisze w taki sposób, że nie da się odczuć jakiegokolwiek poczucia zagubienia – o wszystkich kluczowych dl Fabuła „Pojedynku w Araluenie” jest bezpośrednią kontynuacją wydarzeń, które miały miejsce w „Klanie Czerwonego Lisa”. Nasi bohaterowie są postawieni w bardzo trudnej sytuacji i muszą znaleźć z niej wyjście, co wymaga od nich wielu umiejętności i zaangażowania. Mimo że poprzednią część cyklu czytałam w wakacje, nie miałam najmniejszego problemu z odnalezieniem się w akcji tej powieści. Autor pisze w taki sposób, że nie da się odczuć jakiegokolwiek poczucia zagubienia – o wszystkich kluczowych dla fabuły wydarzeniach wspomina mimochodem w sytuacjach, które tego wymagają. Dzięki temu czytelnik bez żadnego problemu może szybko i płynnie wciągnąć się w akcję.Główne role w tej historii grają dobrze znane wszystkim wielbicielom serii postacie. Na pierwszy plan wychodzi Maddie, młoda zwiadowczyni. O ile w pierwszym tomie, w którym się pojawiła (dwunastym) niezmiernie mnie irytowała, to na szczęście tym razem sytuacja była zupełnie inne. Dziewczyna została pozbawiona wszystkich denerwujących cech, które wcześniej ją charakteryzowały i dzięki temu mój stosunek do niej uległ zmianie. Udało mi się – ku własnemu zaskoczeniu – ją polubić i kibicowałam jej przez cały czas trwania wydarzeń. W tej powieści jednak śledzimy nie tylko momenty, w których czynny udział bierze Maddie, ale również mamy do czynienia z Horace’m, Gilanem i Cassandrą. Jeśli ktoś z Was liczył na obecność Willa lub Halta, to niestety muszę Was zasmucić – pierwszy z nich pojawia się może na trzech stronach, a drugi jest tylko czasami wspominany w rozmowach. Trochę mnie to rozczarowało, ale dzięki poświęceniu sporej ilości miejsca Gilanowi i Horace’owi – których uwielbiam – ten brak za bardzo mi nie doskwierał.Podobnie, jak w „Klanie Czerwonego Lisa”, również w „Pojedynku w Araluenie” pojawiają się bohaterowie innej serii Flanagana. Znani z „Drużyny” Hal, Stig i ich przyjaciele zyskują w tej powieści sporo miejsca. Odgrywają oni dużą rolę w mających tu miejsce wydarzeniach, co całkiem przypadło mi do gustu. Mimo że nie czytałam drugiej serii tego autora w całości, to okazało się, że jej dokładna znajomość nie jest konieczna do pełnego zrozumienia tej historii. Za tak umiejętne połączenie swoich dwóch cykli autorowi należą się gratulacje.Styl, jakim posługuje się Flanagan w swoich powieściach na pierwszy rzut oka nie wydaje się być wyjątkowy. Jednak każda osoba, która kiedykolwiek miała do czynienia z jego książkami może stwierdzić, że z jakiegoś trudnego do jednoznacznego określenia powodu czyta się je ekspresowo. Sposób pisania autora ma w sobie „to coś”, powodujące, że przez kolejne strony się po prostu płynie. Każdy tomów „Zwiadowców” liczy sobie około pięćset stron, a mimo to całą powieść można pochłonąć niemal na raz. Również „Pojedynek w Araluenie” nie jest odstępstwem od tej reguły – całość tak wciąga, że jej przeczytanie zajęło mi tylko parę godzin.Ta powieść spełniła wszystkie oczekiwania, które miałam przed rozpoczęciem lektury. Utrzymano ją na tym samym poziomie, co poprzedni tom, dzięki czemu prawie w ogóle nie odczułam przerwy, która dzieli daty wydania trzynastego i czternastego tomu. Czytało mi się ją tak lekko, jakbym dopiero co odłożyła na bok poprzedni tom. Autor po raz kolejny zaserwował mi powrót do ukochanego świata i spowodował, że na kilka godzin znowu wniknęłam w wykreowane przez niego realia. Seria „Zwiadowcy” w dalszym ciągu pozostaje jedną z moich ulubionych i z wielką chęcią będę wyczekiwała kolejnych jej części. Może czternasty tom nie reprezentuje tak wysokiego poziomu, jak pierwsze dziesięć, ale mimo to uważam, że każdemu wielbicielowi tej serii „Pojedynek w Araluenie” powinien się spodobać. Ja jestem bardzo zadowolona z lektury i nie pozostaje mi nic innego, jak z całego serca polecić Wam nie tylko tę książkę, ale i cały cykl „Zwiadowcy” <3 Jeśli lubicie fantasy, to raczej nie odłożycie tych książek rozczarowani.
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  • Scott Cramer
    January 1, 1970
    This is a continuation of the Ranger's Apprentice series. I enjoying how various friends from the past were woven into this story and how Maddie was given the opportunity to use her training to lead. It would have been easy for Gilan to take over at several points but he allowed Maddie to continue what she started.Yet another fun entry into the Ranger's Apprentice world and one well worth reading.
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  • Haydon
    January 1, 1970
    This is a series I grew up with and, as such, holds a special place in my reading journey. Flanagan's newest foray into his medieval world - 'Duel at Araluen' - is a continuation of the previous installment of the Royal Ranger series. This book is brimming with characters developed over 15 years and Flanagan's intimate knowledge of each one balances this book in a way which seems impossible, considering its use not only of Ranger's Apprentice characters but also the entire crew of the Heron (fro This is a series I grew up with and, as such, holds a special place in my reading journey. Flanagan's newest foray into his medieval world - 'Duel at Araluen' - is a continuation of the previous installment of the Royal Ranger series. This book is brimming with characters developed over 15 years and Flanagan's intimate knowledge of each one balances this book in a way which seems impossible, considering its use not only of Ranger's Apprentice characters but also the entire crew of the Heron (from his spin-off Brotherband series), all while giving Maddie - the titular Royal Ranger - room to breathe and grow in her apprenticeship to Will. This new series is shaping up to be as great as the original.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I read this after my mid-teen and my husband.Although the last book ended in a cliff-hanger that I could partially see the way out of, I certainly didn't guess all the strategies and counter-strategies of the three various sieges in this book. Much more exciting than I thought it would be. The three sieges were each different, and involved different strategies on both sides. It wasn't more of the same. Each had its unique story.Still with the characters that we've grown to love. My mid-teen told I read this after my mid-teen and my husband.Although the last book ended in a cliff-hanger that I could partially see the way out of, I certainly didn't guess all the strategies and counter-strategies of the three various sieges in this book. Much more exciting than I thought it would be. The three sieges were each different, and involved different strategies on both sides. It wasn't more of the same. Each had its unique story.Still with the characters that we've grown to love. My mid-teen told me to quit calling this "the Maddie book" because there were other characters in it, too. And yes, there were, but this was mostly her story.I was glad to see that Cassandra, after regressing to a squealing preteen emotionally in the last book or two, has returned to some of her dignity, spunk, and wisdom. I was also glad to see that she was still fit athletically, as a middle-aged woman.Not much I could say about it without spoilers.Still violent.I was sorry to see ... die.Another reviewer commented that it would've been very easy for Gilan to take over for Maddie, but he let her continue on. True. By this point in the series, we, as readers, know that someone of her training would be capable, but that is an important part of any mentoring and training process - letting go.Favorite quotes:"A joke, my friend? No, I don't think so. A joke is when everyone can have a good laugh together. But when you do something that's spiteful and hurtful and causes misery to someone else, that's not a joke. That's cruelty." I ended up telling a child (not my own) something similar earlier today. She'd said she was "just teasing" another child. I told her that a good sign of whether or not it was "just teasing" was whether the other person was laughing, too. Were they? And the answer, in that case, was no."'Nice to see a family that gets on together,' he said. Then, eyeing the assortment of weapons they all carried, he added, 'And it's just as well you do.'"
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  • Iko
    January 1, 1970
    Flanagan strikes back.I absolutely loved this book!!! Flanagan has truly created another master piece with The Royal Ranger series. One of the things that I like most about his 3rd series is that he has created a believable female character, which appears to be hard for many other authors. Yes yes, he has created Cassandra and Alyss and I love them both very much, but they were not main characters, therefore Flanagan never really got the chance to develop them as much as I would have liked. With Flanagan strikes back.I absolutely loved this book!!! Flanagan has truly created another master piece with The Royal Ranger series. One of the things that I like most about his 3rd series is that he has created a believable female character, which appears to be hard for many other authors. Yes yes, he has created Cassandra and Alyss and I love them both very much, but they were not main characters, therefore Flanagan never really got the chance to develop them as much as I would have liked. With Maddie though, he has developed her into a very believable, strong heroine and I have loved every second of the journey thus far! Instead of giving her abilities that would be impossible for a girl of her weight and size, Flanagan carefully goes over how she gains her abilities to do what she can do in the first book and continues to develop both her skills and character in the books that came after. In this book, Maddie teams up with the Heron Brotherband (Which I have been waiting for for a LONG time) to help rescue both her father and her mother, both of which are trapped in seperate places, unaware of each others predicaments. Unlike the two preceding books, the POV does not stay with Maddie as much (which would be regrettable if he had downplayed her importance, but he didn't) instead, it switches between Maddie, Cassandra, the traitor Dimon (like, twice), Horace, the man who commanded the red fox clan that ambushed Horace (also like twice), and Hal. Overall, it was VERY fascinating, and the ending had me smiling so much that my jaw started hurting. I love the Rangers Apprentice, and Flanagan continues to prove that his books are worth all the love.
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  • Amber Hassen
    January 1, 1970
    As I suspected, book 2 of this series (The Red Fox Clan) was just a "lead up" to the events of this book. I managed to read the whole book in one day, it was that jam-packed with action and I had to know what happened next.Duncan and Cassandra are trapped in the south tower of the castle, trying to hold off attacks from Dimon, who plans to kill both of them (and anyone else that stands in his way) in order to take the throne for himself.Horace and Gilan are still holed up in the hill fort in the As I suspected, book 2 of this series (The Red Fox Clan) was just a "lead up" to the events of this book. I managed to read the whole book in one day, it was that jam-packed with action and I had to know what happened next.Duncan and Cassandra are trapped in the south tower of the castle, trying to hold off attacks from Dimon, who plans to kill both of them (and anyone else that stands in his way) in order to take the throne for himself.Horace and Gilan are still holed up in the hill fort in the north, surrounded by Red Foxes. With no way out all they can do is wait for the Foxes next attack and hope that their archers can make a dent in the attackers numbers.Maddie is the only one that knows of Dimon's treasonous plans and can actually do something about it. But she cant do it alone. She sets out to find the Skandians, to convince them to join her. All they need to do is find the hill fort, break her father and his men out, defeat the Red Foxes, make it back to Castle Araluen, break into the premises, fight Dimon's men, defeated Dimon himself and free the king. How hard can it be?This book is no less than what I would expect from Flanagan. Plots against the crown, well thought out attacks, full on battle scenes and some well timed comedy.
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  • Nickie
    January 1, 1970
    I have liked all of the Ranger Apprentice books, some were better than others, but I liked all of them. This, in my opinion, was the best of the lot! I was anxious to read it because the "The Red Fox Clan" ended with a cliff hanger. I ordered "Duel at Araluen" from Australia because John Flanagan books are published there about 6 months before they come out in the States. I had to pay an exorbitant amount for shipping, but was totally worth it. The story is AMAZING. Flanagan does a great job rec I have liked all of the Ranger Apprentice books, some were better than others, but I liked all of them. This, in my opinion, was the best of the lot! I was anxious to read it because the "The Red Fox Clan" ended with a cliff hanger. I ordered "Duel at Araluen" from Australia because John Flanagan books are published there about 6 months before they come out in the States. I had to pay an exorbitant amount for shipping, but was totally worth it. The story is AMAZING. Flanagan does a great job recapping from the previous book without it feeling like he was recapping. The story takes place on three fronts, one with Horace and Gilan trapped in the mountain fort, one with Cassandra trapped in the castle, and the last with Maddie and the brother band. All three stories collide in an exciting, edge of your seat finale.
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  • Vilsa
    January 1, 1970
    Kurczę, szkoda, że Flanagan zrezygnował z relacji uczeń-mistrz, bo to wychodziło mu świetnie. Mimo to Maddie radzi sobie nadzwyczaj dobrze jako pierwsza zwiadowczyni i powoli zyskuje uznanie. Za to nie mogę zrozumieć, co się dzieje z umiejętnościami Gilana... Przez cały ten czas, kiedy byli praktycznie uwięzieni z Horace'em, nie wymyślił absolutnie niczego! Zwiadowca! Z takim doświadczeniem! Całą robotę praktycznie odwaliła młodziutka Maddie. A przecież Gilan mógł się wymknąć, szukać pomocy albo Kurczę, szkoda, że Flanagan zrezygnował z relacji uczeń-mistrz, bo to wychodziło mu świetnie. Mimo to Maddie radzi sobie nadzwyczaj dobrze jako pierwsza zwiadowczyni i powoli zyskuje uznanie. Za to nie mogę zrozumieć, co się dzieje z umiejętnościami Gilana... Przez cały ten czas, kiedy byli praktycznie uwięzieni z Horace'em, nie wymyślił absolutnie niczego! Zwiadowca! Z takim doświadczeniem! Całą robotę praktycznie odwaliła młodziutka Maddie. A przecież Gilan mógł się wymknąć, szukać pomocy albo wymyślić coś, co pomogłoby im się wydostać. Żałowałam też bardzo, że do pomocy nie dołączyli Halt i Will. Ich humor wiele wniósłby do akcji. No ale, żeby już nie narzekać, wszystko i tak zostało ładnie przedstawione, Cassandra dała sobie radę i nie uległa kłamstwom Dimona. Zwiadowcy jak to Zwiadowcy - szybka, przyjemna rozrywka, choć mogło być lepiej.
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  • Lauren Schuyler (storied.adventures)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on my blog, Storied AdventuresThis was my favorite installment of The Royal Ranger series yet! It had non stop action. It was very entertaining! I loved seeing Maddie, Cassandra, Horace, and Gilan fight with their different styles. Flanagan is very smart with his battle tactics. The attacks and defense strategies were really interesting to learn about. Especially the defense position of the south tower! The way he set it up is amazing! Also, I love that the women in this book have at Full review on my blog, Storied AdventuresThis was my favorite installment of The Royal Ranger series yet! It had non stop action. It was very entertaining! I loved seeing Maddie, Cassandra, Horace, and Gilan fight with their different styles. Flanagan is very smart with his battle tactics. The attacks and defense strategies were really interesting to learn about. Especially the defense position of the south tower! The way he set it up is amazing! Also, I love that the women in this book have attainable skills. They're not Mary Sue's but they know their strengths and weaknesses very well and plan around them.
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  • Tiani
    January 1, 1970
    The third instalment of the Royal Ranger series following Maddie as she faces the challenge of taking back Castle Araluen from the Red fox clan, where her mother is trapped. First she must free her father, Gillan and their troops from an old fort, with the help of some old friends, so that they can launch an attack to reclaim the Castle. A great continuation of the story, with the welcome inclusion of Hal and the Brotherband who were still in the area following Book 2. Loved it from beginning to The third instalment of the Royal Ranger series following Maddie as she faces the challenge of taking back Castle Araluen from the Red fox clan, where her mother is trapped. First she must free her father, Gillan and their troops from an old fort, with the help of some old friends, so that they can launch an attack to reclaim the Castle. A great continuation of the story, with the welcome inclusion of Hal and the Brotherband who were still in the area following Book 2. Loved it from beginning to end!
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  • Bianca
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book, I didn’t enjoy the other two Royal Ranger books but I loved this one. I’ve never been a big fan of Maddie, but I started to really like her in this book, and bringing in Cassandra, Horace, Gillan, and the Herons all as main characters was awesome. I like how the book switches focus between the south tower, the hill fort, and Maddie, and there’s always something exciting happening at each place
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  • Ella
    January 1, 1970
    The best part was the end. Maybe I'm getting too old for this series, but it seems like the writing style is beginning to get more and more jarring with every paragraph. It doesn't flow like I feel like it used to.
  • Nerida
    January 1, 1970
    I read this one in a day. There were quite a few very satisfying moments of "Oh no they're going to -" and then it happened just as I thought it would. But those moments were mixed in with good little plot twists along the way. A good next instalment!
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  • Denika Mead
    January 1, 1970
    It was very good, definitly as good as the others in the series. I still love the characters and want to know even more about them!
  • Glenn
    January 1, 1970
    What a great fun book - bringing in the Brotherband to assist... Only missing Will and Halt... Still had the laughs and the action. Great read...
  • Lynda
    January 1, 1970
    A lot better than book 2 of the series.
  • Les Shaeffer
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. Never been disappointed in this series
  • Ava
    January 1, 1970
    an amazing book!
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    It was so good I read it in 2 days
  • Sophie Groves
    January 1, 1970
    John Flanagan has a way of trapping you in this world. I’ll never be sick of these characters or this world.his writing is so beautiful and has a incredible mixture of action, humour.
  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    I love all The Ranger Apprentice books. My kids will enjoy this latest one as well.
  • Bob
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent, love these stories!
  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    I'm ready for the next one! I do so love all of John Flanagan's books. It is like all of his other books. Full of adventure! I wish there was more to read!
  • Jes Cindel
    January 1, 1970
    I Love John Flanagan's books and this was another enjoyable read![Review Coming Soon]
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