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The Royal Ranger
Ranger's Apprentice Series, Book 12
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author John Flanagan comes the story that brings the Ranger's Apprentice series full-circle and ushers in a brand new arc starring Maddie, the Royal Ranger!Will...
From #1 New York Times bestselling author John Flanagan comes the story that brings the Ranger's Apprentice series full-circle and ushers in a brand new arc starring Maddie, the Royal Ranger!Will...
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  • From #1 New York Times bestselling author John Flanagan comes the story that brings the Ranger's Apprentice series full-circle and ushers in a brand new arc starring Maddie, the Royal Ranger!
    Will Treaty has come a long way from the small boy with dreams of knighthood. Life had other plans for him, and as an apprentice Ranger under Halt, he grew into a legend—the finest Ranger the kingdom has ever known. Yet Will is facing a tragic battle that has left him grim and alone. To add to his problems, the time has come to take on an apprentice of his own, and it's the last person he ever would have expected: Princess Madelyn, the daughter of Princess Cassandra. Will has to win the trust and respect of his difficult new companion—a task that at times seems almost impossible.
    John Flanagan returns to conclude the series that has conquered millions of readers worldwide with this pulse-pounding adventure that brings one era to a close, ushers in the next, starting the series anew starring Maddie, the Royal Ranger.
    For fans of Tolkien, Redwall, Game of Thrones, and T.H. White, Ranger's Apprentice delivers fantasy-adventure thrills with real-world historical details.
    Praise for John Flanagan:
    "The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story." —Booklist, starred review, on The Ruins of Gorlan

    "Fans of the series will eagerly devour this one and wait impatiently for the next . . . A sure bet for fantasy fans." —School Library Journal

    "Flanagan's deft character portrayals and well-paced story will engage readers, and the ending will leave them clamoring for the next volume." —Booklist, on The Icebound Land

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  • From the book CHAPTER 1

    It had been a poor harvest in Scanlon Estate. The wheat crop had been meagre at best, and the apple orchards had been savaged by a blight that left three-quarters of the fruit blemished and rotting on the trees.

    As a result, the share farmers, farm labourers, orchardists and fruit pickers were facing hard times, with three months before the next harvest, during which time they would have nowhere near enough to eat.

    Squire Dennis of Scanlon Manor was a kind-hearted man. He was also a practical one and, while his kind-hearted nature urged him to help his needy tenants, his practical side recognised such an action as good business. If his farmers and labourers went hungry, chances were they would move away, in search of work in a less stricken region. Then, when good times returned to Scanlon Estate, there would be insufficient workers available to reap the harvest.

    Dennis had acquired considerable wealth over the years and could ride out the hard times ahead. But he knew that such an option wasn't available to his workers. Accordingly, he decided to invest some of his accumulated wealth in them. He set up a workers' kitchen, which he paid for himself, and opened it to the needy who lived on his estate. In that way, he ensured that his people received at least one good meal a day. It was nothing fancy – usually a soup, or a porridge made from oats. But it was hot and nourishing and filling and he was confident that the cost would be more than repaid by the continuing loyalty of his tenants and labourers.
    The kitchen was in the parkland in front of the manor house. It consisted of rows of trestle tables and benches, and a large serving table. These were sheltered from the worst of the weather by canvas awnings stretched over poles above them, creating a large marquee. The sides were left open. In bad weather, this often meant that the wind and rain blew around the tables. But farm folk are of hardy stock and the arrangement was far better than eating in the open.
    In point of fact, kitchen was a misnomer. All the cooking was done in the vast kitchen inside the manor house, and the food was carried out to be served to the hungry tenants and their families. The estate workers understood that the food was provided free of charge. But it was a matter of principle that any who could afford a small payment would do so. Most often, this was in the form of a few copper coins, or of produce – a brace of rabbits or a wild duck taken at the pond.
    The kitchen operated for the two hours leading up to dusk, ensuring that the workers could enjoy a night's sleep without the gnawing pains of hunger in their bellies.
    It was almost dusk when the stranger pushed his way through to the serving table.

    He was a big man with shoulder-length dirty blond hair. He was wearing a wagoner's leather vest, and a pair of thick gauntlets were tucked into his belt, alongside the scabbard that held a heavy-bladed dagger. His eyes darted continually from side to side, never remaining long in one spot, giving him a hunted look.
    Squire Dennis's chief steward, who was in charge of the serving table, looked at him suspiciously. The workers' kitchen was intended for locals, not for travellers, and he'd never seen this man before.

    'What do you want?' he asked, his tone less than friendly.

    The wagoner stopped his darting side-to-side looks for a few seconds and focused on the man facing him. He was about to bluster and threaten but the steward was a heavily built man, and there were two powerful-looking servants behind him, obviously tasked with keeping order. He nodded at the cauldron of thick soup hanging over the fire behind the serving...

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  • DOGO Books edmodo-dejfkz5ht7 - this is an owesome book, stop reading if you want no hints at spoilers it is cool, especially the introduction of a new girl ranger apprentice i like how instead of the mentor being halt, now it is will. the swap is cool almost teared up when i heard alyss died, very good!!! maybe the 2nd or 3rd book in this seriers i will miss the books since this is the last one
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    Starred review from October 15, 2013
    Flanagan returns to the kingdom of Araluen for another adventure, reuniting readers with familiar characters and introducing them to a new generation of heroes and villains. The passing of more than 15 years since the last adventure has ushered in many changes. Gilan has assumed the role of Ranger Corps Commandant. King Duncan's illness has forced Cassandra and Horace into running the kingdom, a task made all the more difficult by the willfulness of their daughter, Maddie. And Will Treaty, devastated by the loss of his wife, Alyss, has been left broken and fixed on revenge. Halt, Will's former mentor, suggests a solution to both problems: Maddie should be trained as the kingdom's first female Ranger. Maddie's initial enthusiasm at her newfound freedom is quickly harnessed by her rigorous training. She responds well to Will's tutelage, but her mettle is tested when her first mission threatens both Will's life and her own. Flanagan's return to Araluen is a satisfying transition from one generation to the next. He manages once again to deliver humor, heartache and some important lessons while arrows fly, enhancing his suspenseful plots with characters kids can relate to. An excellent addition to a favorite series; the short breather did Flanagan good. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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