The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S alone Time has passed since the apprentice and his master, Will and Halt, led the Araluens to victory against invaders, and Will is now a full fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after The fief seems sleepy boring, even until the king is poisoned Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is thrThe international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S alone Time has passed since the apprentice and his master, Will and Halt, led the Araluens to victory against invaders, and Will is now a full fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after The fief seems sleepy boring, even until the king is poisoned Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure propelled by fears of sorcery, and must determine who is trustworthy to the king and who is trying to take his throne Will and Alyss must battle growing hysteria, traitors, and most of all, time The king is fading, but when Alyss is taken hostage, Will is forced to make a desperate choice between loyalty to his mission and loyalty to his friend.Adventure abounds in this absorbing installment of the New York Times bestselling series Perfect for fans of J.R.R Tolkien s Lord of the Rings, T.H White s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini s Eragon series, and George R R Martin s Game of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire series.
The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5), John FlanaganThe Sorcerer in the North (The Sorcerer of the North in the US) is the fifth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series by Australian author John Flanagan. It was released in Australia on 4 November 2006 and in the United States on 4 November 2008. The book starts off with Will finding a dog wounded on the side of the road, injured by a spear. Then Will goes on to the castle he is assigned to and has a meeting with the Baron; the rule [...]
Contains mild spoilers for this book and the prequels.The Sorcerer in the North was, unfortunately, my least favourite of the series and probably the weakest sequel too. I was a little irritated by the beginning as it was set an entire five years after the events of The Battle for Skandia. but once I got used to an older will and the surrpisngly obvious lack of both Halt and Horace, it wasn't so bad until we got pulled away from the new situation - again - and thrust into this new world of cloak [...]
I don't know maybe I've outgrown them, but this series doesn't have the same feel it used to. Part of it might be this time there's a more serious tone, and it seems all the trouble Will got into he got into by himself, plus they had to spend time introducing new places and characters. There was almost no Halt and he's my favorite character. There was also no major fight scene as there was in all the other books, it ended in the middle, come on, I'm not afraid of athick book. Don't take me too s [...]
Very good. One of the best in the series. Audio is superbly narrated by William Zappa, but I didn't care for the musical intrusions after each chapter. However, the story is good. Moving at a fast pace, it feels like an adventurous alternative history set in a re-named England (Araluen), in the days of kings, knights, castles, and fiefdoms. No elves. No dragons. Recurring key characters from prior series include Will the ranger and Alyss the courier diplomat (both are now adults, not apprentices [...]
This series just keeps getting better and better. I was a little nervous when there was a several years jump in-between this book and the last, and there were a few things that were glossed over in this jump (romance) that I wish I had gotten to explore with the characters, but I still enjoyed this book very much.Will is finally a full Ranger, and is out on his own. While most of his growth happened in books 1-4, it is easy to see how much more he has improved in the skip of a few years, and his [...]
WHAT? These books have had cliff hangers before, but this is the worst one yet!!3.5 starsI read Erak's Ransom before I read this one, and I'm glad I did. Reading the stories chronologically gives them a better flow.This book was really good, but I liked some of the other stories better. The pacing of this book is on the slow side, and the mystery is not quite as interesting. I missed the supporting characters too. I'm hoping we will see more of them in the next book. One thing I found really unb [...]
I'm a fan of this series, but I felt that Flanagan started doing some great things in this book. It's Will's first adventure alone, and I was happy to see an increased role for Alyss. Flanagan has found a way, in my opinion, to credibly give his female characters important things to do in the context of a medieval world. This book had some themes I think are especially important for adolescents to read--being popular vs. being good, the idea of appearances and making judgments on those appearanc [...]
I like this book, but not as much as some of the others ones. Maybe because Halt isn't in it as much? All he does is bum around with Crowley (as far as the reader can tell). Which probably got terribly annoying to Crowley. But it is neat to see Will learn to do things on his own.
Just a note: I'm updating my progress in this series, but since I'm behind and it's been a while since I've read these, I'm not going to do a review of each book. After I finish 7/8 I might do a review of those. :)
warning: cliff-hanger ending!
The sorcerer in the North is Will's first quest alone as a ranger. This book was less action packed and dragged a bit. In the next book this quest will be solved, so I expect there will be more battles and action :)
Plot-4 StarsCharacters-4.5 StarsSetting-3 StarsThis book does nothing new but what it does do, it does well. The characters are the best part of the book. The plot can sometimes drag on into another book but it's still a good plot. The last couple of books in this series have been funnier. The settings still though disappoint me as well as the creatures. I was hoping for something new. Instead like the Races and cultures, it's all borrowed from Earth. Would I read the next in the series? Yes. En [...]
Once you're really into this book, you can't stop reading. The only problem was that, for me at least, the first half didn't really grab my interest. It was quite boring, what with all the details and half of the book talking solely about Will's to-be mission. I wanted to get to the mission and once I did, I couldn't put the book down.What I liked most about the novel was the element of mystery. In most of Flanagan's other books, the antagonist and protagonist are both clear as daylight, but in [...]
This has been my favorite book in the series, so far.Will finally settles inBut that's not the endNow there's a sorcerer from the NorthAnd he needs to find the source
One of my reading goals this year was to read some of the series that I have ignored, despite the fact that I was enjoying them. This was one of those series. I read the first four a few years ago and really enjoyed them, then I just didn't pick up the next one. Which isn't really like me. Anyway, this one jumps forward a few years in the story and Will has become a full Ranger. In some ways this was a good jump for me because it was so long since I read the last book. I didn't feel as lost as I [...]
Oh, wat heb ik GENOTEN van dit deel! De tijdsprong tussen het vorige deel en nu geeft het verhaal een nieuwe impuls. Ook zit het lekker vol met actie en vond ik de humor heerlijk, met regelmaat zat ik met een grijns op mijn gezicht op de fiets (ik luister dit boek op weg van- en naar werk).
So, since Horace is now roughly my age I can add him to my fictional boyfriends shelf, Hahah (◍•ᴗ•◍)♡ ✧* !!! Also, so far this cover is my favourite and I absolutely adore this series!!!!
Not as good as the others. I am very glad I read Erak's Ransom before this one, the time-line order has a much better flow. It is still a good story but there were too many dull parts and a terrible cliff hanger which forces me to read the next one.I might have anyway but I don't like being forced.
This takes place several years after the fourth book. Will is a new member f the Ranger’s Corps and has just become one of the fifty full-fledged Rangers of Araluen. Will has just received his first commission and the fief that he will be assigned to—Seacliff. It’s supposed to be really nice, quaint, quiet, nothing to crazy or dangerous. Afterall, he’s now the youngest Ranger in the Corps and this is his first fief. Life at Seacliff is much different from the life that Will Treaty is use [...]
This book is really a great addition to the Ranger's Apprentice series. I am a fan of this series, as it includes a large amount of adventure, wit and great characters. For those who haven't read the series yet, I advise you do. This is the first book in the series where Will is finished his apprenticeship. When Lord Syron of the Norgate Fief in Hibernia is struck by a mysterious illness, Will, Tug, his new dog, and his friend/lover Alyss are called in to figure out what is ailing the Lord of No [...]
The Short and Sweet of ItWill finally is set off on his own, but not to fight the straightforward, frontal assault enemies of the past. This time he is up against a legend, an elusive sorcerer rumored to be poisoning the king of a northern fief, a land integral to the protection of the whole kingdom.A Bit of a RambleAs with all of the Ranger's Apprentice books, I loved the characters, the battle tactics, the weaving of plot lines, and the setting. Seeing Will strike out on his own was almost poi [...]
Rangers Apprentice Book 5 The Sorcerer in the North was possibly the most stupefying book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. When sorcery is suspected in the north protagonist Will, newly appointed ranger, is sent to investigate with his allies Horace the oak leaf knight a strong willed once enemy and Alyss a kind good friend of the kings diplomatic service. Will must go in disguise as a traveling performer to investigate the odd occurrences happening at the strategic Castle Macindaw he me [...]
The Rangers Apprentice series by John Flanagan is truly one of the best series I've read so far in the world of reading. This is one of those books where you are just so compelled to keep on reading. I'm not a huge bookworm most of the time, but these books are incredible!The series takes place in a vast land of kingdoms, battles, and sorcery. Will is centered in Sea Cliff fief temporarily until he is sent to the Northern lands as a jongluer. It is foretold that sorcery is about and a small cast [...]
I'm loving these books they just get better and better. The characters are growing into wonderful people I truly enjoy reading about. This is the book I'm having to make myself put down to continue on with the "adult" fantasy novel of a gazillion pages. I love that the young adult book with a couple hundred pages and no overabundance of text, is the more immersive and believable of the two.Edit - finished it yesterday over my breakfast. :) They're quick reads & it was easy to guess what was [...]
In the past,I always considered this book to be a bit of a bore; I'm not sure why I ever thought that!The story line is good, and it's exciting to read about Will on his first mission! I love the way he turned out. Well, with Halt as your teacher I suppose it would be near impossible to become anything but one of the best! I really like the character Malcolm, and all the people that live with him in the Healer's Clearing.I especially love the fact that Alyss became involved in the plot, and that [...]
This is a really fast read and I enjoyed it, but in comparison to the other books in the series that I've read so far, it wasn't as great in terms of plot and unpredictability. I'm sure the next book will be awesome though.
9/10. I loved this one in the series it was great! Not quite worthy of a 10/10 rating but very close. Action packed, well built and suspenseful plot and loved the characters as always. Again awesome writing style. Loved this book. My second favourite in the series!
The Sorcerer in the North is the fifth book in the Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan.It starts several years after the last book ended. Will is now a full-fledged Ranger (can I say shame on you for not showing me that happening?) and has his first own fief to look after. But trouble quickly forces him to leave his new home and embark on a secret mission to figure out the truth behind mysterious occurrences in a castle on the northern border of Araluen.This books gives me what I loved [...]
This book - which brings us to the small coastal fief of Seacliff, and then to the remote northern fief of Norgate - is exactly what I had wanted to read earlier in the series, when Will and Evanlyn being whisked off to Skandia derailed my enjoyment of being immersed in Araluen lore. I almost gave this book 5 stars for its pure entertainment value, but then I ended up downgrading it to 4 stars because there wasn't quite as much humor, or anything particularly remarkable, as in other books. A sol [...]