Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ranger's Apprentice 3: The Icebound Land

By John Flanagan

Help can arrive from the most unexpected places.

Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise—even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers, Halt is joined by Horace as he travels through Gallica towards Skandia. On their way, they are constantly challenged by freelance knights—otherwise known as thieving thugs. But Horace knows a thing or two about combat, and he soon begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. But will they be in time to rescue Will from a life of slavery?

Bah! This book just about killed me. I finally got my hands on the 3rd Ranger’s Apprentice series and I honestly was ready to just break down and cry through the whole book. This is the continuation of the story of Will and Evanlyn’s capture on the jarl Erak’s wolfship. They are sold as slaves, and have to rely on each other heavily. While Will makes it his task to keep Evanlyn’s spirits up, when they get to the capital of Skandia, they are both sold as slaves. Evanlyn to the kitchen, and Will to the frozen yard…where no boy has yet survived long. Without giving anything away, this book was absolutely wonderful. This series is fast becoming a favorite. If you haven’t read it, pick it up and I guarantee you will become as addicted as I have!

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