Friday, April 2, 2010

Ranger's Apprentice 5: The Sorcerer of the North

By John Flanagan

Will is finally a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems sleepy-boring even-until Lord Syron, master of a castle far in the north, is struck down by a mysterious illness. Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is suddenly thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure, investigating fears of sorcery and trying to determine who is loyal to Lord Syron. As Will battles growing hysteria, traitors, and most of all, time, Alyss is taken hostage, and Will is forced to make a desperate choice between his mission and his friend.

This story was pretty fun because it’s the first time that Halt is not a humungous feature in the novel. Will is a Ranger now and has to figure things out for himself. I really enjoyed how Flanagan pointed out that Will, while being very young, is in all reality, a true Ranger and not to be messed with. It’s fun to see Will with Alyss, whom we haven’t really seen since the first Ranger’s Apprentice book. It’s really fast-paced and lots of fun. I didn’t laugh quite so much as the last book, but it was still highly enjoyable. This is also another of his books where you can’t just stop because it just hangs in the middle of the story. It made me immediately search out the next book. So, for future reference, make sure book 6 is handy when you start this one.

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