Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan

The Sorcerer of the North (2006)

by John Flanagan

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Ranger's Apprentice (5)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,464335,106 (4.16)19



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 19 mentions

English (32)  Dutch (1)  All (33)
Showing 1-5 of 32 (next | show all)
Once again Flanagan keeps us reading through the book as fast as we could. Boys choose reading over swimming...
I don't know how he breaks so many "writers' rules", like POV changes within scenes, jumping heads, reading thoughts of another, even two different speakers in one paragraph,....yet still keeps us riveted to reading. I find myself analyzing writing style, setting, etc to find out how... He is good and we are hooked. Glad for another book...but have to wait for #6 till it is delivered to us in a week. ( )
  Sonya.Contreras | May 21, 2017 |
Came very close to getting on my favorites list. But all the sequels just haven't lived up to my joy of reading the first book.

That being said, I enjoyed this [and it's sequel] the most after the first book. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |

Quite some time has passed since the last book, as Will is now a full trained Ranger and setting to go on his first mission as a Ranger.

This book was for me a bit different from the previous ones. Will obviously is older, but sadly he doesn't get any training any more (That was one of my favourites parts in the book) and this also means we don't get to see a lot of Halt in this book. You can feel that this book is building up to something that will probably come in book six (which I haven't read yet; so I can't be sure), but this means that there are no great battles in this book. Still, it was a very enjoyable read, and I'm planning to read the sixth book soon (when I get the time and finally find that book in the library) ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
"Yay! Will is finally a full Ranger, and is out on his own. The story actually starts a few years after the events of the fourth book and it is easy to notice how much Will has improved in this period of untold story. He is no longer an innocent boy that always needs to be rescued. Now he possesses sharp and deadly skills that are shown very well through his actions. Will has to solve his own problems now and I really enjoyed seeing his adult attitude.

There were great additions to the group of main characters, the most meaningful of them, in my opinion, being Will's childhood friend Alyss. It was great seeing her finally getting a bigger role and how Flanagan lets the doors of diplomacy open new paths to his tale.

The story of The Sorcerer in the North begins when Lord Syron of the Norgate Fief in Hibernia is struck by a mysterious illness. So Will, Tug (his new super cute and smart dog) and Alyss are summoned to figure out what is happening. They soon find out, through rumors, that there is a dark force living in the woods near Norgate. The locals suspect that this force is responsible for Syron's illness, but Will is not so sure. So he must put his brain into work to try to add all the clues together before it's too late.

All things considered, I really liked this book. It brought balance to the series, since it was not so packed with action scenes as the last one. It was really touching to see how much influence Halt has had in Will's life, through his lessons and most of all through his actions.

The only problem, in my opinion, was the plot in general. It didn't display that amount of depth that I was expecting from Flanagan. At times it felt like I was reading a darker version of a Sherlock Holmes story: we got a problem, we got options for who is the culprit, we investigate, we solve the problem; nothing too deep, not much character development. The only real noticeable development was Will changing from apprentice to full Ranger and Alyss who also was totally different. I just wish Flanagan would've shown us readers the years between book four and five so we could get a little more background on the events that led to them becoming who they are now.

Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review:
Don't concentrate on the obvious. They might want you to miss something else.

The Last Passage
Xander looked at him curiously. The young Ranger seemed to be admitting defeat, but there was a note of grim determination in his voice. Xander knew that this matter was a long way from finished.
“What then?” he asked.
Will turned to face him. The deep cowl of his cloak hid the top part of his face in shadow. Xander could see only the mouth and the determined set of his jaw.
“ Then,” he said, “I’m getting Alyss out of your damned castle—if I have to take it apart stone by stone to do it.”
" ( )
  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 32 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (3 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Flanagan, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corneille, LaurentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
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, evenuntil 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 Timesbestselling series.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Will is finally a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems boring 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.… (more)

» see all 9 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
163 wanted1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.16)
2 4
2.5 2
3 58
3.5 19
4 142
4.5 15
5 132

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 117,121,421 books! | Top bar: Always visible