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The Battle for Skandia: Book Four (Ranger's Apprentice) (2006)

by John Flanagan

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Title:The Battle for Skandia: Book Four (Ranger's Apprentice)
Authors:John Flanagan
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This review contains spoilers for the first three books of the Ranger's Apprentice series.

Will and Evanlyn, with some help from Erak, have escaped slavery and drug addiction and are making plans to return to Araluen. That is, until Evanlyn gets herself kidnapped (again), and Will discovers an enemy of the Skandians, who is eventually interested in invading Araluen. This means he'll have to combine his powers with the Skandians so he can save Araluen and Evanlyn.

Everything from the first three books comes together in this book (Book five skips ahead in time). This means that, as there is a lot left to be tied up, it's simply action packed. Some great battles and fighting are in there. The story is very fast here and it was hard to put the book down. Luckily these books don't have too many pages, so I didn't suffer any sleep deprivation =) ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
3.5 Stars ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 15, 2016 |
"I feel like after months of suffering and agony through the cruel Skandian winter I finally got a little bit of revenge. This book is just wonderful. It ends the story arc started on the first book perfectly. No dry dialogue, no drawn out story line, just plain and simple excellent writing.

The main reason a gave this book five stars is because it has an incredible battle scene which takes more than a half of the book without presenting a single flaw either of writing or cohesion. The whole thing was not done as most authors do, only describing the feeling of the battle and what happens with the main characters. Flanagan really took the time to not only write the battle, but write about it. There´s drama, strategy, political conflict, divergence of interests and much more. Also, the generals use are believable and cohesive; the remaining feeling is that I was reading something that could really have happened.

On top of that, we get to see a lot more of our beloved characters: Will, Halt and Horace. It's very nice to see how much Will has grown on such a short period of time; we see him acting as a commander of sorts, instructing all the archers on how and when they have to shoot. Much of the positive result from the battle is certainly duo to his intelligence in combat. It's clear that after this book Halt and Horace will start giving him a lot more respect and trust.

Interesting quotes that I didn't include in the review:
Failure is just a few seconds away from success.

The Last Passage
Behind the riders, two figures on a terrace of the huge castle stood watching, dwarfed by the soaring turrets and buttresses. Evanlyn raised a hand in farewell and Horace put a comforting arm around her shoulders.
“He’s a Ranger,” the newly made knight told her sympathetically. “And people like us can never understand Rangers. There’s always a part of them they keep to themselves.”
She nodded, unable to speak. The early-morning mist that was cloaking the riders seemed to be thickening for a moment, then she blinked rapidly, and realized that it was tears misting her eyes. As they watched, the sun finally broke through and washed Castle Araluen in a pale golden light.
But Will was riding to the south, and he didn’t notice.
" ( )
  AdemilsonM | Sep 2, 2015 |
This is a very action-packed story. The battle strategies were very well thought out and the scenes are depicted in a very clear manner. In reading, one could see the 'movie' in one's mind. More than that the values of chivalry, honor, loyalty, friendship... and all that is pure and noble are very well showcased here. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
The more I read the "Ranger's Apprentice" series, the more I enjoy it. "The Battle for Scandia" jumps from daring rescues and formidable enemies to brilliant ideas, and, of course, non-stop action. In this book, Flanagan adds yet another layer to this believable fantasy world and introduces a new race of enemies that the main characters must defeat in order to survive, while becoming friends with old enemies along the way. In conclusion, although there are a few points where the plot lacks a bit an originality, overall Flanagan delivers yet another winner with this fast-paced, quick read that will please teens as well as adults. ( )
  ThePageturners | Feb 23, 2014 |
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The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

Still far from home after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, young Will and Evanlyn's plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive. Though still weak, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend but soon finds himself fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring last-minute rescue. But their reunion is cut short by the horrifying discovery that Skandia's borders have been breached by the Temujai army - and Araluen is next in their sights. Only an unlikely union can save the two kingdoms, but can it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy?

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.

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After Ranger's apprentice Will battles Temujai warriors to rescue Evanlyn, Will's kingdom of Skandia joins forces with rival kingdom Araluen to defeat a common enemy.

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