The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice, #10)
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The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice #10)

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In his brief time as an Araluen warrior, Horace has traveled the known world and fought countless bloody battles. All for his country, his king, and his friends. For all that is right.

When Horace travels to the exotic land of Nihon-Ja to study the Senshi fighting technique, it isn't long before he finds himself pulled into a battle that is not his - but one he knows in his...more
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by PHILOMEL (first published January 1st 2010)
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Stephanie
John Flanagan always amazes me. He is a very talented author. There are very few series I would read to the very end if they had more than five books. Until now, the only author series I've read that have been longer than five books are Harry Potter and the first twelve books of The Secrets of Droon. My point? For me to read a series for this long and be willing to read more, the author has to be pretty darn good.

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja was great! I absolutely loved the drama between Evalyn and...more
Chesra
(I just feel the need to explain the 2-stars rating here.)

I’ve been reading the Ranger’s Apprentice series, written by John Flanagan, for the past two years thanks to my good friend Kara. This is the final book, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja and I spent the entire night reading it, instead of going to bed. Haha.

I don’t think I’ve ever done a book review for this series because I’ve always been relatively impartial about it; it’s an okay book for me. Not something I would buy myself each time it comes...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Here we have another entry in the Ranger's Apprentice series. This is an excellent YA series (some volumes are better than others) and I'd recommend it. Some say this is more a series for boys than for girls but I disagree. Even if it started that way it has grown to include the "love stories" of both Will and his best friend and this book was pretty much split in half. The stories of Will and his male friends is half the story while the tale of Alice and the Princess' adventures is the other ha...more
Suzie
THEY HAVE THIS!?!?! I wish it was out where I live. *sigh*
Luann
Dear Mr. Flanagan,

A heartfelt thanks for sharing the world you created and populated with some of my all-time favorite book characters! You did the series justice with this tenth book. I particularly loved the parts with Alyss and Evanlyn! They came very close to stealing the show, which I absolutely loved.

Does this really have to be the last one?? What are your plans for the future? Any thoughts of writing books that tell us about Halt as a young Ranger's Apprentice? Or are you going to branch...more
Kitty Johnson
I am afraid to say that I was, in fact disappointed. After the first few chapters I new the basic outline for the plot, which to say the least pretty much follows the plot line from the previous books. And by the time I finished I wasn't even happy it say that I figured it out before the ending. I was looking forward to this book in the hope that it would end with a happier note than what I felt when reading the two previous books before. Making Halt a run away prince with a twin brother reminde...more
Dana
HORACE IS GETTING MARRIED, PEOPLE! Omg Omg Omg!!! I feel like his mother :3

The best thing in the whole book <3 <3 I officially elect Horace man of the book! (Pardon, Will)

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja contained many repeated elements (adventure in a foreign country, conflict over the throne, helping foreign countries achieve inner stability, meeting new war leaders, etc..) It IS good to have many characters with different personalities and to know war tactics, but I somehow miss the adventures...more
Michele
Nearly every major character in this series has gathered in the tenth Ranger's Apprentice to help the emperor of Nihon-Ja defend his throne. The action is non-stop and the plot and even the battle tactics are well developed. If you like a detailed and at least what feels like realistic description of battle maneuvers, you will like this book. There is something here for both genders as well. The women are just as brave, resourceful, and willing as the men. There is even a touch of true love thro...more
Elvenarya
by now i was a great fan of the rangers apprentice series. i had fallen in love with almost all the characters(except Alyss, i HATE her)and so i was miserable that this is the last book. while not the best book of the whole series it was still pretty good as it had all the factors that made me enjoy this series. it had adventure , a good plot which was well executed , humor, the good-natured bickering between Halt, Horace and Will and above all an epic decisive battle.

This book is set in Nihon-J...more
P.M.
Horace is visiting the country of Nihon-Ja to learn new fighting techniques. While on this mission, he has developed a father / son relationship with the emperor. While returning from the summer lodge, news arrives that a rival has mounted a rebellion against Shigeru, whose crime has been to try to extend equality to all the clans under his rule. On the run from the enemy, Horace decides to lend his sword to the emperor's defense. Together with a small retinue of loyal retainers, they head into...more
Samantha
What an amazing series. One of the best I've ever read, with characters that spring to life from the pages, with great and practical descriptions of weapons and battles and the like, with amazing humor, and with grand tale after tale.

There were times I felt as if the characters were defined too much by certain aspects of them, instead of the characters showing who they were through their actions, but that did not detract much from the books.

As for this last book, I felt as if it was pretty darn...more
Parcoast
So another new country, but this time it is on the other side of the world. We see the Skandians innovating with ship building, we watch Evanlyn and Alyss resolve the last of the love triangle that was never capitalized on, and (my favorite) we get a brief suggestion that perhaps this is not a look at Medieval Europe, but maybe a futuristic European result. I know, I am stretching it a bit there, but it is possibilities like that that add dimension to a story, IMHO. (I base that off of the comme...more
Gail
I am a fan of this series. I can truly say that all of the books have been great, exciting, and have moved along. This book however, didn't keep me reading like the other books. I enjoyed reading it, but found myself putting it down and picking up other books because it dragged a little for me. I still like the series and will read the next ones when they become available in the states. I have really come to know the characters in this series. It seems as if Horace and Will have literally grown...more
Kathy Davie
Tenth in the Ranger's Apprentice fantasy-adventure series about Will Treaty and his mentor, Halt.

The Story
The core group has split up. Horace and Gregory have gone to visit the Emperor of Nihon-Ja while Alyss, Will, and Halt are in Toscana reviewing Toscan troops and negotiating a treaty between Toscana and Arridi; Selethen is there "to negotiate a trade and military pact with the Toscan Senate".

Unfortunately for Horace, there seems to be more ill will towards the emperor's plans than anyone had...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Not one of my favorites in the series, which is disappointing since it's the last one (not counting the book of short stories). It's not bad, per se, but it just didn't have that same spark that has made me love this series, in general.

Anyway - Horace has gone to Nihon-Ja (essentially a version of Japan) on a diplomatic sort of thing and, while there, gets embroiled in a political upheaval. Evanlyn, worried about him, joins with Halt, Will and Alyss - and others - to go find him.

A quick not abou...more
Karen Keyte
Though still young, Horace Altman has lived a life of daring and adventure. Recognized as one of the most skilled warriors in all of Araluen, Horace's sword has stood fast in the service of his friends, his country and his King. With his best friend the celebrated young Ranger Will Treaty and Will's mentor the legendary Ranger Halt, Horace has travelled most of the known world battling for justice and right.

Horace's latest mission, however, is one of peace and diplomacy. At the behest of Araluen...more
Brian Zhou
This book was a great ending to the Ranger’s Apprentice series. Like all the other books, it was exciting to read and hard to put down. If you liked the Lightning Thief and some other works by Rick Riordan, I recommend that you read this book. It is full of adventure and action, just like the Rick Riordan books.
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Although the whole 8th, 9th, and 10th books were very exciting, I enjoyed the 10th and last book the best. My favorit...more
Kat
Basic plot: Horace finds himself on the run in a foreign land with the emperor of Nihon-Ja when a rival Shensi attempts a coup d'etat. Will, Halt, Alyss, & Princess Cassandra (Evanlyn) hear about it and head to the rescue.

This final installment of the Ranger's Apprentice series had all of the elements a good ending should have. It tied up the loose ends of the series neatly, ended happily, but didn't "close off" the characters. After all, the end of one adventure is merely the beginning of t...more
Aidan
In the book Rangers Apprentice #10 by John Flanagan, the main character Will has to defend the Emperor of Nihon-Ja from a rebellion lead by Lord Ariska. Will, his former mentor Halt, and the Emperor embark on a journey through Nihon-Ja to find the mythical fortress Ran-Koshi, only to find that it is just a valley with very tall mountains on all sides. They decide to set up camp there any way and they train the local, and very loyal, inhabitants to fight Ariska and his men. When the final battle...more
Callee
Hmmm, this was my least favorite in the series. Why? Alyss and Evanlyn. They kind of ruin it for me. I was an Evanlyn fan but in this book she comes off more snotty than normal. Alyss, is always so perfect that it seems unrealistic. She does show jealousy in this book - a lot. Both girls spend the book huffing and puffing like high school drama and then in the end they are magically best friends. I'm all for romance, but these books are better off without it. Just stick with Will, Halt, Horace,...more
Barbara
It is obvious that John Flanagan has a lot of fun writing these books. And that makes them equally fun to read.
Our crew is now far from home. Horace has gone on a diplomatic (of sorts)mission halfway around the world to Nihon-Ja. He is a guest of the Emperor and quite enjoying his visit when a revolt against the Emperor arises. Rather than leave the country, Horace goes into exile with the loyalists.
Next thing we know, the rest of the cast (Will, Halt, Alyss and Princess Evanlyn) and an accompan...more
Amanda Caswell
This is a great addition to the series, but I won't pretend it really felt like an ending---sure, everyone grew more, but they do that every book. The action was neatly portrayed (as always) and even the side characters were intriguing, but I thought he rushed the ending a little. The battle came to a swift conclusion (not a problem within the plot), but then that part of the story just ended cold turkey. I wanted to know more about the interactions of the warring parties that had come together...more
Nathan Phillips
This is, in my opinion, one of the best books in the series. Overall it is a good story about an emperor and a well-known knight, who appears in the rest of the series, and their respect for each other. The main storyline is based around there being a rebel in the emperor’s kingdom who wants to take over.
I thought that it had an interesting start with there being two parts in the story set in different parts of the world and I enjoyed it when the two stories met up. This story made me appreciat...more
Jocelin
This is a wobbly 3 stars.
I was really disappointed with what was supposed to be the final book in this series. I was recently told by one of the booksellers @ my fave bookstore B&N ( yes, shameless plug) that there will be a final (final?) book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. The one thing that was a plus in this book was the fact that we saw Horace really come into his own as a Ranger and as a man. He traveled to Japan (I think) and became embroiled in a battle, where he showed his skill...more
Our Library Mornington
Isn't it always the trouble? We can read so much faster than our favourite authors can write!

The Ranger's Apprentice series is now onto its tenth title, and I recommend it most highly to all children between 10 and 100! (Yes, we do know that you all read the Harry Potter books, and these are just as good if not better!) We have followed Will since he was an apprentice to Halt, the Ranger, and now we see our favourite characters back as they are united as a Special Task Force. We catch up with Ho...more
julia
I found this to be one of the better tales in the series. We got to see a lot of former friends, and we were able to go to a new place and learn new things. The climax was a little anti-climatic, but it worked pretty well. I did get alittle nervous as I got closer and closer to the end with no resolution in sight, but the ending was better than a ST:TNG 5 minute ending.

To sum up the series, I did enjoy it. I got invested in the characters, even though at times it seemed they stayed the same age...more
Kimberley doruyter
i think this is going to be one of my favas in the series.
japan or rangers apprentice version of japan.
Julie
*This review has many spoilers*
Summary:When Horace travels to the exotic land of Nihon- Ja, it isn't long before he finds himself pulled into a battle that is not his - but one he knows in his heart he must wage. A kingdom teeters on the edge of chaos when the Nihon-Ja emperor, a defender of the common man, is forcibly overthrown, and only Horace, Will, and his Araluen companions can restore the emperor to the throne. Victory lies in the hands of an inexperienced group of fighters, and it's anyb...more
Harrison Colyer
Summary Tease: The kingdom of Nihon-Ja is approaching chaos when the current Emperor, an avid defender of the common, working man, is forcibly overthrown. The heroes of this book must find an ancient stone fortress, said to be able to hold off any attack, that only legends of this structure can provide the hints to finding it. With the dictator who pushed the Emperor out of his palace hot on their trail, the heroes don’t have much time or many options. The lack of sufficient soldiers to man and...more
Natalie
Apr 27, 2014 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Adults
Shelves: series
We join Horace on his adventure to the exotic land of Nihon-Ja where he has been studying the military and swordsmanship of the people. The upper and ruling class, the Senshi, start training with the sword when they are ten years old and become expert swordsman and near unbeatable in one on one combat against most soldiers. Those of the lower class,like the Kikori (or woodcutters), are treated badly by the Senshi generally and do all of the farming, food preparation, or in the Senshi's eyes, the...more
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“Ah, Signor Halt,' he said uncertainly, 'you are making a joke, yes?'
'He is making a joke, no,' Will said. 'But he likes to think he is making a joke, yes.”
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“Gundar seemed to come to a decision.
"Well, as my old mam used to say, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's probably a duck."
"Very wise," Halt said. "And what exactly do your mother's words of wisdom have to do with this situation?"
Gundar shrugged. "It looks like a channel. It's the right place for a channel. If I were digging one, this is where I'd dig a channel. So. . ."
"So it's probably the channel?" Selethen said.
Gundar grinned at him. "Either that or it's a duck.”
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