Halt's Peril: Ranger's Apprentice Series, Book 9
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Halt's Peril: Ranger's Apprentice Series, Book 9 (Ranger's Apprentice #9)

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Rangers walk the line between life and death every day, but never before has that line appeared so thin or death felt so certain.

Hot on the trail of the Outsiders - a cult that's been making its way from kingdom to kingdom, conning the innocent out of their few valuables - Will and Halt are ambushed by the cult's deadly assassins. Pierced by a poisoned arrow, Will's mentor...more
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Published October 5th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2009)
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Mara
I have put off writing this review as long as I can. No, I haven't put it off because I have such dreadful things to say about it; I put it off so that I may think of what to say about it. Unfortunately, there really isn't anything in Halt's Peril to excite particular interest in a positive or negative way.

It is a good installment, and fairly suspensful, though its ending is easy to guess. Mr. Flanagan isn't an Author who allows permanent evil to befall main characters. Like all of the books, hi...more
Mark Soone
I just love everything Flanagan has done with this series. I am so disappointed only by the fact that I only have 1 book left + the lost stories. I have already put book one of his outcast series on hold for my kindle and am deperately waiting for it to come in.

This series has a perfect blend of action, plot development, character development, dialouge and depth of relationships....basically everything one could want in a fantasy series. In this edition Halt, Will & Horace pick up the chase...more
David
Halt, Horace and Will are on the trail of Tennyson & his followers. The false prophet of the Outsider cult escaped justice for his crimes in Clonmel, & Halt is determined to stop him before he crosses the border into Araluen. Will has defeated one of Tennyson's Genovesan assassins in Clonmel -but there are two left alive. Are the extraordinary archery skills of Will and Halt enough to save them during a duel with the Genovesans . . . or is Will's mentor facing his last battle?(less)

Halt'...more
Caleb P
Has someone really important to you ever been in a lot of trouble and you couldn't do any thing? In Rangers Apprentice Halt's Peril book 9 by John Flanagan: Halt, Will, and Horace(men fighting for the king) Halt is a quiet ranger who can move around without being seen using a cloak. Will is a new ranger who looks up to halt like a father and tries hard to please him. Horace is a broad shouldered knight who is a experienced sword fighter who looks to Halt and Will as family. They are chasing a gr...more
Library Lady
While I did like this book, it wasn't as good as the others in the series. The bantering between Halt, Horace, and Will was great, and I loved the action sequences, but the plot seemed a little disjointed. Actually, in form and tone this book reminded me quite a lot of the third book in the series, which is the one that I remember the most clearly. (I think this is because it was that book that made me realize how much I loved the series since I was so worried and heart-sick over Will!)

I also li...more
Debby
The Ranger's Apprentice series has been one of my favorites as I've watched the characters develop and when it arrived in at school on Friday, I grabbed it for my weekend read. While Halt's Peril was a good read, I feel that book 8, The Kings of Clonmel and Halt's Peril could have been combined into one tighter story. Readers already know that Rangers are skilled at concealment and very intelligent, that Horace is a dependable friend and knight. 150 pages passed before the plot advanced. Still w...more
Courtney
If I could give this no stars and have it count as a reading, I would.

I fell in love with the Ranger's Apprentice series hard in middle school. The world was fascinating and the characters strong. So I did as I do with any series I loved the first book of, and checked out as many as the library would lend me. In this case, four. The first weekend was a dream. I read through book two before dinner on Friday, and started in on book three. To make a long story short, I didn't sleep much Friday or S...more
Bhavin Shah
I chose this book because it is the ninth book in the Ranger’s Apprentice Series. It also is the finale to the two book plot on the “Outsiders”. In this book, two Rangers, Halt and Will, along with their friend, Horace, are chasing down a band of thieves called the Outsiders. During the chase, Halt is almost fatally wounded, but he recovers and with his friends he is able to find and defeat the “Outsiders.” My favorite quote is when Halt says, “I really am getting too old for this sort of thing...more
Karen Ball
Halt, Will and Horace are trailing Tennyson and his group of outlaw thieves masquerading as a religious cult known as the Outsiders. Although they chased them out of Clonmel, they didn't capture the group, and now the Outsiders are headed through Picta, aiming for Araluen. Tennyson has a pair of paid Genovesan assassins hanging back behind the main group, waiting to ambush the Rangers and Horace in a forest of dead trees. In the battle, Halt is nicked by a poisoned crossbow bolt before Will kill...more
Andrew
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Keilani Ludlow
From this point forward in the series, I am just cutting and pasting my previous info with a separate paragraph at the bottom specific to this particular book in the series.

If you check out my other 4 stars, you'll see that there is some stiff competition and I don't hand it out lightly. If you are really into Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, etc. you may find these a little bit light. However, as I stated above, they grow, and I really enjoy that they are totally enthralling but at the same ti...more
Barbara
This book wraps up the story begun in Kings of Clonmel.
Tennyson, his core group of followers and his two hired assassins/bodyguards have made good on escaping from Clonmel and have headed east to Picta, with the intention of returning to Araluen to resume their religion scam.
However, Halt, Will and Horace are hot on their trail. Their pursuit is going well, until Halt is nicked by a poisoned cross bow bolt. Now Halt is dying and Will and Horace are frantic to keep him alive until they can get h...more
Karissa
This is the ninth book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. The tenth book is the Emperor of Nihon-Ja. There is also one additional book titled The Lost Stories which released late in 2011. This book does a good job of wrapping up the story that started in, The Kings of Clonmel. Like previous books it is a solid middle grade fantasy, but nothing incredibly creative or outstanding.

Halt, Will, and Horace are on the trail of Tennyson and the rest of the Outsider cult. When one of the Genovesan assass...more
Roxanne
This book completes the story begun in the previous book: Will, Horace, and Halt hunt down the last of the religious cult guys and quash them. A pretty emotional book for Will, since (as the title implies; I'm not giving anything away here) his mentor Halt comes into serious danger and Will has to save him.

I'm not sure how far Flanagan is going to go with this series. Will is a full-fledged Ranger now and has been for a while, but Flanagan keeps dropping hints that, because of Halt's long exper...more
Kimberley doruyter
this one was suspenceful, you think for most of the book that he is going to die.
so this one makes up for the last one again.
10 books in to the series and there are only 2 books that had less then 4 stars.
i will be reading the last 2 and this series will be one of my favas from now on.
Linnea
This series is amazing and I am loving being caught up in the world John Flanagan has created. This book was a bit slower than previous books with a fair amount of tracking and internal dialogue, but the tension was intense. I knew from the book jacket (and the title) that Halt was going to be in trouble in this one, but I didn't know when it was going to happen. TENSION! And I didn't know, once it happened, if he was going to make it. TENSION!
I had to set it down and take a deep breath a couple...more
Regina Spiker
Just when I think that John Flanagan can't top his previous release in the Ranger's Apprentice series, The Kings of Clonmel, he comes out with #9 - Halt's Peril. Even though this is published as juvenile fiction, I am just as eager to read it as my 14 year old son. Our heroes, Will, Halt, and Horace band together again to capture the leaders of the cult, Tennyson and the Outsiders who are on a quest to con the unknowing in the Kingdom of Araluen out of the few valuables they own. Traveling with...more
Kelly
This series is so enjoyable. I think that Flanagan gets better at storytelling as the series progresses. I do, however, have to remind myself that these books are intended for ages 10+, because I get a little frustrated at the repetition of information. He repeats important information a bit too often for me. I'm usually thinking, "Uh, duh, we just read that 20 pages ago." But maybe for younger audiences this is necessary. Overall, I love the humor, camaraderie, adventure, trust, and love that f...more
Deborah
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think John Flanagan is one of my favorite authors of all time. His stories are compelling, the characters are easy to relate to, and I have a hard time putting his books down. He is a fantastic storyteller. I keep thinking I will read to the end of the chapter and when I get there, I have to keep going because I CAN'T wait to see what is going to happen next...I have to find out. His books usually only take a day or two to read and I have to stop everything else I...more
Alison
This series is awesome. I didn't think it sounded particularly good at first, but I knew a few people who said it was amazing so I decided to try it. The characters are full of quirks and the way in which they interact with each other is very amusing, especially when it comes to Halt. The novels take place in an imaginary world, but it's based off of medieval Europe. There's so much character development throughout the series and the vocabulary of John Flanagan is amazing. It may be a book for c...more
Ian
Halt's Peril by John Flanagan takes place in the open fields after the escape of the missing cult leader of a fake god. The two rangers, Halt and Will, along side Will's trustworthy friend, Horace, are in hot pursuit of the cult leader but the cult leader has two assassins along side of him. The two assassins lay hidden in a forest and open fire on Will and Halt. Will is fine but Halt is on the brink of death. Will Will be able to get the antidote before Halt dies? Find out in the sequel of King...more
Mr. Baad
Definitely the least engaging book of the Ranger's Apprentice series. It's the longest book, but the first 200 pages could have probably been condensed to 75 or so. It takes a long time to get going, and the "peril" of the title is only a subplot in the bigger narrative, and a lot of the early banter between Will, Horace, and Halt seemed stale. I enjoyed the final third of the book, but if I hadn't been so invested in this series, I would have never made it that far. Hopefully The Emperor of Nih...more
Karin
Better than #8, but picking up exactly where that one ended, the 2 rangers, their super-awesome horses, and their knight friend continue their pursuit of the evil cult leaders they defeated in Clonmel. Instead of outright battle, though, this time they face the elements and a life-threatening injury to Halt himself (gasp!). Kinda neat to have the focus change and the emphasis on the relationships that are such a strong part of the series. Really great. I continue to be a die-hard fan of this ser...more
Anggia Retno
We’re back to Halt, Will, and Horace adventure. They’re pursuing The Outsider and their leader Tennyson that killed King Farrel in the previous book.
But their adventure is not that smooth, Halt has been shot with the poisonous arrow, he come close to death, and no one in this group know about poison.
Will become panic, Horace just don’t know what to do.
Will this become Halt last adventure?
Will this adventure bring death to our favorite Halt?
Stacy Mozer
I love this series and was very excited to get a copy of the book at BEA10, but I have to admit that this was my least favorite. During a long chase Halt gets hit with a poisionous arrow and Will must save him, but it's all a bit too simple and the pace is slow. The book is also missing the serie's female characters, who I always enjoy. Hopefully this was just a bridge book and the story will pick back up its pace in book 10.
Heather
9th Ranger's Apprentice. I really like the characters in this series and the adventures they have, but...this book was a little boring. It just seemed like not much happened. (Except for the whole part where Halt is in peril that you get from the title). There is still the fun banter between Will Halt and Horace but where was the story to go along with it?
Phoebe
Halt, Horace, and Will are still hot on the trail of Tennyson, the fraudulent preacher, in this new installment. The usual good writing, playful banter between the familiar and beloved characters, and suspenseful plot are all here in force. The author offers some nailbiting moments that explain the rather enigmatic title. Fabulous as always.
Kristy
Of course this was a fun read. I am always drawn straight into the adventure. This is the 9th book and I thought it did a very good job bringing the whole story full circle. He is writing book 10 right now, but I think book 9 will be it for me. I want to remember the characters as they are at the end of this book...nothing left hanging.
Amanda
I always love these books! Excellent character building, and always a new pickle they've gotten themselves into :) I first thought this book would be focused on finding the cult group, the Outsiders, but was pleasantly surprised that the plot line took a different turn. Still a wonderful series, even after 9 books!
Makenna
Just finished this. It was a very satisfying read, and I'm glad that I've read this series. There aren't many books left in the series, so that's a bummer. I'm not sure if I should read book 10 immediately after this one, or should I space myself out? Oh well, ignore my rambling please, let me get to the reviewing part. The characters were just as brilliant as ever, and it was very nice to see Malcolm again. The next book looks a little dull in comparison, just telling from the summary. Will and...more
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For mysteries by this same author, see John A. Flanagan.

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“Does it matter?" Halt asked.
Horace shrugged. "Not really, I suppose. I just wondered why you'd gone to the kitchen and why you took the trouble to remain unseen. Were you hiding from Master Chubb yourself? And Will just turned up by coincidence?"
"And why would I be hiding from Master Chubb in his own kitchen?" Halt challenged. Again. Horace shrugged innocently.
"Well,there was a tray of freshly made pies airing on the windowsill, wasn't there? And you're quite fond of pies, aren't you, Halt?"
Halt drew himself up very straight in the saddle. "Are you accusing me of sneaking into that kitchen to steal the pies for myself? Is that it?"
His voice and body language simply reeked of injured dignity.
"Of course not, Halt!" Horace hurried to assure him, and Halt's stiff-shouldered form relaxed a little.
"I just thought I'd give you the opportunity to confess," Horace added. This time, Malcolm couldn't conceal his sudden explosion of laughter. Halt gave them both a withering glance.
"You know, Horace," he said at length, "you used to be a most agreeable young man. Whatever happened to you?"
Horace turned a wide grin on him. "I've spent too much time around you, I suppose," he said.
And Halt had to admit that was probably true.”
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“Halt regarded him. He loved Horace like a younger brother. Even like a second son, after Will. He admired his skill with a sword and his courage in battle. But sometimes, just sometimes, he felt an overwhelming desire to ram the young warrior's head against a convenient tree.
"You have no sense of drama or symbolism, do you?" he asked.
"Huh?" replied Horace, not quite understanding. Halt looked around for a convenient tree. Luckily for Horace, there were none in sight.”
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