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Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice #9)

4.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  33,263 Ratings  ·  873 Reviews
"The New York Times" bestselling series introduces its ninth book!
The renegade outlaw group known as the Outsiders has journeyed from kingdom to kingdom, conning the innocent out of their few valuables. Will and Halt, his mentor, are ambushed by the cult's deadly assassins when Halt is pierced by a poisoned arrow. Now Will must travel day and night in search of the one p
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Turtleback Books (first published 2009)
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Will, Horace, and Halt travel from Hibernia to Picta to Araluen, chasing down a band of murderous wolves in sheep's clothing. They must destroy this treacherous cult once and for all, but contending with ice-cold assassins (Sicilian-style) nearly costs them everything, as the title suggests. (Chillingly vivid portrayals of Genovesan assassins at work).

Another fast-paced and somewhat heartwarming tale of courage, strategy, and friendship. It was nice to see some old friends from a few prior books
Oct 21, 2014 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alicia O'Carrick

Phew. I’m so glad I finished this. Even though it took me twice as long as it usually would, I had such a blast.

As I have bemoaned for the past couple of months, I was in a terrible reading slump. I haven’t had one quite this bad since I was in middle school. Besides the Maximum Ride series and the odd stand-alone or two, I hardly read at all, and I knew that I couldn’t let that happen again. So, I picked up the next in my favorite series.

It was terrible going into this—not because of the sto
Mark Soone
Feb 25, 2013 Mark Soone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2016
Very good.
Rachel Lightwood
3.5 stars

The Ranger's Apprentice series is quickly becoming one of my all-time favourite series. It has everything I love in a series: fantastic characters, great storylines that never get repetitive, an impressive range of settings and it has always given me that wonderful feeling of needing moreimmediately after finishing. I never want the stories to end.

That being said, I didn't think Halt's Peril was the best book of the series so far. I enjoyed seeing the story of the last book get wrapped
Jan 11, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I simply cannot even.

Update: Page 201 features a meaningful bro hug

And I still cannot even.
Dec 07, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction
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)

Caleb P
Nov 12, 2013 Caleb P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2010 Debby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Numaan Dogar
Dec 13, 2015 Numaan Dogar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The previous book in the Ranger's Apprentice was a let down to me; however, this book redeemed the series in my eyes. While the title would make one think that this is another book specifically about Halt, on the contrary, its not. After a longer that necessary exposition, Halt gets wounded by an arrow while chasing down the religious cult from the previous book. While at first the wound is disregarded as a minor scratch, later on Will finds out the arrow was poisoned. If Will doesn't act soon, ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Anwar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was probably one of the most suspenseful and tragic book in the series. Tennyson the leader of the outsiders has escaped clonmel and has feld to Araluen which is home to Will, Halt, and Horace. Halt, Will, and Horace are right on the tracks of Tennyson and the Genovesans who are assasins hired by Tennyson who also use bows similar to Halts and Wills. When Halt and Will gain on Tennysons tracks the Genovesans plan an ambush on Will and Halt and tragically Halt gets shot in the arm pierc ...more
Brandon Enyeart
Apr 21, 2015 Brandon Enyeart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if your mentor, who's also one of your closest friends, was close to death? The famous ranger, Will Treaty, answers this very question in, Halt's Peril, by John Flanagan. Halt's Peril, the ninth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series, picks up right where the eighth book left off, with King Ferris, who is Halt's brother, dead, and Halt, Horace, and Will chasing after the murderer: Tennyson, the leader of the Outsiders. The chase leads them eventually back to northern Araluan, n ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bhavin Shah
Dec 13, 2012 Bhavin Shah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Keilani Ludlow
Nov 21, 2013 Keilani Ludlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Barb in Maryland
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
Jun 10, 2012 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2010 Roxanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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.
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
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
Zuzana Malá
Nov 15, 2014 Zuzana Malá rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-kindle

4,5* :) jelikož oproti předešlým dílům série se našla slabší místa.
Příběh byl opět geniální. Vzhledem k tomu, že je to 9. díl, dokázal autor vymyslet zase něco nového, neotřelého.
Skládám ti poklonu, Flanagane, ty který mě provázíš Araluenem už snad od mých 14 let a ani teď, v poněkud vyšším věku, to neztrácí kouzlo.
Napínavá zápletka a geniální rozuzlení na konci. Neobvyklý smysl pro humor dvou hraničářů, jeden rytíř, který je odvážný a na druhou stranu p
Oct 15, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2016 Karol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just can't say enough good things about this series that my son told me about. Nine books into the series, it is still going strong and I find myself wanting to read more!
Nov 17, 2010 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.”
“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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