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The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice #5)

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Will’s first adventure as a full-fledged Ranger!

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, even -- until the Skandians show up and Will has to deal with the threat. Shortly thereafter, Will goes on a
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Published June 25th 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2006)
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Rachel Lightwood
Contains mild spoilers for this book and the prequels.

The Sorcerer in the North was, unfortunately, my least favourite of the series and probably the weakest sequel too IMO. I was a little jarred by the beginning - as it was set an entire five years after the events of The Battle for Skandia. Once I got used to an older will and the surrpisngly obvious lack of both Halt and Horace, it wasn't so bad... until we got pulled away from the new situation - again - and thrust into this new world of clo
Ademilson Moraes
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 main charac
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This series just keeps getting better and better. I was a little nervous when there was a several years jump in-between this book and the last, and there were a few things that were glossed over in this jump (romance) that I wish I had gotten to explore with the characters, but I still enjoyed this book very much.

Will is finally a full Ranger, and is out on his own. While most of his growth happened in books 1-4, it is easy to see how much more he has improved in the skip of a few years, and his
Braden Bell
I'm a fan of this series, but I felt that Flanagan started doing some great things in this book. It's Will's first adventure alone, and I was happy to see an increased role for Alyss. Flanagan has found a way, in my opinion, to credibly give his female characters important things to do in the context of a medieval world.

This book had some themes I think are especially important for adolescents to read--being popular vs. being good, the idea of appearances and making judgments on those appearanc
Not my favorite of the books so far. I mean, last I saw Will he was 16, and now he's 21-22, so it took a little while to really get used to the idea of reading from an adult's perspective, but still in a middle grade book...
Are these even middle grade anymore? I mean, the first few books pushed that because usually 15-19 is considered YA, and now he's in his 20's and he'll only get older as the series goes along, but I only find these books in the children's section at bookstore, so I dunno how
The Short and Sweet of It
Will finally is set off on his own, but not to fight the straightforward, frontal assault enemies of the past. This time he is up against a legend, an elusive sorcerer rumored to be poisoning the king of a northern fief, a land integral to the protection of the whole kingdom.

A Bit of a Ramble
As with all of the Ranger's Apprentice books, I loved the characters, the battle tactics, the weaving of plot lines, and the setting. Seeing Will strike out on his own was almost poi
Ashrakat Deyab
Once you're really into this book, you can't stop reading. The only problem was that, for me at least, the first half didn't really grab my interest. It was quite boring, what with all the details and half of the book talking solely about Will's to-be mission. I wanted to get to the mission and once I did, I couldn't put the book down.

What I liked most about the novel was the element of mystery. In most of Flanagan's other books, the antagonist and protagonist are both clear as daylight, but in
Jan 16, 2014 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This has been my favorite book in the series, so far.

Will finally settles in
But that's not the end
Now there's a sorcerer from the North
And he needs to find the source
Garrett Longman
The Rangers Apprentice series by John Flanagan is truly one of the best series I've read so far in the world of reading. This is one of those books where you are just so compelled to keep on reading. I'm not a huge bookworm most of the time, but these books are incredible!

The series takes place in a vast land of kingdoms, battles, and sorcery. Will is centered in Sea Cliff fief temporarily until he is sent to the Northern lands as a jongluer. It is foretold that sorcery is about and a small cast
This takes place several years after the fourth book. Will is a new member f the Ranger’s Corps and has just become one of the fifty full-fledged Rangers of Araluen. Will has just received his first commission and the fief that he will be assigned to—Seacliff. It’s supposed to be really nice, quaint, quiet, nothing to crazy or dangerous. Afterall, he’s now the youngest Ranger in the Corps and this is his first fief. Life at Seacliff is much different from the life that Will Treaty is used to—he ...more
Mark Soone
This is as bad as book 2, where it ends almost in the middle of a scene and certainly in the middle of a story...there is no resolution and it is driving me nuts!!!! I have a hold on the next book...but I don't want to wait....Curse John Flanagan.

At first I was disappointed that there seems to be a gap of a few years between the previous book and this one (I still feel deprived of those lost years/event). Will has now emerged as a full fledged Ranger with his own fife, and is clearly the lone ma
This book is really a great addition to the Ranger's Apprentice series.
I am a fan of this series, as it includes a large amount of adventure, wit and great characters. For those who haven't read the series yet, I advise you do.
This is the first book in the series where Will is finished his apprenticeship. When Lord Syron of the Norgate Fief in Hibernia is struck by a mysterious illness, Will, Tug, his new dog, and his friend/lover Alyss are called in to figure out what is ailing the Lord of No
I'm loving these books... they just get better and better. The characters are growing into wonderful people I truly enjoy reading about. This is the book I'm having to make myself put down to continue on with the "adult" fantasy novel of a gazillion pages. I love that the young adult book with a couple hundred pages and no overabundance of text, is the more immersive and believable of the two.

Edit - finished it yesterday over my breakfast. :) They're quick reads & it was easy to guess what w
This is a really fast read and I enjoyed it, but in comparison to the other books in the series that I've read so far, it wasn't as great in terms of plot and unpredictability. I'm sure the next book will be awesome though.
Jon Borah

The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone! 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, even–until 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 kin

Sam Urwin
Ranger's Apprentice The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan is about a young ranger named Will who has recently become a fully accepted ranger. This means he no longer needs to have a mentor to guide him and he may go on journeys by himself from now on. Although, Will had been bored and restless for the past weeks until Lord Syron, master of a castle in the north, caught a terrible illness. Joined by friends, Will goes on an adventure to find out who is loyal to the king and who could have us ...more
Tamora Pierce
Nov 16, 2008 Tamora Pierce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Tamora by: I like the series
warning: cliff-hanger ending!
The review for this book has me in a pickle. On the one hand, this one probably had more humor in it. At least I laughed and chuckled more than in the last few Rangers Apprentice books. On the other hand I hate Strongly dislike solid cliff-hanger endings in novels. I have no problem with story continuation and such, I dislike Major plot points being left unfinished. The Sorcerer in the North did that more so than John Flanagan's other Rangers novels had.

I liked the beginning the best I think. He
Ka Min
The fifth book of a successful series, John Flanagan keeps his readers going with "The Sorcerer of the North". This is the fifth book of the series "Ranger's Apprentice", but this time, it has been six years or so since the "Battle of Skandia", the fourth book. The main character, Will, is now an adult and a full fledged ranger. He gets missions from the Ranger's Corps, and recently Will has gotten a peculiar one. This peculiar mission was to investigate rumors of sorcerer's magic up in the nort ...more
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Have you ever had to face fears that you don’t even understand. Have you ever had to save the one you love. Well Rangers Apprentice Sorcerer of the North has all that, sadly it falls short of other books in the series. If you’ve read the other four books in the series which I’m assuming you have. This book doesn’t lead up to my standards set by the other books in this great series. This book is reading to continue the series but it will leave you with questions answered in book six.
Will, must br
This book felt a lot like the third one (though it was slightly better). It seemed to be setting up for the next one and ended pretty abruptly, while not too much happened in the book itself. It kind of felt like it was only half of one book. Of course, if a book is getting too long, splitting it in two isnt necessarily a bad thing. But I feel like a lot of these books are filled with overly long explanations of things we already know. The amount of times the stuff rangers do get explained over ...more
I got this book for Christmas, and when I did I was excited to read it; after all, it was on my "To-Read" book list. I had stopped reading the series for awhile, because of the fact that I didn't get a chance to get my hands on it. And now that I finished it, I now remember how good the series really is and why I instantly fell in love with it from Book 1.
As a lover of adventure, I felt this book had everything; lovable characters, a plot-line that was amazing and moved quickly, and most of all,
Dec 17, 2012 R.G. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
i was truly let down by this book... after loving the others so much and blazing through the series... this was just terrible... this book which is 3 years after the last one has Will becoming the ranger of his own fife and all but he almost immediately get's taken from there... you don't even really get to learn about the place before he's going off on some secret mission... and i have to say the moment he steps foot in the northern castle i knew immediate what was going to happen... unlike the ...more
Editor's note: Upon reading the series, I've discovered the books are non-chronological. I'd suggest reading the series 1-2-3-4-7-5-6-8... So, if you've just finished book 4, read 7 before 5.


So, can you still call the series "The ranger's apprentice" when the main character is no longer an apprentice? and how many books are left? I guess it's like the new kids on the block (who are no longer new nor kids, just creepy men)...anyways,...

So, this book was some more fun literary candy. If I ques
Víte, tuhle sérii mám vážně rád. Je to taková příjemná oddechovka, u které vypnete a jednoduše si užijete ten příjemný příběh, který si pro Vás John Flanagan připravil. Vím, že od těchto knih nesmím vždy očekávat nejvíce, ale i když se mi pátý díl velmi líbil, z tohohle už jsem tak nadšený nebyl. Jo, bylo to vtipné, svižné, zajímavé a prostě flanaganovské, ale něco tomu chybělo. Kdybych ale jen tak věděl co. Každopádně doufám, že se vydám na dobrdoružství za nalezeném téhle odpovědi. A nebo s
Definetally not one of my favorites. For me, the book dragged on WAY too much. This should have been combined with the 6th one, where the action actually happens.
This is now my new favorite book in the series! Loved it!!! Little bit of romance and comedy and just down right good mystery! There was even one part that i was reading at night and got totally scared! Again, love that the author is all about fast action and doesn't leave you in suspense too long. Although, I guess if I have to wait for the next book to come out I'd die bc this book ends in a major cliff hanger! Can't wait to get going on the next one since Horace comes back at the end of this ...more
Laura Hall
So excited to read the next one!
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Other Books in the Series

Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
  • The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2)
  • The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3)
  • The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4)
  • The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice, #6)
  • Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice, #7)
  • The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice, #8)
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  • The Lost Stories (Ranger's Apprentice, #11)
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“You had this young man with you for... what, six years?"
Halt shrugged. "Near enough," he replied.
"And did you ever understand a word he was saying?"
"Not a lot of the time, no," Halt said.
Crowley shook his head in wonder. "It's just as well he didn't go into the Diplomatic Service. We'd be at war with half a dozen countries by now if he was on the loose."
Will drew a deep breath to begin talking. He noticed that both men took an involuntary half step backward and he decided he'd better try to keep it as simple as possible.”
“You won't get much with only ten men," Will said, in a reasonable tone of voice. Gundar snorted angrily.
"Ten? I've got twenty-seven men behind me!" There was an angry growl of assent from his men-although Ulf didn't join in, Gundar noticed.
This time, when the Ranger spoke, there was no trace of the pleasant, reasonable tone. Instead, the voice was hard and cold.
"You haven't reached the castle yet," Will said. "I've got twenty-three arrows in my quiver still, and a further dozen in my packsaddle. And you've got several kilometers to go-all within bowshot of the trees there. Bad shot as I am, I should be able to account for more than half your men. Then you'll be facing the garrison with just ten men.”
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