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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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 25th 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2006)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5), John Flanagan
عنوان: جادوگر شمال - جنگاوران جوان کتاب پنجم؛ نویسنده: جان فلنگان؛ مترجم: مسعود ملکیاری؛ ویراستار: احمد پورامینی؛ تهران، افق، 1393، در 380 ص؛ نقشه، شابک: 9786003530355؛ موضوع: داستانهان کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
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. I was a little irritated by the beginning as it was set an entire five years after the events of The Battle for Skandia. but 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 cl
Moraes the Bookworm
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 group of ma
Feb 20, 2009 Brianne rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, teen, new-world
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Feb 10, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Very good. One of the best in the series. Audio is superbly narrated by William Zappa, but I didn't care for the musical intrusions after each chapter.

However, the story is good. Moving at a fast pace, it feels like an adventurous alternative history set in a re-named England (Araluen), in the days of kings, knights, castles, and fiefdoms. No elves. No dragons.

Recurring key characters from prior series include Will the ranger and Alyss the courier diplomat (both are now adults, not apprentices
Jan 28, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2015 Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rivka Ray
WHAT? These books have had cliff hangers before, but this is the worst one yet!!

3.5 stars

I read Erak's Ransom before I read this one, and I'm glad I did. Reading the stories chronologically gives them a better flow.

This book was really good, but I liked some of the other stories better. The pacing of this book is on the slow side, and the mystery is not quite as interesting. I missed the supporting characters too. I'm hoping we will see more of them in the next book. One thing I found really unb
Braden Bell
Jul 31, 2010 Braden Bell rated it really liked it
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
Feb 20, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2016
Very enjoyable.
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 it was amazing
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
Tamora Pierce
Nov 16, 2008 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Tamora by: I like the series
warning: cliff-hanger ending!
Garrett Longman
Oct 09, 2014 Garrett Longman rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
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
Dec 15, 2011 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2012 Evan rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2010 C rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 2015 Lexie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
9/10. I loved this one in the series it was great! Not quite worthy of a 10/10 rating but very close. Action packed, well built and suspenseful plot and loved the characters as always. Again awesome writing style. Loved this book. My second favourite in the series!
Nov 09, 2015 Connor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
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.
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
Well...this skips a lot since the last time we saw Will and Halt!!! Will was now a full-time ranger!!! He completed the training!!! Yeah!!! (Of course he would! He was the best ranger of all good as Halt!) now we're starting the fifth book! Ready for his first mission and his first fief? Look down below!
Ahh!!! I'm so anticipate introducing this book with you! And why? Because I can know fully talk about Alyss!!! One of my favorite characters in the book!!! However, we mustn't f
Dec 05, 2012 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2009 Ka Min rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)
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Mark Soone
Jan 20, 2012 Mark Soone rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2013 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
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Aug 28, 2013 Williamfisher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1

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
Jan 07, 2012 Noelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was ok
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
Thea Tabanas
Oct 26, 2015 Thea Tabanas rated it liked it
Oho~ Wow, I never would have guessed that the series would show Will to be a full-fledged Ranger! I only thought that this whole series is planned for him to be an apprentice and would end with him graduating. I like seeing Ranger Will and his new adventures! Seeing him being more of a badass is so entertaining! It was also nice to see Alyss and Horace too, though he didn't really do anything yet. I look forward to the next book where I'm sure he'll have some action! XD

Anyways, this installment
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Other Books in the Series

Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2)
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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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