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The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice #12)

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  8,403 ratings  ·  800 reviews
After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible - even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path.

It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone - and it's a request Will cannot refuse.

Paperback, 473 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2013)
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Walter no, he will not be making a 13 allthough two friends and I have been working on a fan-history of the world that the books take place in. John Flanagan…moreno, he will not be making a 13 allthough two friends and I have been working on a fan-history of the world that the books take place in. John Flanagan recently announced the revival of the 2008 plan to create a movie the ruins of Gorlan. Casting begins in the summer of 2015 and the producer has decided to lean heavily on the original script written in 2008. #cantwait!(less)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4.5 stars and the only reason it's not getting 5 stars is because the series is over. Oh and the ending sucked too but other than that this was great!!

It was a pretty long book but this is how I finished:

1. Didn't study for Monday's test.
2. Didn't eat dinner and the next day's breakfast.
3. Didn't get out of bed until 20 minutes before class started.
4. Didn't shower (OK now I showered so shhhh!)
5. Didn't answer my boyfriend's phone calls.
6. Didn't meet an ARC deadline (oops!)


This series, books 1-
Lady Bilbo (Nicole)

That last gif is like my sister and I when we found out about this book.
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Excuse me while I go cry in a corner.

Wow, was this book perfect, or what? It was definitely worth the $12 in shipping fees to get it from the UK, rather than waiting for the USA edition in a month. My life is complete, and yet destroyed. This book makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you happy, sad, scared, worried, pretty much every emotion you've ever felt. In one book.

There is a sort of... conclusive feeling to t

The advantage of living in Australia can sometimes feel like a disadvantage. Sure, we're apparently the envy of a lot of the world financially (if they've heard of us), we have a great environment, some wonderful sports and some of the world's best coffee, yet it always feels like we're last to get any of the good cultural acts. Most of my favourite American bands and films seem to come around after everyone else has had them (and books too). Sure, we get the odd Marvel film early viewing but it
I'm disappointed with the Royal Ranger. I love Ranger's Apprentice series and J. Flanagan writing. I really do. I grew up with the series, I'm going to read it to my children one day (I hope). But to me some stories are better left unfinished. For me, the 11th book is the end of the series. What happens next...well I don't really need to know. The same things like in real life. People die, get old etc...And I don't really need my favourite characters for so many years suddenly grew old or die in ...more

1) shouldn't because you don't have much of a grasp on the series.
2) don't want anything spoiled (like I sadly had).
3) just don't want some additional information on JF RA series book #12.
4) however, if you have randomly read the 11th book, then I think you would be okay to read on. It's not like you have become emotionally attached to any of the characters as such. yah.

So, please. Caution ha
Will Wortner
The Rangers Apprentice: The Royal Ranger

If you love The Rangers Apprentice series, you will LOVE this book.
4.5 stars

The perfect read for a Rangers Apprentice fan. This book gave me such a feeling of nostalgia, it was like visiting and old friend. Flanagan tore at my emotions and made me laugh from start to finish of The Royal Ranger.

Like others said, the adventure isn’t as grandiose as previous novels. It does not make this story any less exciting than previous novels. The adventure Will and the
Annika Lundkvist
Dec 09, 2012 Annika Lundkvist marked it as to-read
Gosh... And here I thought the eleventh would be the last one. I don't know what to make of this. Personally I thought the last book was a perfect ending to the series, but...
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

Not necessarily my favorite book of the series, but I did find it a fitting conclusion as things come full circle and Will is now the grizzled grey-beard taking on an apprentice which opens him back up to the world. (I had sort of guessed what the "senseless tragedy" referenced in the blurb was from several of the reviews - so, thanks for that... )

One thing which kept distracting me is I was trying to think of timelines and ages. According to Wiki, Flanagan has said this last story takes plac
Cait Grace
Before anything is said, this is the LAST RANGERS’ APPRENTICE BOOK. Let that sink in a moment, okay? LAST. Okay, now I’ll hand out the nostalgic tissues and we’ll move forward with a comprehensible review, right?

Ha. Ha. Yeah, I’m funny. HERE COME THE FEELS.

The last two Ranger’s Apprentice books (THE EMPEROR OF NIHON-JA and THE LOST STORIES), I was vaguely disappointed and dissatisfied with the series. Shoot me now, die-hard fans! But they were kind of boring. HALT’S PERIL was my top-favourite. I
This was a good book, like all the others in the series. It probably would have been somewhat less good if I had not read all the previous books. Like most Ranger's Apprentice novels, the plot is nothing spectacular, but the characters are great.

It had less humor and fewer laugh out loud moments than most of the preceding books. It's more bittersweet; less lighthearted. I didn't necessarily like it less because of this, but it was definitely different in tone. Readers who read Ranger's Apprenti
Jul 02, 2013 Elise marked it as to-read
So I read the first chapter on USA Today (

"How do you think fans will react to the final book in the series?

I hope they'll enjoy it. I think they will. It's the usual mixture of adventure, action and, of course, humor. And I hope they'll realise that it's time for the series to end. I've been invading the privacy of Will, Halt, Horace and Evanlyn for years now. It's appropriate to let them have a little time to themselves, without having me peering over
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How I wanted to like this book, the closing of the series. The series has been quite well written, with interesting glimpses into cultural diversity and with a real feel for a mix of adventure, agency, and friendship. Halt's Peril was perhaps my favorite, for it emphasizes the real vulnerability of simply being human.

So I had high hopes for this book. Although the set up is fine -- Will's friends ask him to take an apprentice to ease his grief -- the execution felt light. For this adult, the ser
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: So, I'm a long time fan of the series. It's one of my favorites, and I was excited as everyone else to hear he was continuing it, but then when I found out the premise. Well, I wasn't nearly so excited anymore. And while it turned out not to be as horrible as I feared, I still really wish John Flanagan hadn't written this story line. I couldn't care less about it really. I think he should have just written a prequel story about Halt and Crowley. We all wanted that a ...more
Barb Middleton
An entertaining conclusion that comes full circle from the first book. Flanagan sticks to his usual formula of dry humor in the adult characters and a protagonist that grows up while facing dangers. While this story's pacing slows a bit in the middle because of the focus on training an apprentice, it picks up with an exciting ending. About 17 years has passed and Will Treaty is now middle-aged. Many of the characters from previous books have died or are dying. Others are doing well in old-age an ...more
Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
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Austin A
As soon as I read the first few words of this series I was hooked. I could not stop reading them, I read book after book after book, and once I read them all It was really hard to find a new character that I liked. I read the other series John Flanagan wrote (The Brotherband Chronicles) once I finished those books I was waiting for John to write another Brotherband book and when I came to the book store I found book 12 of The Rangers Apprentice series and I bought it then and there. I finished i ...more
Angela Li
This was the last book to the Ranger's Apprentice series so before trying to read this, I would recommend starting at the beginning. As the last book of the series, I think the Royal Ranger did it justice. It had a really uplifting end and gave a strong but nice nostalgic feel to the very start when we first meet Will and his first few years training as Halt's apprentice.

Even though the book looks long, it was a very fast read. Partly because the reading level was aimed towards slightly younger
Aja Jacobson
It's a sad thing to see a series end, which has been the case with this series three times now. Books 10, 11, and 12 all advertised as the final conclusion. Perhaps worse than seeing a series end though is seeing the series struggle to end. The Royal Ranger tried to bring the series full circle with Will as the mentor training a new apprentice. It quickly becomes apparent though that it's hard to write a series with none of the characters present. Horace, Cassandra, Gilan, Halt, they're all char ...more
I think he kind of over-did the teenager thing.
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"How do you think fans will react to the final book in the series?

I hope they'll enjoy it. I think they will. It's the usual mixture
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You couldn’t think of Will without seeing his unruly mop of brown hair and that cheerful grin on his face. Will had always been filled with an inner energy. He was enthusiastic and inquisitive, forever seeking something new and interesting in life. It was this trait that had led the Nihon-Jan people to christen him chocho, or butterfly. He seemed to flit cheerfully from one idea to another, from one eve
Can't believe this series is gone! NOO! I just can't! Amazing series that I had the privilege to read.
OMG the feels! i just finished this book and i don't know what to say. i cried, i laughed out loud this was just perfect. i can't believe i finished a 12 book series. this series is to me what harry potter is to most people. i just can't expres what i am feeling. it was the perfect ending for this series. it would been great without this as wel but i liked it a lot! will wil always be my first book boyfriend :)
Joon Oh
This ending to John Flanagan's hit series lived up to its name and was just as fantastic as all the other books. As all the other books were, it was very detailed, the plot was clear and interesting, and altogether the book was a great piece of work. The plot was basically set after a time skip from the last book where Will and his companions were much older and mature and Horace and Evanlyn had a child who drastically changed over the course of this book. Maddie, the daughter of Horace and Evan ...more
Edgar Arias
****Spoiler Alert****

The last book, the the final apprentice, the Royal Ranger, this will be the final story the final battle that will be remembered to days to come.The if you like adventure and action read this book!I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars because its so awesome.

The setting takes place in the medieval times in Redmount fief that's were mostly where the story takes place.Okay things have change a lot has changed it takes place a few years later since book number 11.There is a new
I feel that most of the Ranger's Apprentice series is fairly similar, so I'd intended to write my review for the entire series as a whole after I finished this last volume rather than write them book by book as I went along. But The Royal Ranger is so different from the rest of the series that I feel it warrants its own review.

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Breanna Joy
John Flanagan never fails :) Reading this book was like revisiting an old friend. In most of it. There were some things I had mixed feelings about *ahem* the main character.
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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 Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5)
  • 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 Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice, #10)
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“Don’t talk to your horse, dear. People are watching,” Pauline said quietly.
Halt turned a perplexed look toward her. “How do you know when I’m doing that?”
She smiled at him. “Your nose twitches.”
… On the way, Kane [stableboy] kept glancing surreptitiously at the famous Ranger, fascinated by the fact that he kept staring down his nose and tweaking its tip between his forefinger and thumb.”
“Keep practicing," he told her.
"Until I get it right?" she said. But he corrected her.

"No. Until you don't get it wrong.”
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