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Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice #7)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  35,536 Ratings  ·  1,101 Reviews
In the wake of Araluen's uneasy truce with the raiding Skandians comes word that the Skandian leader has been captured by a dangerous desert tribe. The Rangers - and Will - are sent to free him. But the desert is like nothing these warriors have seen before. Strangers in a strange land, they are brutalized by sandstorms, beaten by the unrelenting heat, tricked by one tribe ...more
Unknown Binding, 441 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Random House Australia (first published 2007)
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Juny Actually in an authors note, John Flanagan was almost done with book 6 when he realized that he left out an important part in Will'l life, ooops....…moreActually in an authors note, John Flanagan was almost done with book 6 when he realized that he left out an important part in Will'l life, ooops.... anyways he had already started on this adventure, sooo.... that my friend is why he went back in time :) (less)

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Moraes the Bookworm
This book is the seventh on the series. Nothing epic happens here, but the story is well put together. It features some of the well known characters as well as introducing some new ones; Flanagan makes good use of humor to keep things light. It's important to mention that this book does not follow the previous one chronologically. Instead, the story here follows the events that happened between books four and five.

At the beginning everything is going well, even though Will is tense due to his up
Jan 31, 2016 Chichipio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It would have worked great as a fifth book. As a seventh, however, loses major points.

First, you have to get over the fact that you won't get to know what happens after the end of book six for a while longer.

Then, once you start warming up to this story, you realize that there's no sense of urgency to it. It's not because any fault with the writing, but because you already know how things are going to turn up for the characters.

For example, at Tug's disappearance, nobody could have any doubts t
Ahmad Sharabiani
Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice, #7), John Flanagan
عنوان: آزادی ایراک - جنگاوران جوان کتاب هفتم؛ نویسنده: جان فلنگان؛ مترجم: فائزه اثناعشری؛ تهران، افق، 1394، در 320 ص؛ نقشه، شابک: 9786003531178؛ موضوع: داستانهان کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
Feb 23, 2012 Thais rated it it was ok
This was the first book in the series that I was disappointed in. If it had been placed in it's proper sequence according to the timeline of the other books, it would be read before book 5. Flanagan goes back in time to tell a story before Will becomes a full fledged Ranger. If it had been placed before book 5, I wouldn't have been disappointed. However, I felt that there were certain elements that would have been referred to in book 5 and 6 that couldn't because this book hadn't been written ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
One of the best in the series, set in Arabian lands called Arridin and reminiscent at times of the movie Hidalgo. It's quite heartwarming, yet also heartbreaking. Lots of action, some battle scenes with clever tactics, etc.

This book features some poignant horse scenes (Tug, Arrow, etc.). Main characters are Will, Halt, Gilan, Horace, Princess Cassandra, Erak and Svengal the Skandians, Setheren the Arridin leader (the Wakir), and Umar ib’n Talud, Aseikh of the Khoresh Bedullin tribe..

I loved thi
Will the Ranger meets Lawrence of Arabia, and a good time is had by all (well, except for a little being chained to camels and almost beheaded, etc)! No, not really Lawrence, but definitely Arabia, and the book is much the better for a little touch of exoticism and the lack of rain (I don't know why, but whenever I think of this series, I picture a guy with a longbow standing in drizzling rain). I got kind of tired of the series last year, but had a yen to pick it up again, and I'm glad I did. ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This just needs to be read in between books 4 and 5. I'm rating this book as if I had read it in its proper place. It is exactly what I wanted. It had such a happy-sad feeling that would be a perfect transition to the books where Will is on his own. Loved it, and I am loving this series!
Feb 21, 2016 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2016
The best, so far, in this enjoyable series.
Well...well... looks like Will &co. were loooong way from home in this 7th book... Get trapped on sand storm, lost direction and half dead on vast dessert, wagering Tug on Bedullin tribe's race and Halt nearly beheaded? What went wrong here? Wait a minute, where were they actually?
(By the way, story wise it was between 4th and 5th book, so I read this before the 5th, but it was the 7th book of the installment)

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May 03, 2013 Gillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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Aug 29, 2014 Negar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بعله. اول اینکه بگم، بعد از اینکه اینقدری که من این کتاب رو خوندم یه کتاب رو بخونید، آخرش یه سری عیب پیدا می کنین که باعث بشه کتاب پنج کامل نشه.
ولی من اینقدر با کل این مجموعه خاطره دارم، اینقدر که تموم شخصیت هاش برام عزیزن، به جز پنج چیز دیگه ای نمی تونم بدم بهش.
اصلاً بشینم خاطره ها رو تعریف کنم یه سه چهار سالی طول می کشه. :)

این کتاب داستان ویله که سال آخر کارآموزیش رو می گذرونه. داستان ویل که پنج سال گذشته رو همراه هلت و با پشتیبانی اون گذرونده و حالا مجبوره به زمانی نزدیک بشه که مسئولیت های
Feb 05, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well well well, that went too well. It was fantastic in fact! One of my favorites in the whole Ranger's Apprentice series <3
Erak's Ransom is:
*Cute! (Halt's wedding, sweet remarks between Halt and Lady Pauline, Horace and Gilan, Will's graduation)
*Adventurous! (I just love how the adventures take place in different landscapes and countries: Celtica, Lands of Rain and Night, Skandia, Gallia, Arrida -I'm not sure the spelling is correct. The characters have experienced the freezing climate of
Jul 12, 2016 Marjolein rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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It has been a year since I read the sixth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series and since I was looking for an Australian author to read for the Southern Hemisphere reading challenge, it seemed the perfect moment to pick this series up.

For this book I've made the change from reading it in Dutch, to English. This caused little problems (it took me quite some time to realize that Horace is Arnaut from the Dutch books), but after
Jul 04, 2010 Loralee rated it it was amazing
It's not To Kill a Mockingbird or Lord of the Rings. But for what this book is supposed to be, a YA fantasy novel, it's brilliantly put together. Good sound plot, memorable characters, satisfying action scenes, near-death in the desert, traitors, bargaining, horse-racing, archery, and a princess with a sharp turn for bargaining--as well as a mean slingshot. The quality of this novel is even more remarkable considering this is the seventh book in the series, although the author has wisely tackled ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
Okay, first, this book is non-chronological with the rest of the series so-far. it doesn't offer any spoilers or anything really of value where it is in sequence (out-of-chronology), so I'd suggest reading the books in this order (so far)


I'll edit my book 5 review to reflect that as well..

..anyway, I really liked this book as well. As I've said on all the other ones in this series, it's candy fiction. It's not deep, but it sure is fun.

This one takes place in a north-africa-type set
Jan 09, 2010 Brianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the ranger's apprentice series. But for the last few books I haven't really been feeling it, where the plot was going.

This goes back in time in comparison to the last two books by being in the time period when Will is still an apprentice. I thought that this bridged the gap nicely and I am ready for the next one in the series.

The characters are much the same as they have been before, and it seems that all the actions are kind of shallow. But Will goes through some really trying times. T
Rachel Lightwood
4.5 stars

This was probably my favourite of the series so far. The Battle for Skandia used to be but I felt that this was a much more well-rounded read. The action was paced better and not just left for a massive finale. I liked that we got to see another new land with new characters, new customs and culture. The desert scenes really added to the atmosphere well. We got to see a lot of character development in Will as he faced some dangerous situations and prepared himself for his graduation. I l
It's a wobbly 3 stars. I was really disappointed in this entry in the series. It was based around the capture of a an old friend ( almost adversary ) Erak one of the Skandians from previous books. The problem was the focus was mainly on the rescue and then trouble that the team of heroes get into and not the captive. The one thing that did save this book for me was the horse race in the desert. It was a brief race but it was thrilling.
The author did state that this entry in the series went back
May 11, 2016 Adrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Nothing but love. I adore the characters in this series. Yes this novel falls out of order but that doesn't mean it is any less meaningful. I like it as much, if not, even more than a number of the others in this series.
Oct 09, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, john-flanagan
It was a bit confusing, because it happens to be 5 years previously of the 6th book. So I was a bit confused first. It wasn't said on the backside eather. I had to hear it from a friend. So now you know: It's before the 6th and 5th book.
Alexander Insoft
Jan 07, 2014 Alexander Insoft rated it really liked it
- Ranger's Apprentice Book 7 - Erak's Ransom by John Flanagon.

- The main characters are Will, Halt and Erak, who are friends.

- Will and Halt are rangers, who are essentially assassins. Will is an apprentice to his teacher, Halt, but is about to graduate from his apprenticeship. Will, Halt and Erak fought in a battle together and won. Will had organized the battle strategy and had signed a treaty, called the Will Treaty, with the Skandians. Will had a strong spirit and is very courageous.

- Halt i
Alas, this was my least favorite of the Ranger's Apprentice series so far. The main problem is that when Flanagan wrote books 1-6, he skipped a period of Will's history in the Ranger Corps that he later decided to go back and write. This method of writing within a specific universe and time doesn't always fail--Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar novels jump all over the place in time, but because she's given herself a very broad world in which to work, and a large time period, it totally works. Each ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am pleased to say that this Ranger's Apprentice installment was almost as good as the first four. Almost. But not quite. Why? Well, for one thing Halt gets married. I just have never seen Halt as the marrying type, let alone having a large wedding with ceremony and a bride-and-groom dance. Yes, it is largely Lady Pauline who insists on the large wedding and whatnot, and though Lady Pauline certainly broaches no argument, I just don't see Halt bending to anyone's will - not even hers - as ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the seventh book in the ten book Ranger's Apprentice series. Like all of the previous books, this book was a solid middle grade fantasy book. Nothing epic happens but the story is well-put together, features great characters that are very heroic, and has just enough humor to keep things light.

This book goes back in time from the Seige of Macindaw. This is the right before Will was given his Silver Oak Leaf and made a full Ranger. Will is concerned about his upcoming test for full Ranger
Jul 24, 2016 Lanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic Fantasy lovers
It's a good story.

It's fun.

It's exciting.

It's well written.

The characters are well rounded.

It's got plenty of funny bits. (I laughed out loud several times.)

It's great fun to have the gang back together agin on a big important mission. & seeing this desert culture/country with the guys so far out of their natural habitat was such great fun. It really adds to the world.

But it's not in Chronological order in the series!

That's the books biggest the problem. It takes place before the even
Apr 10, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
This sequel was a surprise because it took us back in time to when Will is still an apprentice. Rather a cruel trick, considering the last book was left with an unanswered question that we now have to continue to wait for. However, at the same time, it seems right to address this stage of Will's training. I was rather disappointed when we jumped two books ago from near the beginning of Will's apprenticeship to suddenly finding him a full-fledged ranger (one would assume that, since the series is ...more
Lucas Falls
Sep 21, 2016 Lucas Falls rated it really liked it
It was a good book and i plan to continue read the series.
Derrick Adl
Mar 21, 2013 Derrick Adl rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Rangers Apprentice: Erak's Ransom. This is the 7th book in the series and is just as intense and action packed as the rest of the books. Yet this is the 7th book, the time period of the story goes between the 4th and the 5th books. This was a bit confusing at first but then i understood it.

The story starts out with Will and Horace and of course Halt. Its after the Battle at Skandia and they are back to their castle and Halt is getting married. Everyone is having a good t
Jorrele Rivera
Jan 04, 2013 Jorrele Rivera rated it it was amazing
The Ranger's Apprentice is a great book series. The story is about a ranger apprentice from Araluen who is learning the ways of the ranger corps, rangers are accurate, silent, and deadly with their set of weapons. The ranger apprentice is named Will and Will is being trained by Halt. In the seventh novel, Erak's Ransom all of the Araluen is celebrating Halt and Lady Pauline's wedding when they get a surprise visitor. One of the Skandian Raiders, Svengal reports to the Rangers with news that ...more
Sarah Maddaford
I have to admit that my biggest problem with the previous book in the series was that it jumped forward too many years and left out quite a few potential stories. This book seems like a solution to that except that it still jumps forward from Battle for Skandia by about 2 years. I did appreciate seeing Cassandra (still being referred to in text as Evenlyn most of the time...) and Halt featured more prominently (Gilan was a good surprise too). Unfortunately, having Evenlyn on a quest with Will, ...more
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Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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“But what if I make a mistake?' Will asked.

Gilan threw back his head and laughed. 'A mistake? One mistake? You should be so lucky. You'll make dozens! I made four or five on my first day alone! Of course you'll make mistakes. Just don't make any of them twice. If you do mess things up, don't try to hide it. Don't try to rationalize it. Recognize it and admit it and learn from it. We never stop learning, none of us.”
“Always expect something to go wrong," he told him. "Believe me, if you're wrong, you're not dissapointed. If you're right, you're ready for it.” 232 likes
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