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The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice #3)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  40,256 ratings  ·  1,399 reviews
Kidnapped after the fierce battle with Lord Morgarath, Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as captives aboard a fearsome wolfship. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise?even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers he has served so loyally, Halt is joined by Will's friend Horace as he travels toward Skandia. On their way, they are ch ...more
ebook, 260 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Ademilson Moraes
Life can be cruel sometimes and this book was a strong reminder of that. Despite this being one of my favorite series back when I discovered it, I remember that this book was heartbreaking to read because it's basically a huge display of Will suffering all the time.

Let me explain: since Will and Evanlyn have been taken against their will on the end of the previous book, now the author had to divide the story line into two (or four?) points of view; first we have, of course, the point of view fro
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Jen Hill
The Icebound Land is book three in the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan. This series has fast become a favorite of mine. I loved book two so much that I actually went out and bought book three in hardcover. That is a rarity for me since can't stand hardcovers. They are a pain to cart around. But with this book? I couldn't wait. :)

In this book we have two storyline's going on. One features Will and Evanlyn who have been kidnapped and are stuck on a ship headed to Skandia, where they en
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Mason
Why did I read this? Because now I need book 4, but it's going to be July before I can buy any more books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(and yes, I've already checked at the library. We have 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12...)
Rachel Lightwood
Contains minor spoilers.

3.5 stars

I know that I've said this a couple of times already but it deserves repeating: I am enjoying this series so much more than I would have ever expected. I've flown through these first three books, and have the fourth book sitting on my bedside table begging to be read. It's completely addictive.

The characters are some of my favourites already. We get to see a new side of all the characters in this sequel. I especially loved getting into Halt's head and seeing him
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Courtney
This as another solid fantasy adventure to add to the series. In this installment Will and Evanlyn have been taken by the Skandian Jarl Weak back to his homeland to be sold as slaves. Halt, unwilling to let Will disappear forever, leaves behind the Rangers to go after his young apprentice with Horace as his companion.

Horace and Halt were a fun team, although not as entertaining as Halt and Will often are. Their adventures and dedication to Will were a nice touch to the story and we got to see q
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Lazybee
Three down 9 to go.

The book was good but not great.
This book comprises of journey and survival of two parties. Horace and halt, will and Cassandra aka evanlyn.


The main purpose of this book is to lay the framework for the next one. And it does a good work in that.
Ashrakat Deyab
2.5 stars- it was OK.
As captivating as they were, if the 200+ pages of this book had been summarized into a chapter or two and had been merged with the previous or next installment of the series, I would have liked it much more. But the plot just doesn't deserve a whole book of the series to itself. And I understand that Flanagan was merely giving the readers a chance to identify with Evanlyn, but he didn't have to cut Will out of the action do so. The series is called the Ranger's Apprentice af
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Blake Young
The Icebound Land by John Flanagan is the third book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. He may have written this book for many reasons. So far in this series, he has taught a different lesson in each of the books. In this book, he might be trying to teach one to never give up. Flanagan writes in a very serious tone, and the reader can obviously tell. Also, the intended audience is high school students, who may struggle with the things he tries to teach.

The theme of this book is that one may ha
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Trisha
The Short and Sweet of It (from Amazon)
Kidnapped after the fierce battle with Lord Morgarath, Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as captives aboard a fearsome wolfship. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise—even defy his King.

Expelled from the Rangers he has served so loyally, Halt is joined by Will’s friend Horace as he travels toward Skandia. On their way, they are challenged constantly by freelance knights—but Horace knows a thing or two about combat.
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Bobby Luke
This was better than the second book. No stupid scenes like what we get with Horace towards the end of book 2. (Although I don't buy that people didn't realize what Halt was up to at the beginning of the book - it couldn't have been more obvious). We get suspense, but in different forms than we have seen previously. I loved the direction this book went - it was not what I was expecting, and it was captivating.

The end of the book didn't really have what I would call a climax - but these are shor
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Joan
Jan 04, 2015 Joan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: male fantasy lovers
Recommended to Joan by: June Krell
I found this disappointing. It seemed to be an in between book, as if it is setting up the overall story arc for something but I'm not sure what. We know from the last book that Will and Evanlyn are taken by the enemy as slaves. We know Halt will go after them. That was actually the best part of the book: where Halt ended up getting his way since his superiors feel he should be helping to secure the kingdom from the remaining enemies. Will and Evanlyn spend several of the winter months at a half ...more
Andrew
This book wasn't the best, but not the worst.

Will has been taken
Halt was awakened
He wanted to get him back
No matter who he had to attack
Neel Ramesh
I read this before i read book 4.But i am writing this review after so keep that in mind there might be some spoiler ,but ill try my best so here we go!Wow,Not sad but i feel it could be better but still a good book leading up to book 3.(If you have not read book 2 do not read anything after this).After Will and evalyn(spelled that wrong forgot how to)were captured by skandians and are sailing to Skandia to become slaves.No! Halt has decided to go after him with the help of Horace after being re ...more
Callee
I liked this book and would like to give it 3 1/2 stars. My main hesitation in not giving it more stars is bc this book goes on location and characters are separated. I still liked it, but miss all the characters left "at home."
Edgar Arias
****spoiler Alert****


There captured and might not even return but will they survive the terrible prison that awaits them.This is a adventure,action type of genre and man it's so good.I give this book a 5 out of five stars because it's so so good and you should read it.

The setting takes place in a wolf ship and Gallica but mostly in a shelter base where Skandians rest when there's a storm coming in.Okay so Will and Evanlyn are captured and are taken as slaves to be sold of when they reach Skand
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Ali Mac
THE ICEBOUND LAND BY JOHN FLANAGAN!
Sounds interesting, huh? I understand the title, but it has barely anything to do with the plot. WHY are books named after things that have little to do with them?

It's a four star series, even though it keeps getting better. Needless to say, this one is the best so far. Of course, the characters (like in the last books) keep changing and then coming back to normal again and AGAIN and AGAAAAAAIIIIN. The author LOOOOVES to repeat plot-lines. It's the kind of book
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Alex
As the the third book of the series, I was really excited to lead off from the second books story and see what John Flanagan could come up with for this one. At the end of book 2, Will and Evanlyn both get captured by the Scandians and are returned to their home land, Skandia, to be forced to work as their slaves. During this experience unfortunately Will becomes an addict of some sort of weed called warm weed, because it is absolutely freezing in Skandia the drug gives him warmth to survive his ...more
Aelvana
Having been captured, Will and Evanlyn are sold into slavery. Although they continue to work towards escape, it looks increasingly unlikely in this land of winter. Meanwhile, Halt and Horace join forces for a rescue party. Their quest grows increasingly sidetracked as the well-meaning Horace trounces corrupt knight after corrupt knight and the locals start to see him as a wandering hero.

Like the previous two books, the strength of this one is its unexpectedness in the middle of all the familiar
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Oliver Clapham
The ice bound lake, book three of the rangers apprentice series, started with are heroes or now prisoners still in captivity from the jarl Erak of skandia. Later in the book,it tells Will as a garden slave wear he must work in horrible conditions which soon become physically draining for the apprentice.After his hard work, Will spots one of the slaves getting beaten up so he helps. because of his act of heroism, he is rewarded a drug to keep him warm during the night as his blanket had (accident ...more
Alex
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3/26/14
Outside Reading Assignment
· Ranger’s Apprentice Book 3: The Icebound Land by John Flanagan
· Will, the main character of this series, is a young ranger apprentice under the guidance of Halt.
· Halt is Will’s teacher and mentor and is regarded as the best ranger of the time.
· Horace is a great friend of Will’s. He attended battle school and is a known for being a brave knight.
· Evanlyn is a friend Will and Horace met in the last book. She is actually the daughter of King Du
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Brian
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Karen Ball
Third in the Ranger's Apprentice series, we find Will and Evanlyn captive slaves of the Skandian raiders. Taken back to Skandia, they are given to the Skandian's king's hilfmann (housemaster) as slaves, Evanlyn in the kitchens and Will in the frigid and brutal yard. Though Evanlyn reveals herself to Will as Cassandra, the daughter of King Duncan, they quickly realize that she must keep her identity hidden as Ragnak has taken a blood vow with the worst of the Skandian gods to destroy Duncan and ...more
Jerome
Nice read.

There is so much incompetence in this book it's difficult to even begin to chronicle. The much vaunted Ranger awareness is shown in this book to be a total joke. In chapter 24 Halt, the best ranger in the entire kingdom, who's horse has the amazing ability to sense danger lurking in bushes, who himself can hear the slightest whisper of movement from uncanny distances, is caught completely unaware by a dozen untrained crossbow wielding louts hiding in the bushes. Will, the up and coming
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Travis F
Once I read Rangers Apprentice the Ice Bound Land I am going to say that it was one of the best books I read. The book is exciting and it leaves you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. I also like it because the setting never stay the same instead they move around a lot even though there in the same region. That is what I look for in a book because I like exciting fantasy that can relate to me and this book got to me right away and that is why I picked it.

One of the main conflict
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Heather
Hello, this is me getting ticked at this series. For almost the entire book Will and What's-Her-Name are slaves and Will develops a drug addiction. Hope that doesn't spoil the book for you....while it portrays the addiction accurately, I was uncomfortable with it. I'm not sure I want my young boys reading about it. It's not glamorized (quite the contrary) and it's shown as "bad", but still.

Halt and Horace have some fun times and great adventures. I'm very much liking how their characters are dev
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Sarah
Dec 03, 2007 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 4-7
Shelves: children-fantasy
Held captive by the Skandians, Will and Evanlyn survive a nearly fatal journey crossing the Narrow Sea on the Wolfwind, a few months trapped at Skorghijl (due to bad traveling weather) while being bullied by their captors, and another long ride on the Wolfwind before they reach their final destination: Skandia, where they are sold as slaves in the icy, snow-covered land. Naturally, they are immediately separated. Though they both are enslaved at the Great Hall (Will is put to work out in the yar ...more
Julian P
I am currently reading Rangers Apprentice, The Icebound Land by John Flanagan. The book is about Will (the main character) getting kidnapped by a group of people named Skandians. Will had been taken to a little island where the ships depart to go to Skandia. Halt (Wills trainer) was forbidden to leave the kingdom 'till a little problem with a man named Folgar was solved. From that rule Halt was furious at the king. Halt then went to a little bar and badmouthed the king. Because of that he was t ...more
Aaron Pittser
Will and Evanlyn are captured after fighting Morgorath and his forces at a bridge under construction. This, however, is the least of their problems. They'll have to survive in an unknown land without their friends or family, and Will's mentor, Halt, and his friend, Horace, search for the two captives in a quest across nations. The Icebound Land is a great book with a lot of action and imagery, so it really makes you see, smell, taste, and feel what the characters are feeling. This book uses thir ...more
Nick
One young reader commented to me that this series reads like one really long book, just broken up into small chunks. I have to agree with that, as each book leads smoothly into the next.
This entire book is told in alternating chapters, taking place hundreds of miles apart, each centering on a pair of characters from the first two books. While Will and "Evanlyn" have been made slaves of the Skandians, Halt and Horace end up on their trail, sort of. Actually, they're not very close to catching up,
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Loretta
Brutality at its finest. Skandian slaves, Halt and Horace's journey, escape and survival. I am hanging on the edge of my seat with all the tension! I am giggling like a kid with all the wit! "Flanagan delivers a delightful tale of epic proportions" doesn't quite do this series justice.
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For mysteries by this same author, see John A. Flanagan.

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It
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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 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)
  • Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice, #9)
  • The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice, #10)
  • The Lost Stories (Ranger's Apprentice, #11)
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1) The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2) 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)

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“Ow!" said Horace as the Ranger's fingers probed and poked around the bruise.
Did that hurt?" Halt asked, and Horace looked at him with exasperation.
Of course it did," he said sharply. "That's why I said 'ow!”
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