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The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice #3)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  45,353 Ratings  ·  1,543 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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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice #3), John Flanagan
عنوان: سرزمین یخ زده - جنگاوران جوان کتاب سوم؛ نویسنده: جان آنتونی فلانیگان (فلناگان)؛ مترجم: مسعود ملک یاری؛ تهران، افق، 1391؛ در 380 ص؛ مجموعه جنگاوران جوان کتاب 3؛ شابک: 9789643698373؛ موضوع: رمان نوجوانان و داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
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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Mason
Sep 30, 2015 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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...)
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.
Dan
Feb 15, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2016
Very good.
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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Lexie
Dec 12, 2015 Lexie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 4-stars
7/10. This book was good, but it wasn't as good as the first two and many others in the series. It was a little more slow paced and just not quite as engaging. But it was still good, I still never got bored, which is the main thing. The writing style of these books make them interesting and entertaining no matter what's happening.
Trisha
Nov 22, 2011 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2014 Bobby Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was ok  ·  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
Jan 16, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2015 Neel Ramesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gabriella
Jan 01, 2016 Gabriella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are great and I loved the story. It broke my heart on multiple occasions because of Will and Evanlyn's situation. The only thing that I didn't like was that the whole gang wasn't together!!! And that's to no fault of writing or anything, just a personal preference. Love the writing and I'm gushing at this point. So.... read this.
Snigdha Thatikonda
3.5 out of 5 stars. This felt more of a filler book to me, and while I did enjoy it, nobody really made any progress. Kind of disappointing, but I will continue in with the series- still fantastic books.
More detailed review to come, as I need to fall back into my old schedule.
Callee
Jul 06, 2012 Callee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2015 Edgar Arias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****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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Myrddin
het is het vervolg op de branden de brug
alys en will zijn me genomen naar skandia door de skandiers
daar worden ze als slaven slaven aan de ober jarl ( de baas van de skandiers )will krijgt een verslaaving aan warm kruit dat houd bijten slaven in leven in de zware sneeuw stormen op skandia maar daar dor word hij wel wil loos een jarl ( een soort burgemeester van een plaats in skandia )
krijgt medelijden en helpt hun ont snappen onder tussen zijn wiull oude meester en de beste vriend heel hard op
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Kayla Loewen
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!!
I read this book in less than a day, which is not really normal for me.(I tend to read slow!) But it's just so fast-paced and absolutely unputdownable. My love and admiration for Halt increased throughout the whole book as I read all the sacrifices he made in order to rescue Will; purposely publicly insulting King Duncan, and hoping the resulting punishment would be banishment, although it could have resulted in death; being expelled from the Ranger Corps and having to ha
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Ali Mac
Jul 05, 2015 Ali Mac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Blake Young
Dec 07, 2014 Blake Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Alex Awad
English F
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
Feb 04, 2012 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flanagan-ranger
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Karen Ball
Feb 04, 2012 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2012 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2013 Travis F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
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 liked it  ·  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
May 02, 2013 Julian P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Other Books in the Series

Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 12 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)
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  • The Lost Stories (Ranger's Apprentice, #11)

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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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“Sometimes," Halt continued, "we tend to expect a little too much of Ranger horses. After all, they are only human.” 228 likes
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