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The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice #10)

4.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  29,120 Ratings  ·  978 Reviews
The adventure continues in the tenth installment of the bestselling series!
When Horace travels to the exotic land of Nihon- Ja, it isn't long before he finds himself pulled into a battle that is not his - but one he knows in his heart he must wage. A kingdom teeters on the edge of chaos when the Nihon-Ja emperor, a defender of the common man, is forcibly overthrown, and
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Paperback, 490 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Random House Australia
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Stephanie
Jun 05, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Flanagan always amazes me. He is a very talented author. There are very few series I would read to the very end if they had more than five books. Until now, the only author series I've read that have been longer than five books are Harry Potter and the first twelve books of The Secrets of Droon. My point? For me to read a series for this long and be willing to read more, the author has to be pretty darn good.

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja was great! I absolutely loved the drama between Evalyn and
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Chesra
Jun 20, 2012 Chesra rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed-books
(I just feel the need to explain the 2-stars rating here.)

I’ve been reading the Ranger’s Apprentice series, written by John Flanagan, for the past two years thanks to my good friend Kara. This is the final book, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja and I spent the entire night reading it, instead of going to bed. Haha.

I don’t think I’ve ever done a book review for this series because I’ve always been relatively impartial about it; it’s an okay book for me. Not something I would buy myself each time it comes
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 12, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Here we have another entry in the Ranger's Apprentice series. This is an excellent YA series (some volumes are better than others) and I'd recommend it. Some say this is more a series for boys than for girls but I disagree. Even if it started that way it has grown to include the "love stories" of both Will and his best friend and this book was pretty much split in half. The stories of Will and his male friends is half the story while the tale of Alice and the Princess' adventures is the other ha ...more
Suzie
Dec 27, 2012 Suzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THEY HAVE THIS!?!?! I wish it was out where I live. *sigh*
Luann
May 02, 2011 Luann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2011
Dear Mr. Flanagan,

A heartfelt thanks for sharing the world you created and populated with some of my all-time favorite book characters! You did the series justice with this tenth book. I particularly loved the parts with Alyss and Evanlyn! They came very close to stealing the show, which I absolutely loved.

Does this really have to be the last one?? What are your plans for the future? Any thoughts of writing books that tell us about Halt as a young Ranger's Apprentice? Or are you going to branch
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Dan
Feb 28, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
Like every other book in this series, this was a good solid, enjoyable read.
Lexie
Dec 12, 2015 Lexie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
7/10. This book was pretty good. The new setting of a whole new country was interesting, and the new customs and kinds of characters was pretty cool. The characters and writing style were awesome as always, the pace was just a little slow and it was a little uneventful in some areas. It kinda ended a little abruptly too. But still a very good book.
Rachel
Jul 19, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Okay, I'll admit that I complained for most of this book (sorry Kevin) but the ending was so hilarious that it totally made up for the fact that it took nine books and 393 pages for my brotp to stop hating each other.
Samuel
May 25, 2016 Samuel rated it it was amazing
John Flanagan has truly outdone himself once again. This book, by far, is his greatest masterpiece, and one of the best books I have ever read. A collection of action, battle, strategy, friendship, cunning, and romance, this book rejuvenates the vigor and excitement of war, completely enticing the reader. This book is best suited for mature audiences, who will not be frightened by the epitomy of war, but rather accept it and live through the imaginary experience, enlightening themselves in the r ...more
Rachel Lightwood
3.5 stars

I cannot say that The Emperor of Nihon-Ja was my favourite Ranger's Apprentice book, because it wasn't. While it wasn't as jarringly disconnected like The Sorcerer in the North, it was a little slow and the characters were a little more distant (is that the word I'm looking for?) than usual.

Nihon-Ja was an interesting setting. I love that it was somewhere new, so we got to learn about a new culture and meet new characters that bought something a little different to the story. The Emper
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Jacob
Jan 05, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit long, especially compared to the previous books in the series, but it's totally forgivable because this is the last novel in the series that focuses on Will, and honestly the author's done a long story before. He just broke it up into Rangers Apprentice, Book Five: The Sorcerer of the North and The Siege of Macindaw. And I would prefer the whole story just be told in one book.

This has the characteristic strengths of Flanagan's writing: strong characters (both male and female), realistic hu
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Kitty Johnson
Oct 04, 2011 Kitty Johnson rated it it was ok
I am afraid to say that I was, in fact disappointed. After the first few chapters I new the basic outline for the plot, which to say the least pretty much follows the plot line from the previous books. And by the time I finished I wasn't even happy it say that I figured it out before the ending. I was looking forward to this book in the hope that it would end with a happier note than what I felt when reading the two previous books before. Making Halt a run away prince with a twin brother reminde ...more
Kathleen
Feb 12, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Another heartwarming and engrossing action-adventure for older kids and adults, featuring Horace, Will, Halt, Alyss, Evanlyn/Princess Cassandra, Gundar Heartstriker the Skandian (see The Sorcerer in the North) and Setheren the Irridian Arab (see Erak's Ransom and Scorpion Mountain).

As the title suggests, this story is set in ancient Japan (which is also know as Nihon / Nihon-koku, as well as Nippon / Nippon-koku). Horace and friends help the honorable Emperor Shigeru defeat a cowardly usurper. T
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Brandon Enyeart
May 08, 2015 Brandon Enyeart rated it really liked it
Would you be loyal enough to stay with a friend and help him fight against an enemy? In the book, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, by John Flanagan, this question is answered by Horace, a knight of Araluan. Horace was sent to Nihon-Ja, a land, much like Imperial Japan with Samurai and such, to learn about their country. There, he befriends the Emperor, Shigeru, and soon was on the way to return home, when suddenly a messenger comes after them while on the road. He brings news of a revolt! A man named Ar ...more
Edgar Arias
Oct 01, 2014 Edgar Arias rated it it was amazing
***spoiler Alert***

If you like action and battles this is the book for you to read.This book is an adventure and action story.I give this book 5 out 5 stars because it was so awesome.

The setting takes place in Nihon-ja but the main battle of the story takes place in Ran-koshi in the medieval times.The main character is Horace a young knight just
wanting to learn more of sword combat.But then a war breaks out with the emperor.Knowing its not his battle he joins in with the senshi class and fight
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Blake Asher
Will, Halt, Horace, the Emperor, and the kikori, fought Arisaki's where fighting Arisaki's forces, Arisaki had lost many, and it wasn't looking good for him, until his reinforcments showed up, at least 4000 more trained men. It then was very bad for the kikori, until Alyss and Evalyn showed up with reinforcments for the kikori. Shigeru, the emperor, yelled to stop, and help up a truce flag. Arisaki, the traitor of the emperor, the whole reason of the battle, was not happy because of it and orde ...more
Charlie
Feb 23, 2015 Charlie rated it it was amazing
BOOK REPORT FOR MAGS NO.1
The Ranger’s Apprentice ‘the Emperor of Nihon Ja’ is a 487 page novel written by John Flanagan. I chose to read this book because I have read the other nine books in the series and wanted to read the tenth. It is a fantasy novel so most of the places aren’t real. I have two books to go which means I am nearly finished. This book is about the main character’s friend, Horace, going to stop a rebelling lord in a country in need. Nihon-Ja is the equivalent of Japan and the b
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Dana
Jul 03, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing
HORACE IS GETTING MARRIED, PEOPLE! Omg Omg Omg!!! I feel like his mother :3

The best thing in the whole book <3 <3 I officially elect Horace man of the book! (Pardon, Will)

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja contained many repeated elements (adventure in a foreign country, conflict over the throne, helping foreign countries achieve inner stability, meeting new war leaders, etc..) It IS good to have many characters with different personalities and to know war tactics, but I somehow miss the adventures
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Michele
Nearly every major character in this series has gathered in the tenth Ranger's Apprentice to help the emperor of Nihon-Ja defend his throne. The action is non-stop and the plot and even the battle tactics are well developed. If you like a detailed and at least what feels like realistic description of battle maneuvers, you will like this book. There is something here for both genders as well. The women are just as brave, resourceful, and willing as the men. There is even a touch of true love thro ...more
Elvenarya
Mar 06, 2011 Elvenarya rated it really liked it
by now i was a great fan of the rangers apprentice series. i had fallen in love with almost all the characters(except Alyss, i HATE her)and so i was miserable that this is the last book. while not the best book of the whole series it was still pretty good as it had all the factors that made me enjoy this series. it had adventure , a good plot which was well executed , humor, the good-natured bickering between Halt, Horace and Will and above all an epic decisive battle.

This book is set in Nihon-J
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P.M.
May 05, 2011 P.M. rated it it was amazing
Horace is visiting the country of Nihon-Ja to learn new fighting techniques. While on this mission, he has developed a father / son relationship with the emperor. While returning from the summer lodge, news arrives that a rival has mounted a rebellion against Shigeru, whose crime has been to try to extend equality to all the clans under his rule. On the run from the enemy, Horace decides to lend his sword to the emperor's defense. Together with a small retinue of loyal retainers, they head into ...more
Samantha
Mar 14, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing series. One of the best I've ever read, with characters that spring to life from the pages, with great and practical descriptions of weapons and battles and the like, with amazing humor, and with grand tale after tale.

There were times I felt as if the characters were defined too much by certain aspects of them, instead of the characters showing who they were through their actions, but that did not detract much from the books.

As for this last book, I felt as if it was pretty darn
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Parcoast
Sep 18, 2011 Parcoast rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So another new country, but this time it is on the other side of the world. We see the Skandians innovating with ship building, we watch Evanlyn and Alyss resolve the last of the love triangle that was never capitalized on, and (my favorite) we get a brief suggestion that perhaps this is not a look at Medieval Europe, but maybe a futuristic European result. I know, I am stretching it a bit there, but it is possibilities like that that add dimension to a story, IMHO. (I base that off of the comme ...more
Gail
May 22, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it
I am a fan of this series. I can truly say that all of the books have been great, exciting, and have moved along. This book however, didn't keep me reading like the other books. I enjoyed reading it, but found myself putting it down and picking up other books because it dragged a little for me. I still like the series and will read the next ones when they become available in the states. I have really come to know the characters in this series. It seems as if Horace and Will have literally grown ...more
Kathy Davie
Tenth in the Ranger's Apprentice fantasy-adventure series about Will Treaty and his mentor, Halt.

My Take
I'm worried. The cover says this is the Final Battle. I sure hope this doesn't mean it's the last story in the Ranger's Apprentice series!

It's lucky for Horace and George that Will, Halt, Alyss, Evanlyn, and Selethen are so close, as they bring their particular insights and skills to the party as well as the training regime they observed among the Toscans.

I absolutely adore this series. It pro
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Not one of my favorites in the series, which is disappointing since it's the last one (not counting the book of short stories). It's not bad, per se, but it just didn't have that same spark that has made me love this series, in general.

Anyway - Horace has gone to Nihon-Ja (essentially a version of Japan) on a diplomatic sort of thing and, while there, gets embroiled in a political upheaval. Evanlyn, worried about him, joins with Halt, Will and Alyss - and others - to go find him.

A quick not abou
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Karen Keyte
Though still young, Horace Altman has lived a life of daring and adventure. Recognized as one of the most skilled warriors in all of Araluen, Horace's sword has stood fast in the service of his friends, his country and his King. With his best friend the celebrated young Ranger Will Treaty and Will's mentor the legendary Ranger Halt, Horace has travelled most of the known world battling for justice and right.

Horace's latest mission, however, is one of peace and diplomacy. At the behest of Araluen
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Brian Zhou
Jul 13, 2013 Brian Zhou rated it it was amazing
This book was a great ending to the Ranger’s Apprentice series. Like all the other books, it was exciting to read and hard to put down. If you liked the Lightning Thief and some other works by Rick Riordan, I recommend that you read this book. It is full of adventure and action, just like the Rick Riordan books.
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Although the whole 8th, 9th, and 10th books were very exciting, I enjoyed the 10th and last book the best. My favorit
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Kat
Nov 04, 2011 Kat rated it really liked it
Basic plot: Horace finds himself on the run in a foreign land with the emperor of Nihon-Ja when a rival Shensi attempts a coup d'etat. Will, Halt, Alyss, & Princess Cassandra (Evanlyn) hear about it and head to the rescue.

This final installment of the Ranger's Apprentice series had all of the elements a good ending should have. It tied up the loose ends of the series neatly, ended happily, but didn't "close off" the characters. After all, the end of one adventure is merely the beginning of t
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Aidan
Jan 03, 2012 Aidan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
In the book Rangers Apprentice #10 by John Flanagan, the main character Will has to defend the Emperor of Nihon-Ja from a rebellion lead by Lord Ariska. Will, his former mentor Halt, and the Emperor embark on a journey through Nihon-Ja to find the mythical fortress Ran-Koshi, only to find that it is just a valley with very tall mountains on all sides. They decide to set up camp there any way and they train the local, and very loyal, inhabitants to fight Ariska and his men. When the final battle ...more
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Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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“Ah, Signor Halt,' he said uncertainly, 'you are making a joke, yes?'
'He is making a joke, no,' Will said. 'But he likes to think he is making a joke, yes.”
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“Gundar seemed to come to a decision.
"Well, as my old mam used to say, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it's probably a duck."
"Very wise," Halt said. "And what exactly do your mother's words of wisdom have to do with this situation?"
Gundar shrugged. "It looks like a channel. It's the right place for a channel. If I were digging one, this is where I'd dig a channel. So. . ."
"So it's probably the channel?" Selethen said.
Gundar grinned at him. "Either that or it's a duck.”
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