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The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice #3)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  35,990 ratings  ·  1,289 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 Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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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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.
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
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
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
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."
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 Awad
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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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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
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
The Ranger's Apprentice Book 3 is pretty fun and exciting, however, this is more of a transitional book, it picks up the story and then sets up many things, but it doesn't really have any triumph in it. Yes, ther are minor victories but nothing huge, of the three I have read this isn't my favorite. However I have high hopes for the next one because unless John Flanagan stalls even more and bores me to death the next book should have lots of great adventures! Overall I still recommend this book f ...more
Eric Bingham
I have to admit that this was my least favorite Ranger's Apprentice book so far. Book one was good, with a little action at the end, I loved book two (lots of action,) but book 3 left me disappointed. The storyline didn't progress very much because the main characters are just sitting around through much of the book. When I finished this book, it didn't leave me with any great desire to read book 4, but I'm sure I will eventually because I've heard very good things about the fourth book. Overall ...more
We've read all 3 of these in a row and I'm a little tired of them now. I was hoping that a few more things would be resolved -I have to give Flanagan credit though because he ends them all in cliff hangers and it makes you want to start the next one but after you start the next one you realize that they move pretty slow and it takes a long time for him to conclude a story. He could be a screen writer for lost because he opens a lot more questions than he answeres. I think we'll get back to the s ...more
This is yet another great addition to the series and is even better. In this book, Will and Evanlyn have been taken to Skandia, the icebound land known far and wide because of the viking like warriors that live there. Meanwhile, Halt now kicked out of the ranger corps has set off with Horace to find Will his favorite apprentice. When Will and Evanlyn arrive in the capitol, things turn bad Will and Evanlyn are sepperated and Will becomes ill so to say. You will enjoy this book just like the other ...more
Jon Borah

The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

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 kn

Cheryl Chang
***character change*** In the book Ranger's Apprentice, The Icebound Land, Will changes from strong-willed and determined to weak and an addict of a drug called "warm weed". An example would be that at the middle of the book, Erak had seen Will and thought to himself "...those eyes, once so full of courage and determination, reflecting nothing but the addict's lack of hope or expectation."(pg. 152) This statement shows me that Will had changed dramatically from that once determined boy to a hope ...more
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
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
Andrew Patacsil
Flanagan’s purpose in writing his book, The Icebound Land, is to intrigue readers and give them a sequel to the fictional adventure that mixes action with mystery in the third installment of The Ranger’s Apprentice series. The Icebound Land continues the adventures of the warriors of Araluen after the great battle against Morgorath by telling the tale of the aftermath. The book teaches us that when a friend is in trouble, you must do whatever it takes to help them. The Icebound Land is a genuine ...more
The book that I read was The Ranger’s Apprentice Book 3: The Icebound Land, by John Flanagan. I am giving this book a rating of five stars, and I would call it a must-read book for fans of fantasy adventure books. I really enjoyed reading this book because it is action-packed, just like the first two books of this series. The book also has very believable characters who I have gotten to know through the three books in the series, and the characters have changed over the course of the series. The ...more
Charlie Dykes
This book is a very entertaining book. If you had read the book before this one then you will understand the changes the characters had to go through. So it shows the characters and how they react and adapt to the new changes they had recieved. This novel is very exciting if you want to read a well detailed description of battles, events, or actions that are currently happenning or are being foreshadowed. I recommend this book if you like novels about the past and knights and castles and those 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)
  • 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!”
“Sometimes," Halt continued, "we tend to expect a little too much of Ranger horses. After all, they are only human.” 198 likes
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