WOW! What a fulfilling read! I rarely ever like a book in a series as much as the first book, and while this is no exception this one brought me as muWOW! What a fulfilling read! I rarely ever like a book in a series as much as the first book, and while this is no exception this one brought me as much plasure that the difference is negligible. I would say this is the best middle of a series type book I have read since catching fire...(and blasphame) I might even say it has surpassed the Hunger games for me in terms of enjoyment (Although it is probably to close to call).
The 3rd book in the series was a mild let down for me, as compared to the first 2 books. Now in hind sight I would have to agree with another poster who said it served as a great set-up this book and in that light book 3 suceeded.
The plot development was very enjoyable with Will finally breaking out of the grasp of his addiction, and the ultimate reunion with long lost friends. The war with temujai is one of the most detailed and brilliant that I have encountered in the YA & fantasy genres. The development of characters and their relationships to one another was very rewarding (with one exception that i will get to.) to watch unfold. Evanlyn's growth and maturity was as well as her depth and substance (I know I should not compare every female heroine to Katniss Everdeen, but Evanlyn/Cassandra is very close for me) was a nice addition to the story. Will's progression from addiction to begining the journey of rediscovering himself was very moving as well. Hoarce's continued moral and ethical maturity as he continues to live what he believes (A code many real life people could learn a lesson from) was a very nice coponent. Halt's brillant leadership and courage continue to evolve make him alongside of Tanthalas/Tanis Half Elven one of the most moving and likeable leaders in fantasy epic lore. The minor characters such as Erak and his values were a refreshing addition to this story as well.
The battle scenes and tactics and startegies of warfare were some of the most vivid and descriptive that I have encountered in some time. You could almost hear the the clangs of metal, smell the horses, taste the fear and machismo that were in the air.
The conclusion was most fulfilling...unlike book 2 and 3 there was little left undone or accomplished and I can rest easy knowing that it will be four days before I can get time to sit down and read the next installment..which I am sure will become a one day venture as these books have not allowed me the peace of mind to set them aside and wit for tommorow. My only disappointmen, is probably an unavoidable aspect of life. Although Will and Evanlyn/Cassandra developed a very close bond of trust and friendship where they had to rely on one another was bound to disipatate as they returned to their normal stations of life. I guess part of me wants to see a romantic type relationship bloom between them, but alas even so it would likely be doomed to failure because of who they are respectively. I was probably no less disappointed than Cassandra by this turn of events but I can see the inevitability of it even if I don't like it.
This is just a great read, that should rapidly move to must read status of all YZ/Fantasy fans out there! I don't know how this flew under my radar for so long, but I am glad that i discovered it! ...more
Even though I have enjoyed the series immensely, and would call it a 5 star series thus far...I didn't quite enjoy this book as much as the previous 2Even though I have enjoyed the series immensely, and would call it a 5 star series thus far...I didn't quite enjoy this book as much as the previous 2. It was still very good, and not a major letdown but as a stand alone book, it didn't captivate me the way the earlier ones had.
I hated the ending of book 2, and compare it to the way catching fire leaves us hanging. The good news for me is that I am a few years late and the remainder of the series is completed, and I was and still am able to move on. I liked the story line of splitting the party up, as I remembered fondly the split of the parties in the Lord of the Rings and the dragonlance Chronicles very favorably. I enjoyed the early parts of the story line between Will and Evenlyn/Cassandra and their interactions with thier captors. But for me it kind of went south from there. I didn't mind the story line progressing into their future as slaves, but thier split and Will's looming problem (Sorry to be vague, but I don't do spoilers if I can help it!) just was unfulfilling to me. The details of Halt and his pursuit of Will, didn't excite me early on but I dealt with that. I did enjoy his exit from Arulean (Sorry if I misspelled it), and his reunion with Horace. I very much enjoyed their journey, and watching their relationship and trust of one another continue to grow. I don't usually agree with my teenage son, but in this case I do...it would have been nice to se just a little more action. Once again this book leaves you hanging much as the second one did with a major difference. This book really never quite built upto that crescendo....so although it leaves me hanging, and is incomplete I am not on the verge of dying to see what happens next. It feels more like an end of a chapter than the end of the book if that makes any sense?
Enjoyed it very much and plan to start book 4 as soon as soon as I get off of here! Alongside of Harry Potter, Hunger games and Gregor the Overlander the Rangers apprentice is among the best Y/A fiction I have read in the past few years. Alongside of Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles and R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf & Cleric Quintet series this is among my favorite epic fantasy series that I have ever come accross. ...more
What a good ending to the year! I don't get to read as much in December as I do in other months just due to buisiness. This is the kind of book you caWhat a good ending to the year! I don't get to read as much in December as I do in other months just due to buisiness. This is the kind of book you can read in a day (Much like the first one), although it took me over a week.
The book picks right up where the previous one ends, and the development of characters is done expertly. My 14 y/o son likes it better than the first because it has more action while I am drawn to the first (But that is how I am in most series as well), due to liking the background development and dialouge. The continuing adventure of Will & Halt in their respective trades as apprentices should be enjoyed by most lovers of the fantasy genre.
I am so glad I didn't discover this book (Kinda like Hunger Games), when it was first written. The ending is one of those horrible cliffhanger endings, much like catching fire. The author should be beaten for leaving us hanging like this. Fortunately I have the 3rd and 4th books already checked out from my library. And although I have one book ahead of them on my list I hope to devour both of them the week after Christmas.
This tops my list of books that I have read this year: Hunger games The Rangers Apprentice series The Last Spymaster
It is in good company, and I would recommend it to anyone 13 y/o and up who loves fantasy....more
This was simply great! Alongside of Hunger games as the most enticing books that I have read in the past few months. I will admit that I did not haveThis was simply great! Alongside of Hunger games as the most enticing books that I have read in the past few months. I will admit that I did not have high hopes for this book, and had never heard of it prior to getting a recomendation on this site. I love fantasy, but for the most part it fantasy in the mold of AD&D that I grew up playing....People are always recomending Robert Jordan or Anne mcCafferty (UUUGGGHHH) etc. in spite of my insistance that I don't connect with those kind of fantasy stories....I really thought this would fall into a similar category, and I would be frustrated over to over abundance of fantasy writers, but so few who write stories i can connect with.
My only complaint (and it is a small one) is that the book was to short. I am big on details and would have liked a chance to get to know some of the side details and personalities of those in the Ward, and experience life there before launching into the story. While not an all out action book, and certainly not a hack and slash adventure...it still had enough going on that the book never drags along. This took maybe 4-5 hours to read (I wished it took about 8-10), it is very easy to read, the pace unfolds at nice intervals, and the stage is set for a nice series...The reviews seem consistant from book 1-11, and I am interested in seing how and if the author can maintain this level of intrigue as it progresses.
I would recomend this book to fantasy lovers, YA fic, AD&D geeks, anyone looking to experiement with other genres outside of their box....more
Wow, this is still the greatest epic fantasy trilogy/series that I have ever read. I am surprised that so many don't seem to like this or critique theWow, this is still the greatest epic fantasy trilogy/series that I have ever read. I am surprised that so many don't seem to like this or critique the quality of the writing and/or story line, but to each their own. I won't try to convince anyone that this is a great book and/or great writing.....does not matter to me, at all! as for me it is easily the most enjoyable fantasy book I have ever read hands down and among the most enjoyable, entertaining and memorable books I have ever read! Great book who knows? But for sheer enjoyment it works for me.
If you are a fan of D&D, this is likely very much up your alley...If not this type of fantasy might not be quite your thing. The characters are very believeable and likeable as well as complex and down to earth at the same time. Tanis is one of the great protaginists of fantasy literature. His complex inner turmoil of being half elf (or half human) and rather than feeling a part of two worlds, not actually vbeing accepted or identifying with either. The brothers Majere make up part of the group of companions. The simple minded, kind and protective warrior caramon and his contrasting sickly, frail brother with a slightly evil bent (The mage)Raistlin are super cool. Flint the gruff, father figure Dwarf and Tasslehoff the impetuous Kender (Halfling/Hobbit type) make for entertaining banter and dialougue. The knight Sturm is probably my least favorite of the companions, but the code of honor he lives by (well sometimes to rigidly) is at least respectable. Goldmoon & Riverwind the Barbarians (Wulfgar is cooler) are newcomers to the group. The minor supporting characters of laurana & Tika are a nice addition as well.
In this opening segement we find the companions reuniting after 5 years of private travels (Covered in the prequal preludes), only to find a world on the brink of war. The old Gods are returning, as are the Dragons....and the war that is about to take ahold of the world krynn is one of the greatest epic tales I have devoured.