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The Icebound Land by John Flanagan
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Dec 03, 07

bookshelves: children-fantasy
Recommended for: grades 4-7
Read in July, 2007

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 yard while Evanlyn must work in the kitchen), they rarely see each other. As time passes, she is helpless to aid Will as he grows weaker and weaker in the frozen yard.

Meanwhile, Halt disgraces himself in King Duncan’s eyes in order to become available to find Will. He is soon accompanied by Horace, who is also determined to find his friend. Leaving the safety of Araluen, the Ranger and the apprentice warrior encounter many dangers, including a man named Deparnieux. Deparnieux, a strong and feared leader of Gallica, takes a disliking to Halt and Horace and has them detained at his castle until they decide the time is right for action—and for continuing their quest to save Will.

This is the third book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series (and refers to the Australian publication). It is just as action-packed and full of adventure as ever, as Evanlyn and Horace take on stronger roles to save their friend Will. Readers won’t want to put it down and will eagerly await the next book in the series, Oakleaf Bearers!
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