The Lost Stories
Two names pass the lips of every storyteller: Halt, and his apprentice, Will. They and their comrades in arms are said to have trave ...more
Book 11 consists of several stand-alone short s…moreYes, if you want to. Or you can read only a few chapters of Book 11 - the ones that interest you most.
Book 11 consists of several stand-alone short stories that can be read individually, and many fans don't like it as much as the rest of the series. (Personally, I enjoy some of the stories much more than others.) A couple of the stories provide background for Book 12, and others happen during the previous books of the series. But you wouldn't miss too many essential events - unless you count a couple of weddings. (less)
If you loved the series, you'll love The Lost Stories, I know I did.
The Lost Stories are just a series of short stories that answer some of the questions left unanswered by the series. Most are only two or three chapters long and can be finished off pretty quickly. Personally, I normally skip these types of releases. Most that I've read in the past have felt more like "money-makers" for the author than anything with real content for the reader.
I really enjoyed the Ranger's Apprentice series tho
Secondly, for the record, I would actually give this book 3.5 stars, which I rounded up to four.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this book - it is really well written, and I incredibly enjoyed seeing all the characters again, and getting all my questions answered, and seeing the marriages between Cassandra and Horace, Will and Alyss, and seeing the continuing relationship between Gilan and Jenny. But I give the book 3.5 stars for two re ...more
1. Death of a Hero--How Halt finds Will.
2. The Inkwell and the Dagger--What happened to Gilan when Halt and Horace went to Gallica to rescue Will in The Icebound Land.
3. The Roamers--an adventure that Alyss and Will have together.
4. Purple Prose--is an assignment Will and Halt have to capture some moondarkers who have been wrecking and plundering ships.
5. D ...more
Flanagan takes an unique approach introducing this collection of short stories he has written around the Ranger's Apprentice by having an archeology professor in 1896 dig up a chest full of reports at a dig site. He ends with a fragment/afterword that introduces his new series, The Brotherband Chronicles.
All are in the Ranger's Apprentice series
"Death of a Hero", 0.5
"Inkwell and the Dagger", 3. ...more
Discoveries | 1 star - This is me being completely selfish. I hate the idea of our characters being dead so that no one even remembers them, and all their things are buried and dead and gone, with these strange people digging them up and going through it.
Death of a Hero | 4 stars - I am so glad that we got to learn more about Will's biological family, and don't think it could have be explained in a better way.
The Inkw ...more
The lost stories ties up all the loose ends. Centuries after the events in the Ranger’s Apprentice archeologists find a ruined cabin that belongs to the legendary Holt. Inside is a wooden chest which contains hand written stories about the characters that appeared in the first ten books.
Sad this series has come to an end. But there are two spin off series for me to start.
1. Death of a Hero--Halt finally tells Will the whole story of how both of Will's parents died and how Halt brought baby Will to Redmont Castle
2. The Inkwell and the Dagger-- Gilan deals with loose ends and fallout from book 2, The Burning Bridg ...more
I think maybe I could give it another try later, but as of now, it's going to stay one star ;(
Flanagan's short fiction works well, but if you haven't read the series, you won't have a clue what's going on in the stories. This was definitely intended for people who are already fans. The stories cover most of the logical questions readers would ask: what happens to Ran ...more
This is a series of short stories covering everything from how Will's parents really died, through to random adventures through to more important milestones. The stories are short and easily digestible, which was good because there ...more
I like the ones leading up to Horace's wedding and the actual wedding. I like the short clip of Will's wedding and Jenny's and Gilan's romantic dinner that never was. The first time I read this book, I really liked the short stories with Halt's backstories. Those stories are now partially repeated in the two prequel books, so I ended up skipping them this time while re-listening because I'd just listened to the prequels.
I'll a ...more
*tries to remember how much I liked it*
*puts down 4 stars*
*changes to 5*
I like longer stories better, but these were quick and enjoyable to read.
And, please note that I actually did NOT read the book on the date mentioned below. It's just that I can't remember WHEN I did. X'D Whoops.
I think the beginning, or the theme of how these are journals found in the future really hit my heart and made me feel more nostalgic because then it really hits home that the characters will die eventually. Die and become legends, but perhaps not totally known by name.
Anyhow, most of the stories are really good. I liked the stories of Gilan and even of Halt's past. There were many instances to laugh ...more
4.5 - DEATH OF A HERO - The origin story of an important character #spoilers
3 - THE INKWELL AND THE DAGGER - This was filler for ICEBOUND LAND and I remember nothing from that story soooo
4 - THE ROAMERS - I'm always down for rescuing animals from a fighting ring
3.75 - PURPLE PROSE - Will trying to be a fancy writer is lolol, but I wasn't a fan of how it was placed. Either focus on the writing or action. Pick one.
3 - DINNER FOR FIVE - I r ...more
For mysteries by this same author, see John A. Flanagan.
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It ...more
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"Oh, he teaches us to respect authority," Gilan said innocently. "He just teaches us to ignore it when necessary.”