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The Icebound Land

(Ranger's Apprentice #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  69,692 ratings  ·  2,362 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
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Philomel Books (first published November 25th 2005)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice #3), John Flanagan
The Icebound Land is the third book in the Ranger's Apprentice book series written by Australian author John Flanagan. The book was released on 30 November 2005 in Australia. Will, the main character, is captured by the Skandians along with his friend, Evanlyn, in a big war in the previous book. The capturer, the Jarl Erak, takes them in as slaves. Meanwhile, Will's mentor, Halt, has sworn to save him from the Skandians, but the Ranger Co
C.B. Cook
It's getting kind of repetitive to tag all of these books with "pure awesomeness," but... I mean... HALT. <3 How could that not be pure awesomeness???? Can I like... meet him? Or become his apprentice? My poor baby. Getting himself kicked out of the country and Rangers just so he can go rescue will. <3 <3 <3 (Not a spoiler, since it's in the blurb...)

And then Evanlyn and Will! Will's so sweet and courageous, and Evanlyn is epic. AND HORACE. Okay, so Horace is pretty much my second favorite chara
Elizabeth Dragina
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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rachel ☾
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contains minor spoilers.

3.5 stars

I know that I've said this a couple of times already but it deserves repeating: I am enjoying this series so much more than I would have ever expected. I've flown through these first three books, and have the fourth book sitting on my bedside table begging to be read. It's completely addictive.

The characters are some of my favourites already. We get to see a new side of all the characters in this sequel. I especially loved getting into Halt's head and seeing him
Darren Hagan
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't enjoy it as much as the first 2 books but still liked it. It felt like not as much action happened. There was a lot of character development though. ...more
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
C.P. Cabaniss
This as another solid fantasy adventure to add to the series. In this installment Will and Evanlyn have been taken by the Skandian Jarl Weak back to his homeland to be sold as slaves. Halt, unwilling to let Will disappear forever, leaves behind the Rangers to go after his young apprentice with Horace as his companion.

Horace and Halt were a fun team, although not as entertaining as Halt and Will often are. Their adventures and dedication to Will were a nice touch to the story and we got to see q
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
And I continue my reading of the Ranger's Apprentice series. I'm pretty sure this one was the last book I had read during my first go at the series.
The story took a bit of a darker turn in this book but exciting nonetheless.
I found it interesting how the author turned more and more away from a single POV story during this book. There were always some chapters from different POVs but mostly the story was told from Will's POV. In this book that became even less (I'm not gonna tell you why because
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
While I really liked this book, I didn't love it. Certain parts of this book just didn't work for me. Without to much of a spoiler I did not like the way Wills story unfolded. I was glad when it finally resolved itself . That is a me problem rather than a problem with the book.
What I loved was Halts and Horus story. They really are compelling characters and they really work well together. I cannot wait to see how this story unfolds.
If you are looking for a new series I high recommend this one.
Rebecca L
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so captivating I read it in two days. The third in John Flanagan's 'Ranger's Apprentice' series 'Icebound Land' takes up where 'Burning Bridge' left off in a cliffhanger ending and follows Halt and Horace as they travel to Skandia to rescue Will and the princess. Well to say the least I absolutely loved this book. So exciting and fast paced and vivid and funny and oh man I just LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to read the next few and move on to John's 'Brotherband Ch ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 4-stars
7/10. This book was good, but it wasn't as good as the first two and many others in the series. It was a little more slow paced and just not quite as engaging. But it was still good, I still never got bored, which is the main thing. The writing style of these books make them interesting and entertaining no matter what's happening. ...more
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Reread Jan 2017.

They are growing up so fast and I love them
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book was so good with tons of twists.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-library
These books are so quick and easy to read, while there is still a lot of action and other things happening. I really enjoy the friendship between Will, Horace and Evanlynn!
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Three down 9 to go.

The book was good but not great.
This book comprises of journey and survival of two parties. Horace and halt, will and Cassandra aka evanlyn.

The main purpose of this book is to lay the framework for the next one. And it does a good work in that.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
4.8 stars!!!!
You know you’re reading a good series when as soon as you’ve finished one book you’re lining up the next one!
Kayla Loewen
I read this book in less than a day, which is not really normal for me.(I tend to read slow!) But it's just so fast-paced and absolutely unputdownable. My love and admiration for Halt increased throughout the whole book as I read all the sacrifices he made in order to rescue Will; purposely publicly insulting King Duncan, and hoping the resulting punishment would be banishment, although it could have resulted in death; being expelled from the Ranger Corps and having to ha
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A darker addition to the RA world that really shows depth and the growing of characters. Not as many funny or light moments as the other books but the weightiness enriches the whole series. Evanlyn has a marvelous character arc and seeing her grow was very satisfying.

Violence/Substance Abuse
Yes, addiction is a big theme in this book. Parents of course should ultimately decide what is best for their kids, but I wouldn't shy away from this book just because of that as it shows the very dark conse
Bobby Luke
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Bailey Marissa
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Thanks a lot GR for errasing my first review and making me type this out again. Grr.)

This book is about Halt (who I really want to start calling Logan, but I'll restrain myself) and Horace trying to track down Evanlyn and Will, and about Evanlyn and Will trying to survive their kidnapping. There's a lot of telling instead of showing in this one. It's not the greatest, but it's not too bad either.

Also, because of the showing instead of telling, I don't like Evanlyn. I don't want her dead hate he
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This really is a great kids series. My 12 year old loves it as much as he did the first time we listened to it 4 years ago.
Eva Luna
Rating: 4
Again a really good book, but I did kinda miss Will in the second half of the book. Even though I love Evanlyn too, I want to see Will back in action!
Call Morgenstern
Horace! Wow😂, he was so epic in this book, literally defeating every knight coming in their way.
And the idea of Will getting addicted to warmweed totally surprised me!
The way Cassandra helped him get over the addiction was well written.
And ah ofc, how can we forget Halt, he did everything he could to save Will.
Halts duel with Deparnieux - I LIKED IT A LOT!
Overall, this book well deserves 5 stars.👍🏻👍🏻
Loretta Marchize
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just as good as the previous novels, and I can't wait for the next one! Not much to say about this that won't be spoilers to previous books.
Content: mentions of being addicted to certain herbs (view spoiler), lots of fighting, some sort of warlord locks people in a cage and leaves them to die. ANYWAYS other than that there's not really much. Totally fine for a middle schooler.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've seen a lot of reviews that say this book is just a setup for the next book in the series but I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I liked the 2 journeys in this book and how it went back and forth between the 2 storylines. Halt is a bad ass! ...more
Apoorva Ranade
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure-lust
Less heroics in this one but still enjoyable!
This series was a chance find and turned out to be really good.
Garlan ✌
Another enjoyable book in the series. These are very quick, easy reads with engaging characters and a story line that just keeps moving along from adventure to adventure. Book 4 is on its way to me now. Closer to a 3 1/2 star read.
Mya Gray
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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