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The Battle for Skandia

(Ranger's Apprentice #4)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  83,268 ratings  ·  2,072 reviews
For Will and Evanlyn, freedom has never felt so fleeing.

Still far from their homeland after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, the Ranger's apprentice and the princess's plan to return to Araluen is spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive by a Temujai warrior. Though still weakened by the warmweed's toxic effects, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Philomel Books (first published 2006)
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Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Holy Bananas!

Book Four in the Ranger's Apprentice not only makes up for the lack luster book Three, it left it my fists pumping in the air! Book Three basically set up the events for book Four, in which the ranger Halt and the warrior apprentice Horace were in search of the missing princess Evelyn and the ranger apprentice Will. But enough of the pleasantries and onto the action! Book Four, or the Battle for Skandia, is non stop action. Grab it now and enjoy!
Elizabeth Dragina
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memorable
I'm sorry. Did you hear that noise? No? Well it was the sound of my heart exploding in sadness. A sound that will never be heard again in all time.

At the end I decided who I shipped, and then my heart exploded in two. Will + Evelyn belong together. And now I'm extremely disappointed and scared to see if they will belong together. With both of them stuck on either side of the fence. Will being he is no longer her status. Evelyn being Rangers always keep to themselves. And me sitting here just wa
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Amazing. I've loved this series since Ruins of Gorlan the first book. It's suspenseful, action packed, and fun to read. It really makes you want to read. I really love how mortal enemies can come together to save their world. John Flanagan did a great job with this book and all his others. Really, really good. ...more
Four solid stars. Told in 3rd person omniscient, there are only about 300 pages creating a swiftly flowing pace. (Long books wear me out). The plot is solid but not confusingly complex. The characters we met in earlier books return again, guarding each other's back, including Will, Horace, Evanlyn, Halt, Erak, etc. Their bond of friendship further develops, a spirit of camaraderie, loyalty, trust.

This series is classified as fantasy, but there are no fantastical elements in this particular entry
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Battle for Skandia is the fourth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series.
What can I say? These books are just incredibly relaxing for me to read. Flawed but endearing characters, easy but exciting plots. I don't have to think and can just enjoy it.
Though in this particularly there were some things I would have liked differently. Most importantly I would have liked the book to deal with Will's trauma a bit more. He was enslaved, abused and drugged in the last book... I feel like he should have
Timelord Iain
So I jumped right into this one after finishing the previous one, to see how the "cliffhanger" played out... ...more
rachel ☾
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are few books that manage such a level of consistency - and that's a compliment, though it doesn't sound really like one. Normally in a series there are some good books, some not so good ones, great characters, characters that piss you off... the Ranger's Apprentice series has had nothing but a consistently engaging plotline, an incredible cast of loveable and a fascinating setting. It hasn't gotten boring once.

In this installment we get to know Erak more which I loved. Erak and Halt's dia
Joshua Letchford
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the Ranger's Apprentice series as a light read, even as an older teenager. The books are very easy to pick up and Flanagan's style draws you into the story.

I gave this book five stars because it has probably the best battle-scene (it takes up nearly half of the book) I have ever found in fiction. Modern authors and movie-makers rarely understand medieval warfare. They are used to modern weapons like machine guns and artillery, so they use archers and catapults like automatic ri
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable! So much better than the previous story! Good ending!
Loretta Marchize
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVE this series... but I still want to know what on earth went on between Halt and Lady Pauline! Agh, this has been frustrating me since I read the pre-series books. What went on between them?
Also, I'm really sad that Cassandra and Will (view spoiler)
Jens Bakker
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

This book was definitely the worst book in the series so far.
I felt like the whole book was plainly just about war and tactics. Which is cool, there's nothing wrong with that, I actually enjoy reading about the characters discussing stragedy and stuff ike that, but not the whole book. I wanted too read more about the characters. Will, Horace and Evanlyn. I barely got that in this book.
I did like the last thirty pages though, so that's pretty good.
Overall this wasn't nearly as good as the last
C.P. Cabaniss
This is the fourth installment in the Ranger's Apprentice series and takes place in Skandia, where Will and Evanlyn have been for nearly a year. When Halt and Horace arrive to rescue their friends, they must join forces with their enemies in order to return home. But enemies have a habit of becoming friends.

I was glad that Will was back and mostly himself in this novel because I missed him for the majority of the previous installment. And I loved his reunion with Halt. Their father/son relations
Marten Wennik
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The fourth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series was an action filled adventure living up to the first three stories. I enjoyed the continuing story of Will and Evenlyn as they attempted to escape the Skandian city of Hallashome. Just as they seem to be free, the author throws another two plot twists at the reader and puts them back in harms way and the reader is bound to another gripping adventure. Halt, Horace, Evanlyn and Will all need to be at their best to take on the new challenges if the ...more
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Ooh, this one is where the series really starts to take an upward turn for the better. I'm going chronologically within the series, so I'm reading number seven after this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh, and it appealed to my rapidly growing interest in military history; the description of the titular Battle for Skandia is incredibly detailed and descriptive. This is one part where the series excels - the battles. To my knowledge the battle was fairly realistic as well, and how it was fought mi ...more
Tricia Mingerink
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one is one of my favorites of the series. I love the epic battle at the end, the return to Araluen, Will's decision at the's just awesome. Will and Horace really come into their own in this one.

Re-re-re-read review: Of course I had to re-listen to this one after just finishing the newest Brotherband Chronicles Return of the Temujai. Still love this book so much, and I'm so glad it now has a followup book to follow through on the foreshadowing of the Temujai's return way back in thi
Graham B
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was by far the best book out of the first four. All of those books have a lot of description. A large amount of times in this one it dozes off, descripting one character or one object for pretty much a whole page. Everything else was outstanding. I would reccomend this book to anyone really. Even if you DESPISE mideval fantasy. If you don't like reading, I wouldn't read this book because listening to the descriptions will be a waste of your time. ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, fantasy, 2019, adventure
Quite good, nearly 5 stars..
Di Maitland
"Are there bears in these mountains," he asked. His companion nodded.
"Of course, but it's a bit early in the year for them to be moving around. Why?"
Halt let go a long breath. "Just a vague hope, really. There's a chance that when the Temujai hear you crashing around in the trees, they might think you're a bear."
Erak smiled with his mouth only, his eyes were as cold as the snow. "You're a very amusing fellow," he told Halt. "I'd like to brain you with my axe one of these days."
"If you could mana
Susannah Metzler
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Most of the book was about the battle, which I actually don't mind. Once again, I'm almost certain Flanagan had done lots of research because the terms and descriptions and battle strategies and whatnot seemed very realistic and believable. I'm not a huge fan of the writing style; it seemed to be a bit too explanatory in places I thought already were self explanatory if that makes sense. Nor am i a fan of the Skandians or the front cover :P But ah the ending!!!! The ending made the whole read wo ...more
Garlan ✌
Book 4 is down, and it was a return to the action and adventure that was a little lacking in the last book. The young protagonists have grown both physically and mentally/emotionally. They've engaged in battle and endured hardship. The book ends on a positive note, leaving several areas for development in the following books. A good, fast series. ...more
Lizzy Li
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was a good book!!
I Felt a lot of things.

evanlyn definitely grew on me since she was first introduced in the second book and now I like her. except sometimes she can be a bit dumb and i get frustrated with her.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, young-adult
So, this may be where I take a break with Ranger's Apprentice. I still really like the characters, but the plot hasn't seemed interesting to me for the past two books. It's probably due to the fact that it's mostly battles and I've never been one for reading about long battles. But if you do like that sort of thing, this series would be great for you. ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoyed either Harry Potter and\ or Fablehaven.
Grant Johnson
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
The story line keeps on going strong, I love Erak, he is such a cool dude.
Brody Phillips
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good.
Christy Peterson
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series.
Lessons on strategy and cooperation.
Michael Bates
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
Plot-4 Stars
Characters-5 Stars
Setting-3 Stars

Between Will, Halt, Horace, Cassandra and Erak I loved all the characters. That is the biggest reason why I keep coming back. The plot is good but it's the characters that really make you want to turn the page. In this series, there are no surprises (Unless this is the first book you have ever read) but again he does his characters well and same for his writing.

Would I read the next in the series? I already have.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the last book, it last took place when Will and Evanlyn were kidnapped by the Skandians. Will is an apprentice ranger who is taught by Halt who is a ranger in the ranger corps. There are fifty rangers for each hold or castle. Rangers are like sheriffs in the modern world. Evanlyn is the daughter of the high king Duncan. The skandian kings servant Erak helped save Will and Evanlyn escape from Skandia. Will and Evanlyn escaped and stayed in this cabin for the winter. One day Evanlyn was going f ...more
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Recommended to Tmfeilla by: I had already started the series and i just kept reading it.
Evanlyn was tied to a thick pine, halfway down in the snow, watching the vicious Temujai about to slice her in two. An arrow suddenly burrowed into his wrist and he fell to his knees in pain. Suddenly three figures dashed from the forest and destroyed the Temujai camp taking just one prisnor.

As Will, a ranger's apprentice, Horace, a warrior apprentice, and Halt a full fledged ranger begin to leave the cold frozen land of Skandia they find a whole army of the marauding Temujai horseman ready to
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Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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