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The Battle for Skandia

(Ranger's Apprentice #4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  72,441 Ratings  ·  1,785 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
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Hardcover, 294 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Philomel Books (first published 2006)
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Maria I'd read Erak's Ransom after Oakleaf Bearers/The Battle of Skandia. Then return to The Sorcerer in the North and continue chronologically. But I also…moreI'd read Erak's Ransom after Oakleaf Bearers/The Battle of Skandia. Then return to The Sorcerer in the North and continue chronologically. But I also prefer to read chronologically, and that is not necessarily the publishing order.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4), John Flanagan
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم فوریه سال 2013 میلادی
عنوان: نبرد اسکاندیا - جنگاوران جوان کتاب چهارم؛ نویسنده: جان آنتونی فلانیگان (فلناگان)؛ مترجم: مسعود ملک یاری؛ تهران، افق، 1391؛ در 430 ص؛ مجموعه جنگاوران جوان کتاب 4؛ شابک: 9789643699017؛ موضوع: رمان نوجوانان و داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
پانزده سال است که اهالی آرالوئن در صلح و صفا روزگار میگذرانند. چرا که مورگاراث اهریمنی نتوانسته پایش را از کوهستان باران و ظلمت
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Alex
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!
Connor
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.
Kathleen
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
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rachel 🌻
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
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Johanna
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
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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
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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
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Marten
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
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.
Leona  Carstairs
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, siblings-own
This is such a fun and epic and enjoyable installment in this series! There were so many amusing parts and exciting parts and it was just awesomesauce in general. I can't wait to continues with this series, hopefully books 5 and 6 and all the rest are this much fun. The end was fantastic and I really do love Evanlyn, seeing her badass side was nice and I can't wait to read more about her, bc she's the freaking best.
S. M. 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
Raha
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5

نسبت به جلدای قبلی روند کند و ماجرای ساده ای داشت. با این حال هنوز هم از خوندن این مجموعه لذت میبرم.
خیلی داستان واقع گرایانه ایه و برای من که بیشتر، داستانای فانتزی، تخیلی...ترسناک و... خوندم تجربه ی دلنشینیه :)
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.
A Bookworm Life
Blijft erg leuk om naar te luisteren! Bij dit luisterboek was ik wel een stuk minder gegrepen door "Het grote gevecht"
Anwar
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
Tmfeilla
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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Kayla Loewen
***SPOILER ALERT***
I was both happy and sad when I finished reading this masterpiece. Happy because the book was just plain awesome, and although the ending was a touch melancholy, it was perfect. Sad because this book marks the end of Will's time as an apprentice to Halt (with the exception of book 7 of course, although he was practically full-fledged in that one.), and it also ends my favorite part of the series. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love every book in this series, but books 1-4 ar
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Negar
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
خب فوق العاده بود دیگه :)
این دفعه نسخه ی آمریکایی رو خوندم. جدا از اینکه اسم استرالیایی رو خیلی بیشتر دوست دارم، هنوزم حس می کنم یه تیکه هایی از جنگ نبودش اینجا. یه سری قسمت ها بعد از حمله ی تموجای ها به کمان دارا و تموم شدن جنگ... و غیر از اون هم یه فکر بسیار مبهمی دارم که انگار ماجراهای هلت و ارک روی کشتی اینقدر کم نبود :-؟
از همینجا خواهش می کنم، اگه کسی استرالیاییش رو دم دست داره بهم بده. من کلاً تموم فایلام با کامپیوترم به فنا رفت متاسفانه :|
+ چرا اینا توی چلنج امسال میاد؟ :| باید بعداً بشی
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Daphne
A definite improvement compared to the last book. This book has a lot of good action scenes all the way through. I would almost say it's a little too much action because sometimes it dragged on a bit. It kind of feels like the third book and this one could easily have been just 1 book if they had less unnecessary scenes filling the pages. Still a good read, though.

Also, I still hope for some more interesting female characters as the story progresses. I like Evanlyn but there should be more than
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Andrew
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
The beggining was too slow for me, but once I got past that it was good.

Will is finally free
Just to turn around and fight with the enemy
Halt has to help the Skandians win
So they can all become friends
Dan
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, adventure, fantasy
Quite good, nearly 5 stars..
Argona
So far the best book in the series! I really really enjoyed this one and I couldn't put it down. Cleverly written, action-packed with great characterization. Simply perfect.
Blue
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am about ready to drop this series. I will give it another book after this.

As one might expect, with this book (#4) taking place on the other side of the world, as did #3, it is to be expected that the other orphans from Castle Redmond would be missing from this book despite close relationships to the main character. (view spoiler)
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Chad
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trying to keep up with my 11 year old but am further behind. He recommended 17/5 stars so I'm guessing this a perfect series for the target demographic.

After the last book I'm glad we're back to adventuring and the rangers doing what they do best, helping win wars! My only real complaint at this point is that we seem to have gotten away from a fantasy that the first two books were, there are no strange monsters or magic at all anymore. The story has become an alternate history in a thinly veiled
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Danielle
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another solid installment in the Ranger’s Apprentice series and possibly my favorite so far along with the first one. I mentioned in my review of the first book that the characters seemed a bit in the young side, but I would say they’ve caught up beautifully and definitely seem more in the 16-17 year old category for all they’ve been through. I love the added characters of the Skandians and princess. This chapter of the story wrapped up nicely with no cliffhangers and will be a nice place to bas ...more
Irene
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Upper elementary and middle school readers; fans of fantasy
Shelves: children
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Jo
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epubs, childrens, reviewed
Rangers Apprentice Series by John Flanagan.
The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan is one of my favorite series of all time, and it deserves the hype.

The series is told from the eyes of Will, a young boy living in a world of kings, knights and castles;the middle ages.Rangers answer only to the king, they're skilled archers and are at the centre of every battle, their spies and are skilled in espionage, while also being envoys. This series is a YA version of The Game of Thrones.
Steve Weller
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fantastic series—everyone needs to be reading this. This book concludes a three-novel story arc that shaped our young heroes’ destinies and clinched the friendship of unlikely allies. Can’t wait for the next one!
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Other books in the series

Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
  • The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2)
  • The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3)
  • The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5)
  • The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice, #6)
  • Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice, #7)
  • The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice, #8)
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