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The Royal Ranger

(Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  28,200 ratings  ·  1,450 reviews
After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible - even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path.

It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone - and it's a request Will cannot refuse.

Hardcover, 464 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Philomel Books (first published 2013)
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Ed Ma that basically ruined the entire series for me seeing as not only was alyss and will a great couple but like you just gotta look at the logic here, *j…morethat basically ruined the entire series for me seeing as not only was alyss and will a great couple but like you just gotta look at the logic here, *john flanagan thinking... "hmmm what could I do to ruin the series on the last book... Ah yes let me kill off a character which I spent more than 2 books on saving, AMAZING perfect idea" LIKE WTF(less)
Sathya Chilukuri Yes, The red fox clan, will release on August 21, 2018. The thirteenth book in the series

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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4.5 stars and the only reason it's not getting 5 stars is because the series is over. Oh and the ending sucked too but other than that this was great!!

It was a pretty long book but this is how I finished:

1. Didn't study for Monday's test.
2. Didn't eat dinner and the next day's breakfast.
3. Didn't get out of bed until 20 minutes before class started.
4. Didn't shower (OK now I showered so shhhh!)
5. Didn't answer my boyfriend's phone calls.
6. Didn't meet an ARC deadline (oops!)


This series, books 1-
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice, #12), John Flanagan

John Anthony Flanagan is an Australian fantasy author best known for his medieval fantasy series, the Ranger's Apprentice series.

A New Beginning, originally titled The Royal Ranger, was the twelfth and final novel in the Ranger's Apprentice series.

Will Treaty tries to cope with the death of Alyss, who died in a fire set in an inn by a gang leader (Jory Ruhl) when she went back inside the burning building to save a young child.

Will's frie
Sep 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm disappointed with the Royal Ranger. I love Ranger's Apprentice series and J. Flanagan writing. I really do. I grew up with the series, I'm going to read it to my children one day (I hope). But to me some stories are better left unfinished. For me, the 11th book is the end of the series. What happens next...well I don't really need to know. The same things like in real life. People die, get old etc...And I don't really need my favourite characters for so many years suddenly grew old or die in ...more
I thought I was reading Ruins of Gorlan with a girl character...

This one is still likable. The plot is good but a little bit force to meet something or a demand. I like the humour with the slavers, with Will and Maddie. This one just stirs the memory of the past book...

In the end, I thought this one shouldn't be written but maybe the author thought that an episode in the life of a character should have a closure in order for a new character to shine.

Still a good read 😊
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not the best installment in the series but I still like it.

The Ranger's Apprentice series is one of my favorites so I was very much looking forward to reading the latest installment. Overall, I guess it's my less favorite of all twelve volumes. My biggest problem with the novel? Character development.

The book centers around Will and Maddie who is the daughter of Cassandra and Horace. Maddie is portrayed as a rebellious princess who sneaks out of the castle at night to go hunting. She un


That last gif is like my sister and I when we found out about this book.
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Excuse me while I go cry in a corner.

Wow, was this book perfect, or what? It was definitely worth the $12 in shipping fees to get it from the UK, rather than waiting for the USA edition in a month. My life is complete, and yet destroyed. This book makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you happy, sad, scared, worried, pretty much every emotion you've ever felt. In one book.

There is a sort of... conclusive feeling to t
Jonathan Terrington

The advantage of living in Australia can sometimes feel like a disadvantage. Sure, we're apparently the envy of a lot of the world financially (if they've heard of us), we have a great environment, some wonderful sports and some of the world's best coffee, yet it always feels like we're last to get any of the good cultural acts. Most of my favourite American bands and films seem to come around after everyone else has had them (and books too). Sure, we get the odd Marvel film early viewing but it

1) shouldn't because you don't have much of a grasp on the series.
2) don't want anything spoiled (like I sadly had).
3) just don't want some additional information on JF RA series book #12.
4) however, if you have randomly read the 11th book, then I think you would be okay to read on. It's not like you have become emotionally attached to any of the characters as such. yah.

So, please. Caution has be
Elizabeth Dragina
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memorable
Wonderful finish to the series. It's very bittersweet, but I love it anyways.

SO GLAD MY WILL RETURNED TO ME. 😭😭😍😍 I wish he'd never left.
~ I wanted to rewrite my review for this book because it holds a really special place in my heart. Plus the old review was pretty crap, and this book deserves the best review I can write for it. I can't recommend this series highly enough to people, it will always be special to me and I love it so much and always will. Ok, now to my review.

This is one of the best books I have read. I loved everything about this book. It is my favourite in the series and one of my favourites in general. I loved
Will Wortner
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
The Rangers Apprentice: The Royal Ranger

If you love The Rangers Apprentice series, you will LOVE this book.
4.5 stars

The perfect read for a Rangers Apprentice fan. This book gave me such a feeling of nostalgia, it was like visiting and old friend. Flanagan tore at my emotions and made me laugh from start to finish of The Royal Ranger.

Like others said, the adventure isn’t as grandiose as previous novels. It does not make this story any less exciting than previous novels. The adventure Will and the
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the repetition with the first book, that Will was giving the same answers as Halt used to do! To conclude: great ending to a wonderful series. It was a long one, but a very enjoyable one as well :)
Annika Lundkvist
Gosh... And here I thought the eleventh would be the last one. I don't know what to make of this. Personally I thought the last book was a perfect ending to the series, but... ...more
Hazel West
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: So, I'm a long time fan of the series. It's one of my favorites, and I was excited as everyone else to hear he was continuing it, but then when I found out the premise. Well, I wasn't nearly so excited anymore. And while it turned out not to be as horrible as I feared, I still really wish John Flanagan hadn't written this story line. I couldn't care less about it really. I think he should have just written a prequel story about Halt and Crowley. We all wanted that a ...more
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Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good. The best of the series, I think.
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

Not necessarily my favorite book of the series, but I did find it a fitting conclusion as things come full circle and Will is now the grizzled grey-beard taking on an apprentice which opens him back up to the world. (I had sort of guessed what the "senseless tragedy" referenced in the blurb was from several of the reviews - so, thanks for that... )

One thing which kept distracting me is I was trying to think of timelines and ages. According to Wiki, Flanagan has said this last story takes plac
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good book, like all the others in the series. It probably would have been somewhat less good if I had not read all the previous books. Like most Ranger's Apprentice novels, the plot is nothing spectacular, but the characters are great.

It had less humor and fewer laugh out loud moments than most of the preceding books. It's more bittersweet; less lighthearted. I didn't necessarily like it less because of this, but it was definitely different in tone. Readers who read Ranger's Apprenti
Lila Kims
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medieval-fantasy

Out of the three parts of a story, Flanagan is the best at ENDINGS, I tell you. He may be the best ender-of-stories EVER - I always emerge from a Ranger's Apprentice book feeling ALL THE FEELS. But seriously, this whole book was awesome. Darn. Awesome.

And I'm gonna shut up now, before I start running around in circles with fangirliness. :D
C.B. Cook
Arrrgh, the feeeeels!!! Review to come soon!
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
How I wanted to like this book, the closing of the series. The series has been quite well written, with interesting glimpses into cultural diversity and with a real feel for a mix of adventure, agency, and friendship. Halt's Peril was perhaps my favorite, for it emphasizes the real vulnerability of simply being human.

So I had high hopes for this book. Although the set up is fine -- Will's friends ask him to take an apprentice to ease his grief -- the execution felt light. For this adult, the ser
rachel ☾
I don't really know what to say. Ranger's Apprentice is over, and it is slowly hitting me. This was our last story, and most likely our last time with Will, Horace, Halt, Evanlyn, Alyss, Jenny, Gilan and everyone. I did not expect anything from this series when I began The Ruins of Gorlan and now look where we are. This series has become on of my all-time favourites and it is so, so hard to give that up.

This story was the perfect ending for the series but it broke my heart at the same time. No,
Jun 27, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So I read the first chapter on USA Today (

"How do you think fans will react to the final book in the series?

I hope they'll enjoy it. I think they will. It's the usual mixture of adventure, action and, of course, humor. And I hope they'll realise that it's time for the series to end. I've been invading the privacy of Will, Halt, Horace and Evanlyn for years now. It's appropriate to let them have a little time to themselves, without having me peering over
Kate Forsyth
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a long time, John Flanagan was one of my son’s favourite authors and I read him book after book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series each night at bedtime. I enjoyed them as much as he did (which was not at all generally true of all our bedtime read-a-thons). Often I’d find myself choked up at the end as Will, the small but indomitable hero, once again triumphed against the bad guys. An irresistible mix of action, adventure, and humour, the Ranger’s Apprentice series has sold more than fifteen ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
NEW BEGINNING is a fantastic ending to the Ranger's Apprentice series and a fabulous beginning to the new branch-off series, The Royal Ranger! Fans of the old series will find much to love here and those new to the series will be able to start here if they'd like. With a likable leading heroine, friendship, danger, and a mission to fulfill set in the Ranger's Apprentice world, it is sure to entertain from beginning to end.

I knew from the first couple of pages that I was going to enjoy this book.
Barb Middleton
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An entertaining conclusion that comes full circle from the first book. Flanagan sticks to his usual formula of dry humor in the adult characters and a protagonist that grows up while facing dangers. While this story's pacing slows a bit in the middle because of the focus on training an apprentice, it picks up with an exciting ending. About 17 years has passed and Will Treaty is now middle-aged. Many of the characters from previous books have died or are dying. Others are doing well in old-age an ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 purely and entirely nostalgic stars

Is this a very good book? Not really. It almost exactly mirrors the first book for a good chunk of the novel - replace Will with newcomer Maddie, and Halt with Will. The second half is a ranger mission that isn't exactly original either. But. What The Royal Ranger did manage to absolutely nail was to transport me back to when I was twelve and picked up this series. I was so entirely absorbed that it brought back a whole host of memories of me sneakin
Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
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“Keep practicing," he told her.
"Until I get it right?" she said. But he corrected her.

"No. Until you don't get it wrong.”
“Don’t talk to your horse, dear. People are watching,” Pauline said quietly.
Halt turned a perplexed look toward her. “How do you know when I’m doing that?”
She smiled at him. “Your nose twitches.”
… On the way, Kane [stableboy] kept glancing surreptitiously at the famous Ranger, fascinated by the fact that he kept staring down his nose and tweaking its tip between his forefinger and thumb.”
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