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Erak's Ransom

(Ranger's Apprentice #7)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  50,790 ratings  ·  1,560 reviews
Der Waffenstillstand Araluens mit den Skandianern ist noch frisch, als König Duncan die Nachricht erreicht, dass Erak, der Anführer Skandias vom Wüstenvolk der Arridi gefangen genommen wurde. Kurz entschlossen brechen der Waldläufer Will und seine Freunde Walt, Gilan, Evanlyn und Horace auf, um den Skandianer zu befreien. Doch Sandstürme, unbarmherzige Hitze und feindselig ...more
Unknown Binding, 441 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Random House Australia (first published 2007)
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Anna Yes, Cassandra may seem annoying at first, but she gets over it soon. She also plays an important role in this book so don't skip it!!
Juny Actually in an authors note, John Flanagan was almost done with book 6 when he realized that he left out an important part in Will'l life, ooops.... a…moreActually in an authors note, John Flanagan was almost done with book 6 when he realized that he left out an important part in Will'l life, ooops.... anyways he had already started on this adventure, sooo.... that my friend is why he went back in time :) (less)

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Elizabeth Dragina
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memorable
Excuse me as I wipe the tears from my eyes . . . .

This has become my number one favorite ( so far ) of the Ranger's Apprentice series and I doubt it will ever be overtaken. It showed immeasurable strength and advancement in its form and I appreciated all aspects of John Flanagan's workmanship. He's is certainly no beginner in the craft of tale weaving. It's marvellous, and it's homey.

I am struggling emotionally with the book because my ships aren't working out, but I refuse to demote it to 4 s
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It would have worked great as a fifth book. As a seventh, however, loses major points.

First, you have to get over the fact that you won't get to know what happens after the end of book six for a while longer.

Then, once you start warming up to this story, you realize that there's no sense of urgency to it. It's not because any fault with the writing, but because you already know how things are going to turn up for the characters.

For example, at Tug's disappearance, nobody could have any doubts t
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2016, 2019
The best, so far, in this enjoyable series.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best in the series, set in Arabian lands called Arridin and reminiscent at times of the movie Hidalgo. It's quite heartwarming, yet also heartbreaking. Lots of action, some battle scenes with clever tactics, etc.

This book features some poignant horse scenes (Tug, Arrow, etc.). Main characters are Will, Halt, Gilan, Horace, Princess Cassandra, Erak and Svengal the Skandians, Setheren the Arridin leader (the Wakir), and Umar ib’n Talud, Aseikh of the Khoresh Bedullin tribe..

I loved thi
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was the first book in the series that I was disappointed in. If it had been placed in it's proper sequence according to the timeline of the other books, it would be read before book 5. Flanagan goes back in time to tell a story before Will becomes a full fledged Ranger. If it had been placed before book 5, I wouldn't have been disappointed. However, I felt that there were certain elements that would have been referred to in book 5 and 6 that couldn't because this book hadn't been written ye ...more
Tricia Mingerink
This is my favorite of the whole Ranger's Apprentice series. I'm not totally why. Maybe because I love the horse race part. Just awesome. :)
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book can better be read before book 5, because now I already knew how the book ended. Nevertheless this book was a lot of fun and I loved that they went on a journey with all my favorite characters in a new place!
Saul the Heir of Isauldur
2.5 stars, rounded up

Review to come
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well well well, that went too well. It was fantastic in fact! One of my favorites in the whole Ranger's Apprentice series <3
Erak's Ransom is:
*Cute! (Halt's wedding, sweet remarks between Halt and Lady Pauline, Horace and Gilan, Will's graduation)
*Adventurous! (I just love how the adventures take place in different landscapes and countries: Celtica, Lands of Rain and Night, Skandia, Gallia, Arrida -I'm not sure the spelling is correct. The characters have experienced the freezing climate of Ska
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, first, this book is non-chronological with the rest of the series so-far. it doesn't offer any spoilers or anything really of value where it is in sequence (out-of-chronology), so I'd suggest reading the books in this order (so far)


I'll edit my book 5 review to reflect that as well..

..anyway, I really liked this book as well. As I've said on all the other ones in this series, it's candy fiction. It's not deep, but it sure is fun.

This one takes place in a north-africa-type set
Will the Ranger meets Lawrence of Arabia, and a good time is had by all (well, except for a little being chained to camels and almost beheaded, etc)! No, not really Lawrence, but definitely Arabia, and the book is much the better for a little touch of exoticism and the lack of rain (I don't know why, but whenever I think of this series, I picture a guy with a longbow standing in drizzling rain). I got kind of tired of the series last year, but had a yen to pick it up again, and I'm glad I did. I ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well at first I planned to take away a star because this book is a prequel to The Sorcerer of the North, which is just like what?! Seriously?? I got over it pretty quickly, but still. I wish I could have read them in the right order instead of jumping back in the story like that. I decided to add the star back because, miracle of miracles! I finished the book and realized there was only like one cuss word in the whole thing!! It's a record for Ranger's Apprentice. I hope the rest of the books ar ...more
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This just needs to be read in between books 4 and 5. I'm rating this book as if I had read it in its proper place. It is exactly what I wanted. It had such a happy-sad feeling that would be a perfect transition to the books where Will is on his own. Loved it, and I am loving this series!
Well...well... looks like Will &co. were loooong way from home in this 7th book... Get trapped on sand storm, lost direction and half dead on vast dessert, wagering Tug on Bedullin tribe's race and Halt nearly beheaded? What went wrong here? Wait a minute, where were they actually?
(By the way, story wise it was between 4th and 5th book, so I read this before the 5th, but it was the 7th book of the installment)

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May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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It has been a year since I read the sixth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series and since I was looking for an Australian author to read for the Southern Hemisphere reading challenge, it seemed the perfect moment to pick this series up.

For this book I've made the change from reading it in Dutch, to English. This caused little problems (it took me quite some time to realize that Horace is Arnaut from the Dutch books), but after
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's not To Kill a Mockingbird or Lord of the Rings. But for what this book is supposed to be, a YA fantasy novel, it's brilliantly put together. Good sound plot, memorable characters, satisfying action scenes, near-death in the desert, traitors, bargaining, horse-racing, archery, and a princess with a sharp turn for bargaining--as well as a mean slingshot. The quality of this novel is even more remarkable considering this is the seventh book in the series, although the author has wisely tackled ...more
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the ranger's apprentice series. But for the last few books I haven't really been feeling it, where the plot was going.

This goes back in time in comparison to the last two books by being in the time period when Will is still an apprentice. I thought that this bridged the gap nicely and I am ready for the next one in the series.

The characters are much the same as they have been before, and it seems that all the actions are kind of shallow. But Will goes through some really trying times. T
Lila Kims
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know much I like this book butting into the series to mess up the chronology, but when I think about all the amazing, wonderful things that happen (AND THAT ENDING OHMIGOSH I LOVE!!!) I can understand it. Flanagan put a lot of thought into this special Ranger's Apprentice book, and it's totally worth the twisted chronology. Whatever you do, don't skip it!
Garlan ✌
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really good book in this series! More action, adventure and villains than you can shake a stick at! All of the books have been good, but a few have been VERY good. this ranks in that category. A fast, fun read - and not just for young adults.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book that had me sobbing once, then laughing two pages later.
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, as I've said before, this series of "YA" books has (in my opinion) run hot and cold. I found I lost interest during the volumes on the, The Icebound Land, and Oakleaf Bearers (though Oakleaf Bearers picks up a little in the4 end). This book hit me somewhat the same as these two.

First, this is a flashback...and with a "flashback in the center of a book series", I've always got to ask, "why"? The author says it's a sort of, an "oops, I forgot to tell you this story of what happened that led
Kalena Parker
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I deeply cherish these characters. I loved seeing each characters result of hard work and talent towards their profession. I’m glad to have read more of previous friendship between the Araluens and Skandians, with their still lasting bond for one another, despite the different upbringings, difficulties, and odds. I loved reading of Evanlyn’s authority and power, something that was not as easily shown in the previous books. I loved reading of Will accepting his fate, Halt’s creeping sorrow at los ...more
It's a wobbly 3 stars. I was really disappointed in this entry in the series. It was based around the capture of a an old friend ( almost adversary ) Erak one of the Skandians from previous books. The problem was the focus was mainly on the rescue and then trouble that the team of heroes get into and not the captive. The one thing that did save this book for me was the horse race in the desert. It was a brief race but it was thrilling.
The author did state that this entry in the series went back
Rebecca L
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015-reads
This book was a big relief! After reading the sixth and seventh in this series and being greatly disappointed I had low hopes for this one but it was totally awesome! SO exciting and funny and fast paced, it gives me hope for the rest of the series!
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-fiction
Nothing but love. I adore the characters in this series. Yes this novel falls out of order but that doesn't mean it is any less meaningful. I like it as much, if not, even more than a number of the others in this series.
Kimberley doruyter
i didn't enjoy it that much because i had already read books 5 and 6 so the suspence was tiresome and i already knew everything would be oke.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

I feel like I'm nitpicking, but I don't think that Flanagan is really good at describing relationships. Romantic ones, that is. He also suffers from the 'everyone has to be paired up syndrome'. I was shocked at the start of the book that (view spoiler). It felt completely out of nowhere, and while the author mentioned that they had been seeking each other's company, it still felt really sudden. Not to mention that personally, I thought th
Stacy Fazenbaker
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Always expect something to go wrong," he told him. "Believe me, if you're wrong, you're not dissapointed. If you're right, you're ready for it.”
― John Flanagan, Erak's Ransom

Book 7 of the Ranger's Apprentice Series!! I have made it through book 7 already and the series is still fantastic and entertaining. This book was actually somewhat a prequel. It takes place before book 5 and 6. Flanagan felt like he rushed into Will being out on his own and he needed to go back and tell some of the story o
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Upper elementary and middle school readers; fans of fantasy
Shelves: middle-grade
Oh, I liked this book quite a bit! My 5th grader and I read it as a read-aloud, maybe that added to my enjoyment.

I was tipped off by other readers that this book - Book 7 - actually chronologically follows Book 4. It says as much in the Author's Note, but you'd never know if you were just reading them in order!

Well, not to give anything away, but I loved the beginning, which delved into the personal developments in the lives of some of the main characters. The overarching theme is that Will is
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“But what if I make a mistake?' Will asked.

Gilan threw back his head and laughed. 'A mistake? One mistake? You should be so lucky. You'll make dozens! I made four or five on my first day alone! Of course you'll make mistakes. Just don't make any of them twice. If you do mess things up, don't try to hide it. Don't try to rationalize it. Recognize it and admit it and learn from it. We never stop learning, none of us.”
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