Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Royal Ranger: The Missing Prince” as Want to Read:
The Royal Ranger: The Missing Prince
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Royal Ranger: The Missing Prince

(Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  829 ratings  ·  92 reviews
International bestselling author John Flanagan returns to world of Ranger's Apprentice in the fourth installment of the Royal Ranger series starring Maddie, Will Treaty's fearless young apprentice.

Will Treaty and his apprentice, Maddie have been urgently summoned to Castle Araluen. When they arrive they learn a
shocking truth: the Prince of Gallica is missing--and the K
...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 3rd 2020 by Philomel Books (first published September 29th 2020)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Royal Ranger, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Maya Most people I know who read it are in their early teens, but I think someone older would definitely enjoy it. If you are considering reading it though…moreMost people I know who read it are in their early teens, but I think someone older would definitely enjoy it. If you are considering reading it though, you probably should read the original series, as this book is the latest in a follow-up series. The first book of the original is called 'The Ruins of Gorlan'. Happy reading ;).(less)
Laura Mitchell Hutchinson It is released in Australia on Tuesday 29 September 2020. You should be able to find it in your local bookstore, or otherwise it'll be available onlin…moreIt is released in Australia on Tuesday 29 September 2020. You should be able to find it in your local bookstore, or otherwise it'll be available online to buy as an ebook. If you go to the Penguin website you can click through to find an online retailer. https://www.penguin.com.au/books/rang... (less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.24  · 
Rating details
 ·  829 ratings  ·  92 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Royal Ranger: The Missing Prince
Jerecho
I enjoyed this one. JF comedic writing was superb (I missed Halt's and Horace's banter). I hope JF write a one continuous book instead of two short to be continued books.

Anyway, it is still a nice read. 😊
...more
Skip
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
King Duncan is asked by his neighbor King Philippe to rescue his son: the Prince of Gallica, who he believes is has been taken prisoner by a dangerous foe, Baron Joubert de Lassigny. He decides that a weak King, who owes him a favor is preferable to an unknown, possible threat so he recruits Ranger Will Treaty and his apprentice, Maddie, who poses as jongleurs. Will has musical talent, but Maddie has to be taught to juggle, and, as a Ranger, is a natural as a knife thrower. They make their way i ...more
Tricia Mingerink
This book is everything I was hoping for and more! While I have enjoyed all of the Royal Ranger books so far, the last 2 books were mildly disappointing in that Will and Maddie weren't on the mission together (and Will was barely in the books).

This book, instead, is all Will and Maddie being awesome! And, the book is setting up for Horace and Halt to play a part as well!

Warning, this book ends in a cliff hanger. Apparently, this is going to be another two (or more) book arc, which I wasn't exp
...more
Linli
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Enjoyed this, but I wish John Flanagan would just write one long book instead of a two-part story. Just a minor quibble; I always look forward to a new RA book.
Kayleigh
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a great set-up for the next one. That cliffhanger!
I still enjoy reading these books and it feels so nice to see my favourite characters again.
I can't wait for the fifth book!
...more
Nickie
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I don't say this very often about John Flanagan's books, but I felt this one was disappointing. It was wonderful to "see" old friends, and to travel with Will and Maddie across country, but it felt like a bunch of disjoined stories patched together. It took forever to get to the rescue of the prince, and then the book ended, sans rescue. ...more
Anna {Follow me for reviews! (✿◡‿◡)}
Okay!!! This was great! I actually think this is one of my more favorites of his most recent books, more than The Red Fox Clan or Duel at Araluen, which are also a two part storyline.
We were pulled into the story quickly this time with the bandits (I am always wondering why the bandits are only jerks but I guess it makes it funnier) trying to attack the farmer dude (bad move XD). I'm used to the fact that everyone is getting older in this series now so it didn't make me as sad at least. I really
...more
The Forest Clown
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it more underwhelming than some of the other Ranger's Apprentice books, but then again, that could've just been my state of mind. The books are great and this was also good, but I'm sad that it ended with a cliffhanger. These people aren't worth so much effort and time. (view spoiler) ...more
Morgan
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew the ending was going to be something like that, but WHHHYYYYYY?????? And why can’t I find a release date for book 5 yet?????

Definitely enjoyed it more than the last two since Will’s in the whole book. Lots of times I was grinning like an idiot because it made me happy. I wouldn’t say there’s a lot to the plot, but honestly, don’t we read these books for the characters? And there’s so much lovely character interaction. I love them all so much. Will Treaty is the best. 😍 And Maddie’s grown
...more
Joy Jenkins
I like this series but honestly this book didn’t have enough content to merit being part of a two book plot line. Let’s face it, I really didn’t need two chapters about juggling when it didn’t come into play at all in the end.

This book and the next should have been combined into one to make a good fast paced read. Instead I got a wandering plot that was riding on the nostalgia readers feel for this world and characters.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

When King Duncan is approached by King Philippe of Gallica to help him rescue his son from the clutches of Baron Lassigney, Duncan hates to treat the Rangers as mercenaries, but knows that it is better for Philippe to remain in power and for Gallica to be at peace. He arranges to send Will and Maddie to perform the extrication. Upon consideration, the two disguise themselves as jongleurs. Will's singing is good enough, but Maddie must improve her juggling and add
...more
Dale Russell
Maddie's time as an apprentice ranger had its moments. Her mother had fought her being put into danger but her father felt that it was the best thing he could have done to turn his daughter into the resourceful and amazing person she had become. Now, the sum of those moments began to show itself as she rushed towards her final acceptance as a ranger for the king, each moment and each adventure becomes one to remember.

Now, one of those formative moments is upon her. A secret visit from royalty in
...more
Joe Boenzi
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 4 of the Royal Ranger Series… and the stories in this series are more intense (read political) than those in The Ranger's Apprentice, though many of the same characters have a spot in the stories that take place a generation later.

The storytelling is excellent, as is the palace intrigue. The drawback is that the story is not complete in this volume and readers will have to wait for Book 5 of the series. I expected this to happen, since Flanagan did this in his other series, the Ranger's Ap
...more
Abby Irwin
Pretty good plot line but it did feel very repetitive. I feel like he took pieces of his other books and put them all together. He also used certain words a plot at certain parts which instead of making a part feel exciting made it feel dull. it did have some good parts and details and the ending was unexpected.
book_bear
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Loved it, like all of his books!
Staci
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cannot wait for the next one!
j o a n n a
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the characters but the story was so vague.
Marsha
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would love to give it a five, but I can't. The story is wonderful. I just feel like it's half a book. The others have been thick and long with lots of adventures. This is missing the thick and long, so it's missing lots of adventures. It seems we have to wait so long for the next one too. I sure hope it will be out soon. I hate to be left hanging. ...more
Tiani
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, fantasy
*4.5

Will and Maddie are sent in disguise as jongleurs to Gallica to rescue a kidnapped prince from the Baron holding him hostage. Performing along the way, the road isn't as easy as they'd hoped and the atmosphere within the country isn't exactly friendly...

Another great installment in the series that focuses on Will and Maddie working together again. Their relationship is fun to read about and I love their interactions. Adult Will is such a solid character and I love that he still feels like '
...more
Sohan Parsi
Castle Araluen has fallen. King Duncan and princess regent Cassandra and its other inhabitants are under siege in the South Tower which is the last resort by the traitor Dimon, the leader of the Red Fox Clan. Dimon wants to become king and is furious that he who shares distant kinship with King Duncan will not become king but princess Cassandra will become queen instead. Dimon has trapped Horace the consort to princess Cassandra and Gilan, a ranger as well as most of the castle garrison in a sma ...more
Marten Wennik
John Flanagan is at it again. I was pleased to get this book on Kindle and start reading it. I have loved his various sagas/series. Even though some of the reviews I read on Amazon by readers were not as positive as I would hope, I wanted to continue Maddie's tale and see what would happen next. So I approached The Missing Prince with hope, but aware that some other readers seem to think that Flanagan is petering out in storytelling.

In this story, Maddie and Will are sent off to Gallica to supp
...more
Christopher Lee Woodard
John Flanagan has done it again, and again and again and this latest book in the Ranger's Apprentice series has done it yet again.

I am not the target demographics for the series -at 74 years now- but I still couldn't put it down! Something was going to happen, was happening or just happened and the tension continued to build with every page.

The characters are real, the description of the places, people, action and events were vivid visual mental pictures for me, and were in moving technicolor
...more
Derek
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The general story is quite interesting. John Flanagan's writing style gets a bit boring at times when the protagonists *always* have to like coffee with honey, even when they did not like it when they were not main characters. And it gets boring when so many people encountered by the heroes all seem to be dense to the same degree -- not a lot of depth or variety at times. Too often the heroes in the entire series are limited to the same small group of people. It is kind of boring that Will acts ...more
Joseph Sterrett
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is all about Will and Maddie traveling about Gallica for the King because his son is being held hostage. When Will finds out he and Maddie need to go to Gallica then he is trying to find out how they will be disguised. He know that he can be a jongleur but he is stuck on how Maddie will be disguised. Maddie was practicing knife throwing when King Duncan connected her with his jongleur. After they get to Gallica they are under cover. First they go to the Kings castle before going to wher ...more
Collin Sibilia
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-fun
I am only giving this 2 stars because I am so loyal to Flanagan. If you are a long lasting fan of Flanagan and his Ranger's Apprentice series, then be warned this will not be enjoyable. Some of the traits of the original characters seemed to be missing. There's no beloved banter, and reminiscing between characters. The journey itself is few with challenges, and any roadblocks are dealt with quickly. Finally, the price of the book is not worth the read. This was written clearly under a deadline, ...more
Devon
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Burningfeather
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Noah Varav
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Entertaining thanks mostly to Will and Maddie spending a lot more time together in this one compared to the last two, but similarly to The Red Fox Clan/Duel at Araluen, Flanagan has undeniably delivered half a book here. I’ll always read the next one as I’m too invested to ever give up on the series, but it’s becoming an irritating habit that I hope the potential book 6 in the series doesn’t replicate after book 5 concludes this story.
Amber
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cliffhanger? Didn't his last book end on a cliffhanger? If this is how he plans on keeping his readership... This was a short book, he could have very easily finished the story in another 100-200 pages. Ugh. He's still a talented author, though his content has been suffering since the end of his Ranger's Apprentice series. I can easily sink into his books and the pace makes them easy to read in one sitting. Four out of five stars to The Missing Prince. ...more
Kavish Gandhi
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying read. Exactly what I was looking for, even if it wasn't the most stunning novel in existence. Healthy doses of honey-infused coffee and good old Ranger humor, as well as an always satisfying jongleur storyline (accompanied with throwing knives this time!). Obligatory lute joke included. Also continually impressed by Maddie's character, which improves in each successive book. Can't wait for the next one! ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grishaverse, #0.5, 2.5, 2.6)
  • The King of the West (Path of the Ranger #7)
  • The Sentinel (Jack Reacher, #25)
  • Thoughts of Dog
  • At the Wolf's Table
  • Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story
  • Letters to the Lost (Letters to the Lost, #1)
  • Faithless in Death (In Death, #52)
  • Giovanni's Room
  • The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)
  • The Beauty in Breaking
  • Głosy z zaświatów (Seweryn Zaorski, #2)
  • The Ranger (Quinn Colson, #1)
  • Dragon Slayers (The Unwanteds Quests #6)
  • The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)
  • Poseidon's Academy (Book 1)
  • The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con, #2)
See similar books…
7,073 followers
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

For mysteries by this same author, see John A. Flanagan.

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It
...more

Other books in the series

Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger (4 books)
  • The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning (The Royal Ranger, #1)
  • The Red Fox Clan (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger, #2)
  • Duel at Araluen (Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #3)

Related Articles

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be long remembered as a Dumpster fire of a year. But the nice thing about time is that it...
364 likes · 166 comments