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The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

(Ranger's Apprentice #10)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  37,997 ratings  ·  1,229 reviews
When Horace travels to the exotic land of Nihon- Ja, it isn't long before he finds himself pulled into a battle that is not his - but one he knows in his heart he must wage. A kingdom teeters on the edge of chaos when the Nihon-Ja emperor, a defender of the common man, is forcibly overthrown, and only Horace, Will, and his Araluen companions can restore the emperor to the ...more
Paperback, 487 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Random House Australia
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Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Flanagan always amazes me. He is a very talented author. There are very few series I would read to the very end if they had more than five books. Until now, the only author series I've read that have been longer than five books are Harry Potter and the first twelve books of The Secrets of Droon. My point? For me to read a series for this long and be willing to read more, the author has to be pretty darn good.

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja was great! I absolutely loved the drama between Evalyn and
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed-books
(I just feel the need to explain the 2-stars rating here.)

I’ve been reading the Ranger’s Apprentice series, written by John Flanagan, for the past two years thanks to my good friend Kara. This is the final book, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja and I spent the entire night reading it, instead of going to bed. Haha.

I don’t think I’ve ever done a book review for this series because I’ve always been relatively impartial about it; it’s an okay book for me. Not something I would buy myself each time it comes
C.B. Cook
I love love love love love this series. The characters are great, the plots are wonderful, and the battles are described well and aren't super confusing. Also, the feeeeeels of that ending!!!!

My only problem (which isn't really a problem) is that I'm not a huge fan of Alyss, and I don't really ship her with Will, either. So far she's my least favorite character in the series. Other than that, though, I love all of the characters. <3 Such a good read!
Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
Here we have another entry in the Ranger's Apprentice series. This is an excellent YA series (some volumes are better than others) and I'd recommend it. Some say this is more a series for boys than for girls but I disagree. Even if it started that way it has grown to include the "love stories" of both Will and his best friend and this book was pretty much split in half. The stories of Will and his male friends is half the story while the tale of Alice and the Princess' adventures is the other ha ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
7/10. Probably my other least favourite of the series but the new setting of a whole new country was interesting, just a little uneventful and a bit of an abrupt ending. But still a very good book.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another heartwarming and engrossing action-adventure for older kids and adults, featuring Horace, Will, Halt, Alyss, Evanlyn/Princess Cassandra, Gundar Heartstriker the Skandian (see The Sorcerer in the North) and Selethen the Irridian Arab (see Erak's Ransom and Scorpion Mountain).

As the title suggests, this story is set in ancient Japan (which is also know as Nihon / Nihon-koku, as well as Nippon / Nippon-koku). Horace and friends help the honorable Emperor Shigeru defeat a cowardly usurper. T
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THEY HAVE THIS!?!?! I wish it was out where I live. *sigh*
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I think I just have to accept the fact that I'm over this series ... I probably should have stopped reading about five books ago or so.I'm just not invested anymore, not in the characters, not in the stories and certainly not in the hardly original worldbuilding.
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011, fantasy
Dear Mr. Flanagan,

A heartfelt thanks for sharing the world you created and populated with some of my all-time favorite book characters! You did the series justice with this tenth book. I particularly loved the parts with Alyss and Evanlyn! They came very close to stealing the show, which I absolutely loved.

Does this really have to be the last one?? What are your plans for the future? Any thoughts of writing books that tell us about Halt as a young Ranger's Apprentice? Or are you going to branch
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Like every other book in this series, this was a good solid, enjoyable read.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Okay, I'll admit that I complained for most of this book (sorry Kevin) but the ending was so hilarious that it totally made up for the fact that it took nine books and 393 pages for my brotp to stop hating each other.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another entry in the enjoyable Ranger's Apprentice series, a mediaeval fantasy series written for teenagers. I originally borrowed the first of these for my 9yo, but read it myself after realising they were a little too old for him, and have continued to pick them up when I see them at our library. This adventure is set in 'Nihon-Ja' (an easily recognisable feudal Japan), and is derivative of both James Clavell's 'Shogun' as well as the Tom Cruise movie 'The Last Samurai', with samurai warlords ...more
Henrik Havighorst
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another adventurous outing for the boys and girls - with the girls especially going on a trip that is very exciting and scary at the same time. Once again, Flanagan takes a particular cultural terrain (Feudal Japan) and mixes it with his own low-fantasy setting. The pace is very good, since multiple stories kick off the proceedings and some even branch off in between with all of which coming together towards the end. While the stereotypes of Feudal Japan are quite blatant, it serves well as a ve ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Visas šīs sērijas grāmatas ir tādas naivi labsirdīgas un daudzās vietās paredzama. Taču piedzīvojumu kāriem puikām/pusaudžiem varētu būt kā reiz īstā manta.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The emperor of Nihon-Ja was my favorite so far. I love that almost all the characters join in on this quest and I really enjoyed the story line. The battle tactics were great as well and I love the friendship between Alyss and Evanlynn!
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best of the series and a great way to end it (for me). The 10th book had everything we hoped for, all the main characters plus a couple of extras doing their thing. The story followed a familiar path with strategy, heroics and joyful ending. I like the fact that the girls got heavily involved again even if it was a tad forced.

I am not super interested in the short story collection that follows this and the last book has not been well received so I will skip that. Fantastic series well worth re
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I cannot say that The Emperor of Nihon-Ja was my favourite Ranger's Apprentice book, because it wasn't. While it wasn't as jarringly disconnected like The Sorcerer in the North, it was a little slow and the characters were a little more distant (is that the word I'm looking for?) than usual.

Nihon-Ja was an interesting setting. I love that it was somewhere new, so we got to learn about a new culture and meet new characters that bought something a little different to the story. The Emper
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
John Flanagan has truly outdone himself once again. This book, by far, is his greatest masterpiece, and one of the best books I have ever read. A collection of action, battle, strategy, friendship, cunning, and romance, this book rejuvenates the vigor and excitement of war, completely enticing the reader. This book is best suited for mature audiences, who will not be frightened by the epitomy of war, but rather accept it and live through the imaginary experience, enlightening themselves in the r ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit long, especially compared to the previous books in the series, but it's totally forgivable because this is the last novel in the series that focuses on Will, and honestly the author's done a long story before. He just broke it up into Rangers Apprentice, Book Five: The Sorcerer of the North and The Siege of Macindaw. And I would prefer the whole story just be told in one book.

This has the characteristic strengths of Flanagan's writing: strong characters (both male and female), realistic hu
Jayme Carruthers
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am afraid to say that I was, in fact disappointed. After the first few chapters I new the basic outline for the plot, which to say the least pretty much follows the plot line from the previous books. And by the time I finished I wasn't even happy it say that I figured it out before the ending. I was looking forward to this book in the hope that it would end with a happier note than what I felt when reading the two previous books before. Making Halt a run away prince with a twin brother reminde ...more
Kimberley doruyter
i think this is going to be one of my favas in the series.
japan or rangers apprentice version of japan.
Tricia Mingerink
I enjoy this book, and it is an interesting new adventure for Halt, Will, & co.

Favorite thing about this book: Halt, Will, Horace, Alyss, Evanlyn, and a few other old friends all together.

Least favorite thing: No Tug or Abelard. And I always find it odd that the Skandians sit on an island through the whole battle rather than fight. Kinda disappointing.

Still, it's Ranger's Apprentice. It's amazing.
Anke Sietinga
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book! But before I begin this review I have to say that there will be a lot of spoilers if you haven't read the books.

First of all I really like that Horace is a big part in this book again, he helps the emperor of Nihon-Ja when some of his people turn against him.

That Evalyn (or Cassandra) plays a big part in this book again was one of my greatest joys! And that is the same for Alyss! They are both incredible girls and I think the books wouldn't have been a succe
This was a good read. It was exciting, and a lot of characters from other books made an appearance. It was less emotional than the previous book (thank goodness!). I loved that the girls got to play a bigger role.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ooooh!!! Loved this book so much:)
Lynda Koenig
"It is a term of great respect" 🤣 I guessed the reason for Horace's nickname, but wasn't able to figure out what they were calling Will...
Kristy Maitz
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Funny story plot, but still nothing special.
Kim Bahr
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved how all the main characters played a role in this fight - Horace, Will, Halt, Alyss, Evelyn.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun action packed read. Clean for kids. My 4th grader has started the series. There is some silly girl jealousy in this book over the boys, but the action/fighting makes it worth the read.
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“Ah, Signor Halt,' he said uncertainly, 'you are making a joke, yes?'
'He is making a joke, no,' Will said. 'But he likes to think he is making a joke, yes.”
“How do we get there? How did you get here, by the way?' [Will asked].

He heard Halt's deep sigh and knew he'd done it again.

'Do you ever,' the older Ranger said with great deliberation, 'manage to ask just one question at a time? Or does it always have to be multiple choice with you?'

Will looked at him in surprise. 'Do I do that?' he asked. 'Are you sure?'

Halt said nothing. He raised his hands in a 'See what I mean?' gesture...

'Halt,' [Selethen said], 'I could be wrong, but I think you were just guilty of the same fault. I'm sure I heard you ask two questions just then.'

'Thank you for pointing that out, Lord Selethen,' Halt said with icy formality.”
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