Friday, August 09, 2013

"Well, I do love ducklings." "YAY!"

 As you may have looked at, I have a page set up with a long list of some of my favourite books. The books I haven't already done reviews of I've been planning on doing over the next - however long it takes me to get them all done. But, some of the books are whole series, and I don't like to review books past the first one - in case you're all like me and hate spoilers.

 Therefore, I've come up with a plan. I'm going to be doing an overall review of what I like about the series and the worlds in which they are set - all spoiler free. 

 Today's rare Saturday post I will be doing the Ranger's Apprentice books.

 This is a series of ten books, plus the added on book which is a collection of short stories. They are set mainly in the world of Araluen, which is pretty much the fantasy version of England. It doesn't really have a lot of mystical creatures like in other fantasy books - in fact, I'm not even sure it can be considered fantasy. But, it is filled with bad guys, good kings, brave Rangers, and over sized viking like men - and enough adventure for ten books.

 Also, John Flanagan, the author, didn't just recreate his own England, but the whole world. He put a new twist on Scotland, the Middle East, Iceland - or Greenland, whichever he got his inspiration for the Skandians from. It is a well created world, with enough newness to it to make it fun and exciting, and enough familiarity that the reader can snicker a little as they pick up small bows to the country in which the fictional one is based.

 Of course, my favourite out of all the countries is Araluen, because it has the Rangers. (These are men who can vanish into the trees, who are deadly archers, and who devote their lives to serving their king and protecting their fellow countrymen. They are also very mysterious, have a deep rooted love for coffee, and seem to get irritated very easily. Oh yes, and they love horses.)

 Two of the most famous of the Rangers are Will Treaty and Halt Greybeard. Will is an orphan who is trained by Halt, who is considered the best Ranger who ever lived. (I always say Halt is my favourite of the two, but I think it is more of a tie. It is hard to pick one over the other.)
 Will is inquisitive, kind of naive at times, and has a strong sense of justice.
 Halt is solemn, seems to be suffering from guilt throughout most of the books, and is extremely grumpy before he gets his morning coffee - just as a warning. Coffee first, then you might be able to risk speaking to him.

 The first half of the series are my favourites, especially The Burning Bridge which I like above all the others. I like the later  books, but not as much. 
 Also, in seems in the later books Mr. Flanagan puts in too many unneeded words and descriptions. And he tells us most everything about the characters instead of showing, but in spite of it all, I still love the series. They are a lot of fun, very exciting, and the characters are unforgettable. (The books even made it to m buying list, if that says anything.)

 So, if you are looking for a good adventure, and spending a few hours sneaking through the woods with two wonderful Rangers, you won't regret reading these books. 
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  Now, before I go. I am entering this in Kendra's giveaway, for her newest book, The Ankulen. You can learn all about it HERE!!

 Also! You can enter a chance...something like that...to win free copies of both of my books. Cait and Mime at Notebook Sisters are celebrating getting a dominion name and are holding interviews and giveaways. If you're looking for new books to read you should look into it! You can learn all about it HERE!!!!

 Allons-y!

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6 comments :

  1. I keep seeing this series pop up on "THESE ARE AMAZING BOOKS - EVERYONE GO READ THEM!!!" lists. I need to read them. Sigh. I need to go to the library. It's been far too long since I last set foot in one.

    Sounds like a fun world!

    Yes, you need to go read the next book of the Dinotopias. You will love it. Two words: Robotic Dinos. Oh, and a third: Atlantis. I shall say no more.

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  2. Ohgosh, I LOVE this series. Well, I mean, I loved it a lot a few years ago. I think I would be more writerly critical now (that's the problem with a writer-brain sometimes. The inner editor just won't shut up). My favourite was Halt's Peril. Though I think the author piked out of what would have been epic...if Halt had really... ;) Oops. SPOILERS. Everyone ignore me.

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  3. Never read the series.
    Your way of reviewing sounds smart. Don't want to give too much away.
    And thanks for including my book on that list!

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  4. these books were some of my favorites as a kid--and I still like to reread them every once in a while. I liked the first 5 the best, I think. Very good books. And Halt is the best. :)

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  5. I love the Ranger's Apprentice series. It's a little younger-feeling, and I think if I were a librarian (which is my dream job) I would shelve them in the Juvenile section rather than in the Young Adult section as they are placed in my library... but whatev. I love them. I love J fiction books, so that's not meant as a slam against them in any way. The writing just feels like it would cater to a younger audience than, say, the Percy Jackson or Harry Potter series.

    I haven't finished all the books yet, I think I've read up through 5 or 6... the waiting list got kind of long and so I put them down for a while....

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  6. I just started this series. The dialogue is lots of fun. :) And I got my Dad to read it too. He's started the Burning Bridge and I'm about to.

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