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The Ranger’s apprentice is about to be sold into slavery - but help can arrive from the most unexpected places . . .

Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise - even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers, Halt is joined by Horace as he travels through Gallica towards Skandia. On their way, they are constantly challenged by freelance knights - otherwise known as thieving thugs. Horace knows a thing or two about combat, though, and he soon begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. But will they be in time to rescue Will from a life of slavery?


* Highly Commended, 2005 Aurealis Awards - Children's Long Fiction

* 'A wonderful fantasy tale full of thieving thugs, warlords, mystery and action. This thrilling series has taken off around the world with boys and girls 11 and up crying out for more.' ABA Kids' Reading Guide 2005-2006

* 'Wow!! This book is great! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I loved the adventure and the characters! John Flanagan has such a vivid imagination. It felt like the characters were alive and real and that they were in the room with me!! The characters were so complex and realistic … I absolutely love EVERYTHING about this book!!!' Kate, age 12, Random House Book Buddies Club

* 'The Ranger's Apprentice keeps getting better and better.' Connor, age 10, Random House Book Buddies Club

* 'I was hooked from the first few pages. It's exciting, it's different, and it shows the real meaning of brain over brawn. I loved it.' Dylan, age 14, Random House Book Buddies Club

* 'Yet again John Flanagan has managed to keep me on the edge of my seat!' Robere, age 14, Random House Book Buddies Club

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 1, 2009

    Random House Australia Children's

    320 pages

    RRP $23.00

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2010

    RHA eBooks Child

    320 pages

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    • Amazon Kindle NZ
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Awards and Recognition

  • Aurealis Awards
    Children’s Long Fiction