Castle Araluen is well protected against attackers - but what if the enemy is already inside?
King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped high in the south tower of Castle Araluen.
In the north, Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are besieged in an old hill fort, as they wait for the Red Fox Clan's next attack.
Ranger's apprentice Maddie must find the Heron brotherband and convince them to join her, so she can give her father the help he needs to break out from the hill fort and ride to confront the traitor.
Will they reach Castle Araluen in time? And when the battles have been fought and the dust has settled, who will rule the Kingdom of Araluen?
THE ROYAL RANGER IS BACK AND THE STAKES ARE HIGHER THAN EVER IN THE WORLD OF RANGER'S APPRENTICE.
“Of all Flanagan’s books I have read, Ranger’s Apprentice The Royal Ranger Book Three: Duel at Araluen is indeed my favourite. I felt engaged, curious and in tantalising suspense right to the very end.”
Jennifer Mors, Reading Time
“John Flanagan knows how to write an exciting and dramatic adventure . . . There is fighting, tension, incredible "warrior" strategy and some odd moments of humour from the interesting characters . . . The delight of this book is the heroine Maddie rising to reveal her training as a Ranger has not been in vain, and her ability to lead and strategise to solve problems in conflict is only matched by her skills to evade detection. Highly recommended for readers aged 11-15.”
Carolyn Hull, ReadPlus