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Castle Araluen is well protected against attackers - but what if the enemy is already inside?

Will Maddie be able to help Horace and Gilan break out of the old hill fort they’re trapped in? And if they do, how can they take back the impregnable Castle Araluen from the traitorous Dimon? Most important of all, when the battles have been fought and the dust has settled, who will rule the Kingdom of Araluen?

Find out in the gripping third book of Maddie’s adventures as The Royal Ranger.


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

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Formats & editions

  • EBook


    December 3, 2018

    RHA eBooks Child

    336 pages

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  • Paperback


    December 3, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

    336 pages

    RRP $23.00

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