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Halt’s Peril, by John Flanagan — January 8, 2018

Halt’s Peril, by John Flanagan

download (1)Tennyson, the false prophet of the Outsider cult, has escaped and Halt is determined to stop him before he crosses the border into Araluen, but Genovesan assassins put Will and Halt’s extraordinary archery skills to the test.

This book was very well written. The characters were very funny, for at least part of the book. Then things started getting a little intense. Ok, maybe a little more then intense. I loved this book and all that it did. I think that this book could have been a little bit better though. All in all, I loved this book a lot. Here’s why.

The characters were, again, very fleshed out. I hope that is a lasting trend with this author. The characters were also very funny. After this book, I would trust any of these characters with my life. At least, I am pretty sure that I would trust them with my life. 

My favorite character Malcom was back. I will not tell you why and when but he’s back. And his kind spirit has not changed either. I have always loved Malcom, but in this book I loved him even more. You will realize why if you read the book. 

I don’t know of it’s possible but everyone got even funnier. At least, for the first part of the book. Then everyone started getting moody and depressing. But I understand. I would be moody and depressed if what happened in the book happened to my friend. Will and Horace did try to be optimistic though. All in all, the characters were very well written, and were likable as well.

The plot was very intense. There was always some kind of motion going on and there was also lots of suspense. Lots and lots of suspense. I had to cross my fingers and hope that everything would turn out alright. There was also lots of riding and hiding. I was fine with that but I know that some people aren’t. So there’s a fair warning for you. There was also a fair amount of fighting. So there was a balance between boring (and sometimes pointless) action and sword – fighting arrow – shooting action. 

The setting was very interesting. After a time we stayed in the same place so I can describe the place to you in great detail. The other places were described very well as well but the descriptions were not as long. That was fine by me. I did enjoy reading about the drowned forest. It seemed to be a very sad and beautiful place to me. I wanted to see what it really looked like so I searched it up. It was very sad, but not very beautiful. That was fine by me. The rest of the setting was well done. I loved this setting just as much as I loved the book. Please read it.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it and the rest of the series. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

Erak’s Ransom, by John Flanagan — January 6, 2018

Erak’s Ransom, by John Flanagan

download (1)On a mission to pay the ransom of a new ally, apprentice Will and his friends find themselves in a desert wasteland awash with enemies.

This book was just as good as all of the books in the series before it. I loved the characters so much. I might have a new fantasy crush. No, I am not too old enough for them. And the plot was very different then all of the other books’ plots. It was sort of suspenseful but not really. I really enjoyed it though. My one wish for these books is that they become more diverse. That could happen easily enough. Now, on with the review.

We moved back to being an apprentice Ranger. But John Flanagan explained why in a letter in the front of the book. I still would have liked this book and the two in front of it to be switched. But at least he explained it. 

The characters were interesting. I liked how some of the side characters became main characters. I have been saying that a lot haven’t I. I have also said this multiple times but I will say it again. All of the characters were very fleshed out. I loved that. I related a lot to some of the characters. If you can relate to a character then the character is probably well written. 

My favorite character was Selethen (I think that I spelled that right). He was smart and cared about his people. I like those kinds of leaders the most. I think that most people do. He was also really nice to the Rangers and Cassandra. He didn’t need to be that nice. Therefore, he is one of my fantasy crushes and maybe my favorite Ranger’s Apprentice character. 

The plot was very good. I loved reading about the desert adventure. It was different from anything else that I have ever read. Very different. Will and the rest of the group got separated so there were 2 different viewpoints. Until the end when they got reunited, because no one saw that coming. The plot was pretty obvious. You had a good guess at what was going to happen next. Sometimes you’re guess was right and sometimes it was wrong. You just didn’t know. But besides those minor issues the book was very good.

There was not much of a setting, to speak of, because most of the book they were in a desert. So the setting was described when they were not in the desert but when they were in the desert it was left up to your imagination. That wasn’t hard at all. It was a desert. Big deal. They probably all look the same, somewhat (please tell if I am wrong about this, I don’t live in a desert). The setting was very well written. 

I really enjoyed this book and I hope that you do as well. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)