by School Library Journal,
"[T]he well-paced plot moves effortlessly toward the climax, letting readers get to know the world and the characters gradually as excitement builds."
"The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story."
Full of adventure, storytelling, magic, and deep characterization, this debut fantasy introduces the magic-practicing Rangers, protectors of the kingdom, and Will, a 15-year-old villager who has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice.
A new series from bestselling author John Flanagan!
Skandians, as any fan of Ranger's Apprentice can tell you, are known for their physical strength. Though Hal, Stig, and the other outcasts may be lacking in that area, they more than make up for it with their intellect and courage — which they'll need every ounce of if they're to compete in the ultimate competition. From tests of strategy to races on treacherous seas, these Skandians will be pitted against some of their country's most promising young warriors. And for some it's more than just a game. It's war.
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