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Months have passed since Horace departed for the eastern nation of Nihon-Ja on a vital mission. Having received no communication from him, his friends fear the worst. Unwilling to wait a second longer, Alyss, Evanlyn, and Will leave their homeland behind and venture into an exotic land in search of their missing friend.

When they finally catch up with him, they find Horace entangled in a military coup. Determined to protect the imperial throne, Will and his band of Araluens must piece together and train a force in order to fend off the master Senji warriors intent on overthrowing the emperor.

Suspense and pulse-pounding action abound in this final adventure in the worldwide phenomenon that is Ranger's Apprentice.

Listen to more in the Ranger's Apprentice series.
©2011 John Flanagan (P)2011 Penguin

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Easily the best book in the series

After listening to all of the books in the ranger's apprentice series I was skeptical when it came to this book because I knew that it would go somewhere along the lines of ancient Sumarai history in some place along there and I wasn't sure how Will, Holt, Horace and the crew would fit in with this book. to my surprise this was the best book in the series! I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end and there are so many different twist and turns during the book that I truly didn't know what was going to happen. I don't want to spoil anybody's readings but I will say that if you skip this book then you cut the yourself short altogether and I'm so curious as how that book is going to be followed up. absolutely awesome!

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Great character builders for 10-90 yr olds

I have now read most of the series and am closing on the last book. I give big kudos to the author for a serious which older children and young adults will build much good clean character and understanding of military and diplomatic interactions between various groups of people. All with quite a good dose of humor and characters which certainly become beloved as the books go by!

Highly recommended for young readers!

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Upbeat to the extreme

Everywhere Flanagan’s tales range, there are good people afflicted by rogues. In this book, Flanagan’s Nippon account is similar to Tamora Pierce‘s incorporation of Japan in her female knight sagas. Flanagan gets an “A” for Nihon details, but just a “C” for naivety regarding Gaijin being able to comprehend that opaque land, and a “D” for suggesting ease of entry into a cooperative working arrangement. Totally over-the-top optimistic.

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Good but not too good

I liked this one a lot but the other books in the series I liked better.

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Fabulous!

John Keating as usual did a wonderful job. the story was hilarious and gripping throughout the end. highly recommended.

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great read

amaz8ng book, as are the others in the series. only problem is,in a few instances it seemed to skip ahead a few seconds not a b8g deal, just breaks up the rythm of the story

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A decent story, but armor is worthless in it.

So I mostly overlooked the little issues like the Skandians having horned helms, but the way they showed what was basically Japanese armour being utterly worthless against any weapon was ridiculous. Also severely overplayed the strength of tamehagene steel. Harder steel may allow for a sharper edge but that makes a long blade brittle. Steel can not cut steel. It can hammer or cleave, but a sword like the katana is not designed for that. I was glad to see them using bows, as it was the main weapon of samurai. In the past books armour actually worked well, but it is simply butter here, and by the time the warrior class became the ruling class metal armor had been around for a very long time. The idea of high ranking "senshi" wearing thin scaled leather instead of iron or steel (Which the cover art shows proper metal armour.) is beyond rediculous. This was by far the weakest book of the series, if their steel was so great in this setting, why would they make armour out of a material that does nothing to protect from it?

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Best book so far

Ive read and heard all of the Ranger Apprentice books so far and lobed them all, but this one kept me with a grin at all times.

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Delightful, as always with this series

I started the series while traveling across India just for some light reading and quickly fell in love. By the end of the trip, I was scavenging for the next book and every city and airport along the way. I’m so glad to have picked this back up and can’t wait to start the next round.