• The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

  • Book Ten
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,238 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The international best-selling series with over five million copies sold in the US alone!

When Horace travels to the exotic land of Nihon-Ja, it isn't long before he finds himself pulled into a battle that is not his - but one he knows in his heart he must wage. A kingdom teeters on the edge of chaos when the Nihon-Ja emperor, a defender of the common man, is forcibly overthrown, and only Horace, Will, and his Araluen companions can restore the emperor to the throne. Victory lies in the hands of an inexperienced group of fighters, and it's anybody's guess who will make the journey home to Araluen.

Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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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10 out of 5

It was amazing 10 out of 5 superb perfect recommended best thing since sliced bread






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Awesome

I personally love this book I is full of adventure and much more five stars

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perfection

honestly I am a bit biased as John Flanagan has always been a favorite of mine. but I have loved every single book with sheer delight. you can feel the love he poured into every last story he has written and you can feel it in the performance here.

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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?