Ranger’s Apprentice #7: Erak’s Ransom
Will is feeling a little nervous about his upcoming graduation from Apprentice to full fledged Ranger. Despite his friends encouragement, he fears he’ll be a disappointment to the Ranger Corps, and perhaps more intimidating, his mentor. However, when his old comrade Erak, now leader of the Skandians, gets kidnapped by a fearsome desert tribe, he and the rest of the gang (Halt, Horace, Gilan and Evanlyn) must set out to pay his ransom.
Once in this desert country, they are faced with brutal sandstorms, hot long days and freezing nights. Soon into their journey they find that there is more to this ransom than meets the eye, and must rely on each other and their new friends to overcome a greater enemy.
I started reading the fifth book (which is The Sorcerer in the North by the way) before I realized that it took place AFTER Will’s graduation. I was FURIOUS! I was looking forward to his graduation for five books guys!
Anyways, so I figure, with all the other books in the series, and how some of them are prequels or sequels, he must have done one that had the graduation. So I used my best friend Google, and found a chronological list of the series (this link by the way if anyone else is interested…) and then ran to the library to pick this one up.
I am so freaking glad I did! This was the best lead up to Will’s graduation that I could have ever imagined. It was great to see the familiar characters working together again, and to laugh at their interactions. All of them are older, and their dynamic has changed a little, for the better though. And seeing Will take charge and let go of his insecurities in the moment was fantastic.
Also, Evanlyn/Cassandra is super awesome. Just saying.
So, to sum up, this book is an excellent (although out of order) addition to an already fantastic series! The writing is still as amazing as the first book and you get to see a little more description in this one because we’re seeing through the eyes of the characters. I love it!
To readers: Read this one right after Battle for Skandia because it’s much more fun to read in chronological order! Plus it sets things up nicely for Will’s graduation and heading off to his own fief in “Sorcerer from the North”. There’s less pages of violence in this one, but it seems to be a bit more descriptive, so like in any other book, it’s ok to skip if you don’t like it! Just have a friend, parent or teacher fill you in on what happens or edit out parts for you!
You’re gonna love it! It’s a very Prince of Persia feel, less parkour of course, but lots of sand. Lots and lots of sand.
To parents/teachers: This book is somewhat violent, but no more so than the Lord of the Rings films. If your reader has an issue with too much description, then look through the battle portion and see how much of it they would actually like reading, and maybe block out some portions with tape and paper or marker if it’s your own copy.
Content Concerns: Fighting, mild torture, threatened execution
Lord’s name in vain p. 136, 237, 366
p. 52 Talk of execution
p. 170-171 A group of warriors have been killed and their bodies left out in the desert (a little descriptive here).
p. 179 A character’s hands are injured and they are weak from dehydration.
p. 192 An horse is killed by a lion. Not descriptive.
p. 214 A character starts to get beaten due to a misunderstanding.
p. 250-253 There is a small fight with the enemy (not too descriptive).
p. 269 Characters are sent out into the desert without shoes and very little water.
p. 281 Description of a characters’s wounds after having been beaten.
p. 287-288 A threat of violence and description of a character being beaten.
p. 299-300 Talk of characters being executed
p. 326-350 Main battle. This one is a bit more descriptive and a minor character dies at the end. Their death/wounds are described but it is mild.
p. 352-356 Two characters fight and one is killed.
Sexual Content: 1/10 Nothing really to mention here, just a wedding and two cheek kisses. Not telling where, cause that would spoil the fun!
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