Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Ranger's Apprentice #10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan

This book is the tenth and final book in the series, and I gave it a rating of five out of five. If you'd like to see my postings about earlier books in the series, type The Ruins of Gorlan in the search box located in the top-left corner of this screen for book one. Horace finds himself in the middle of a civil war as the emperor of Nihon-Ja is challenged by one of his generals. Horace, the emperor, and a small band of his surviving warriors retreat into the mountains looking for a hidden fortress. Horace must attempt to train loyal woodcutters and farmers to fight the mighty Senshi warriors and protect the emperor. Halt and Will arrive to help Horace, but what can they do against the hundreds of enemy soldiers?

Once again, the author has the protagonists fighting against overwhelming odds to save an underdog. He also has separate groups of people unite to defeat the enemy. However, the author manages to keep things interesting with the interaction of the characters, and the female characters play an important, independent role in this plot. The setting of this story offers some unique challenges for the characters. For example, an army that can help save the emperor will not come, because there is a "demon" in the woods they would travel through. I've enjoyed all of the books in this series, and this book was no exception.

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