Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Ranger's Apprentice 5; The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan

The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5)This book is the fifth in The Ranger's Apprentice series, and I gave it a rating of 4 out of 5. This is the first book in the series that did not receive my highest rating. I enjoyed the plot, but the conflict of the book was left unresolved. This is the first time I was left feeling that I need to read the next the book in the series instead of wanting to read the next book.

Will is sent undercover as a jongleur, or minstrel, into a key area of the kingdom that guards against invasion by the Scotti armies. Alyss comes disguised later to help Will with his mission. The ruler of the area is in a coma, and rumors of a sorcerer's curse abound. The ruler's son is suspected to be behind the whole thing, and this frightens everyone. The son is considered a weak leader, and the Scotti armies will invade if he becomes ruler. Will must find out what is actually going on, but he discovers that things are not as they seem.

There was not as much action as in the previous book, but there was much more mystery. Clues are laid out for the reader if you're looking for them. I enjoyed the plot as it built to an exciting climax, but the problem was left unsolved when I came to the last page. Very disappointing when compared to the other four books in the series.

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