Reviews for Erak's Ransom

Booklist Reviews 2009 December #2
Book 7, the latest adventure in the Ranger's Apprentice series, chronologically takes place after Book 4. Soon to conclude his apprenticeship and become a ranger, young Will joins Halt, Gilan, Horace, Evanlyn, and Svengal on a perilous mission to free their friend Erak, who has been captured by the Arridians and held for ransom. The vaguely Middle Eastern desert setting provides new challenges, new allies, and new foes for the Araluens and their Skandian friends. Bringing together many favorite characters for a grand adventure, this book delivers both excitement and quiet good times. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
In Ransom, Ranger's apprentice Will makes new allies among the desert tribes of Arrida during a ransom mission. In Clonmel, graduate Ranger Will and his mentor Halt tackle a religious cult looking to depose Halt's brother. The series continues to deliver a shrewd protagonist who uses wits and woodcraft to further the exciting, adventure-filled plots. [Review covers these Ranger's Apprentice titles: Erak's Ransom and The Kings of Clonmel.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

VOYA Reviews 2010 June
The next two installments in the popular Ranger's Apprentice series will not disappoint fans. Erak's Ransom takes place before the start of book 5, when Will is still an apprentice to Halt. The Skandian leader Erak, an ally of the Araluen's, has been captured and ransomed by a tribe of warriors from the desert. Will's courage and Ranger abilities are tested throughout the difficult quest to find and free Erak. Evanlyn has the chance to prove she is just as brave as the warriors around her as she negotiates Erak's freedom. At the conclusion of book 7, Will graduates as a Ranger and is placed in charge of his own fief. The Will that readers meet again in The Kings of Clonmel, book 8, is now confident and cunning. When a religious cult called the Outsiders conquers several surrounding kingdoms, Will, Halt, and Horace set out to convince the residents of Clonmel to believe in the abilities of the Sunrise Warrior instead of lies being spread by Tennyson, the cult's leader. At the conclusion of this book, the Rangers defeat the evil forces and restore order to the kingdom As a result of brilliant characterization, the protagonists in books 7 and 8 have the skills to persistently outwit and outfight opponents while still maintaining a sense of humor that makes them seem realistic. True to this series, books 7 and 8 are filled with twists and turns, impassioned negotiations between leaders, and vivid, bloody battles complete with the clang of weapons.--Amy Wyckoff 3Q 3P M J Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.