Thursday, December 22, 2016
"An ordinary archer practices until he gets it right. But a ranger practices it until he never gets it wrong"
(It seems like that quote was direct inspiration for John A Flanagan's writing as he seems to have practiced writing until he never gets it wrong)
The book picks up with the kingdom making all preparations to meet Morgorath in battle. Despite the fact that Morgorath is currently holed up in the mountains of three step pass, he has always had his eyes set on stealing the throne and has shown no motives to ever stop.
But lucky for everyone he has a major handicap in his plans. He has no army, and there's no way that he can get one up in the mountains right? Nope. Wrong.
Lately there have been rumors that Morgorath has had dealings with natives of three step pass called Wargals and that he plans to assemble an army with them. So King Duncan sends none other than the ranger Halt to go spy on the dark lord and see if there's any truth to the rumor.
While Halt is busy with spying on the dark lord, Crowley has a mission of his own as well. The Queen of Araulen is very sick with her baby, and all that's been going on with the war preparations hasn't exactly helped her health. So Crowley is recruited to escort the queen to a safe, peaceful place where she can rest, get better and deliver her child.
THIS BOOK WAS GREAT.
I was a little worried that after not writing about the rangers for a few years he would forget what his character personalities were (like a certain author named J.K. Rowling did) but needless to say my fears were short-lived.
In addition to the old cast of characters from the previous book, There were some from the original series that came into the story as well. There was one in particular I was very happy about.
And yet another high point of the book was the big battle. I've always loved Flanagan's way of writing battles. He tends to focus more on the strategy part of battle than the fighting itself. Which I like.
The only complaints I had about this book was that I thought the prologue should have been a little more detailed for those who hadn't read the original books. And I also would have liked the rangers from the previous book to have been a little more involved in this book, then they were.
While I'm sad that this series is ending so soon, I thought that the author did a great job of wrapping things up and not leaving any loose ends.
Well what did you think of the book? Did you like/not like it? What were your favorite parts? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and we shall nerd out together!