The Icebound Land (Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 3)
Philomel Books (2007)
Reviewed by Dylan James (age 12) for Reader Views (11/08)
Imagine traveling across the world as a prisoner to pirates, then being cruelly abused as a laborer, and then being drugged to sleep so you can’t fix any of it. Don’t want to be Will, huh? It’s a good thing Will knows how to fight because he was trained as a ranger, a man of silence and danger. Although only sixteen, he has already proven himself to his village and now it is time to prove his self to the pirates. Who would have thought that Will could cast a dagger twenty feet straight into the heart of his enemy? Surely the victim didn’t. If Will could last long enough for his mentor and a friend to rescue him then there may still be hope.
This is a brilliant book! It is filled to the brim with action, danger, and adventure, The “IceboundLand (Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 3)” by John Flanagan can drag anyone into its depth. The story flowed through one chapter to the next perfectly. The death-defying battles were my favorite part, with weighted arrows for trickery and an honorable knight who fights with his heart. All age ranges will like this book, but it was obviously intended for the older audiences. I think ten and above would be the most thrilled with this book. The biggest problem I have with this book is that at times it switches rapidly from the characters working together to them suddenly hating each other and wanting to be alone. There wasn’t much of that though, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book!