Ranger’s Apprentice: The Royal Ranger, the 12th and final book in the series by John Flanagan, was a total score — an action-packed story with an exciting ending that will make you want to read the rest of the series, if you haven’t already. You don’t need to read the rest of the books to enjoy this one, but they help in understanding the characters better. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
This book has two main characters: Maddie, the bratty princess who is sent to become a ranger’s apprentice, and Will, a star king’s ranger and Maddie’s godfather who trains Maddie to be a ranger. Rangers enforce laws and fight to protect the kingdom.
The first half of the book, which is all about Maddie’s training, isn’t as exciting but it still keeps me reading. The action starts when Will thinks Maddie is ready to go on a mission with him. They start by investigating another ranger who was killed, which leads them to a gang of ruthless kidnappers. While pursuing the gang, Maddie gets hit with a spear, loses a lot of blood and passes out. This kind of blood, violence, and graphic detail is why I rate this book Young Adult (12+) even though the book is actually rated 10+.
Do they catch the kidnappers and does Maddie survive? If you want to know more, the book comes out in November.