Ranger’s Apprentice: The Icebound Land
Random House Australia Children’s Books, 2006
266 pp., $6.97; € 5.36
The Icebound Land is an adventurous fiction set in a gruelling country called Skandia and Gallica; a corrupt land with no ruler. It is the third book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. The book is an epic adventure that takes two faces; Will & Evalyn’s escape, and Halt’s & Horace’s search for them. It is full of suspense and action, taking all sorts of twists. It will make you laugh and you won’t want to put it down. Will and Evalyn are hostages on a Skandian wolf ship heading to Hallasholm. They are made slaves after landing in the cold capital, Hallasholm, and Will becomes addicted to a drug called ‘warmweed’. They escape with the help of Erak, their capturer and take to the Skandian Mountains. They face harsh conditions and struggle to survive but finally help arrives, before being faced with a new problem...
There are two conflicts in the book. Will and Evalyn are trying to survive the harsh weather of Skandia and make their way back to Araluen. The little food they have goes quickly and Evalyn has to resort to hunting with a bow and arrows that are in the hut they’re staying in. Her attempts fail so she makes a sling out of leather from the saddle tack. She gets better results with that but only just manages to keep Will and her alive. There’s also Halt and Horace are trying to get to Gallica and Skandia to rescue Will and Evalyn. Halt is Will’s master in the Ranger Corps; an organization working for the King to spy or sort out issues among Araluen. Horace is Will’s best friend and apprentice of the battle master; training to be a knight. They are facing a lot of delays and challenges that are stopping them from reaching Will and Evalyn. They meet un-honorary-discharged knights trying to get money off them in order to cross ‘their land’ and a Warlord, Deparnieux, who takes...
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