Ranger's Apprentice: The Sorcerer of the North

 

Will Treaty is finally a full fledged ranger. He has completed his training and is now in charge of Seacliff Feif in Araluen. But, just weeks into his new profession, Will is called by Halt and Crowley to undergo a special operation for the Ranger corps.

There have been rumors of sorcery in the northern extents of Araleun. The leader of Castle Macindaw, which guards the Araluen border with Picta, has fallen gravely ill. And his son, Orman, now leader of the castle, is definantly not fit for the role of protecting the kingdom borders.

Now, its Will's job to travel to Norgate Feif and find out what is going on in Castle Macindaw. Are the tales of sorcery true? Is Orman a quality leader? Or has a dangerous traitor infilitrated the castle with plans of ruining Araleun's northern defenses?

 

 

 

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As with, book three, The Icebound Land, this was definantly not one of the better books in the series. As with, The Icebound Land, not much really occurs, it just sets the plot up for the book six. It does do that nicely though.

For anyone who didn't notice, this book is set several years ahead of, The Battle for Skandia, for Will is a fully fledged Ranger, in charge of Seacliff Feif. Why Flanagan decided not to tell the story of Will's later training years, I don't know, but we get a hint at the beginning of book7 (P.S. -- there is a post-shadowing in this book of event sthat occured in book 7 (set before books 5 and 6)).

The only truly important thing that happened in this book, is the introfuction of Malcolm/Malkallam. He becomes an important character in several other of the books, most notably book 9, Halt's Peril. He is quite a skilled healer, having little problems diagnosing and healing Orman. And he is genuinely kind-hearted (for all of you waiting for the traiterous deception in the next book).

We do get at least some hint of Will's feelings for Alyss in this book(seeing as he essentially does any and everything he can to rescue her from her imprisonment in the tower). But this doesn't really develop until the next two books.

Really beyond that, The Sorcerer of the North is quite boring. Simply a telling of events. The next book however, gets very good very quick.