Review of The Battle of Hackham Heath (Ranger’s Apprentice)

March 5, 2018 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Review of The Battle of Hackham Heath (Ranger’s Apprentice)The Battle of Hackham Heath (Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years #2) by John Flanagan
Published by RHCP Digital on December 1st 2016
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

THE SAME WORLD. BRAND NEW STORIES.

The peace in Araluen is under threat and newly crowned King Duncan must prepare for war. Morgarath is in hiding, recruiting an army of savage beasts known as Wargals for his next attack.

Halt prepares for a seemingly impossible task – to scale the Mountains of Rain and Night to spy on the enemy and uncover their plans.

He knows that one wrong move could be deadly, for at the Battle of Hackham Heath the fate of a kingdom will be decided.

THE ORIGIN STORY OF ARALUEN’S MOST FAMOUS RANGER BY JOHN FLANAGAN, AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING RANGER’S APPRENTICE SERIES.

This book is another great book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series that deals with the early years when Crowley and Halt first started. It keeps up the same great level of writing as the other books and again has a great overarching event covering the book (in this case, Morgaraths march towards Araluen castle). It’s a solid entry but it perhaps lacks some of the humor and camaraderie of other books…the relationship between Halt and Crowley isn’t quite like it was between Halt and Will. Morgarath is a bit one-dimensional but he always was in the series. At any rate, it was a great page turner and well worth the read.

four-half-stars

About John Flanagan

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia hoping to be a writer. It wasn’t until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John’s assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting.

After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years.

John Flanagan’s bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. Michael was a small boy, and all his friends were bigger and stronger than he was. John wanted to show him that reading was fun, and heroes weren’t necessarily big and muscular. Now in his mid-twenties, Michael is six feet tall, broad-shouldered and powerful – but he still loves The Ranger’s Apprentice.

The series has come a long way since then. Now sold to eighteen countries, the series has appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers List and is regularly shortlisted in children’s book awards in Australia and overseas.

John lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. He is currently writing further titles in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

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