The Battle of Hackham Heath

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years, #2

Written by John Flanagan

With the Rangers still picking up the pieces after the infiltration and degrading of the Corps, courtesy of a scheming Baron named Morgarath, King Duncan and his loyal advisors start to prepare for a war they know is inevitable. Morgarath was able to escape trial by seeking refuge in the Mountains of Rain and Night and has allied himself with a supposed mythical tribe of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals. Knowing that every piece of intelligence is impossible, Duncan sets Ranger Halt on the seemingly impossible task of climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night to spy on Morgarath to determine what his plans are. After all, the tide of war can turn on the slightest bit of information. In this heart-pounding, pulse-racing sequel to the Tournament of Gorlan, friends fight on the battlefield and not all may make it in the bloody war that is sure to come. John Flanagan provides much stress and anxiety so palpable that the reader can feel it, but not so much that they want to put the book down. This is definitely a book many longtime fans of the Ranger’s Apprentice series will enjoy and will want to keep reading until the very end.

Review by Weston Cousins, Student, Granger High School
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

Ranger’s Apprentice, #2
The Battle of Hackham Heath
Written by John Flanagan
Philomel Books
346 pages
Release Date: November 29, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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