Before they became the most famous Ranger in the land and the hard-working Ranger Commandant, Halt and Crowley were young friends determined to change the world.
The scheming Baron Morgarath is drawing other power-hungry knights and barons to his banner. King Oswald is wasting away and, if gossip can be believed, Prince Duncan is causing havoc in the north.
Halt and Crowley set out to find the prince, uncover the truth, and re-form the weakened Ranger Corps. Once-loyal Rangers are scattered across the country, and it will take determination, skill, and leadership if they’re to come together as one. Can the Rangers regain the trust of the Kingdom, or will the cunning Morgarath outwit them at every turn?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sydney-based author John Flanagan traces the backstory to his bestselling Ranger's Apprentice series in this snappy adventure story. We meet Halt and Crowley as they embark on a quest to outrun the evil baron Morgarath and find young Prince Duncan, whom they hope to convince to wage battle for control of the Araluen kingdom. Packed with action and written in a bright, straightforward style, the first instalment of Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years shows why Flanagan is the kind of writer who ensnares even the most reluctant young reader. This is brisk, entertaining reading for an afternoon in.