Book Review: Ranger’s Apprentice: Halt’s Peril

Halt’s Peril
Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 9
By John Flanagan

Halt, Will, and Horace pursue the inner circle of the Outsiders as they make their way towards Araluen. While tracking them through a drowned forest, Halt is wounded by a Genovesan assassin’s arrow and soon begins acting strangely. When Halt falls unconscious, Will and Horace fear for his life.

With Halt’s impending death, Will rides for the only person who can possibly help: Malcolm, the healer of Macindaw. Malcolm agrees to accompany Will back to the Rangers’ camp, soon proving that his skills are useful for more than just healing.

The conclusion to The Kings of Clonmel, Halt’s Peril puts Will and Horace in the position of facing the death of the man who has been not only their mentor, but almost a father to Will. One of my favorite scenes in the book is while Halt is delirious from the poison. Thinking he is talking to Crowley, Halt tells Horace to watch out for Horace and Will because they could be the future of the kingdom.

This book is an excellent addition to the Ranger’s Apprentice series. I would definitely recommend it to fans of the series, and fans of fantasy fiction.

This review originally appeared 20 April 2013 on

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