Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan

Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice, #7)Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, so this is where I rant for a little bit. What kind of stupid mistake did somebody make to put this book as the 7th in the series? It comes before the previous two books in the overall series storyline! It was written well for that position, so I don't think this is an author issue. I think it is an editor/publisher issuer, maybe when the series was published in the US, but why oh why didn't they fix it! That is totally unacceptable, and if I were going include that fact in my appraisal of this book, there is no way I could have given it over 1 star. I have decided to ignore that whole issue, because it is an otherwise enjoyable book. But really people. That was a ridiculous mistake. I hope someone was fired.

The story fits well in the series, because it cements the relationship with Skandia and Araluen. The story itself introduces new characters as well, although I am still a little confused at how Selethen went from foe to friend so quickly, but I am willing to go along with it and see if he shows up again in future books. I am willing to go to 4 stars again because of the world view Flanagan presents. It adds variety and interest to the book where other factors need to remain simple. As always, he is excellent at remembering who his target audience is.

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