The Ranger’s Apprentice series was born when John wrote a few short stories to get his non-reading teenage son into books. When John realised that his son had started waiting impatiently for the next story, instead of just reading them because he had to, John thought he might be onto something. Ten books down the track, this series is still as exciting as ever, packed with fast paced adventure. Set in a time when knights fought with swords and kings still lived in castles, Ranger’s Apprentice has it all; thrilling action and epic journeys with a bit of romance on the side.
In The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (PB $17.95), young ranger Will Treaty is helping oversee negotiations between two rival countries. All is going swimmingly until Crown Princess Cassandra arrives unexpectedly with the news that Will’s best friend, royal knight Horace, has disappeared. Horace had been on an uneventful fact gathering trip to the exotic Nihon-Ja until the Emperor, Shigeru, comes under threat from a violent uprising. Having come to respect and like the Emperor, Horace elects to stay by his side, hoping to use his extensive battle experience to combat the evil Arisaka and his followers. Little does he know, help is already on its way as Will, Cassandra, Alyss, Selethen and Halt cross sea and country to be by his side.
Ranger’s Apprentice is perfect for teens who aren’t keen readers – the accessible characters and brilliant action-adventure story will have them hooked. Check out the book trailer below.