The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 5)
John A. Flanagan
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Will’s first adventure as a full-fledged Ranger!
Time has passed since the apprentice and his master, Will and Halt, led the Araluens to victory against invaders, and Will is now a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems sleepy -- boring, even -- until the king is poisoned. Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure propelled by fears of sorcery, and must determine who is trustworthy to the king and who is trying to take his throne.
Will and Alyss must battle growing hysteria, traitors, and most of all, time. The king is fading, but when Alyss is taken hostage, Will is forced to make a desperate choice between loyalty to his mission and loyalty to his friend.
Adventure abounds in this absorbing installment of the New York Times bestselling series.
Somehow, he wasn't surprised that Alyss could name it correctly. He unstrapped the fastenings, still puzzled. He realized that the chamberlain had moved a little closer and was watching carefully as Will adjusted the tuning. He strummed a chord. "Just the instrument. Don't bother to sing," Alyss said. Frowning, Will began the introduction to Wallerton Mountain. The chamberlain drew closer, his head to one side, listening intently. Alyss's eyes were fixed on the man. After sixteen bars or so of
called to him. "You can open your eyes now." She sounded vaguely amused at his embarrassment. She had donned a long white riding habit over her tights and riding boots. The cloak, tunic and knife belt were bundled together at her feet. Will glanced along the road. The four-man escort, grouped around the mannequin tied to Alyss's horse, was almost up to them. From the shelter of the bushes, Alyss signaled to them. She turned and waved at Will, a conspiratorial grin on her face. "See you back at
different, but in a winterscape such as we have here, black and white would be ideal. I imagine you could disappear into the countryside in moments if you chose to." "It's a fascinating theory, my lord," Will said. "But unfortunately, it's really no more than a series of coincidences." He saw the anger flare briefly in Orman's eyes and then the other man replied. "Don't waste my time. I don't have much left. They've managed to poison me the same way they did my father. The pain is becoming
crown each year. He smiled at her, finally reaching a decision. "In that case, I'll be glad to avail myself of your services, Edwina," he said. "I assume you're the one who kept the house clean and lit the fire earlier?" She nodded. "We've been expecting you this past week, sir," she said. "I've come by each day to keep things tidy—and the fire stops things from getting damp at this time of year." Will nodded his appreciation. "Well, I'm grateful. My name is Will, by the way." "Welcome to
Crowley, a few days previously. "So you want me to go to Macindaw?" he'd said thoughtfully. "What do you think I can do that Will and Alyss can't?" They were in Crowley's office in one of the soaring towers of Castle Araluen. It was a small room but comfortably furnished and kept warm by an open fire in one corner. Halt and Crowley exchanged glances and the Ranger Commandant gestured for Halt to answer. "We'd feel better if Will and Alyss had a little more force at their disposal," Halt