Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers. Two names pass the lips of every storyteller: Halt, and his apprentice, Will. They and their comrades in arms are said to have trave Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world.
They and their comrades in arms are said to have traveled throughout the kingdom and beyond its borders, protecting those who needed it most. If true, these rumors can be only part of the story. Only now, centuries after these men and women walked the earth, do we have confirmation of their existence. Hardcover , pages. Published October 4th by Philomel first published October To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Lost Stories , please sign up. In this book it says Halt has a Hibernian accent, and I was wondering: And what kind of accent would said country have?
Erudessa Aranduriel Hibernia represents Ireland Hibernia is actually an old name for said country and I believe the accent Mr. Flanagan was imagining was the Irish …more Hibernia represents Ireland Hibernia is actually an old name for said country and I believe the accent Mr. Flanagan was imagining was the Irish accent. Is it ok to read book 12 first? Mary Yes, if you want to. Or you can read only a few chapters of Book 11 - the ones that interest you most.
Book 11 consists of several stand-alone short …more Yes, if you want to. Book 11 consists of several stand-alone short stories that can be read individually, and many fans don't like it as much as the rest of the series. Personally, I enjoy some of the stories much more than others. A couple of the stories provide background for Book 12, and others happen during the previous books of the series. But you wouldn't miss too many essential events - unless you count a couple of weddings. See all 8 questions about The Lost Stories…. Lists with This Book.
I really enjoyed the Ranger's Apprentice series tho. This is yet another the eleventh in fact addition to a wonderful series of YA books. I love them for their characterisation, for the rich world, for the fact that both men and women are heroes in this world, for the fact that it is set in a more pure older time with a clear distinction between good and evil and just because it's great entertainment as a series.
And like all great book series both the target audience of year olds and adult readers can enjoy them. I know this to be true be This is yet another the eleventh in fact addition to a wonderful series of YA books. I know this to be true because my mother loves them just as much as I do. Obviously my world views are going to be different from other readers and so while I like the clarity of morality in these novels others may not.
Although I choose to believe that that indicates more about a reader and their beliefs than about any novel itself. Still I feel that while some may hate the apparently cliche nature of these books they should not be judged for that. There are so many good things to enjoy such as rich writing for a YA novel the vocabulary used is quite excellent , the down-to-earth humour and verbal jousting between characters and the enjoyable plotting. Only one thing really frustrates me across the series and that is John Flanagan's need to remind the reader later in the books about things he mentioned earlier in the same tale.
This book is no different to the others in quality despite the fact that it is made up of short stories rather than full tales. Yet each story is a brilliant gem of its own and for any fan of the series is well worth a read as a stand alone short story. Yet putting them all together equated to a brilliant novel all in all.
I for one cannot wait for the next John Flanagan book whether I'm 18 or 19 at the time I read it. Because these books are good stories on the whole and fully worth reading. So go read this book and enjoy it as it is. View all 6 comments. Apr 30, C. Cook rated it it was amazing Shelves: Good grief, I love these books. This one was just a collection of short stories related to the series, but it was so good!!! Lots of feels as in, fangirl squeals and sobs Just a personal preference to leave those things in my imagination. Most Worrying For Me: The Roamers When a dog is the central character, that is cause for worry.
Death of a Hero Because I thought it was going to be about Halt and he was going to die. But it wasn't, so we're all good. Best Use of Skandians: The Bridal Dance Nils is awesome. And also, Erak meeting Shigeru. Purple Prose Will is worse at writing speeches than I am! Most Epic Use of Halt: View all 17 comments.
The story tells of Will trying to right a speech for a wedding but he makes it far too flowery and dense. Even worse, Will, after getting this new horse who looks like young Tug and acts a bit like Tug, begins to act as if the original horse doesn't exist! Zwykle bardzo mi to przeszkadza, ale The Lost Stories 3 4 Sep 11, Plus, spoiler alert Will and Alyss's wedding! You've never seen the classics like this!
Firstly, just a warning, this review contains spoilers. Secondly, for the record, I would actually give this book 3. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this book - it is really well written, and I incredibly enjoyed seeing all the characters again, and getting all my questions answered, and seeing the marriages between Cassandra and Horace, Will and Alyss, and seeing the continuing relationship between Gilan and Jenny. But I give the book 3.
The wedding dresses are all described as exactly the same! For a girl like me, who is into that kind of dressing-up stuff, it was incredibly disappointing. I absolutely could not stand what John Flanagan did to that little horse! He's been our friend throughout the whole series, and then Mr. Flanagan has to go and cripple him!
I understand that Tug had to make an exit from the series at some point, but to have it happen in such a way was unbelievably cruel. And to add insult to injury, Tug's name is taken and given to the new horse. Why did will need a horse almost exactly like the last one? Even worse, Will, after getting this new horse who looks like young Tug and acts a bit like Tug, begins to act as if the original horse doesn't exist!
The "new Tug" didn't win the race in the Arridi Deserts, or ride with Will to get help for Halt when Halt was poisoned.
The "new Tug" even gets to go to Will's wedding as "best horse". I say again - poor Tug the real Tug So, overall, a satisfying read with many answers to all our questions, but a cruel, sad and unnecessary ending to our relationship with the wonderful Tug. View all 8 comments.
Oct 12, Avalley rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book, just not as much as I have liked the other ones. The only reason for that is because someone dies that is important to the main character, but i don't wan't to spoil anything.
The Lost Stories is a unique book. The author John Flanagan writes a series of short stories that answer questions sent to him by his fans. Death of a Hero--How Halt finds Will. The Roamers--an adventure that Alyss and Will have together. Purple Prose--is an assignment Will and Halt have to capture some moondarkers who have been wrecking and plundering ships. Di The Lost Stories is a unique book. Dinner for Five--An adventure Jenny, the cooks apprentice has. The Wolf--The story of the breeding program for the horses provided for the Kings Rangers. I really liked reading these short stories.
It was similar to eating a feast and then afterward you can't help yourself you just keep finding little things to nibble on to fill in the corners as it were. Well that's what this book did for me, filled in the corners. If you've managed to read 10 books in the Rangers Apprentice series and like me thought that was the end; you'll really enjoy these unexpected surprises.
View all 4 comments. A collection of relatively short stories, and they were all great. I barely got bored with this book and there was a lot of humour in this one. I loved reading in some different characters POV's, especially Gilan's haha, and loved reading about stuff that happened in between throughout the rest of the series. And some of the beautiful things that happened in this book, so great! I really liked this one. Have reread each of the stories multiple times! Dec 05, Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing Shelves: An omnibus of ten stories revolving around the Ranger Corps in the Kingdom of Araluen.
Flanagan takes an unique approach introducing this collection of short stories he has written around the Ranger's Apprentice by having an archeology professor in dig up a chest full of reports at a dig site. All are in the Ranger's Apprentice series "Hibernian", 0. Crowley decides Gilan needs something to distract them from the loss of their friend Halt and assigns Gilan to an investigation of a killer by the name of Foldar. Alyss feels responsible and insists on going with Will to retrieve Will's still-young dog. Unfortunately, the only copy is along for the ride when Will and Halt work to foil a moondarkers' plot to wreck ships.
Truly, "Purple Prose" in the verbal and physical forms! The wedding guests are a who's who of the series: It's also a fascinating early history on how low the Ranger Corps fell before Duncan became King. It takes place after Will has been a Ranger for 15 years and tells of how Tug is retired from the Ranger Corps.
The Cover and Title The cover includes the embossed black arch across the top of the cover framing a highly-decorated round wooden shield with the Rangers' black oakleaf centered on it and a sword piercing it from top to bottom against a blue-green background of forest. I'm really not a fan of short story anthologies so I am a bit nervous for this! Discoveries 1 star - This is me being completely selfish. I hate the idea of our characters being dead so that no one even remembers them, and all their things are buried and dead and gone, with these strange people digging them up and going through it.
Death of a Hero 4 stars - I am so glad that we got to learn more about Will's biological family, and don't think it could have be explained in a better way. The Inkw I'm really not a fan of short story anthologies so I am a bit nervous for this! I loved this story so much. It cleared a lot things up, and was just generally engaging.
Gilan was always a favourite character of mine, but I felt that we didn't get to know him as much as I would have liked sadly. This short story was completely action-packed and suspenseful. It was surprising shocking, and the ending was unexpected in the best possible way. I wish we could get an entire book from Gilan's perpsepctive! The Roamers 4 stars - I didn't not expect that at all!
Alyss is such an amazing character once you get to know her, and I loved that we got to see her and Will work together, just the two of them. And Ebony was back, so that was great too! Purple Prose 4 stars - This was delightfully hilarious! I loved seeing more of Halt and Will while they are still apprentice and master. Diner for Fiver 4. This story had me smiling like a fool.
I loved Jenny, she was smart, resourceful and brave, and I wish she had more involved in the main series. The Bridal Dance 5 stars - There were so many feels associated with this story!
I am so, so happy for Evanlynn she'll never be Cassandra and Horace. Their wedding was super adorable, and it was good to see some of our favourite characters come back. Crowley and Halt have a fantastic dynamic but the story wasn't the best in the collection so far.
I'm looking forward to The Tournament at Gorlan. This was so much sadder than I thought it would be, and why I don't think it is a good idea to give the 'new' horse the same name, and make Tug change his name, I loved this little story as a whole. And About Time Too 5 stars - Beautiful. View all 7 comments. Mar 05, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: This would have gotten 4 stars, but the stories just were too "uneven".
One or two I really enjoyed, and would have preferred to have had them expanded to a whole novel. Others seemed to me to be nearly "filler", even if they did flush out aspects of the over arching story. Feb 09, Kathleen rated it liked it Shelves: Will's dog Ebony and his horse Tug play key roles, too.
The Roamers-- Alyss and Will must rescue their poor dog Ebony from "the roamers" who snatched her for nefarious reasons. Purple Prose-- a humorous adventure tale. Will writes a speech for Horace's wedding funny. Will and Halt must capture some clever "moondarkers" raiding ships on the southern coast. These are like pirates, only they wreck and plunder ships on land, on beaches. Dinner for Five-- Jenny invites Gilan for dinner, but unwelcome guests show up. Jenny doesn't wait around for Gilan to save her bacon.
The Hibernian-- One of the best in the anthology, set about 4 decades ago, when the Ranger Corp is falling apart, along with the entire kingdom. Halt left his home in Hibernia. In Araluen he befriends a young, despairing Crowley. We hear about the old Ranger who trained Halt. The Wolf-- Sad story. Will and Tug must track down a dangerous lame wolf.
Old Bob the horse trainer plays a major role. We meet Cormac, the retired horse who used to be called Cropper. We learn about the breeding program and lineage-keeping for horses in service to the King's Rangers 9. I honestly found myself wanting to skip chapters just so I could finish the book.
I hate it when people talk crud about a book they just weren't feeling, so I'm going to avoid that. I think maybe I could give it another try later, but as of now, it's going to stay one star ;. Jun 15, Cordelianne rated it liked it. Some of these stories were awesome and really added something to the overall story. But other stories were boring and did not really add anything. One of my favorites was definitely the wedding story! It was so cute, but still action packed! Oct 24, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: This volume is a collection of short stories set in the world of the Ranger's Apprentice series.
They fill in some of the gaps on reader questions that aren't specifically addressed in the novels of the series. Flanagan's short fiction works well, but if you haven't read the series, you won't have a clue what's going on in the stories. This was definitely intended for people who are already fans. The stories cover most of the logical questions readers would ask: After all, horses have shorter lives than humans, and working horses can only work so long. How did Halt make his way from Hibernia into the Ranger Corps? The stories also cover Horace and Cassandra's wedding and a few other tidbits to please readers.
I enjoyed the series, and I enjoyed the stories. Flanagan ended the series at a good point. I think the series was beginning to run out of steam too many deus ex machinas! These stories weren't good for episodes of another novel, but they complement the series well. Mar 30, Amber rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read the first three books in this series a while ago and couldn't for the life of me remember why I stopped.
But after reading Lost Stories, I remembered why I had stopped. For example, "The farmer was I read the first three books in this series a while ago and couldn't for the life of me remember why I stopped. For example, "The farmer was already dressed in a nightshirt and it was clear that he was about to retire for the night. Or "He placed a finger to his lips, signaling her to be quiet. Now, I can handle these redundancies in small doses, but Flanagan seems to phrase most sentences this way. It gets to the point that there are so many of these poorly phrased sentences that reading becomes painful.
And when his sentences aren't redundant, they are just annoying. And the last reason I can't stand Flanagan's writing style is that he breaks one of the Golden Rules of writing: An example of this: I really don't understand why it was necessary to add these. Why did we have to see a professor digging up these stories? Just tell me or rather, show me the stories; you don't have to contrive some reason for me to be reading them.
The Lost Stories is the eleventh book in the New York Times best-selling series, Ranger's Apprentice by Australian author John Flanagan. It is a collection of "lost" tales that fill in the gaps between Ranger's Apprentice Series, Ranger's Apprentice (book no. 11). Genre, Fantasy, Adventure. Publisher, Random House (AUS. The Lost Stories: Book 11 (Ranger's Apprentice) [John Flanagan] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Inspired by his millions of fans.
Death of a Hero: I actually rather enjoyed this one. It was interesting to see Will's parents and what had happened to them. It gave Will a little more depth as a character. It was also nice to see a slighly different side of Halt, who so rarely shows emotion. But even though I liked this story, it really suffered from just a meh writing style. The Inkwell and the Dagger: I enjoyed this story too, maybe even more so than Death of a Hero.
It made me remember that I really liked Gilan. Things I didn't like about it: I didn't so much like this one. I found the premise sort of ridiculous: Ranger going on a dangerous infiltration mission to save his. Are you really out of cool ranger stuff for him to do that you half to build a storyline out of him saving his dog? Purple Prose, Dinner for Five: I didn't read these. I read the last half first, so at this point in the book, I just couldn't go on anymore.
I thought the whole assassination plot was a neat concept, but the clues that lead Will to the assassins seemed a little far-fetched and contrived. I had trouble believing that anyone could take those random, insignificant pieces of information and form them into a coherent suspicion. I wanted to like this one more than I did.
Bought this book for my teen. Between the Japanese anime and game tech Flanagan for making an engaging storyline. And thanks for keeping my 15 year old reading. I did not get The Lost Stories at first becase I thought that he was just making a series last longer and didn't sound like it would ad that much.
However, my 10 year old grandson is now on volume 9 and is loving the series. His 8 year old brother wants to read it since he likes it so much.
Don't know if he has the patients though for a more realistic fantasy story. He has also gotten grandpa interested who is finding it lots of fun and on book 9. When Collin asked about the 11th volume I expained to him my reasons for not getting it and suggested that his dad get it when he has finished the series. A volume or 2 later I found that he is liking the books more and more so I decided to give in and give it a chance.
Is it like the other books? No, but they are stories to fill in the areas you may have wondered about while reading the series. They are interesting and are sort of like finding out more about your friends. It was sort of sad when the series ended. I'm glad it did though because I have found a number of series lately that I did not like the last book written and even wished I had not purchased them.
So the stories really are a nice closing and I am sure both grandsons and grandfather will enjoy them. I've gone on to the Brother Band chroicles and find them quite enjoyable too. I prefer the complete books to these "vignette"-type books, as they do sometimes come across as being slightly thin in terms of the stories I realize that's by necessity , but I definitely appreciate finding out about some of the "stories behind the stories. If I could, I'd give it 4. As I said, I'm a serious Flanagan fan, so that almost hurts me to do so!
I loved the Ranger's Apprentice series and can't wait for the next Brotherband installment!! These stories clear up a few mysteries you may have wondered about, and it is something to read when you have read the last of the ten book series. That way you are let down a bit easier than just being left in the cold cold world of no more Ranger's books. I definitely recommend this book and I highly recommend the 10 book series. It is a great adventure, the characterizations are strong and very endearing Except for the few bad guys of course.
It is also refreshingly free of obscenity and it somehow manages to capture your interest and affection without the normal bait of graphic sex and lurid scenes. I am not prissy by any means but I do really appreciate good story telling without the present fashion of irrelevant sex and gore liberally sprinkled throughout without regard to whether it enhances or detracts from the work. See all reviews.
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