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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Battle for Skandia by John Flangan

Title: The Battle Skandia
Author: John Flanagan
Published: 2006
Pages: 294
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Still far from home after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, young Will and Evanlyn's plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive. Though still weak, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend but soon finds himself fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring last-minute rescue. But their reunion is cut short by the horrifying discovery that Skandia's borders have been breached by the Temujai army-and Araluen is next in their sights. Only an unlikely union can save the two kingdoms, but can it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy?

Review: So far I´ve really enjoyed this series and it has made a true fan out of me.

The story picks up were the last book ended. Will is much better now but then Evelyn is taken by others and he sets out to rescue her. He finds her and wants to rescue her but then halt and Horace appear and help him. They soon find out that something big is happening and have to help because it´s not only Skandia but Araluen that is in danger.

I was glad to see that Will was weak and didn´t magically become well like so many character do. He had difficulties that he  had to overcome if he wanted to save Evanlyn. Over the time he started to be the same old self that he had been and it was the time that it took that I really liked. i greatly enjoyed the role that he took during the book and that he kept trying to be better at his job.

All the other characters were great to read about. Especially the person that helped Will and his friends so that Skandia wouldn´t be defeated. Every character had something different that made it possible for them to win what would have seemed impossible.

I enjoyed the book and everything that it had in store for the reader. It was exciting to read and it sure kept me up past midnight just because it was so good that I wanted to know what happened. It´s a book that has lots of action that many others don´t.


  1. you really make me want to read this series!! Great review!!

  2. Great review. These books sounds really good, what's the first in the series called?