The Lost Stories (Ranger’s Apprentice, #11)
by John Flanagan
- October 4th 2011
- by Philomel (first published October 2011)
- Original Title The Lost Stories
- ISBN 0399256180
- (ISBN13: 9780399256189)
Written in response to the fans, John Flanagan uses a new methodology of connecting the present with his stories. Starting with the premise of an archaeological, historical search for more stories from his daring and wonderful series Ranger’s apprentice, he looks into other stories that he never told.
Death of a hero, how did Will’s father save Halt during the battle what did he risk? How did Will’s mother die? Why did she leave will with Halt a stranger? This is a wonderful look into that all important event that connected our two Rangers for life. The Debt that Halt owed, the gratitude of his parents sacrifice, and the reason why a loving family will leave their infant son with the Ranger.
The inkwell and the dagger, the idea that the stories not only of battles but of people who have to face great odds. Gilan has a story and his independence from the other characters.
The roamers, not even the dogs are safe. Ebony is dog napped. Flannagan goes into a monologue about the abuse that people are capable of. He send Will against a group of Roamers, who use dogs for entertainment, pitting animals they nab and gain wealth from their death. A great story about responsibility, and love.
Purple Prose A group of robbers have the best of plans. Take a ship run it aground, kill the surviving crew and help yourself to the goods. Will and Halt are forced to face this desperate band. But the key to the story is the speech for Horace and Cass, wedding. A great way to show that thinking too much about what you are doing can cause problems.
Dinner for five, Gilan and Jenny have a connection. But its a little hard with his wandering job requirements. When their arranged date night is brought into danger because of a group of thieves, Jenny has to do so much more than she thought possible. Not only to survive but save the day.
The bridal dance, a plot to destroy the happy day of Cass and Horace. Will stumbles into the plot, although the desperate pieces do not immediately fit. Will’s persistance is the only thing that saves the day.
The hibernian How was Halt trained? How did Halt become a ranger? We know so little of his back story, that this was a neccessary story and one that need to be brought to paper.
The wolf, in response to the fans idea about retirement especially of the horses. Most working horses have only 15 or 16 years, how do the rangers deal with this loss. A great story with a wonderful solution .
and about time, too… The wedding of Alyss and Will. a beautiful look at the love and connections of the characters.
the fragment, a brief lead to the new series.