The Sorcerer of the North (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 5)

Book 5 of 12 in the Ranger's Apprentice Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 7n/a6.179518
The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

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.

Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.


Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on November 4, 2008 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 0399250328
ISBN-13: 9780399250323
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  • Ranger51Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:16 am
    First of all, I'd like to say THIS IS THE BEST SERIES OF ALL TIME!! This was the one book that made you start to wonder if he was going to introduce stuff like magic into this series... It was almost like a mystery, with a ton of suspense as Will tries to find the "Sorcerer" in the woods that everyone is afraid of... But it's not one of those like "dumb ghost stories" either, it seems so real and so intense, and since John Flanagan was writing in a way (at least so far in this series) that it seemed a lot more realistic, as if this stuff actually could have happened in medieval times, this book suddenly introduces a character where you begin to wonder if he actually has magic, or if it's just all a big trick! I'll have to leave you hanging, here! Find out for yourself!
    • nikuinlimbo
      nikuinlimboMonday, February 5, 2018 at 3:17 pm55 stars
      I decided to read it because i really like books that are based on older times.
      • ShadowboltWednesday, December 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm
        God, I LOVE this series! I just need to finish it.
        • braydencreekside
          braydencreeksideThursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:47 am55 stars
          This was a great book, where Will has to get away from castle Macindaw with it's King, when the kings father is killed by a disease. Will goes deep into the evil forest to seek help from an evil sorcerer, but is he really evil. This was a great book that I loved.
          • braydencreekside
            braydencreeksideThursday, March 12, 2015 at 8:17 pm55 stars
            This was an amazing book!