Rating: High Five!
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of the Hobbit, Harry Potter, and Eragon.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
The kingdom is in danger. Renegade knight Sir Keren has succeeded in overtaking Castle Macindaw and is now conspiring with the Scotti. The fate of Araluen rests in the hands of two young adventurers: the Ranger Will and his warrior friend, Horace. Yet for Will, the stakes are even higher. For inside the castle, someone he loves is being held hostage. And now the time has come for this onetime apprentice to grow up.
I thought that Flanagan was also good to continue the funny and smart characteristics of the characters in the story. In this story, I liked Horace because Flanagan kept making him funnier and funnier as the books go on. You think he can't get any more hilarious, and then he does. I think it's important that he was funny because the other dark things in this book become light and humorous, which keeps the reader invested in the story.
Overall, this book was funny, cleverly written, and an amazing and interesting continuation of the series!