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Reasons why Will should’ve married Cassandra/Evanlyn in the Ranger’s Apprentice Series

I love the series. Pity it went downhill from the fourth book. It did pick up again after the sixth book, but the damage was already done by the fifth and sixth books. I have a vague suspicion that some imposter kidnapped John Flanagan and wrote the books for him.

Firstly, the writing standard sort of dropped and secondly (and more importantly) Will, for absolutely no reason at all, starts liking Alyss. The first four books into the series, it was all “Will and Cassandra go on an epic adventure to save the world!” Then suddenly, in the fifth book, Will falls in love with Alyss. Oh, and that’s after Cassandra announces that she’s a princess. That totally makes sense.

There is absolutely zero reason for anyone to choose Alyss over Cassandra.

Cassandra is cool. She saved Will’s life. If not for her, he’d still be a vacant-eyed,  drooling yard-slave in Skandia, addicted to drugs and doomed to a life of back-breaking labour in the freezing cold. Come on, Will, the least you could do for your saviour is return her love!

And think about all the adventures they went on together! They burned the bridge down together, fought Morgareth together, got captured by Skandians together… And where was Alyss when all this happened? That’s the thing- no one knew she even existed! Well, we did, but only in an extremely minor role.

Plus, Alyss strikes me as a very annoying person. She’s overly jealous and possessive, she flares up whenever Evanjalin goes within a one-metre radius of Will- I mean come on, they were friends long before you came into the picture, and you expect them to stop talking to each other because you are now in love with him? And who exactly does she think she is?

Moreover, she’s the proverbial ‘pretty face’. And even then, Cassandra is prettier, in my opinion. She is completely hopeless at fighting or basically being useful. In the Siege of Macindaw, she went and got captured in a tower and Will had to come and save her. On the other hand, Cassandra is funny, feisty, brave, courageous, and she can hold her own in a fight. She doesn’t need anyone to save her. 








So, would you rather marry a princess who is cool and funny, who also happens to be the person who saved your life, or a boring, jealous, possessive, insecure courier/orphan? Like, duh, right?

Will is supposed to be smart.

Obviously not.

Never mind. If he doesn’t want Cassandra, I seriously think Gilan should have her. Gilan is cooler than Will. But Gilan marries Jenny. The cook. I seriously hate John Flanagan. He really needs to get some matchmaking tips. Before he makes Hal fall in love with like, a barnacle or something. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, John Flanagan has released  a new book series called the Brotherband chronicles. I’ve done a review on the first book (The Outcasts), which you can check out here)

*disclaimer: extremely biased opinion, do not take as gospel truth/come at me with pitchforks.*

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The Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts


John Flanagan


This series follows Hal, a half Skandian, half Araluen boy, whom, if you’ve been paying attention in the last Ranger’s Apprentice book, is the guy who revolutionized the Heron sail pattern. He’s skinny and smart- about as un-Skandian as you can get, which probably explains the name of this book.

The Skandians have this school (brother band training) where they learn how to sail, fight, and be cool (not like Hal needs help, though). They are split up into three teams, the Sharks, Wolves, and Herons, and Hal is made the reluctant Skirl of the Herons. Honestly though, his teammates are even more reluctant about it than he is. I mean, you don’t usually pit a skinny, wimpy Araluen boy against burly, mountain-sized Skandians and expect to win. But since they’re mostly outcasts themselves, they haven’t got much complaining-power. Luckily for them, though, choosing Hal as their skirl may be the best decision they’ve ever made in their lives. Well, maybe.

With his trusty sidekick Stig (no, not stick) at his side, Hal tries his best to make the Herons the champion brother band of the year and prove himself…without being pulverized by Tursgud (Who seems to have something against Hal since the day he was born) in the process.


Ok, first off, this book was a lot of fun to read. Even in the slow-going parts. Despite the occasional parts of the book where the plot progressed at the speed of a Skandian ship on land, the book was a pretty entertaining first book. It was chock-filled with a cast of lovable characters, a promising plot delivered with wit and sophistication from a brilliant author. Come on, the ending was crazy. If you can read the book, and honestly say you’re not really excited for the second book to come out, you’re probably not human. Or maybe, you’re Tursgud, the big hairy brute everyone wants to dunk in a bucket of rotten ale.

I have high hopes for you, The Invaders! (That’s an understatement. I’m practically drooling. Shivering with mad anticipation.)

However, although I really liked the first book, I can’t help comparing this book to the Ranger’s Apprentice series, and sadly, I think the Ranger’s Apprentice series is slightly more interesting. So far. Well, at least the first four and last four books were. (The fifth and sixth books were more horrible than Tursgud and a bucket of rotten ale put together.)

I really like Hal, but he really has to stop his split personality thing. Sometimes he’s all bluster and pride, like, listen to me! i’m the boss, my boat is the coolest! And sometimes he’s oozing with self doubt and self pity, like, eh, don’t choose me as skirl, I suck. Oh and, I like him, but I’m finding it a little difficult having a crush on him. He just doesn’t seem very hot.

Score: All in all, I’d give this book a 7.2/10.

The Invaders: Here’s a little teaser I got off the net– Hal and the other outcasts meet an atractive girl that uses a curious weapon and has them tongue tied over each other. Nice. I haven’t met any girls (other than Hal’s mom) yet, so it’s about time, John no-girl Flanagan. But I really hope Hal falls in love with the right person, because John Flanagan already broke my heart once, marrying Will off to Alyss instead of Casasndra/Evanjalin. I mean, seriously?! Cassandra and Will were so good together, they practically spent two books being cool together, kicking Skandian butts together, saving each other’s lives, and then suddenly poof, Will gets married to Alyss. What. The. Hell. (If you haven’t read the Ranger’s Apprentice, you should really go read it, and sorry about announcing the horrible marriage to you)

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