By John Flanagan
Rating: 4 stars
Flanagan wraps up his 10 book Ranger's Apprentice series with a nod to the ancient culture of Japan. Will, Alyss, Halt and Evanlyn head out to the country of Nihon-Ja when they get word that their friend Horace who has been staying there on a diplomatic mission has gone missing. The Emperor's main adversary has gone rogue and the emperor flees for his life with a small army and Horace along for the ride to an old fortress in the mountains. Of course, our ranger friends arrive and begin whipping the ragtag group into shape for the battle of their lives once spring arrives. It has all the camaraderie and humor and plotline of previous entries in the series, and fans will be happy to see their favorite characters back in action. Since it was the series finale, some might wish for a little more emotional content, but overall we'll all be sad to say farewell to this series.