Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont’s Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger’s secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony.
It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger’s weapons are not so useless after all . . .
#42 in Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books
Unstoppable action and riveting reading.” Good Reading
“Readers from ten to fifteen years will find much to enjoy in this fantasy adventure: action, intrigue or identification with the small hero. Reluctant readers in secondary school can be reassured that this book is for them, as Will is fifteen years old.” Viewpoint
“Up there with young Harry Potter.” Manly Daily
“A colourful and rousing story of heroism and friendship.” Limelight