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Erak's Ransom is the seventh book in the "Ranger's Apprentice" series by John Flanagan.
Who's Getting Married? Edit
The story starts off with Kings Duncan's daughter, Cassandra, sneaking around the courtyard trying to practice her stealth on a sleepy sentry guard. She uses her sling to hit the head of his spear, and when he goes to draw his sword, she reveals her identity. In the next chapter, she is later in King Duncan's office protesting because her father thinks she should not be sneaking around scaring his sentries. She counters with the fact that as Duncan's only child, she will someday inherit the throne and wants to be a capable queen, able to rule Araluen confidently and well, and she wants to be able to help him in the ways that a son would have to. Duncan tells her that if she wants to help, she can plan everything for a big trip to Redmont. When she asks why they are going to Redmont, the King tell her that they are going to a wedding. The chapter ends after Cassandra asks who the wedding is for.
Planning For A Wedding Edit
The chapter starts off with Halt and Pauline planning their wedding. (Congratulations, Halt!) He is complaining that there will be 203 people attending and that there doesn't have to be so many people. She agrees to pare it down and then removes the three. Halt relents somewhat and agrees that some people have to come, like the king and his daughter, but then asks why there are so many people coming with them. Pauline explains that there's a sense of protocol with these types of things. Halt has a certain disregard for such things and calls it a load of trash. Pauline asks him if that when he asked her to marry him, did he think that "we could just sneak off to a glade in the woods with a couple of close friends and get it done?" Halt awkwardly lies that no, he did not. He randomly picks out a name, Lady Georgina of Sandlehurst, and asks why they are inviting her. Pauline reveals that Lady Georgina is her aunt and that she's a stick in the mud. She explains that her aunt has been complaining to everyone and his uncle that Pauline was married to her job. Halt agrees that yes, they must rub in in her face and tells Pauline that they should put her with the most boring people there. Pauline promptly makes her the first person on the Bores Table. Halt is not familiar with this term, and Pauline explains that every wedding has a Bores Table, and they take all the most annoying, pompous, and boring people and sit them together so they don't bother the normal people they have asked. Still will finish later. Sorry!!
The executioner, Hassuan, comes forward and starts showing off, to the audience and the prisoners. Erak and Svengal make jokes about him: ["Nice wrist action there, I'd like to see him with an ax in his hand" remarks Erak. Svengal replies "I'd like to see him with an ax in his head chief."] Massaun pretends to be going to chop Horace down, but he senses it's a trick and doesn't move. Angry, He tries it on Halt and he doesn't move either. being the only girl and stereotypically the weak Evanlyn, but again she doesn't move, realizing that as they have always said Halt would die first, it was still only trickery. Someone starts up a chant of "release her!" but this doesn't work as Yusal steps in and orders the execution to proceed immediately.
At last Halt is pulled forward to the chopping block, hoping that Will is somewhere. He recognizes a man from Selethen's soldiers in the crowd, acknowledges him with a nod. Halt turns to Gilan, who has tears running down his face and says "Will's taking his time, I'll give him a piece of my mind over this". As Massaun bring his sword up, Will, from one of the towers on the town wall, shoots him with a well placed arrow so he keels over dead. Halt whispers a prayer of thanks and breathes a sigh of relief.
Will shoots through Horace's bonds and the warrior grabs the execution sword and leaps into the fight. Gilan picks up one of the Arridi curved sabres and starts to plough his way through the mass.
Toshak, the Skandian who betrayed Erak, tries to escape, but Evanlyn, using her sling which she had hidden in her belt and marble stones from her necklace, hits Toshak's horse, causing him to fall off. Erak challenges him to a fight, and by pretending to be exhausted, then stabs Toshak with Massuan's sword, borrowed from Horace, into reach past Toshak's heavy axe.
Afterwards, the ransom is split between Erak's rescuers, with eighty thousand reels going to Umar, leader of the Bedullin, and Wakir Selethen (who also received the captured Yusal [Evanlyn captured him by knocking him down with her sling], who has a hefty reward on him of more than twenty thousand reels.)
- Baron Arald
- King Duncan
- Lady Pauline
- Despite being the seventh book in the series, Erak's Ransom takes place between books four and five.
A collection of the various covers Erak's Ransom has been published under.
|Books in the Ranger's Apprentice Series|