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By AAronSpring, Cincinnati, OH

Cold. Tired. Sick. Overall, annoyed. We all have those days when basically, we feel like crap. Picture yourself in one those days in a small, uncomfortable log cabin in the mountains of the middle of nowhere. Then, without notice, say your friend disappears. Now you know the basic situation of Will in The Battle For Skandia by John Flanagan.

Will is in apprentice Ranger for the Ranger Corps in his native country of Araluen. Him and his friend Evelyn had just escaped as slaves from the Skandians and were forced to stay at the small cabin due to the heavy snow and cold wind of the winter.

The story starts off when Will hears the sound of water hitting a bucket... the beginning of the thaw. Flanagan does a great job of describing the situation as a “constant tapping sound that roused Will from his deep, untroubled sleep”.

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