The Emperor of Nihon-Ja: Book Ten (Ranger's Apprentice)
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When Horace travels to the exotic land of Nihon- Ja, it isn't long before he finds himself pulled into a battle that is not his - but one he knows in his heart he must wage. A kingdom teeters on the edge of chaos when the Nihon-Ja emperor, a defender of the common man, is forcibly overthrown, and only Horace, Will, and his Araluen companions can restore the emperor to the throne. Victory lies in the hands of an inexperienced group of fighters, and it's anybody's guess who will make the journey home to Araluen.
Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.
advantage of surprise. Arisaka will know how we’re going to fight. So if you were him, what would you do?’ Selethen cleared his throat and the others all looked at him. ‘We discussed this in Toscana,’ he pointed out. ‘Heavy weapons or artillery could break up the goju’s formed ranks. Once they lose their integrity, the Senshi can fight in their usual style – one on one.’ ‘Arisaka has no heavy weapons,’ Halt replied. ‘And no way of getting any up through the mountains.’ ‘True,’ Selethen
‘We’ll jump off from the palisade gate and march down the main valley. It’ll be safer and quicker than moving down Mikeru’s Pass. And besides, we need to keep that clear for Jito’s people.’ After the others had left, Halt stayed behind with Shigeru. The Emperor sat, waiting expectantly. He knew Halt wanted to talk to him and he had a shrewd idea what he wanted to talk about. ‘Your highness,’ Halt began, ‘there is one alternative we haven’t discussed…’ He paused, searching for the right way
Shukin will slow them down,’ he added confidently. ‘Maybe,’ Horace said. He wondered how much time Shukin would be able to buy them. ‘But let’s keep moving anyway.’ Reito turned away and shouted an order. The column began to move again, slipping and sliding in the mud. Those at the rear had the hardest time, as the surface of the track was churned by hundreds of feet before them. Eyes were turned towards the far ridge as they continued upwards. But then the trees blocked it from sight. Horace
The iron rod ended in a barbed point. ‘They don’t need to be anything more than that,’ Will told him. ‘Selethen, will you conduct the drill, please?’ He turned to the others. ‘Let’s move down a little, to the side. You’ll be able to see better.’ He led the way to a small rock outcrop halfway down the gully. Selethen kept the ten Kikori in a line, waiting expectantly. When his companions were settled, Will called to Selethen. ‘Enemy sighted!’ ‘Battle formation!’ Selethen barked the command.
sending bands of shadow flitting silently across the landscape below. To the south, he could see a dark line of solid cloud. He estimated that it would be upon them by early afternoon and it would probably bring rain with it. He considered suggesting that they might make camp for the day before the rain added its force to the wind. There was no need to rush their journey – the port of Iwanai was within easy riding distance – and he didn’t relish the idea of pitching tents in a driving rainstorm.