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John Flanagan Books In Order

Publication Order of Ranger's Apprentice Books

The Ruins of Gorlan (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burning Bridge (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Icebound Land (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Battle for Skandia (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sorcerer of the North (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Siege of Macindaw (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Erak's Ransom (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kings of Clonmel (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halt's Peril (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Stories (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Hero (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Royal Ranger (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Ranger's Apprentice Books

The Ruins of Gorlan (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burning Bridge (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Icebound Land (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Battle for Skandia (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Erak's Ransom (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sorcerer of the North (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Siege of Macindaw (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kings of Clonmel (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halt's Peril (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Stories (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Hero (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Royal Ranger (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jesse Parker Books

Storm Peak (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Avalanche Pass (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Brotherband Chronicles Books

The Outcasts (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Invaders (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hunters (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slaves of Socorro (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scorpion Mountain (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghostfaces (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


An author from Australia, John Flanagan is famous for his unique brand of fantasy novels which he has been writing for a number of years now. Living with his wife in Sydney, he focuses on adventure, for which he has a lot of acclaim for now. With a large audience comprised primarily of children, he’s popular both commercially and critically for his rich and in-depth worlds.

Early and Personal Life

An Australian author of great repute, John Flanagan begun his life in 1944 on the 22nd of May, as he was then brought up in Australia, an upbringing that helped to shape the way in which he viewed the world along with his literature. Born John Anthony Flanagan, he always had an interest in writing and stories, constantly creating them from a young age with his extremely vivid imagination, along with his love for reading and literature that helped inspire him. Over time this voice would develop as he started to build a clear and idiosyncratic style that was filled with both inventiveness and good humor.

Starting out in advertising, managed to build a keen populist appeal that was to benefit him later on when it came to his writing, as he wrote copy for an ad agency after building his literary talent from an early age. He also worked in television for some time too, which gave him a clear visual sense that allowed him to develop the inventiveness of his imagery used. With some TV credits behind him for children’s shows such as ‘Hey Dad!’ which he co-created in 1987, he started to get a keen sense for children’s fiction. Over time all this has worked towards the writing career that led him towards becoming the famous author that he is today.

Writing Career

Originally John Flanagan begun writing copy for advertising agencies, which was something that allowed him to develop and hone his populist appeal, something that was going to help him later on. Working for them for a number of years he soon turned to television and, with the assistance of writer Gary Reilly, they both created the long-running sitcom ‘Hey Dad!’ that lasted for a duration of two hundred episodes, running between 1987 and 1994. When this finished he finally wrote his first book, as he soon published his first novel leading towards him becoming famous as a children’s fantasy writer, with his style that was already enhanced by his earlier work.

Working on his first series, the ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’, during the 1990’s he was to begin his initial line of books with which he was to make his name. Releasing the first one being ‘The Ruins of Gorlan’, the series has lasted for a run of twelve books so far and has amassed a very large audience. There is even talk of a film in development, which has been on the production line since 2008 and is set to be helmed by director Paul Haggis who has expressed a very keen interest in the project. United Artists are the production company said to be behind this venture.

With another two series; ‘Brotherband’, and ‘Jesse Parker’, John Flanagan has produced an impressive and extensive career over the years, showing how far he has come as a writer. Not stopping any time soon, there appears to be a lot more to come from him yet. As he gains more awards and critical acclaim, he should be expected to continue into the foreseeable future.

The Ruins of Gorlan

This being the first of the ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ novels and the first novel to be published by John Flanagan, it being his debut, this is the book that helps to establish fully the world that they’re basing themselves in. Originally released in 2004 on the 1st of November, this sets up the characters, as well as setting up the overall tone as well. Creating the arcs that were to come, this offered readers a taste of what was to come.

Initially starting out as a series of short stories to get his son into reading, this collection of tales eventually became the basis for this first novel. Starting with Morgarath, it shows him in exile as he’s hiding out in the dark realm plotting his return to glory in the shadows. With his fief known as Gorlan left ruined, he aims to rebel again as he brings a group of creatures known as Wargals to his aid, rallying them to help fight his cause restoring him to power once more. It’s been fifteen years and it’s high-time he made his name once more and take his rightful place upon the throne. In another fief called Redmont, a young boy named Will is awaiting his ‘Choosing Day’ whereby he can gain his apprenticeship with the local craftsman. Fate has other plans for him though as he get embroiled in an adventure beyond his imagination as he becomes a true ranger. Will he be able to undertake the task laid before him and prove himself as a hero? Can he survive the ordeal that will surely prove to be both dangerous and arduous? What will become of Will as he slowly transforms into the Ranger’s Apprentice?

The Outcasts

An underrated novel, it being overshadowed by the ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ series, this is still an impressive beginning for the ‘Brotherband’ books released by John Flanagan. First published in 2011, again on the first of November, it took a different path to what has come before from Flanagan, although it was still firmly a fantasy novel. Setting up a new world and characters, this helped establish the entirely different tone this particular series of novels were to take.

Without a father, Hal Mikkelson must prove himself as a small boy when burdened with the task of being a reluctant leader to a group known as the ‘Brotherband’. Comprised mainly of outcasts, they seek to advance their particular Brotherband which they name ‘Brotherband and the Herons’, as they must undertake a series of tasks and challenges in which they accrue points that are totaled up at the end. Will they be able to prove themselves to the world and each other? Can they get the honor that is guarding the treasure of Skandia? What will become of them as they remain the outcasts?

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