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Publication Order of Brotherband Chronicles Books

The Outcasts / Brotherband (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Invaders (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hunters (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slaves of Socorro (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scorpion Mountain (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghostfaces (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caldera (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return of the Temujai (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stern Chase (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ranger's Apprentice Books

The Ruins of Gorlan (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burning Bridge (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Icebound Land (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle for Skandia / Oakleaf Bearers (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sorcerer of the North / The Sorcerer in the North (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Siege of Macindaw (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Erak's Ransom (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kings of Clonmel (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halt's Peril (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Stories (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Hero (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Hero is a prequel to the series.

Publication Order of Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years Books

The Tournament at Gorlan (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle of Hackham Heath (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger Books

The Royal Ranger (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Fox Clan (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duel at Araluen (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Missing Prince (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape from Falaise (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arazan Wolves (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jesse Parker Mystery Books

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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5 Responses to “John Flanagan”

  1. Fred Christall: 1 year ago

    Add his book “Cheyenne Winter”copyright [2018]. I also came across the title “Michael Devlin and the Cheyenne” [2015] but not seen an actual copy of the book. Maybe the original or English title for the same book.

    • Graeme: 1 year ago

      I believe that is a different John Flanagan.

  2. Mark Thompson: 2 years ago

    I just finished reading the first 10 books of Ranger’s Apprentice and “The Lost Tales” for a second time, as well as the first 2 books of “Brotherband Chronicles”. They may have started out being for his son and other children, but I believe anyone of any age who enjoys fantasy novels can enjoy these. I look forward to getting “Death of a Hero” in RA and the rest of the Brotherband books, as well as seeing what the Jesse Parker books are like. I also look forward to any films made based on the Ranger’s Apprentice series, or Brotherband, for that matter, although RA probably needs to come first to introduce the Skandians to the film audience. Are these books available on audio as well? I love listening to a good book just about as much as reading one.

  3. Cody Anderson: 2 years ago

    I first started the series (The Rangers Apprentice) in 2004 with the first book and was instantly in love with the world,characters and every trialand tribulation. It’s now 2022 and I have completed The Rangers Apprentice, The Royal Ranger and I literally just finished the Brotherband: Return of the Temujai about 15 minutes ago. I pray these book series continue, there is so much more that can be done and so much more left to explore and experience.

  4. Janice Lash: 2 years ago

    I am an elderly lady who has enjoyed the Ranger series several times over. I never get tired of them.


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