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Erak's Ransom is the seventh book in the "Ranger's Apprentice" series by John Flanagan.
The story starts off with Kings Duncan's daughter, Cassandra sneaking around the courtyard trying to practice her stealth on a sleepy sentry guard (and of course she scares him). She is later in King Duncan's office protesting because her father (King Duncan) thinks she should not be sneaking around scaring his sentries. They get into an arguement and Duncan wins at first. later they need someone that can use the kings seal so she gets to go anyway. The next chapter tells about Erak going on a raid because being Oberjarl gets boring. Later, he and his crew sneak into an Arridi town in Al Shabah thinking that the town has been deserted so they could loot the place. When they get into to the center of town they realize they've been lead into to an Arridi ambush, which leads to Erak's capture.
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 seem 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.
Mayhem ensues, with the Arridi and Bedullins revealing themselves and fighting the Taulaghi. Once the Araluans and Skandians get their hands on various Taulaghi weapons they lend a hand too.
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.