Parents' Guide to

The Battle of Hackham Heath: Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

More excitement and battle violence as series hits stride.

The Battle of Hackham Heath: Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years, Book 2 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (2):

After a slow-moving setup in Book 1 watching the fearless band of Rangers reunite, this sequel gets out the armor, the longbows, and the cavalry for a much livelier, bloodier outing. There's still plenty of careful planning and explanations of battle strategy -- author John Flanagan is a meticulous storyteller who lays out every plan of attack down to exactly where each group of archers will stand -- but this time the payoff is there. The stakes are incredibly high for the soldiers on the good side with far too few to fight the crazy ape-bear beasts set upon them. And the bad guy is pretty darn bad. Morgarath competes with Zavac, the pirate from the Brotherband Chronicles series -- in sheer ruthlessness. With The Battle of Hackham Heath, the Early Years series feels well and truly underway.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate