With his Ranger's Apprentice series, John Flanagan constructed his rich medieval world with the Rangers of Redmont. Now, travel to Skandia, with fierce, viking like customs and a thirst for battle. Join Hal, a half Araulen half Skandian boy and his friends as they struggle to fit in and prove themselves in a demanding culture. Personally, this is one of my favorite books. Even if you haven't read the Ranger's Apprentice series, this book is a great read for teens and adults alike. You'll find yourself connecting and rooting for the main characters, often more so than in other books. Definitely check this book out, and immerse yourself in the world of Skandia!