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Australian cover of Halt's Peril
|Illustrator||Jeremy Reston (Aus)|
(Book no. 9)
|Publisher||Random House (Australia)|
|2 November 2009 (Aus)
6 November 2009 (NZ)
5 October 2010 (US)
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Kings of Clonmel|
|Followed by||The Emperor of Nihon-Ja|
Halt's Peril is the ninth book in the international best-selling Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
The story begins with Halt, Horace and Will discovering that Tennyson (the priest of the Outsiders) and his followers have fled to Picta. They discover where the outsiders go from a smuggler named Black O'Malley. The three follow their trail and discover that Tennyson is heading toward Araluen. Tennyson's plan is to travel to an outlying Araluen village where he has already established influence to reinvigorate his movement. Will and his companions are unaware of this, however, and continue to follow Tennyson through Picta, discovering and foiling some Pictan raiders on the way. As the three catch up to Tennyson they engage with the remaining two Genovesans and Halt and Will successfully kill one, but the other injures Halt and escapes.
After a while, the wound is discovered to be poisoned by a hallucinogen which is slowly killing Halt. In desperation Will decides to seek Malcolm – possibly the best healer in all of Araluen – and quickly brings him to help. Malcolm explains that the poison has two possible sources with conflicting cures. Administering the wrong cure will kill Halt. Will discovers the remaining Genovesan and forces the nature of the poison from him. The Genovesan is killed when he later attempts to escape. With Halt cured, the three along with Malcolm continue to trail Tennyson, who assumes that the three are now unimportant given that Halt is supposedly dead. Will and his companions discover Tennyson in catacombs near a village where he is preaching to the followers of his religion. Halt successfully discredits him with Malcolm's help. However, during this attempt, Will has to use certain explosive devices developed by Malcolm which cause the cave system to collapse on top of the Outsiders (including Tennyson) and the villagers' gold. Halt, Will and Horace accompany Malcolm home where Trobar gives Will a puppy, Ebony. After separating from Malcolm, the three head home, with Will and Halt going to Redmont and reuniting with Pauline and Alyss while Horace heads to Castle Araluen. Pauline thanks Will for saving Halt's life, telling him about the trust she has in him and the story ends with Alyss and Will sharing a kiss.
- Halt's Peril at Random House Australia
- Halt's Peril at Random House NZ
- Official Ranger's Apprentice website
- John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice website.