Oakleaf Bearers by John Flanagan
Still far from home after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, young Will and Evanlyn’s plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive. Though still weak, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend but soon finds himself fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring last-minute rescue.
But their reunion is cut short by the horrifying discovery that Skandia’s borders have been breached by the Temujai army – and Araluen is next in their sights.
Only an unlikely union can save the two kingdoms, but can it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy?
Trigger & Content Warnings:
- Addiction, including substance addiction (mentioned) and non-consensual drugging (mentioned)
- Knife violence, murder and attempted murder
- Physical injuries
- Suicide by self-sacrifice
- Animal death and hunting
- Banishment and exile
- War and military themes
*Alternative title The Battle for Skandia