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  • Published: New York : Philomel Books, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 438 p. : map ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 860

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780399255007
  • 0399255001
  • 0142418595



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The emperor of Nihon-Ja

by Flanagan, John

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Call number: Teen Fiction

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In a faraway land, a young warrior must protect an emperor from an uprising and train an inexperienced army, with assistance from his Ranger friends.

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Adventure/ Running

Is it just me or are they running from the people almost the whole book?

Good book

Awesome series, too bad this is the last book. Love the hidden country references.


High paced and overall well written i would say it is an amazing series!


I Loved reading this series! I can't believe that it ended. The ending was good though.

Something Fishy...

This was a great book; probably my favorite in the series, but if you know anything about Japanese culture, you could tell that John Flanagan modeled the Nihon-Jan after the Japanese. The swords used were the same, the languages were too. He even made the Japanese have an accent when they spoke in Will's language. I think this is what made the book seem odd, or almost even funny to me.
Either way, this was a great book, and I would recommend it to everyone, especially preteens or teens.

great book

the book was really good. great ending


this series was so good! i cant believe it ended


The final battle rises as the reader goes to Japan with the rangers.
In Japanese, Japan is actually Nihon-go.

i like this book

i liked this book it had cool warriors in them

Loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First, I would like to say that I loved it. In this book they travel to Nihon-Ja (Japan) and get involved in a civil war. Does anyone else realize that these books are actually a kind of historical fiction? For example, the Araluens are the English and the Skandians are Vikings! This book could be used in a military tactics class. The innovative strategies of the Rangers never cease to amaze me. I think this book was the best in the series so far.

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