Enjoyed reading this book, mostly because I read the rest of the series. I can tell that it wouldn't be as exciting to someone who is new to Ranger's Apprentice series, too many in-jokes. But pretty good, all in all. I only skimmed two sections - one scene of one of the characters sneaking into a castle and another scene where Flanagan described how a jousting tournament worked in his world.
I thought the ending was disappointing.
Ranger's Apprentice is definitely one of the better YA series.