- Shown Their Work: Flanagan's notes on battle tactics, geography, etc, are usually pretty accurate. However, one seeming aversion is that real Vikings almost never wore horns on their helmets. He himself notes that this isn't accurate, however, in a very funny video.
- Written for My Kids: Author John Flanagan wrote the first book for his son Michael, wanting to encourage him to read and to show him that heroes don't always need to be big and strong.
Trivia / Ranger's Apprentice