The Ruins of Gorlan: Book 1 (Ranger's Apprentice #1) (Paperback)
Reviewed by Morgan D:
The Ranger's Apprentice: Ruins of Gorlan is about a boy named Will who is growing up at a children’s ward. He is turning thirteen so it is time for him to be chosen for a role that was important in medieval times like stable master, battle school, or cook. Will is chosen to be a ranger, one of the mysterious guards and enforcers of the kingdom. During the book he and his master, Halt, go on a mission to stop an evil exiled lord from bringing his army through the mountains and using mysterious creatures to kill people of high value in the kingdom.
Throughout the book Will changes from a lonely orphan to a respected member of the rangers corps. Will develops as a character by gaining a sense of duty. Author John Flanagan wrote the book in a way that you can easily picture and it is very smooth but with quick plot twists. Also, the characters can easily be connected to and you can get lost in the book. I would recommend this book and its thirteen sequels and prequels to anyone under thirteen. Its genre is fantasy and it is placed in medieval times.
— From Palouse Prairie Student Book Reviews
The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!
They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .
Here is the fantasy adventure that launched the Ranger's Apprentice series, an epic story of heroes and villains that has become an international phenomenon. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series.
About the Author
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. John began writing Ranger’s Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series and its spinoff, Brotherband Chronicles. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.
"The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story. Rather than creating a host of strange creatures and magical powers, Flanigan concentrates on character, offering readers a young protagonist they will care about and relationships that develop believably over time.Readers will look forward to the next adventure in The Ruins of Gorlan series." -Booklist, starred review