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The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice #1)


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E I Talamante, March 17, 2015 (view all comments by E I Talamante)
A young boy with a mysterious past, Will finds himself rejected as an apprentice in Castle Redmont, the only place that he has ever known. But when a mysterious figure offers him an apprenticeship, he finds that everyone has ulterior motives.

Will is a believable boy who grows in spurts and leaps, but makes mistakes that he must recompense for. His friendships seem a bit forced, but sometimes that's the way life is. And his frustrations are real.

This book was surprising with it's twists, and the fact that Will's behaviour was predictable at times led to his believability. He made obvious childish choices, and Halt let him know when it could be him or his life. His harsh training, though, proves more than useful when he saves the lives of his friends.

I seen many similarities between this book and The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien's beloved epic. The evil one, Morgarath in the North, the Rangers, the dead city, and mystic creatures... But at the same time, this story is unique and artfully woven in a way also reminiscent of Tolkien. (And I have read that both stories originated as bedtime stories for their children.)

Either way, this was a very good first novel, well developed and likeable. My only complaints are the ease of Will reconciliation with his childhood rival, and the distinct similarities to LotR. But I have already reserved the next book in the series, ready to find out more about Will and the Rangers.
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Baller4, November 28, 2012 (view all comments by Baller4)
Ranger's Apprentice #01: The Ruins of Gorlan

This book is an amazing book if you’re looking for something to drag you into the pages and feel like you’re actually there. The adventure you’ll experience while reading this book is like no other. Along with all of the other books that the author John Flanagan has published. The time and detail he spent putting into this book really shows itself within the first few pages that you dedicate to this series. If you like fictional series that carry on for multiple books that seem like they’re never ending then this is the series for you. The adventure never stops!
Some of the things that I personally like about this book and series is that the story is based on a kid about my age, 14, who starts off without knowing who his real parents are. The only thing he knows is from what he’s heard from other people talking about his father and about him. "His name is Will, his father died a hero, please take care of him." His ultimate goal in life is to be just like his father, but when the disappointing news comes that he isn’t able to be a knight, he sets his eyes on another opportunity that comes to him that will change his life forever. From then on, he will become just as notorious as his father had become and if you read the rest of the series, all the spontaneous adventures will come to you as well.

Review by: Baller4
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Lieder Madchen, April 26, 2011 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
This book is too much fun for words. My sister picked it up as her prize for the library summer reading program last year, and when she finished it I read it, then my 27 year-old brother. As we went through the series, my other little sister joined in and there were some times when we were literally sneaking into each other's rooms to steal away the most recent one in the series. (I am very excited about the new one coming out soon.)
The world this series is set in has certain parallels to our own, countries that obviously correlate to Scandinavia, France and others. The characters, plot, and writing style are great, with light-hearted dialogue interspersed with more serious and sometimes dark events and worries. I would recommend this book and the books following it to anyone.
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CMB, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by CMB)
My 9 yr old son has read all 9 in the series and is anxiously awaiting the 10th. I have read them as well and I'm waiting right along with him. These are books that have adventure, danger, humor, friendship and fun. Frankly they make you want to be a ranger! Superb writing and cast of characters this is a series well worth reading, no matter your age.
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dillon.king96, June 8, 2010 (view all comments by dillon.king96)
"His name is Will, his father died a hero, please take care of him." so said the note that was attached to Will's cradle. when he was left at the doorstep of a Baron Arald. Will a boy of now fifteen is going to the choosing day where all the wards of that year gather to be a singed to a craft master to become there apprentice. Will always wanted to be a warrior, an apprentice in battle school, but when he denied that because of his size, the mysterious ranger Halt and gives the baron a piece of paper concerning his future. desperate to know what the piece of paper said, Will broke into the barons office where he was caught by Halt and is told he is to be an apprentice ranger. This book contains a fun, funny, and full of action and adventure. Also there are a lot of references to the middle ages. This book may not be the longest book but it's so good you'll want to read the others.
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Flanagan, John
Puffin Books
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Action & Adventure - General
Action & Adventure
Fantasy & Magic
Children s-Adventure Stories
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
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Ranger's Apprentice
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Product details 272 pages Puffin Books - English 9780142406632 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]he well-paced plot moves effortlessly toward the climax, letting readers get to know the world and the characters gradually as excitement builds."
"Review" by , "The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story."
"Synopsis" by , Full of adventure, storytelling, magic, and deep characterization, this debut fantasy introduces the magic-practicing Rangers, protectors of the kingdom, and Will, a 15-year-old villager who has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice.
"Synopsis" by , A new series from bestselling author John Flanagan!

Skandians, as any fan of Ranger's Apprentice can tell you, are known for their physical strength. Though Hal, Stig, and the other outcasts may be lacking in that area, they more than make up for it with their intellect and courage — which they'll need every ounce of if they're to compete in the ultimate competition. From tests of strategy to races on treacherous seas, these Skandians will be pitted against some of their country's most promising young warriors. And for some it's more than just a game. It's war.

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