Bestial villains, noble knights and deposed despots prepare their forces for impending battle in the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series by Australian . Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins Of Gorlan. They have always scared him in the past-the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers. Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan is the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. The Rangers, with their shadowy ways, have.

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He and his fellow wards– HoraceAlyssJennyand George –are preparing for Choosing Daywhen wards of the correct day are selected as apprentices to Craftmasters. I just have to say, this is probably the greatest book in a series that I’ve ever read apart from Rick Riordan’s books of course; the man is a genius writer. There are schoolyard bullies, tension-filled battles, brains, strategy, friendship, loyalty, courage. About John Flanagan John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband adventure series have sold more than eight million copies worldwide.

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The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice, #1) by John Flanagan

I dearly love strong and silent hero types Horace was exceptional, but in his situation, he just couldn’t get to where his potential should have let him go.

I am actually interested in the iohn of the series, which is unusual for me these days. The crafts are interesting. View all 21 comments. The “good guys” all have a wry sense of humor obviously the author’s as wellwhile the “bad guys” are typically overbearing and too serious.

Will was found on a doorstep as a baby with nothing but a note with his ruin name and that his father was a hero. If it is the case, as mentioned on the back flap but occluded by a library tagthat the author wrote it first for his son, much is explained and might charitably be forgiven. This book begins the story of Will, an orphaned ruiins with his own dreams and insecurities who struggles with who he is and who he wants to be.


Jul 17, C. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons. Classic, magical flaanagan novel for tweens up.

But I loved his character and determination in the face of those things. I did not find the story rushed and characters jhn the way they should. He alternated between the two horses to prevent one of them getting too tired. See all 49 questions about The Ruins of Gorlan….

John Flanagan Fantasy An excellent fantasy for middle readers. The writing itself is basically readable, but every single detail, phrase, made-up-name and plot point is the most cliched cliche ever written. It definitely had action and a tiny bit of fantasy added into ruuns. And to top it off, three second-year students had begun bullying him.

He’s smart and great with a sword, except now he’s on the receiving end of bullies. I am not usually a timid person, but those creatures are jobn to terrify a grown man! Jennie was so sweet; I could totally relate to her! It turned out one of the uohn directors agreed with John’s assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting. There is an England replacement, a Japan replacement, a French replacement, a land of viking like people and a whole load more of exotic races and flanaagan.

However, this book reads like an introductory novel. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. Because he just kept trying and he was able to do it.

Sometimes, when I’m looking for a break from the gratuitous aspects of adult life and literature, I like to give YA books a try. And the Rangers are fabulous. Retrieved from ” http: I wasn’t flanaban there to be any, so it was rather disappointing.

The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1

Urins that day, Halt gives Will his bronze oakleaf even though he should only technically be given it after being assessed at the Ranger Gathering but Halt comments that all things considered Will has more than earned it.


But enough to bug me. I might well read some more of these, if only to see how the writer develops with practice. Turns out I was just looking for a well-told story with an engaging cast of characters.

I find it very beautiful when young individuals come to see the truth of their existence and choose it over their childish dreams or who they think they should be ruisn find any acceptance or approval. Anyway, minor rant over. This book was such a pleasant surprise and definitely deserves all the positive reviews.

XD I love Will! I liked Will, I liked Halt, I had special soft spot for the Baron who was always depressed because nobody understood his jokes xD, I urins liked Horace. Why didn’t you just put this in your lfanagan Will spends the rest of the day in misery, despite the jovial and festive attitude of his friends. One by one, he defeats them and incapacitates Alda. My mum’s a fan of them and I’ve been a fan ever since I picked up the first novel in grade eight.

THE RUINS OF GORLAN by John Flanagan | Kirkus Reviews

He wants to thank Will and Halt but by the time he got out of the infirmary where he’d been recovering from his injuries sustained in the beating by the bullies he found out that Will and Halt had already left for the Ranger Gathering. Flanagan was careful to make the distinction that Horace was not stupid, since he was in fact a flanagah thinker which helped balance Will’s wild thinking.

It is rumoured they know magic from the way they blend into the shadows. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people.