Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Posted by Luke Childers - 602 on 1/10/2019 10:00:00 AM

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan was a very well written book. IT was written by the very talented John Flanagan. The story takes place in Araluen, during the 14th century. The main character, fifteen-year-old Will, is an orphan in Redmont Fief. A special day has come for Will and his fellow wardmates called Choosing Day, where they all become an apprentice to a craftmaster or must work as a farmhand. All his wardmates are chosen as apprentices, but when his turn comes, his request to enter Battleschool is turned down. Baron Arald explains that his talents lie in different areas and is chosen by Halt the Ranger to be his apprentice.

The Rangers are the secret protectors of the kingdom. They are the intelligence group and are specialized in long range weaponry and staying unseen. Will learns the ways of camouflage and being “invisible.” Along the way Will gets his own pony named Tug and a green cloak, meant to help a Ranger stay hidden. In the meantime, Will’s wardmate Horace is in Battleschool, but his life is harsh, and he is bullied by three older cadets. Horace and Will used to be enemies back in Redmont Fief, but that soon changes when Will saves  Horace from a wild, charging boar. In turn Horace saves Will when the three older cadets attack him. Horace fends them off until Halt returns and teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.

The time comes for the yearly Ranger Gathering, and at the Gathering Will and Halt learn of the two Kalkara, the Dark Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, Morgarath’s ferocious pets. Halt and Will set out to hunt and kill the beatsts. Halt thinks the Kalkara are headed to the Ruins of Gorland, where Morgarath last fought, and he sends Will back to get reinforcements and rendezvous at the ruins. Baron Arald and Sir Rodney leave the castle to help Halt and stop the Kalkara. They find one Kalkara dead, but to their horror they find Halt seriously injured. The Baron and Sir Rodney both get hurt and are about to die when Will shoots a flaming arrow at the Kalkara’s tar covered skin, and it burst into flames. Will then goes on to be a hero throughout the kingdom.

I strongly encourage you to read this book. It is very well done, and it is very exciting. There are also several books that come after this one. I assure you, once you start reading Ranger’s Apprentice, you won’t be able to put it down.



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