Friday, September 4, 2009

Ranger's Apprentice- The Ruins of Gorlan

Ranger's Apprentice

Book One: The Ruins of Gorlan

By John Flanagan

Will has been waiting for this day all his life. Choosing Day, when a fifteen year old makes the decision of which vocation he will belong to for the rest of his life. Will is an orphan who decided long ago to become a knight and hero like his father before he died. His hopes and dreams suddenly veer off course when he is chosen to join the mysterious Ranger Corp instead. He reluctantly goes with Halt his new master to learn the ways of a Ranger.
The first part of the story concentrates on the training of Will and his relationship with Halt.
There are also interesting side stories involving the kids Will grew up with in the orphanage that are now trying to learn their own vocations. The author pays special attention to character development in his story, which makes the reader really care about Will and his friends.
The second part of the story picks up speed as the kingdom comes under attack by magic evil forces. It's now up to Will to track and defeat the enemy of the kingdom before a war is started.
A great fantasy story for readers 10 and up. This book is the first in a series of six that revolve around Will and his adventures.
I usually recommend this book to readers who love Lord of the Rings but might be intimidated by the size of the J.R.R. Tolkein books. I have had both boys and girls rave about this series.
This book is available for check out at the Salmon Public Library.

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