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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.
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 author Flanagan. Fifteen-year-old Will, orphaned as a child, and his close friends anxiously await Choosing Day, when each will be chosen-or not-for apprenticeship in one of several schools. Those not chosen wind up as farm labor to help feed the castledwellers. "It was a fate Will feared more than anything." He entertains notions of entering Battleschool like his classmate-and sometime adversary-Horace. But because of Will's diminutive stature, and a knack for climbing, hiding and all things clandestine, he is instead chosen to be a Ranger, under the tutelage of Halt, who years earlier exiled the evil Morgarath to the land of the Mountains of Rain and Night. As Will learns archery and stealth techniques, he makes peace with Horace (who is being tormented by older classmates at Battleschool), and the two must then travel with a contingent of Rangers and warriors to fight invading, "almost invincible" Kalkara-bearlike assassins sent by Morgarath to kill Halt. On the whole, the story owes much to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Flanagan's Rangers more than recall Tolkien's, and the deposed Morgarath and his inhuman Wargals parallel Saruman and the Orcs a bit too closely. Still, for the uninitiated, this is an exciting tale of battle and honor. Ages 10-up.
This was a great book, and a start to a GREAT series. I loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, and I loved this series, but you will probably like it if you have read books like Lord of The Rings or the Hunger Games. It has less of a funny vibe, a little darker and more adult. But it is a great book for tweens and teens and adults alike, and it does have some amusing parts. Anyway, even though this book might seem slow in the beginning, do yourself a favor and read the whole thing. This book is the start to a GREAT series, as I said before. It's full of action, and the writer's style of storytelling is unique and very immersive.
The Ruins of Gorlan
This was an overall pleasant read. I liked how the author shows that there are different ways a boy can be strong, though I wish girls were offered the same, since they’re virtually nonexistent in this story. It bothered me that Alyss, who showed initiative even before officially becoming a diplomat’s apprentice, was denied her spotlight when the group showed off their training at the festival and even partakes in contrary behavior. While I appreciate the author’s attempt to highlight bullying, I take issue with revenge and violence as the solution, and the failure to address the system and culture that allowed Horace to be tormented for so long. I am aware this was published in 2004, but I recall being in US public grade school then, learning about bystanders and conflict mediation.
Enjoyable but meant for teens
I read this because of another reviewer claiming she recommends to all her students. I enjoyed this but was clearly meant for early teens. Felt a little simple and/or plain. If you want a more complex novel with intelligent plot that keeps the same lighthearted happy feeling, try Codex Alera by Jim Butcher.