Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Choosing Day. How does one choose what they want to do for the rest of their life? Will is struggling to decide. He's not big enough to go to battle school and train to be a knight, he's not good enough with words to be a diplomat or a scribe and he definitely doesn't want to end up as a field laborer on a local farm. As an orphan and a ward of Castle Redmont, Will has no "family business" to go in to. What Will doesn't know is that he has been watched his whole life by Halt - the Ranger.

 To the average Araluen citizen, Rangers are near magical people. Moving from place to place without being seen, knowing things seemingly unknowable and defeating opponents in battle no other warrior would face. Will is not sure if he wants to be the apprentice to the mysterious Ranger. He has many questions about the skills required, the methods of training and about his own past. Halt, not much of a talker, needs to adjust to the life of being a mentor as he trains Will in the arts and skills needed to be a Ranger of the Realm.

This first installment in the Ranger's Apprentice series sets up all of the adventure, honor and glory awaiting Will, Horace, Alyss, and the rest of Will's friends from Castle Redmont.

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