The Ruins of Gorlan, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Will, you have been chosen. You and you alone. You will become the eyes and ears of the kingdom, learning to move silent as a shadow.

Your arrow will fly true and your sword will be swift, risking your life to protect your people.

You are the Ranger's Apprentice. Are you ready?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, No
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780440867388



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This is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure for young adults.Will has just turned 15 and must be apprenticed to one of the professions in this medieval fantasy land (which resembles medieval Europe in many respects). Too small to be the warrior he dreams of being, he is passed over for other professions - but then Halt the ranger agrees to take him on, recognising rare qualities in the boy.Meanwhile there is an ongoing feud between Will and another boy, Horace. Unlike Will, Horace is accepted into battle school. Horace taunts Will and Will always responds, never quite biting back the last word uin an argument.The plot moves at a pace, and there are many of the classic themes that make a good story in this tale, including the dry wit of Halt the ranger, which will have the reader grinning even if the ranger apparently never does.I enjoyed this book, and I think the intended young adult audience will love it. It is much better than Eragon, for instance - and being a lighter read, it will engage young people in reading more easily.As an adult reader I recognised many themes and plot ideas that have been used in other works. But they are used and re-used because they make for a good story - and the writer uses them deftly in this book.So ultimately not the most original book I have read, but still a very good one for adult and young adult readers alike. A very good book to buy young people you cannot get reading longer works.

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I really enjoyed this book. It had great characters, I especially loved Halt and the Baron, it had good action with the promise of more to come as the series progresses and it made me laugh out loud a few times which is always a good thing. I also really liked the fact that the book features the Rangers mainly because I loved the character of Strider in Lord of the Rings and have always wanted a book that concerns this type of character and although set in a different world the Ruins of Gorlan does just that.

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