The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Book 1 ), Paperback Book

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Book 1 ) Paperback

Part of the Ranger's Apprentice series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Ruins of Gorlan is the first thrilling book in John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series - over eight million sold worldwide. They have always scared him in the past - the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways.

The villagers believe the Rangers practise 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 . . . 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 Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, No
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • 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.