The Ruins of Gorlan

The Ruins of Gorlan

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lgmosher Nov 14, 2019

Absolutely loved this book. And ready for the next one!

It's not about someone who is forged into some big event, or destined to do something great....

It's simple about a boy who becomes an apprentice and all that seems to come with that. No love it gooey when. No great big grand prophecy, no magic. It's was wonderful.

Halt is absolutely my favorite. He is who I am if I had an apprentice. What a lovely ranger here is. The best thing is everything he teaches us practical and something one would learn (or could) in real life.

If you like dnd you'll be appreciative of this book and the ones to come.

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L0ne_Wolf
Sep 10, 2019

My favorite series
It does lean over to boys, but always keeps you wondering what gonna happen next

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tbonegraves
Jul 25, 2019

The Rangers Apprentice series is a very fun, quick read. I have to say that the characters are sort of shallow, and are all pretty boring. They are less interesting to read about because their lack of faults and problems make them less lifelike. I recommend this series, but I would suggest reading other series with better characters and description like Beyonders (Brandon Mull) & The Inheritance Series (Christopher Paolini) Altogether it's fast-paced story telling is engaging, but it lacks real depth. Still a fairly good read with typical lessons of bravery, chivalry, honesty, and other things. It is a good read for younger audiences.

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AtticusWestendorf
Jun 15, 2019

This is a great series and I suggest that you read it! It is very exciting and hard to put down. 👍

darkwolf71 Jan 23, 2019

This is a awesome book fighting, suspense and finding ones true call. Wonderfully written for fantasy readers.

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sang13
Nov 30, 2018

The start of an incredible, new life Will begins. This is astounding!

RobertELPL Nov 01, 2018

One of my favorite middle-grade fantasy books. Great cast of characters (though it leans very heavily toward a boy audience) and good pace to keep you wanting to read more. It is medieval fantasy but does have monster-like creatures. Great entry read for kids who may someday want to read Lord of the Rings or other adult high fantasy.

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B00K__wyrm
Aug 22, 2018

If you haven't read this, you haven't lived.
Also, it isn't just for boys, I love this series.

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glenda168
Jun 07, 2018

I used to read comic books all the time but when my mom introduced me to Ranger's Apprentice, I immediately started reading and checking out all the books at once. I think it fits boy's who are adventurous and full of being cool. Will is a little bit naughty and likes to sneak around. His skill fits a Ranger. Boys like to have awesome ninja skills like that.
This series is thrilling to the bone with battles, shooting skill, Wargals, and Kings and Queens, along with barons and different Masters ready for apprentices. Always fun, and very adventurous.

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PhantomForces
Mar 10, 2018

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THIS BOOK WILL KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT C= YOU WONT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN ! ! !

LiteratureStudent Oct 17, 2017

One of my favorite books! You grow with the main character as he finds where he fits, growing in his apprenticeship and building friendships and learning from his mentor.

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Gwen904
Oct 15, 2017

Exciting, entertaining, and believable. Good, strong characters with not too many flaws (like some books I have read—ugh). A striking plot with a sadistic villain (always need one of those). Slightly predictable plot twists (I anticipated that Halt was the Ranger who led the King's cavalry to the battle, and I also foresaw the fact that Halt was the man whom Will's father had died for). Otherwise, a great read. I recommend it to any teen or adult who loves intense, adventure-filled fiction.

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lionslayer1
May 01, 2017

The Ruins of Gorlan is an exciting tale of friendship between the ranger Halt and his apprentice Will. The two go through fear, excitement, and depression on their hunt for Monsters that were thought to be a legend. I loved this book so much I woke up at 4 to finish it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great adventure

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TheReader101
Feb 10, 2017

I read TONS of books, this is one of my fav series, with ***SPOILER!!*** Giant man-eating apish creatures, a future BFF, and somebody's wife, this is the BEST SERIES along with Skulduggery Pleasant (see book one, the Scepter of the Ancients). This book is the Best! Awesome medieval theme. The only catch is the last book, which I don't really like, but stil FIVE STARS!!!

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climbTheStairs
Dec 04, 2016

This book is an awesome start to the amazing and addictive Ranger's Apprentice series.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 02, 2016

This is the first story in the ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’ saga and a great fantasy read detailing so much about this world which bears many similarities to our world, but still strange enough to keep you entertained. The story also shows its grace through all of the well done character building and the information given to us about the world which it all takes place, and what a world it is, from knights in their armor to strange creatures of darkness. The story itself is quite simple with many deeper meanings which makes you want to read more, this makes for a great read of all ages and is a book I would recommend.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Julia003
Aug 23, 2016

This is an amazing book! I love John Flanagan's writing; it captivates you, and you just can't put this book down! A great start to a series!

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fantasybkaddict
Mar 23, 2016

For a much more detailed review, check out this book on my blog!

https://readfantasybooks.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/rangers-apprentice-series-by-john-flanagan/

This is a fantastic start to a great series. If you love fantasy or want to read an interesting adventure story than pick this one up! I don’t think you will be disappointed! Children 10+ will love this book, especially if they don’t mind a slower story.

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Palodin6
Nov 16, 2014

Ranger's Apprentice is awesome!

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shiyanmin
Jul 30, 2014

a must-see

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Green_Zebra_218
Jul 01, 2014

Overall, I thought that this was a good book. However, there are a few little things that make it less good.
1. The wargals seem suspiciously like the urgals from eragon. (Published two years earlier than this book)
2. Will is supposed to be 15, but he acts like he's 12-13
3. Morgorath is a very cliche villan who seems flat and has no depth of character.
Other than that, this is a good book. Probably a B+

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Spoink27
Apr 08, 2014

Great book!!

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TheDragonsJester
Mar 26, 2014

This is a really great book especially for people between 10-14. personally one of my favorite series ;)

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flyger
Mar 13, 2014

this is my favourite series of basically all time, but if you like more magic i.e. dragons, dwarves, and a prophecy or two Eragon is good too

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sm2727
Jan 02, 2014

It is a eye poping book and I recemend it


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