The Ruins of Gorlan

The Ruins of Gorlan

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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...."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Puffin/Penquin Group, 2006, c2005.
Edition: 1st American ed.
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ISBN: 9780142406632
9780399244544
0399244549
Call Number: FLANAGAN
Characteristics: 249 p., 14 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
Apprentices -- Fiction.
Heroes -- Fiction.

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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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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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Gwen7154
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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TJH2004
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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 30, 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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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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lionslayer1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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Gwen7154
Oct 15, 2017

Violence: Medieval fighting, death, assassin monsters

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Gwen7154
Oct 15, 2017

Coarse Language: Instances of 'damn', which isn't exactly a terrible word to say, but still not great for young children.

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TJH2004
Dec 04, 2016

Other: Not for young children (as those who reported it to have "course language" who think words like "damn" and "stupid" are swear words. You should probably be reading picture books. Anyways, "course language" in dialogue does not matter. And also the violence is hardly inappropriate.

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DavidJarrell
Jun 23, 2013

Other: Awesomeness

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JihadiConservative
Apr 23, 2013

Violence: some intense action

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burritoofradness
Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: There's a couple of uses of the D-word here and there but it's mild compared to some books out there.

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tlhull
Feb 11, 2013

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Green_Wolf_5
Jun 12, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Green_Wolf_5
Jun 12, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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yashkapadia
Jun 29, 2015

The Rangers have always made Will nervous. And now, the fifteen year old castle ward has been chosen as a Ranger's Apprentice. But what Will doesn't know is that the Ranger's are the protector's of the kingdom, who fight the battles before everyone. And now Will is facing the largest battle the kingdom has seen in fifteen years.

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Sherlockforever1
May 12, 2013

In the fantasy world of Araluen at a place called Castle Redmont, a fifteen-year-old orphan boy named Will anxiously waits for Choosing Day, the day Will can choose who he will be for life--if he is accepted to be apprenticed by the master. Will is desperate to be accepted into Battleschool, where he wishes to train to be a knight like his father. However, on Choosing Day, Will is apprenticed to Ranger Halt. Will and Halt end up saving the kingdom from an exiled lord.

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thomd
Jun 07, 2013

"People will think what they want to," he said quietly. "Never take too much notice of it."

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20KBT10
Dec 09, 2010

p. 173: Once you best a man, don’t gloat. Be generous and find something in his actions to praise. He won’t enjoy being bested, but he’ll make a good face of it. Show him you appreciate it. Praise can win you a friend. Gloating will only ever make enemies.

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