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: 9780399244544
0399244549
9780142406632
Call Number: FLANAGAN
Characteristics: 249 p., 14 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Heroes -- Fiction.
Apprentices -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.

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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... Read More »

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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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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 ! ! !

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Jun 15, 2019

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violet_elephant_267 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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green_zebu_65
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green_zebu_65 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Gwen904
Oct 15, 2017

Gwen904 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Marycow
Aug 07, 2017

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lionslayer1
May 01, 2017

lionslayer1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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sijohnson0706
Jan 05, 2017

sijohnson0706 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99

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climbTheStairs
Dec 04, 2016

climbTheStairs thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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green_shark_673
Oct 20, 2015

green_shark_673 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Dorondes
Sep 16, 2015

Dorondes thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 16

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green_zebu_65
Mar 27, 2018

Coarse Language: Use of the D-word

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green_zebu_65
Mar 27, 2018

Violence: Use of various weapons and death by them throughout.

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Gwen904
Oct 15, 2017

Violence: Medieval fighting, death, assassin monsters

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Gwen904
Oct 15, 2017

Coarse Language: Instances of 'damn', which isn't exactly a terrible word to say, but still not great for young children. And you, Grudgeholderr, please don't be rude. The FVRL is for honest and considerate borrowers and/or reviewers who love books.

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climbTheStairs
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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blue_wolf_6555
Mar 30, 2019

Halt and Gilan looked at him, then looked at each other, and said in chorus:
"You're an apprentice. You're not ready to think."

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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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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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