June 19, 2017 by TinyNavajo
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1)
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This was just as good as I remember it. I have always love the Ranger’s Apprentice series, and going back and rereading them, I see why. It’s got action, it’s got adventure, there are spies, there are knights, friendship, and father-figures galore. But what’s most amazing about this book is that you can feel how real the characters are. Not just the main characters of Will and his master Halt, but their friends, their companions, the Baron of the fief, the random little side characters that make perfect sense in the book, and everyone else in between. They’re all real and alive.
Will is a ward of Redmont, fief of the Kingdom of Araluen, ever since he could remember. Will also has no last name; he is claimed by no one and wants to desperately find his place. When it comes to Choosing Day, a day where the ward of the fief are brought forward to be chosen by a master to be trained in that field. Will wishes to be chosen for Battleschool, as he believes of his father before him. What he gets instead in to be the apprentice to the fief’s Ranger, Halt. While not ideal, Will learns that there is a lot more to being a Ranger than anyone had every told him or lead him to believe, and not all of it is mysterious or magical.
When an old warlord threatens to invade the kingdom, it’s up to Will and Halt and the other Rangers to not only warn the kingdom, but to track and hopefully kill some of the most horrible beasts to come down from the mountains since the last war. It’s not only about the protection of the fief, but survival of the kingdom as well.
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