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He had always wanted to be a warrior. The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways, made him nervous. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now fifteen year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t realize yet 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....

Ranger's Apprentice Book One: The Ruins of Gorlan

by John Flanagan

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Overall Review:  

At my sons’ urging, I recently read Ranger’s Apprentice:  The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan, the first in a series that they have devoured.  This fantasy, set in a world resembling medieval Europe, follows fifteen year-old Will as he reluctantly becomes apprentice to the mysterious and reclusive Halt.  Unlike most recent fantasy, this book is light on magic, but heavy on action with the fantasy element provided by the mythical creatures Will and Halt battle.  (At times I did wish for a map as I navigated the fantasy world.)  Flanagan’s writing is elegant with a classic flair in a style similar to Eragon.  Because of the protagonist’s age and development, Will is especially easy for boys to connect with--making this is a great guy read!  An enjoyable book, the great news is that it is the first in a series of ten.  The final book of the series was published this spring so you won’t have to wait!

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The violence in this book includes a boar hunt, bullies hazing a younger student, a fight involving sticks and practice swords, and a battle against some mythical creatures. 

The only instances of profanity noted were two mild words. 

Sexual content is none, unless you count one chaste kiss. 

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Reviewed By Cindy
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