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Awesome.In this book Will was just a 14 year old boy who wants to go to battleschool.But things were bad and WIll couldn't go for battleschool becuase he was too young and short.But then an ranger,Halt accepts Will as an apprentice.Will couldn't believe what he saw and accepts Halt's offer.Being a ranger was harder than you would think it is.At first he starts of with household chores.After he would do training like throwing knives at trees and riding horses.He learned ridind horses from Bob,Halt's friend.They thought Will to ride on this horse called Tug and he liked apples.Let me stop to ask the author if he could put some ideas in his book: 1.Will should become better than Halt 2.Will should defeat Morgorath 3.After the death of Morgorath,there should be a new leader of the mountains of rain and night. Anyway,there was a holiday and Will went to battleshcool for a visit.There,Will and Horace had a big fight and Sir Rhodey had to come in and stop the fight between Will and Horace.Then Will and Halt began tracking down animals.Then they saw a farmer and told then that a boar was coming.So they have a big fight and they won.Then another boar came and they fought against that bear and Will saves Horace.then bullies came and fought against Will and with Halt's help,they managed to defeat the bullies…. So a bunch of stuff happened later and then they fight kalkara and they win and in the end of the book will finds out that his father had saved Halt's life when he died.So by the way your books are cool so bye!(and please put my ideas on your next books)
Imagine if the Rangers from "Lord of the Rings" took apprentices -- what kind of life would that be?
John Flanagan does a decent job answering the question in the first book of the Ranger's Apprentice series, "The Ruins of Gorlan." Besides setting up the medieval Anglo backdrop, Flanagan also spins up a solid fantasy story with plenty of monsters, weapons, a likable pair of teenage heroes, and a growing menace from a rarely-seen villain making a comeback.
On Choosing Day, Will hopes to be selected for Battleschool -- but he's rejected by all the people taking apprentices. The one exception is Halt, a Ranger.
And after Will inadvertently passes a test (climbing up a sheer wall into the Baron's study), Halt accepts him as an apprentice. At first, Will's new life seems to be all chores and unglamorous lessons, but he starts to realize the importance of the Ranger's skills. And at the same time, his fellow orphan Horace is being tormented at Battleschool by a gang of bullies.
Unfortunately, the kingdom is in new trouble -- the evil baron Morgarath is starting to send his monstrous Wurgals out once more, and there are even rumors that the ghastly Kalkara are also abroad. When it seems that the king himself may be Morgarath's target, Will and Halt are sent on a mission to stop the Kalkara -- except that the target isn't who they expect.
The world John Flanagan conjures up here is pretty recognizably a medieval England-that-never-was, with hints of similarly semi-familiar lands to explore (Gallica, Temujai). And he makes it more his own with elaborate fictional history, slightly too-Tolkienian flourishes (a villain named Morgarath?) and the first blossoming of a solid action/fantasy series.
The first half of "The Ruins of Gorlan" is a fairly slow experience, mostly made up of Will and Horace finding out what their new lives are all about. Lots of knife study, ponies, stew and tracking exercises, as well as a fairly nasty boar-hunt. And Flanagan liberally strews the story with plenty of historical backstory, and interesting details about medieval stuff (boar-spears, throwing knives, etc).
But about halfway through, the story suddenly becomes much darker, faster and bloodier. While the mild humour is still there ("Halt, Halt!"), Flanagan's tale becomes a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a pair of assassin Sasquatches. And he definitely knows how to weave a sense of tension and foreboding around the clash between Kalkara and Rangers.
Will is also an excellent hero in the Lloyd Alexander mold -- he dreams of being a great knight, but doesn't seem to have much chance of it. And as he works with Halt, he gradually comes to realize that there are ways of serving that are just as important, though not as glorious. And Halt is a good foil for Will -- quirky, taciturn and incredibly tough and deadly.
"The Ruins of Gorlan" is an excellent start to a solid fantasy series, and serves as a pretty entertaining fantasy/adventure in its own right. An excellent story for all ages.
Hi I'm Oscar and I'm twelve and I've started doing book reviews for all the books I read ... This book is aimed at 9 to 10 year olds and is a very exiting book, a real page turner that gets you into the book so that you seem to be there, standing next to the characters an seing whats going on. Not to mention funny, this book is a must read.
Morgarath, lord of night and rain had been driven into a bleak barren domain, he drilled Wargals, half human with fangs in his castle domain, Morgarath intended to take back that what was his and revolt against the kingdom of Araluan and King Duncan, the battle that had trapped him there had lasted five hours
Baron Arald had taken in five orphans fifteen years ago, today was the day the chose the craft they wished to follow, Horace got Battle School, Alyss to be a diplomat, George a scribe, Jenny a cook but nobody chose Will, the Baron wrote hid decision and said Will would know in the morning, that night Will sneaked in to look at the paper, Halt the rager was impressed and took Will as a apprentice ranger
Will trains hard with Halt in the art of disguise, stealth and markmanship, he is given his own special horse Tug, he was also given a cloak that blended in the forest, Halt was to take Will to a gathering of Rangers, it was heard that many of King Duncans leaders were being killed, the gathering was cancelled as the Rangers returned home to prepare for war, Morgarath had new assassins known as Kalkara with another of Halt's students they go to hunt them down