Flanagan, J. (2005). The Ruins of Gorlan. New York: Philomel Books.
“An ordinary archer practices until he gets it right. A Ranger practices until he never gets it wrong.” -Halt, The Ruins of Gorlan.
The Ruins of Gorlan is the first in a witty and humorous series called Ranger’s Apprentice that takes place in the medieval times. The story follows a young orphan named Will and carries us through his apprenticeship to a grim Ranger named Halt during a very dangerous time. Rangers are an elite intelligence force that operates for the King in a country called Araluen. Their uncanny skill in archery, and their ability to become unseen whenever they want makes them a revered force among the country. If a criminal hears the words “King’s Ranger!” spoken from the mouth of a cloaked rider on a small horse they will immediately drop their weapons for fear of his/her life.
Ranger’s Apprentice a gripping tale with many edge of your seats moments and laughable times. If you enjoy it be sure to check out John Flanagan’s other quality series in the same universe:
The Brotherband Chronicles