The Ruins of Gorlan: Book One (Ranger's Apprentice #1) (Paperback)

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The Ruins of Gorlan: Book One (Ranger's Apprentice #1) (Paperback)


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Do you like stories about medieval times, with knights in shining armor,
kings and queens? Are you a fan of books with lots of adventure and
action? If so, you need to try Ranger’s Apprentice, by John Flanagan!
It’s a ten book series, starting with The Ruins of Gorlan.

Meet Will, a clever teen who’s just about to start his apprenticeship.
He’s always wanted to be a knight, just as he’s imagined his father-who
died when he was a baby-was. However, the Craftmaster of Knights, Sir
Rodney, said Will was too small to succeed. Crushed, Will resigns
himself to the fate that awaits those who aren’t chosen by a
Craftmaster: hard labor on a farm. Luckily for Will, Halt has other
plans in mind for him. Halt is a Ranger, part of the mysterious group
who act as the king’s spies, advisors, and strategists, and he wants
Will to be his apprentice. Will is intimidated by Halt but accepts his
offer anyway. Join Will on his journey as he transforms from a scrawny
boy into one of the most respected people in his kingdom.

— Kat

The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

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. . . .

Here is the fantasy adventure that launched the Ranger's Apprentice series, an epic story of heroes and villains that has become an international phenomenon. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series. 
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. John began writing Ranger’s Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series and its spinoff, Brotherband Chronicles. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

Product Details ISBN: 9780142406632
ISBN-10: 0142406635
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 8th, 2006
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Ranger's Apprentice
"The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story. Rather than creating a host of strange creatures and magical powers, Flanigan concentrates on character, offering readers a young protagonist they will care about and relationships that develop believably over time.Readers will look forward to the next adventure in The Ruins of Gorlan series." -Booklist, starred review