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Ranger’s Apprentice, The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

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By George Flabouris

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Ranger’s Apprentice, The Ruins of Gorlan, is an enticing book based around Will, a small, yet clever fifteen year old castle ward. Following the footsteps of the father he never met, he signed up for apprenticeship for Battleschool. Hampered by his size, Will was denied but his aspirations and dreams to rule the Kingdom of Araulen remained.

However, despite the rejection of his apprenticeship on choosing day, he was selected for an even more spectacular but confusing role. He was selected to become a Ranger. The Rangers’ possess what is arguably the most important role in the Kingdom – their intelligence, strength and power must be used wisely to protect the Kingdom and people that are a part of it. Finally, Will and the Rangers discover Lord Morgarath, one of the main antagonists in the text, is interested in attacking the Kingdom of Araulen, putting the training and knowledge of Will and his team to the test.

Overall, the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series is an enticing read, due to the suspense developed throughout the book, but mostly towards the end, when the Rangers must defend their kingdom. The various characters in the story are well developed and easy to understand and a great deal of description is provided, using words such as ‘savage, merciless and undue’ to describe people and their activities. Despite this, some areas of the text could be excluded, as they do not add greatly to any character development, or the storyline. Some violence is present in the book, but not to a large extent, ensuring that the book is a great read for any older children or teenagers.

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