John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan


Written by John Flanagan and published in 2005 by Random House Australia and in 2006 by Puffin Books; The Ranger’s Apprentice series has become an international best-selling phenomenon. Falling under the fantasy adventure genre; The Ruins of Gorlan, book one in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, is a fast-paced, fun book that is sure to delight teenage readers.
When young Will is rejected as an apprentice by the battleschool-the school of his dreams-he is crushed and disheartened at the prospect of spending the rest of his days working in the fields and farms of his fiefdom. But when he is chosen as an apprentice by a Ranger-one of the mysterious guardians of the kingdom-he’s not sure that farming would have been so bad after all.
Will must train hard as he learns what it means to be a Ranger’s Apprentice; to protect the kingdom at all costs. Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night is gathering his troops for battle. He’s tried to take the kingdom before. This time he is determined to succeed.
The adventure is only just beginning…
The Ruins of Gorlan is an engaging read; the details and dialogue are fun and realistic, and the story flows very well. This book is an easy to medium read.
I would recommend this book for ages 14+. There is some mild profanity that occurs from time to time in the book, as well as some violence. The Ruins of Gorlan is an entertaining read with highly enjoyable characters, epic combats, and exciting plot twists. 3 out of 5 stars.