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Review: Ranger's Apprentice #1: "The Ruins of Gorlan" by John Flanagan

November 20, 2016

Title: The Ruins of Gorlan


Author: John Flanagan


Page Count: 249 




The Rangers, with their shadowy ways, have always made him nervous. And now fifteen-year-old Will has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. But what he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom who will fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And 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...


Other Books in the Series: The Burning Bridge, The Icebound Land, The Battle for SkandiaOakleaf BearersThe Sorcerer in the North, The Siege of MacindawErak's RansomThe Kings of ClonmelHalt's PerilThe Emperor of Nihon-JaThe Lost Stories and The Royal Ranger


"The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story." -Booklist, starred review


If You Liked This Book You May Like:

The Burning Bridge by John A. Flanagan

The Icebound Land by John A. Flanagan

The Battle for Skandia by John A. Flanagan


Our Review:

This isn't a bad book, no not at all. The ending grabbed me a lot,  it made me happy to read it. Now, why I gave it 3 stars... hmm? Well, you see, this may or may not be a biased review, but I'm pretty sure that is the point of a blog, so judge me if you want. It took me an extremely long time for me to finish this. Last year, I used to be able to read 100 pages a day. And, now I realize that that is not nearly as possible, and especially with carpool, I have to interact with people and not read obsessively, so that has dwindled down from 50-75. So, you can imagine my surprise when I had been reading The Ruins of Gorlan for a week and wasn't even on page 100. That's really all. I also kind of found the middle a little boring.


The Bottom Line: Not a bad book, it just kind of lost me halfway through.

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