The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (review by Lavinia D. ’17)

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Will is about to make the biggest choice of his life: what Craft he will choose as his profession for the rest of his life. He has always wanted to go to Battleschool and be a mighty soldier, riding a sleek horse and wielding a jeweled sword. However, when Choosing Day comes, he is rejected because he is too small. A man named Halt informs him that he as other skills; skills that would be useful for a Ranger, the kingdom’s legendary archers that are rumored to be black magicians. Finally, Will agrees to begin training as a Ranger, but the kingdom of Araluen is in grave danger, threatening his life. The epic start to The Ranger’s Apprentice series, I recommend The Ruins of Gorlan to anyone who enjoys action and adventure filled with humor along the way. What I particularly appreciate about the book is that Flanagan takes great care in developing the character’s personalities while illustrating the tale along the way. – Lavinia D. ‘17

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