The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice #1) by John Flanagan

Goodreads summary:"He had always wanted to be a warrior. The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways, made him nervous. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now fifteen year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't realize yet 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 . . . ."

Review: I liked this book; I liked Will's character, and I liked his relationships with Halt and Horace. I thought some of the narration was schmaltzy at times, though. I did like the pacing of the story; I like when you have the first book in a series, and you KNOW it's the first book in a series, so you can take as much time to tell the story as you want. I might or might not read the rest of these; we'll see.

**Note: I think my reading experience might be affected by the fact that I listened to most of it on CD, then read the last chapter or so in book-format.

Goodreads Shelves: addictive, fluffy, popular


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