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The Ruins of Gorlan  : Ranger's Apprentice Series : Book 1 - John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan

Ranger's Apprentice Series : Book 1

Paperback Published: 1st September 2009
ISBN: 9781864719048
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old

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The New York Times and Australian mega-bestselling series about Will and his friends from Castle Redmont starts here!

Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic.

Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger’s secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger’s weapons are not so useless after all...

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I first read this book in grade four and I loved it. I am now 18 and still love this series. I own all of them and they are the best. Great characters that really develop throughout the series and a wide range of adventures results in me not being able to put the book down. Would highly recommend for all ages.





Bought this book for my 8 y.o. son, and thought that I would read it myself so that we could discuss it. Well written and a good yarn. Have started buying the rest of the series.

Perth, Australia


Great series


My ten year old son loved the series. He could not stop reading them.





Ranger's Apprentice is volume one of a hugely successful and long running fantasy series, written by Australian literary superstar, John Flanagan. It starts out with a choosing. A group of young villagers are at the point of their young lives where they must choose their own destiny. It all goes according to plan, except for a young lad called Will, who is left high and dry by all interested parties when he lacks sufficiently obviously talents and gifts for his specified desired profession. An act of subliminal defiance leads him to more expected disappointment, but this moment in his young life proves to be the most pivotal so far. Will's own background is shrouded in mystery. Orphaned and left for adoption at the local village, we still don't know anything official about his parentage, even though the alert reader should be able to come up with their own set of feasible theories as the story starts to take hold of their imagination. Cutting to the chase, and without revealing anything that is not revealed by the book's title, the young lad in question is apprenticed to the town's Ranger, which is sort of like a combined spy, hunter, tracker and Sheriff all rolled into one. But that is the end goal. He is *apprenticed* to the Ranger for a reason, so he has got to learn the basics. And learn he does. And so does the reader. And of course the book's other principal characters all face the same choices, the same moments of excruciating tension, the same sets of failures and the same potential successes. Evil resides everywhere, both in our world and in fictional ones. So naturally bullies have a role to play in this book, too. And play it they do. Who knows what effect their behaviour has on our hero's friends? Read the book and see - and think about this - for yourself. The story is taking shape, but i have to say it is not the fastest and most racy novel I have ever read. As i approach the book's halfway mark the plot is starting to evolve and develop threads and its own set of potentialities and i am sure the second half of the book will both dazzle the reader and simply zing. But the first half hasn't. I like books that zing. I am hoping this one will. Judging by friends' reviews and word of mouth the second half of the book is *awesome*. So based on this information I give this book a healthy four stars. If I am truly blown away by the ultimate reading experience, I will let you know. So watch this space if you are keen. BFN Greggorio!

Adelaide AU


Exciting read for all ages.


I read this book to see if it was suitable for my 11year old grandson, and I ended up reading the whole series . Easy to follow and exciting enough to hold interest.

NSW Aust.


The Ruins of Gorlan

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ISBN: 9781864719048
ISBN-10: 1864719044
Series: Ranger's Apprentice
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1

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John Flanagan

About the Author

John Flanagan's bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. The series has come a long way since then.

Now sold to more than twenty countries, the series regularly appears on the New York Times Bestseller List and has been shortlisted in children's book awards in Australia and overseas. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. He is currently writing further titles in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

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