Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

It's the time of knights and kings, evil lords, grotesque armies of telepathic monsters, hideous, almost invincible creatures from an ancient race of assassins. Forces of good and evil are massing for a final showdown and Will is a 15-year-old orphan who has dreams of one day becoming a knight. Tomorrow is the choosing day when the 15-year-olds are chosen by the kingdom's craftsmen, scribes, diplomats, military leaders at Baron Arald's castle to be their apprentices. Will is devastated when he passed over by the Battleschool for Knights because he is too small to be a knight. He is ready to give up hope of being selected at all when a mysterious cloaked figure steps out of the shadows and claims Will as his apprentice. Halt, the Ranger, takes Will to his home on the outskirts of the village and begins Will's training. Soon Will realizes that being a Ranger matches his own natural abilities. Will is stealthy, quick on his feet, agile and able to climb and get into places without being detected. He discovers from Halt that the Rangers are an elite, group of undercover spies who scout out the enemies and must use their skills to protect the kingdom from the evil armies of Lord Morgarath. Halt teaches him to use a bow, throw knives and to track. Gradually Will learns how to be a spy in the king's service and realizes how important the job is. and it is none too soon for there have been sightings of the rarely-seen, deadly Kalkara, a race of almost invincible assasins. They are on the hunt. But who are they hunting and why? When Halt begins to track these dangerous assasins, he sends Will to get the knights to meet them in the battle at the Ruins of Gorlan. Will he be in time to save the Ranger?

This is the first book in an exciting fantasy series by John Flanagan that will keep readers on the edge of their seat! Find this highly recommended book in the Teen Fiction section!

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