The Ruins of Gorlan is the first book in the nine book Ranger's Apprentice series by, John Flanagan. A Fantasy novel for middle grade readers.
Fifteen year old Will became a Ward of Baron Arald from infancy, when he was placed on the steps of Castle Redmont with a note. It explained- Will's mother died in childbirth, his father died a hero.
Will grew up in the castle with five other Ward's of the Baron, all the same age. When these reached the age of fifteen they attended, "Choosing Day", a pivotal point in their lives in which they 'choose' or 'where chosen' for their life's vocation.
Will becomes apprentice to the local Ranger. This elite group are not the strongest, nor the biggest warriors. Their skills are speed, silence, and agility, which make them invisible to the enemy.
This is the first book by John Flanagan. All in all, a good read. My sons are enjoying this series. They are on book five. I hear it gets better and better.
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