February 27, 2012

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Title:  The Ruins of Gorlan
Author:  John Flanagan
Format: PB
Pages: 249
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic 2006
ISBN-13: 978-0439903769
 Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

Favorite Quote:  For, standing aside from the crowd, wrapped in his gray and green mottled cloak, his eyes shadowed by the cowl, was Halt.  And he was smiling.

Synopsis (PBS):  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 have one word for this book.  Disappointment.  I collected the entire series, thinking I would love them.  And I just didn't.  It wasn't terrible, but it certainly isn't great.  

The characters were likable enough and the story was interesting but somehow this series just doesn't appeal to me.  It's geared towards too young of an audience, I think.  It was too clean.  I never thought I'd say that, but it's true.  If you've got children of the right age, this book is completely safe.  Take my word for it.

I won't be reading the rest of the series. Thankfully, there are other people who do seem to love this series so at least I'll be getting some credits on PBS.

Rating:  4.5 / 10

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