Friday, August 7, 2009
Ranger's Apprentice (Book 1): The Ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan
A long-time fan of Fantasy, I have been seeing this series on shelves everywhere. Wondering if it was any good, I nabbed a copy from my friend paperbackswap.com. The book recounts the story of Will, the ward of a Baron who grew up never knowing his family. On the "choosing day" (sound familiar to The Giver?) Will and the other wards are chosen by masters of a trade to become an apprentice. When Will is not chosen outright by a trademaster, he fears he will have to work in the fields as a farm hand for the rest of his days, unworthy of any trade. However, the Ranger Halt has had his eye on Will from birth, and Will is chosen to be the Ranger's apprentice. From there, the story goes on to tell of Will's training, a boar hunt, the Ranger meeting, and brewing troubles from an old foe. Slightly typical of plot, it makes up for that with endearing characters and a writing style that is compelling.
If it does have a major fault, though, it's that it has no map. Like so many fans of fantasy, I love a good map for reference.
All in all, I liked it, and I am definitely going to read the next book.