Ranger's Apprentice (The Ruins of Gorlan, Book One)

Book 1 of 12 in the Ranger's Apprentice Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 10U7.068203
The fantasy adventure that launched the international bestselling series, with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize 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. . . .

Here is the fantasy adventure that launched the Ranger's Apprentice series, an epic story of heroes and villains that has become an international phenomenon. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on June 16, 2005 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 0399244549
ISBN-13: 9780399244544
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  • Ranger51Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 5:55 am
    This book is AMAZING!!!! It's my favorite series of all time and is the only one that has combined almost everything I love! (Besides ballet, but you can't really find a stealthy-camouflage-amazing-at-archery book series about a ballerina, can you??? :P) I'm halfway through Book 9 (plz, no spoilers!) and am in 8th grade and absolutely love this!! I shared it with my 7th grade cousin and it has become her favorite series of all time, too!! Please, read!!!
    • burnstealth
      burnstealthSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:20 pm55 stars
      great fav series!
      • burnstealth
        burnstealthSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:20 pm55 stars
        good loved it!
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          avatar1Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 12:50 am55 stars
          i loved it. one thing very cool about it was that the characters were very realistic and it was not boring at all
          • FlufflesSunday, May 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm
            This book was very good and I would highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in fantasy books, and even if you are not I would still suggest you give it a try. The book has a considerably low reading level but it still holds my attention as a senior. If you are looking to pass the time with a good story I insist that you read it. -Sincerely inconspicuous cat
            • valchia88
              valchia88Monday, October 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm55 stars
              I decided to read this book because it looked interesting to me. This book was also the perfect book for me and was right at my level of reading. I really enjoyed this book because it had an excellent story plot and was full of adventures.
              • mandomerlie
                mandomerlieTuesday, July 5, 2016 at 9:18 am55 stars
                This is the kick-off to my favorite series. It tells about how Will became a Ranger and his early training.
                • bigshark5
                  bigshark5Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:13 pm55 stars
                  I decided that I wanted to read this series because Looked at all the front covers and it interested me. my favorite part was when will shot a burning arrow into the kalkaras thick hair it set fire to the beasts hair lighting it on fire then it kiiled the beast. I recommend this book to anywone.
                  • happypug12
                    happypug12Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 5:29 am44 stars
                    The Ruins of Gorlan was a fairly good book. A ten year old would probably love this book, but there are a few problems with this book. First of all, the author, Mr. Flanagan, uses a lot of more complex words that I couldn't even understand (and I'm in middle school)! The story is good for the age limit, but the hard-to-understand words could definitely use a bit more simplifying for the younger audiences. Second, as the age limit says 10 and up, I find there to be mild swearing in the book. I don't know if there need be swearing in a book designed for that age limit. But all in all, I really enjoyed this book and I could actually sympathize with all the characters because they're not perfect. Can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
                    • arwen
                      arwenWednesday, April 20, 2016 at 9:02 am55 stars
                      i love this book and this series. then i also love archery and the way the ranger's lived. if you like all those things you should really read this series.