The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Goodreads: The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways, have always 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 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 forced for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied.

Will is an orphan who is turned down from Battleschool on Choosing Day. A Ranger named Halt decides to take Will to be his apprentice.

This book has dual points of view with another character named Horace, Will’s bully who was accepted into Battleschool. For the first half of the book, Will and Horace feel like they don’t belong, but eventually they learn important life lessons like loyalty, friendship, etc.

This was incredibly underwhelming and nothing like I thought it would be. There were some really good parts, but a majority of the book fell flat for me.


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