The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Book 1 )

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Book 1 )

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The Ruins of Gorlan is the first thrilling book in John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series - over eight million sold worldwide.

They have always scared him in the past - the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practise 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 . . .

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 Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 044086738X
  • 9780440867388
  • 17,764

Back cover copy

Will, you have been chosen.

You and you alone. You will become the eyes and ears of the kingdom, learning to move silent as a shadow. Your arrow will fly true and your sword will be swift, risking your life to protect your people.

You are the Ranger's Apprentice. Are you ready?
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Review Text

"Young readers who enjoy adventure fantasy stories will find this well written and carefully crafted tale thoroughly captivating"
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"Young readers who enjoy adventure fantasy stories will find this well written and carefully crafted tale thoroughly captivating" * Through the Looking Glass *
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About John Flanagan

John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband adventure series have sold more than eight million copies worldwide. His books are available in more than one hundred countries, are regularly on the New York Times bestseller lists, and have had multiple award shortlistings and wins in Australia and overseas. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife in a Sydney beachside suburb.
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Rating details

93,123 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 46% (43,120)
4 34% (31,377)
3 15% (14,232)
2 3% (3,053)
1 1% (1,341)

Our customer reviews

i came across this book a few years ago and i can truly say it is the best series of books i have ever read. the story really pulls you in and you feel like you really know the characters and in some ways you end up too attached to them! the story through out all the books really developes and keeps you on the edge of your seat, once you have read one you will need to read the rest. it really is an enchanting story which will make you laugh and cry. it is so beautifuly wrote and i can really not do this series of books justice! just buy it and read it. you will be in love with the characters and story in no time!show more
by rhiannon loretta
I have to say that this is a truly amazing read. I'm one of those people who become addicted to a book and have a desire for those fast-pace action and especially fantasy. It definitely had action and a tiny bit of fantasy added into it. I just have to say, this is probably the greatest book in a series that I've ever read apart from Rick Riordan's books of course; the man is a genius writer. I definitely reccommend, you will definitely NOT be sorry. Don't wait to order, I made the mistake of not picking it up earlier when people were reading it and I waited years later to get a hold of them. GET IT NOW!!!(:show more
by Tayla Shelton
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