Thursday, September 9, 2010
"Ranger's Apprentice: Ruins Of Gorlan" Review
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 . . . .(from goodreads)
The Ruins of Gorlan book of the Ranger's Apprentice series, unravels in the land of Araluen, where a infamous lord , lord Morgarath, is massing his army and slowly unfolds his plan to attack the kingdom of Araluen and extract his revenge on the King and his lords. The main character, Will, is an orphan boy that grows up between the other orphan kids, called wards, of the castle of Redmont. There we will see him as he fights with his childhood-nemesis Horace and or pull out various mischievous acts while he tries his best to remain unseen. His body stature was short and dexterous and nothing compared to the massive structure of his enemy Horace so Will had to learn other ways to cope with everyday life. Eventually his sneaking abilities and climbing skills manage to get the attention of Halt, a ranger who later takes the boy under his wing as an apprentice. At the beginning Will is...
...a bit cautious, as the Ranger Corps is shrouded with rumors of sorcery and the short cloaked man always made him nervous. We will follow Will through his training that will lead him to his first assignment, to hunt down 2 of lord Morgarath's Agents.
Well i doubt my opinion is valid since i adored the book the moment i read the word Ranger's :P (I am an archery freak) but it is a well written book witch illustrates the pictures extremely well, giving you enough details to be completely aware of everything that is going on and not too many that will make it tiresome. The characters for the first time i really cant say i dont like anyone of them. Each character has his own unique behavior and point of view and the author shows that point in a very well put way. The overall story is entertaining, with a few twists and turns that manage to keep it interesting but nothing major in the turn of events.
However it manages to surprise you in many different ways, and the humor of some scenes will make you think "yeah i would do the same in his position". Also another thing that made me like this book is (probably a bit of spoiler) is that the bad guy is actually in the field of battle and marches with the army, instead of just siting in his castle watching his hordes and go "Muahahaha im evil".
Enjoyable book, interesting and funny story, pleasant to read, and finally a story from an archer's perspective. I recommend it without hesitation, a great series so far that has not let me down.
PS. HEY i liked my summary! evil evil person
Posted by JohnnyB at 6:59 PM
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