Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
249 pages

    Fifteen-year-old Will wants to be chosen as an apprentice for Battleschool, but he is rejected. Instead, he is accepted by the Ranger, Halt. No one really knows what the mysterious Rangers do, but everyone is afraid of them. Some even think they practice black magic. So, naturally, Will is horrified at his new job.
    But soon he finds out that the Rangers are the king's helper and they protect the kingdom. Will is quickly caught up in plans for protecting the people from Lord Morgarath, the exiled lord who is ready to attack.


    It was ten minutes before they heard the screaming. It was an unearthly sound the twisted the stomach into knots of fear and turned the blood cold. Involuntarily, the Baron and Sir Rodney reined in as they heard it. Their horses plunged wildly against the reins. It came from straight ahead of them and rose and fell, until the air quaked with the horror of it.
    . . ."What is that?"
   It's the Kalkara, " Will said. "They're hunting."

**Book 1 in Ranger's Apprentice**
Next book: The Burning Bridge

BOOK 1: THE RUINS OF GORLAN Australian Cover

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