1 Aug

There are few adults who will go into a bookstore and make a beeline for the ‘Children’s section’. Unless, of course, you’re an adult buying for a child. I have found some of the best books in the children’s section. Those books slated for the young adult, not to say that we’re not young, are books written for 12 and older, older being the operative word.

Case in point: The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan – Fantasy series. There are 10 books in this series with an 11th book to tie-up all the loose ends.

 “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.  . .” (Penguin/Canada) – excerpt summary for book one.

John Flanagan pulls us in.

If you’re thinking, I don’t like boys-in-battle kind of books, you will spite your nose to save your face. This isn’t just a series for boys in middle school, this is a series for adults who search for one (rare) good read; for those of us who want to be washed over with words that magically remove all semblance of reality. This is a series for young and old alike.

In this mythical land called Araluen, we stand proudly alongside Will, Horace and Halt to thwart the Kingdom from foes and sorcerers, and, under cover of the hooded cloak that protects – we do not go quietly when the last page in the last book is turned.   Trust me.


4 Responses to “RANGER’S APPRENTICE”

  1. ellisnelson August 1, 2012 at 8:59 p08 #

    I also love this series!

    • WORDMAN August 1, 2012 at 8:59 p08 #

      There is a spin-off. If you haven’t already returned to Scandia, it’s the Brotherband that will take you back. I’ve read book one and two in the chronicle, and am looking forward to the third, slated to hit the market in January 2013. If you haven’t been back yet, do yourself a favor ……..



    […] in the same time period as Lord of the Rings, The Ranger’s Apprentice Series and its sequel, Brotherband Chronicles are easily my favorite books in the […]

  2. CURRENTLY RE-READING | WORDMAN - October 4, 2014

    […] I’ve already reviewed this book here, I probably won’t do so again, however, I may (more than likely) make a mention or two of it […]

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