I just finished listening to the seventh book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan, and I love every one of them. The audios are brilliantly narrated by John Keating. Embark on these great adventures with The Ruins of Gorlan, Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1.
In a vaguely medieval England-ish land, youths are assigned their occupation at a ceremony on Choosing Day. His hopes dashed when he is rejected by Battleschool, the diminutive fifteen-year-old Will becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious (and spookily reserved) Ranger named Halt.
Unlike many modern fantasy authors, Flanagan concentrates more on his characters than whatever whack-a-doo creatures he can conjure up. Will is one of the most endearing, gracious, delightful young characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. (Nearly as sweet as Taran, the Pig Keeper, from The Black Cauldron.) But don’t tell the kids that! Concentrate on all the cool outdoor skills he must master — Archery! Knife throwing! — and the heart-pounding suspense when he musters up the courage to employ them in the face of grave danger!
Posted by: Heidi