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Publisher's Summary

Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger's secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger's weapons are not so useless after all....
©2010 John Flanagan (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Sarah on 08-31-14

Most enjoyable

Listened to this book on the way to school every morning with 2 boys aged 7yrs and 12yrs. They were absolutely riveted and QUIET (yay!!). We could not miss a morning without the Ranger's.

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By Keith on 04-29-12

Keith's Review

Enjoyed this story as it unfolded. It painted a clear picture of the characters and how they developed along the way. Left me keen to delve deeper into the series.

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By Kiki D on 04-08-13

Perfect Motivation for pre-teen readers

I've been trying to get my pre-teen son to read this series having bought it for my now teenage son ... this helped get past the sometimes difficult phase of "Getting into" the story.he listened wrapped to the first 8 chapters and then grabbed the book off the shelf!!! 24 hours later and he's reading the second bookl in the series!!



Joyful news for any parent trying to encourage young boys to give up their games consoles!

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By Miss on 08-28-16

Best story ever

Great story. Very exciting and a great start to a brilliant series.
Great characters.
Excellent performance, such variance of voices for the different characters.

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By Zephyr Vega-chistie on 06-03-17

Ranger's Apprentice

What did you like most about The Ruins of Gorlan?

No matter how many times I read this it draws me in. The story flows well. The characters are well developed. II's for a young audience but well written enough to grab anyone of any age.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Halt was an interesting character. He has more heart than he shows. Halt doesn't really say much and because of this when he does speack it means a lot. John Flanagan and William Zappa executed the emotions perfectly in my opinion.

What about William Zappa’s performance did you like?

William Zappa's performance was very good, very natural

Any additional comments?

The book starts slow, introducing all the characters, building the plot. You seem to land in the middle before you realise it.

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By Anonymous User on 06-09-17

Great Book

William Zappa provides an excellent performance with a smooth narrating voice and interesting accents for the characters.
The story by John Flanagan is one of my favourites and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in medieval fantasy.
A brilliant audiobook.

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