Teen Read, Teen Reviewd: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan is a book about the medieval ages mixed with some fantasy. The main character is Will, a small, quick and surprisingly strong boy who lives in the castle ward. When the wards are of age there is a choosing day, where the wards choose to be of a certain craft. The craftmasters can accept or refuse the request. If they are refused by everyone, then they are to become a farmer, something that Will dreads with all of his heart.
Will is very small, but he wants to be a knight and to go to battleschool. He is rejected for his size by the Battlemaster, Sir Rodney. All of the craftmasters refuse him, and, in the end, he becomes a Ranger. Rangers are mysterious folk that most people tend to avoid, especially Halt, the Ranger of Redmont. Will never pictured this life, but he doesn’t know anything about ‘this life’ until he is taught.
Will and Halt have a very strong sort of ‘father-son’ relationship. Halt trains Will for a long time, and Will becomes an exceptional archer and silent-mover. When they go to the Ranger gathering—a time when all the fifty Rangers come together and the apprentices get chosen to advance into the next year of training, or to repeat the first one more thoroughly.
They find that something is wrong at the gathering and that the legendary Kalkara have been killing important people of the nation, like the leader of the cavalry and the generals. Will, Halt and Halt’s former apprentice Gilan have to hunt down these creatures, but there is no telling that they will be successful, or that they will survive this hunt.
The Ruins of Gorlan is a book that I would recommend to everyone, whether they read fantasy or not. It is suspenseful and full of imagination and is without doubt one of the best books I have ever read.
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