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. . . .

Book Summary

Meet fifteen year old Will, a foundling who is convinced that his father died a mighty warrior in battle. As Choosing Day commences, when young men and women become forever bound to a vocation, he hopes against hope to honor his father’s legacy and be selected for Battleschool training. Instead, he’s inducted into the ranks of the mysterious Ranger Corps. At first a reluctant recruit, Will gradually becomes drawn to the skills and secret ways of the Rangers.

My Experiences

When reading this book I had a lot of fun. This was a 12 book series I will never forget. I loved the way the author comprises this amazing, funny, and interesting book. Will has 3 friends: Horace, Jenny, and Alyss. On Choosing Day, Horace goes to Battleschool, Jenny goes to the Kitchen, and Alyss becomes a Courier. Read the book to find out more about these fearless people. 


It was long after midnight, the flickering torches around the castle yard, already replaced once, had begun to burn low again.Will had watched patiently for hours, waiting for this moment — when the light was uncertain and the guards were yawning, in the last hour of their shift.

The day had been one of the worst he could remember.While his yearmates celebrated, enjoying their feast and then spending their time in lighthearted horseplay through the castle and the village, Will had slipped away to the silence of the forest, a kilometer or so from the castle walls. There, in the dim green coolness beneath the trees, he had spent the afternoon reflecting bitterly on the events of the Choosing, nursing the deep pain of disappointment and wondering what the Ranger’s paper said.

As the long day wore on, and the shadows began to lengthen in the open fields beside the forest, he came to a decision. He had to know what was on the paper. And he had to know tonight.

Read Rangers Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan to find out what Will will do to get that letter and what it says.

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