Will hesitated. “Well, sir,” he began uncertainly, “I just wanted to ask you…what does a Ranger actually do?”
“He doesn’t ask pointless questions, boy!” said Halt. “He keeps his eyes and ears open and he looks and listens and eventually, if he hasn’t got too much cotton wool in his ears, he learns!”
Will’s life story is summed up in three lines:
When it comes to his future, Will has one wish: to be a knight like his father.
He never even considered being a Ranger.
When Halt, the grim, mysterious Ranger, takes Will as his apprentice, life takes a dramatic, curving change. Suddenly, there is so much more to life — more than being a mere orphan, too small to be noticed, too easy to be looked over. The little Ranger’s apprentice has a chance to make a difference.
And a chance to stop the assassination of the King.
In My Opinion…
Author: John Flanagan
Genre: Tween Fantasy
My Rating: 4 stars
The novel easily grabs your attention–and keeps it. It’s written in an easy-to-read style, full of adventure, excitement, and a good dash of humour. I enjoyed it from beginning to end (with plenty of pauses for a good laugh.) As the series progresses, both the author’s writing and his character development improves. The first book is typical — bullies, evil villain ruling strange creations (wargals), and a life-changing choice. But even so, it’s a fresh look on the common story-line.
While the author develops some engrossing, endearing characters, he also flips from one’s thoughts to another. That’s sometimes confusing. The prologue made me put the book down — rather then suck me in. It may be necessary, but it’s confusing. Once past it, however, you’ll want to keep turning the pages.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book (as well as the progressing series). You’ll never forget the characters of Halt and his apprentice, Will, or their wild adventures — and you may just find yourself trying out some archery. The book is good for any age, though recommended for the tweens (between kids and teens). You’ll be looking for the next book when you’ve finished this one.