Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 272 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 0.39 in
Published: June 13, 2006
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0142406635
ISBN - 13: 9780142406632
About the Book
Full of adventure, storytelling, magic, and deep characterization, this debut fantasy introduces the magic-practicing Rangers, protectors of the kingdom, and Will, a 15-year-old villager who has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice.
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5 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. Once night fell, he made his way back to the castle, avoiding villagers and castle folk alike, and secreted himself in the branches of the fig tree again. On the way, he slipped unnoticed into the kitchens and helped himself to bread, cheese and apples.He munched moodily on these, barely tasting them, as the evening passed and the castle began to settle down for the night. He observed the movements of the guards, getting a feeling for their timing as they went on their regular rounds. In addition to the gu
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They have always scared him in the pastthe Rangers, with their
dark cloaksand 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. . . .
Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, T.H.
White's The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini's Eragon
series, and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice
and Fire series.
About the Author
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a
writer. John began writing Ranger's Apprentice for his son,
Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series and
its spinoff, Brotherband Chronicles. He currently lives in the
suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their
son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.