Ruins of Gorlan: And, the Burning Bridge

Ruins of Gorlan: And, the Burning Bridge

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by John Flanagan

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The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1448 reviews.
Lesara More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book after extreme hesitation. The cover art just seemed wrong to me and the title wasn't to promising. But when I finally bit the bullet I was not disappointed. The book is one of the few books where I have laughed out loud. It is also very suspenseful and has plenty of action scenes. The plot is great and the characters such as Will and Halt are great. You wish you could just live in their world for a day and meet them. Flanagan does a great job and this book is one of my favorites in my library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up by chance because the cover intrigued me - boy am I glad! I love serial books where I can follow characters throughout their adventures and this one is great. Wonderful character development, interesting plot, and great dialogue.
MrX More than 1 year ago
I dont expect anybody to give this review a good rating, but i really liked the series
JSK1950 More than 1 year ago
I am 60 years old and read a variety of books, including the fantasy genre. I got this book for my Nook with the idea of checking it out for a possible suggestion for my eleven year old grandson. I very much enjoyed the book. I think people of any age would like it. I not only will recommend this book and series to my grandson, I will probably continue to read the series myself.
Hemi79 More than 1 year ago
I had my doubts when I saw this book. It even made it home to rest on my bookshelf for a few months while I went on to reading things that I was sure was good. Couldn't you imagine my surprise when I picked it up, flipped open the cover and then the very next time I looked up it was dark outside when it seemed like just a hours had passed.

Needless to say the books in the series are broken down into mulitple books so that young readers can understand them. So for any adult reader, they tend to go by very fast. But all in all they are a great read and I'll contiune reading them until they are no longer available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 12 year old son loves this book!! His eyes light up when he gives me summaries of what he has read so far. A great way to utilize acceptible new vocabulary words. I wasn't sure I should buy the entire collection, so I bought the first three in the series. And I am glad I did.
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Joyce_Ann More than 1 year ago
John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series is the perfect story to read on those rainy days when you can relax with a cup of hot cocoa and your favorite pet. With the wonderful stories that we have come to enjoy over the last few years, I have rediscovered the novels writen for the younger reader. There are a lot more options for todays reader than there were 15-20 years ago. Ranger's Apprentice is a great series of good wholesome reading; a good story, very good story telling, just enough new vocabulary to keep it from being mindless and a believable fanatsy world where it all happens. The charaters are the type of people you would hope to meet if you happened to be a stranger in their neck of the woods; decent, honest people with morals, people you would want to be associated with. I had a hard time putting the book(s) down. I am even re-reading them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen this book at the BN Harry Potter release party in July, and it stuck in my head. I returned a week later and bought it for our family book time. I had started skimming the prologue and realized I was heading into chapter 2 ! My husband was a bit skeptical that it would hold the attention of all our children, girl 4, boy 6 and girl 13, but it did. They beg nightly for more than the usual 2 chapters. Sometimes we relent, because Dad wants to know what's going to happen next as much as the kids do ! Even the youngest, a 4 year old girl is enthralled with this great read ! It has the same holding power as Harry Potter, but a totally different story. There are no similarities other than they are both great books,just so you don't think its a Harry-wannabe book. I highly recommend this book for families. The ages of readers was listed as 11-13, but as a read aloud, our youngest at 4 is interested and sits still for it. The older 2 kids are totally mesmerized ! I was bad and pulled an all-nighter, after the first 2 chapters and read the whole book ! It is wonderfully and warmly done. John Flanagan captures the feelings wonderfully as he describes all aspects of emotions for Will, Horace and the others. This is an all around great book for indivual readers as well as family read alouds.
auntie-a More than 1 year ago
I recently purchased this book as a birthday gift for my 12yr old nephew. I usually pre-read at least part of his books to see what they are like and to see what he enjoys reading. This book I read completely and wanted to start part 2 right away. I'm sure my nephew will love the gift.
Balina More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. Loved it. So very cool!!!
Gabrielle Martin More than 1 year ago
Ok, serioisly, its right up there with Harry Potter and thats saying something! It has a compelling plot and very strong characters. John Flanagan's serise is totaly amazing! :)
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
The Rangers Apprentice The book I have chosen to right a review about is the Ranger`s Apprentice. This book was written by John Flanagan, it is the third book in a series of 10 and is written as a fantasy adventure. The story takes place in a fictional world in the country of Araluen, in the Fief of Redmont. It is a country filled with forests, castles, and people living in fear. They fear the mighty Lord Morgarath and his minions-half man and half beast. The main characters in this book are Will, Halt, and Horace. They are warriors who have been trained to defend their country and find themselves embattled in war against the evil Morgarath, in a time of swords, arrows, and shields. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys unlimited action and suspense that keeps the reader perched on the edge of their seat. I sincerely adore this book; it has everything, action, suspense, and there are absolutely no boring moments in this novel. The author does an incredibly amazing job of creating this new world. John Flanagan describes everything in amazing detail, which allows the reader to create a mental picture, unlike some other books I have read. The detail in this book will definitely rival that of any other book on the market. Now here comes my favorite part of the book, the action. A lot of the fighting has the odds of the heroes winning stacked highly against them which makes the book just that much more entertaining. The battles are fairly long and suspenseful and described in massive detail. These battle scenes are about as good as you can get. Now you know why I hold this novel in such high regard and would highly recommend it. If you see this book anywhere definitely consider picking it up. Don`t make the mistake of not reading this. In the end I must say that the author did an amazing job of creating this book, and reading it will provide an amazing level of entertainment
Violet_Sirblu More than 1 year ago
I've got to say when I first encountered this book I was like ehh, but that's because I don't like when covers have real people on them, I know weird but that's how I am. But of course I was so wrong. I absolutely fell in love with this book! When you read it it seems pretty fast paced and you're never looking at the page next thinking when is this chapter going to end, your just like wow I was just on chapter 1, how did I get to 10 so fast? And I say it seems like it's moving fast, it's just that it is so intriguing and enthralling that you don't notice that its going at a steady pace and it explaining things for the coming chapters and before you know the book is over and your left wanting more. The one thing that I absolutely loved about it was the feelings that I got while reading it. When the Ranger's are talking about the Kalkara you become just as fearful as Will and the others. The same can be said when will hears the name of Molgarath at one point in the story I got goosebumps just thinking about the guy as well. Overall a well written book and a awesome read for all ages, although for those who are older and looking for a challenging read you may not find it here. While I thoroughly enjoyed this book I read it in less than a day, but that may just be me. I've read the whole series and was not disappointed one bit, i would love to see this as a movie^-^
Jacob Chapman More than 1 year ago
I started the book and I could not stop reading. I highly reccomend this book to young readers if you like spy stories. It also is for people who like the medival times. It is about a kid named Will who is selected to be a ranger. They specialize in clandenscene operations and long range weaponry. I reccomend this book and series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ruins of Gorlan is the first out of ten Ranger'Apprentice books (not including The Lost Stories or the highly anticipated The Royal Ranger). It is easily one of the best books that I have ever rwad in my life, only comming second to sequels to this amazing book. My friend tried to get me to read it and I alawys told him it looked boring. Oh how I couldn't be more wrong. The begining of the book is pretty low in the begining, as in most books. But it picks up in a major way and I couldn't put it down. It was so good I read the 249 page book in a little under 12 hours. After that, I read the others books, which seem t just get better and better as they go along. This book is highly recomended and I applaud mr. Flanagan for a work of art that this book is. Shadow Claw reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This serie sis amazing! I have already read the whole thung and i loved it so much. The books were hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most favorite books. It has adventure, mystery, and suspense. You never know what will happen next. I recommend it to everyone.
dunker25 More than 1 year ago
I recenty recived this book for christmas. It was one of the first books that I read and it was amazing. I would recomend this book for every body.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay this book ROCKED SO HARD THAT IT ALMOST HURT TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so cool, I mean the story line was extremely interesting, I couldn't put it down, I read it in, like, two hours and IT'S A NEW BOOK WHICH MEANS I'LL HAVE TO WAIT YEARS FOR THE NEXT ONE. P.S.Halt sorta reminded of my dad with the chore giving and all...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. I love Flanagan's writing style. Keeps you always on your toes. If you liked it, another great series is Brotherband Chronicals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Which comes first the ranger's apprentice or the brotherband chronicals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is awsome. I read the whole series withen 3 days. I still need to read the 1 and the 5. Are the as good as the others?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book and it kept me hooked through out the whole series