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Ranger's Apprentice #1Literary awards: Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2008)
When 15-year-old Will is picked as a Ranger’s apprentice he is disappointed, but with the menace of the Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night readying for battle he quickly learns that Rangers are the greatest protectors the kingdom can have.
The book world is very authentic, with great multi-dimensional characters and rich detail. The writing was rhythmic and a have very few complaints other than at times it was a bit amateurish. The book was easy to get through and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. The prologue creates a great platform for the rest of the story to be set on. The focus of this book swings back and forth between Ranger’s apprentice Will and Battle School apprentice Horace, two very different characters.
Okay, now the other side. I may have been betrayed by my own expectations, but I anticipated a whole lot more suspense and excitement. The story was fairly slow moving and not big into subtlety. Also, I have to say Horace not showing up in the climax seemed really weird and I was disappointed not to see him. My investment of him just didn’t give the payoff that was expected, particularly since he was such a focus in the book.
Now, while I might seem a bit negative I have to say I really do see the potential of this series and have purchased the next two in the series already. I haven’t given up on it.