The Ruins of Gorlan

by John Flanagan
Series: Ranger's Apprentice #1
272 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by LadyEarwen

A good book. Lacking in originality, but with good morals and lessons and humor.


A fifteen year old Will becomes the apprentice to the mysterious ranger, Halt during the midst of a rising war.


The morality is pretty good in this book - it mentions Will having climbed up the wall a few years ago to steal some cakes, but he told the truth about it.

Halt tells Will that he never would have become his apprentice if he had lied about it.
Will and Horace get into a fight, but they make up later having saved each other.

Spiritual Content

Not any that I could make out - it is not an allegory.


There is little violence, and what violence there is is not very graphic.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

A kiss between Alyss and Will. Very short. You could fit all the 'mushiness' into one short paragraph.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Four swear words in the book, mostly D--n.


A fun book, though very much taken after the Lord of the Rings.(Rangers, the bad guy's name is 'Morgarath' instead of 'Morgoth,' there are 'Wargals' and not 'Wargs') but still a fun book, and very clean for being non-Christian.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 13+

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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