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The Ruins of Gorlan / The Burning Bridge / The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice #1-3)

4.46 of 5 stars 4.46  ·  rating details  ·  7,611 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Here are the first three titles in John FlanaganÕs New York Times bestselling series, all collected in one boxed set, perfect for gift giving! The RangerÕs Apprentice series has taken readers by storm, captivating them with the adventures of Will, apprentice to the secretive Ranger Halt.

Book Details: Format: Box Set Publication Date: 9/11/2008 Pages: 848 Reading Level: Ag
Paperback, 848 pages
Published September 11th 2008 by Puffin
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One of my students came up to me on the first day of school and flat out told me it didn't matter what I did - he just hated reading. I said, "that's okay, but I just hope you'll find one book you can love." I handed him a copy of the first Ranger's Apprentice and asked him to try it. He came back at the end of the week and said, "I still hate reading, but I love this book! Do you have any more?" What more can I say?
Braxton Freeman
I have read the entire rangers apprentice series three times. I give the series, and each individual book, 5/5 stars.

This book is about a young boy that lives in the time of castles, knights, ships, and swords, who aspires to be a knight apprentice. When the time comes for them to decide what he should be, he becomes apprentice to the grim, quiet, and scary ranger Halt. But is that a bad thing?

I chose to read this book because my best friend recommended I to me after he read the entire series i
Alex Morrow
Hey Mr. U, I just figured out my computer had a virus and wont get past the boot stage so I am forced to write this on my iPhone. Well onto the book report. Over break I read Rangers Apprentice, which is a amazing book. I could not put it down and actually read it for a whole day. The intense battles and mysterious characters left my mouth constantly open, craving for more action. The basic plot of the story is a boy named Will begins training to become a ranger, someone who kills from long rang ...more
Alec Badalian
I chose this book because I saw my friend reading it and he said it was great and I decieded to check it out. So The Rangers Apprentice is about a boy named Will who is chosen to become the apprentice of a ranger and train to become a ranger himself. Morgarath, the Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, who was exiled from the kingdom is gathering forces to attack the kingdom for revenge. Now Will,and his new friends, must stop him before he takes over the kingdom. "The Baron's face dropped, a ...more
Zack Mcjilton
"Ranger's Apprentice" by John Flanagan is another one of those books that will keep you up until the son of the morning shows itself on the horizon. The beginning of the book has a dreadfully slow start, but if you can suffer through the beginning I believe you'd find it to be well worth the read. This is by far the best series I've ever read. The author doesn't do much in the way of figurative language, but you'll be so distracted with all the action you'd never notice.
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This is a fun series for teen readers with likable characters. The writing isn't wonderful, but it's not awful, either. And the books are clean, consistently full of adventure and positive themes. Readers will like Will, the apprentice ranger with a gift for woodcraft and resourcefulness. I loved the setting, Medieval era with knights, vikings, eastern steppe raiders, desert types and all; wrapped up in a believable story. Each book stands well on it's own, but depends on the development from th ...more
I really enjoyed this whole series (there are 10 books). I originally read them because my 10-year old son was interested. It's fantasy generally geared toward 10-14 year olds, but I really liked them. They are easy to read, entertaining, and clean. Also, I think there is sufficient character development and writing style to appeal to adults (or at least me). Takes place in a medieval European-esque setting -- castles, knights, and princesses. The 3rd book is my least favorite, but still good.
Michael Jones
I have now read most of the series and am closing on the last book. I give big kudos to the author for a serious which older children and young adults will build much good clean character and understanding of military and diplomatic interactions between various groups of people. All with quite a good dose of humor and characters which certainly become beloved as the books go by!

Highly recommended for young readers!

My 12-year-old daughter Mercy definitely loves these!
the rangers apprentice is a great story about a an orphan named Will who gets picked to become the apprentice of Halt. Halt teaches him to be a ranger. theres been some assassinations of some generals by bears which we later learn that are the infamous Kalkara these gorilla bear like creatures where hired by the evil Moragath. now the the apprentice will has to stop the evil Kalkara from killing the king Duncan. what will happen you'll just have to read too find out.
It's an amazing series!!! I can't wait for book twelve to come out and I don't want John Flanagan to stop!!! He mustn't and Hal from the brotherband series need to get together and Gillian mustn't leave the twelfth book! I can't wait!!! I rate all of the books 10000000000/10000000000 my list of favourite authors is JRR Tolkien, John Flanagan and JK Rowling-they are all amazing authors!!!
Marshall Mccrobie
The rangers apprentice by John Flanagan was an interesting book about a young boy named will who wanted to join battle school but was declined by the crafts master and was chosen to join a group called the rangers his mentors name was halt he was an expert ranger and planned on teaching the ways of the ranger to will. Growing up wills parents both had died so nobody ever knew his last name, so people always made fun of him for it. There is an evil emperor named morgorath who plans to overthrow t ...more
Perry Covington
Love Mr. Flanagan's series, Rangers Apprentice. I've read his entire sum of books and they do not disappoint. Some critics say the books are formulaic, but so were the Indian Jones movies. Last time I checked, both Rangers and Indian Jones are doing particularly well in the revenue department.

One of the great things about these books is the relationships between the main characters. Yeah, the training, action, and globe trotting adventures are a blast to read - where the books shine is the char
Melissa Sodano
This series is a stupendous adventure for ages 10 and up. Every book has a new unique adventure that makes you love the characters more and more. Be sure to check it out, but beware that since there are 10 books in the series, this will be a time commitment. You won't be sorry.
Crazy Red-head
Terrific series! Great for boys that love action but my daughter enjoyed them, too. If my son were younger, I would've read them to him. We've got the 10th book just now....waiting my turn to read it. Can't imagine the series ENDING....we're so sad.
Cassidy Petersen
This was the first series I legitimately was OBSESSED with (and I'd started reading Harry Potter before these books). Amazing fantasy books that hold a special warm place in my heart.
The character Halt is one of my favorite characters of all-time, reminding me of characters like Dumbledore and Gandolf and other such characters. Love Will and Alyss and Gilan.
None of the books disappointed me at all when I read them.
Anyone who likes a nice fantasy read or series, try these out. And if your parent
Marnie Mounteer
Loved this book! Liked watching Will and Horace, grow up and mature. Loved the ending, Halt is quite a character.
I read this book, Then the whole series became my life.. :) Rate:Brokenchartface
its awsome and fast paced!!! =D
Riley Thompson
Imagine if the Rangers from "Lord of the Rings" took apprentices what kind of life would that be?

John Flanagan does a decent job answering the question in the first book of the Ranger's Apprentice series, "The Ruins of Gorlan." Besides setting up the medieval Anglo backdrop, Flanagan also spins up a solid fantasy story with plenty of monsters, weapons, a likable pair of teenage heroes, and a growing menace from a rarely-seen villain making a comeback.

On Choosing Day, Will hopes to be selected fo
Rebekah Schwarz
I really struggled with how to rate this series. The things I love about it have to do with the characters - they are genuinely good people. It's refreshing to read something that shows normal relationships developing. In everyday life we meet people and grow close to them or don't. Some people are in our lives for good, some just for a season. And I like the clarity Flanagan has about who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. Sometimes we can start out thinking someone is a bad guy but fi ...more
I don't know if I can say enough great things about these books! Joel and I have just devoured the first four (currently the only ones we can get our hands on). We're scrambling to find copies of the next four and then we'll be dying for the 9th to come out in Feb.

Despite the somewhat sinister-looking pictures on the front covers, and perhaps also despite the fact that here we have yet another "orphan" hero, these books are fabulous. They are truly a "boy's" book--meaning I'm not sure they'll b
Luke West

The books that will take part in this review are 5-7. Book 5 sorcerer in the North is about Will when he gets sent up to Norgate fief to investigate supposed sorcery in Grimsdell wood. The book is very interesting with all it's twist and surprises. The book often has you on the edge of your seat and keeps you guessing what the future holds for Will. Book 6 The Siege of Macindaw goes straight from the end of number 5. Horace has been sent to aid Will and Alyss. Will is planning a siege on Macinda
Jake West
Rangers apprentice 1-11
Wow, what a great series, it's full of action and great story lines. I had previously read the first book a few years back but forgot what it was about so I decided to start again and I'm glad I did. Every few books or so would be about the same thing or in the same area.

Book 1 was pretty much just about Will becoming Halt's apprentice and how he started his training. Book 2 is about it's the first time Will goes on a quest without Halt. He ends up burning the bridge and
I found this series by accident, and while I'm older than the target audience (22) I really enjoyed it. Basically, it's about a young boy named Will and his adventures with his mentor Halt and best friend Horace. There's danger, fun, and even a bit of romance in the later books. I loved the characters and the witty dialogue the most. Sure it's not deep literature and some of the plot lines can be a bit predictable, but if you're just wanting a fun series that's a quick read this is a good choice ...more
Claire A
It's interesting: although this "historical" series names no countries or peoples per de, you know who are the British, the French, the Italians , etc. I loved this series and read the whole series of more than 10 books. The character development is exceptional. I felt I knew each of the characters personally and hated to let them go. The stories are very real and enthrall long too. Hard to believe John Flanagan wrote them for his young son. These are exceptional for adults too!
This is an amazing series of books about a pun orphan named Will who grows up in a dorm at Castle Redmont, the major castle In Redmont feif, one of the many feifs of Araluen. Will is raised with other orphans that have talent and are elected to be mentored by the leader of the profession they choose, Will's lifelong dream was to be in Battle School, a class for warriors in training. The Battle School did not except him because he was too small and had no muscle. Will was terrified, he excelled a ...more
Jose Rangel
My opinion is that the book was good and y'all should read it

"Perhaps you might be good enough"

How can you stay so calm?"
It helps if you're terrified."

The New York times bestselling
Angus Robinson
the books are awsome i'm 12 i got hooked in and couldnt stop. its a light read but it doesnt matter. sad that the series finshed but check out brotherband the new series bye john falkner
Daniel Y.
Mar 03, 2013 Daniel Y. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like an adventurous medieval story with trechery and love intwined
Recommended to Daniel by: no one
This book is a great book set in the medieval times and is recomended to anybody who loves an adventure through medieval times folloing an archer, who is a ranger( a special force that acts as the eyes and ears of the kingdom, contantly looking for treachery and danger and acted as insurgents often is situatoins where they are greatly outnumbered)Although he has great skill and ability, he has never ever thought about the job or laid hands the special forces weaponary. The series is grat with a ...more
A junvenile series that I thoroughly enjoyed. My son, not so much, but my nephews loved it. A good start for any kid who likes to read.
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Other Books in the Series

Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
  • The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2)
  • The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3)
  • The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4)
  • The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5)
  • The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice, #6)
  • Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice, #7)
  • The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice, #8)
  • Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice, #9)
  • The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice, #10)
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1) The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2) The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4) The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3) The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5)

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