- ISBN 9780142406632 / 0142406635
- Title The Ruins of Gorlan
- Author John Flanagan
- Category Adventure Stories (children's/ya)
Fantasy & Magical Realism (children's/ya)
- Format Paperback
- Year 2006
- Pages 249
- Publisher Puffin Books
- Language English
- Dimensions 129mm x 18mm x 197mm
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.
They have always scared him in the past—the 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. . . .Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. It wasnat until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with Johnas assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting. After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, "Hey Dad!,“ which went on to air for eight years. John began writing ”Rangeras Apprentice" for his son, Michael, ten years