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  • Paperback: 853 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Box edition (Sept. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142411736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411735
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 6.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia hoping to be a writer. It wasn’t until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John’s 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 Ranger’s Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 5 2009
Format: Paperback
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 three books of the Ranger's Apprentice series, compiled in "The Ranger's Apprentice Collection." It's a solid trio of fantasy books with plenty of weapons, monsters, a medieval backdrop with some very familiar cultures, and a teenage hero who risks it all for his land.

Hoping to be selected for Battleschool, Will is shocked when he's chosen as an apprentice for the Ranger, Halt. His new life is out in the woods, doing chores and learning unglamorous lessons, but slowly he realizes the importance of the Ranger's skills. And at the same time, his fellow orphan Horace is being tormented at Battleschool by a gang of bullies.

Unfortunately, the kingdom is in new trouble -- the evil baron Morgarath is starting to send his monstrous Wurgals out once more, and there are even rumors that the ghastly Kalkara are also abroad. When it seems that the king himself may be Morgarath's target, Will and Halt are sent on a mission to stop the Kalkara -- except that the target isn't who they expect.

"The Burning Bridge" takes Will, Gilan and Horace out into the land of Celtica, only to find that the Wargals are swarming all over the place, and the Celts are missing. Even worse, the boys stumble across a tunnel and bridge meant to allow Morgarath's army out into the open -- and a vast collection of mercenary Skandians who have been hired to help crush the king's army. And to stop them,. Will may end up in the hands of his worst enemies.
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By WolverineVx on May 25 2013
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This is a collection you should absolutely read if you like fantasy.

And to answer your question, no you don't need to be a child to read these books. You'll enjoy them anyway.

Great read!!!
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By Amanda totte on Sept. 27 2014
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Came still wrapped in plastic! Great condition for all three books!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ARW on Nov. 8 2011
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I have read every one of the set to date and have enjoyed every book a great gift for all ages
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable Juvenile/Teen Fantasy Series - Recommended Dec 28 2008
By C. Hill - Published on
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"The Ranger's Apprentice Collection" includes John Flanagan's first three books in the series, The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1), The Burning Bridge (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2), and The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 3).

The story lines center around a young Ranger's Apprentice named Will and his circle of friends. Since there are three books in this set I will not go into the individual plots (see the links to books, above). Younger teens will enjoy the way Flanagan treats youth in the series and the overall positive atmosphere.

While these books are written for younger readers, the story telling is engaging enough to keep adults interested as well (both my wife and I also read these).

It should be noted that there are at least 5 additional books in this series now, so this might be a bigger investment than planned since my son wants the rest of them now.

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The Ranger's Apprentice Books Oct. 23 2008
By claire bright - Published on
Format: Paperback
My son and I absolutely love these books. The development of the characters is excellent and the story is extremely interesting and exciting. Anyone looking for books that a boy OR girl would enjoy should definitely check into these. They would make terrific Christmas presents.

One thing, though, I think the age range is off. I think anyone, even college age and above, would love these.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great series for boys.... Nov. 21 2009
By Tina D. Gagne - Published on
Format: Paperback
My 10 year old son read the first book, Ruins of Gorland, in 2 days and then begged me to get the rest of the books in the series....he loves these stories. We have been reading together and he wants one more chapter, one more chapter! i love hearing that from a boy who until recently read just because he HAD to for school and now he is reading for the pure joy of it! What more could a mom ask for! The stories are fast paced, full of detail, tons of action and suspense throughout. Characters are fun, adventurous, relatable and have personality that resonates through this authors writing skill. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SERIES.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
ONE RIOT. ONE RANGER. March 17 2010
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I am an avid reader of authors such as Tolkien, Erin Hunter, Brian Jacques, etc. Being a Lord of The Rings fan, the Ranger's Apprentice books caught my eye. After reading the first book, I was completely hooked. The first book in the series is the only book that I ever read twice because it was so good. I would have read it over and over except my mother told me to "get a life"! These books are my favorite of any other books that I have read, and I have read a lot of books for my age!

The series is so good because it has a lot of action, but also a meaning. It is not just another action book, and it also has humor in it. It makes me want to be a ranger. When you read it, you feel like you are there, fighting, laughing, crying... etc. The other nice thing is that the storyline is not predictable, so there are lots of surprises!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A must read series for parents and young fans of fantasy July 19 2011
By Richard Staats - Published on
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This is the finest family fantasy series that I have read in ten years. John Flanagan is a master storyteller, but there is so much more to appreciate than lively characters and great plots. John Flanagan wrote these stories originally for his grandchildren, and that love and care is evident in the stories.

So, my bottom line up-front, is buy these books today, and start reading them as soon as they come in.

Fair warning, there are mild spoilers in this review.

Here are a few things that were especially endearing.

First, the stories revolve around young teens growing up in a world that is not so different than our own. His point of view characters are alive, and they say and do things that tweens and teens would do and say. The characters grow through the course of the books, and John Flanagan changes their diction as the characters change and grow.

Second, the adults portrayed in the story are credible, loving, and wise. They have their own foibles. Halt, one of the main, adult characters is addicted to coffee (as we imagine that John Flanagan likely is; more on that later), and the head cook for the barony in the opening story is "thin challenged." But, overall, the adults make reasonable and compassionate decisions. They care about the protagonists in the stories. They try to make the world a better place. The adults are not portrayed as hopeless out of date or dolts or corrupted. As a reader, you like the adults in the story, and you want them to do well.

Third, good is generally rewarded, and evil is generally punished in this series. There is not some endless, primordial gray soup of moral ambiguity that too many young adult novels fall into in contemporary fiction. The heroes are heroes. The villains are villains. The villains are not set up as foils though. They make logical decisions based on their own black hearted motives. The heroes do win in the end, but it is never a sure thing by page 63! The heroes are clever, devoted, and sometimes lucky.

Fourth, the world that John Flanagan portrays comes alive. John Flanagan interjects his own experiences and views into the world. It helps, because the various regions and kingdoms are modeled on real-world counterparts. There are Vikings and Arabians and Mongols! Oh my! They have slightly different names, but the analogies are clear enough. Then, John Flanagan uses his own knowledge of those cultures to show clever and reasonable interactions. Most of the cultures fare well under John Flanagan's scrutiny. For example, while some of the Viking equivalent culture are blackhearts and set-up major conflicts in three of his books, most of the Vikings are honorable and good hearted. It is clear that Mr. Flanagan is not a French food fan, and he takes some obvious joy in poking fun at the Scotts and in folks that do not like coffee. None of it is mean-spirited, and all of it adds personality to the books.

Fifth, finally, friendship and honor take center stage in a positive way. These are books that teach moral lessons without being preachy.

Brilliant John Flanagan, brilliant!

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