Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 249 pages
Interest: It’s the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series that was recommended to me as a series Mr. Curiosity might enjoy. I wanted to read the book first to see if it was appropriate for Mr. Curiosity (he’s still a bit young for some YA stuff).
Summary: Will is a ward of the castle and it’s Choosing Day for him and three other wards, Horace, Alyss, and Jenny. They all have their choices approved, except Will, who ends up apprenticed to Halt, the Ranger, instead of going to Battleschool with Horace. Although a bit leery at first, Will takes to his new apprenticeship duties and skills quickly and excels (as does Horace). The yearly Ranger’s Gathering is broken up when the Rangers learn Morgareth has sent out a troop of Wargals, allowing two Kalkara to sneak into the country. Will and Halt are instrumental in destroying the Kalkara, setting back Morgareth’s plans for invasion.
Final thoughts: A high quality story that I really enjoyed, but I don’t think it’s quite right for Mr. Curiosity. In a couple of years, yet, but it’s a bit too intense for him now. I enjoyed it enough to track down the rest of the series. It’s your typical coming of age story, and we see Will and Horace overcoming obstacles to succeed in their chosen ventures. I do hope Will’s fellow wards continue to be part of the story. Horace especially seemed to be set up for more in terms of his natural swordwork abilities.
Title comes from: The series title comes from the fact that Will (the main character) becomes a Ranger’s Apprentice. For this book, it refers to the location of the battle with the Kalkara.
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