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Publication Order of Ranger's Apprentice Books

The Ruins of Gorlan (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burning Bridge (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Icebound Land (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle for Skandia / Oakleaf Bearers (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sorcerer of the North / The Sorcerer in the North (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Siege of Macindaw (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Erak's Ransom (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kings of Clonmel (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halt's Peril (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Stories (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Hero (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Hero is a prequel to the series.

Publication Order of Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years Books

The Tournament at Gorlan (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle of Hackham Heath (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger Books

The Royal Ranger (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Fox Clan (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duel at Araluen (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Missing Prince (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape from Falaise (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arazan Wolves (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Ranger’s Apprentice series comprises of twelve novels written by the author John Flanagan. The novels of the series are based on historical fiction and were released between the years 2004 and 2013. The first installment of the series was published in the year 2004. The rest of the novels followed later up to 2013. The series is based on the adventurous life of Will, who is an orphan and taken to serve as an apprentice Ranger. Will strives to keep his kingdom safe. He is assigned to catch traitors and invaders and prevent them from entering into the Kingdom. Will is helped by his friend Horace and mentor Halt. The series was initially written by the author for his child to make him develop the reading habit. A few years later, when he decided to publish them, it worked wonders for him and more than three million copies were sold in 16 different countries. The series shows the people of the Araluen Kingdom, who believe that everyone has a role to play in protecting the kingdom from evils. Will was very scared of the Rangers in the past with their shadowy ways and dark cloak. The villagers are of the opinion that the Rangers follow some magical practices that makes them invisible to normal people. However, they don’t realize that the Rangers are protecting the Kingdom. The Rangers are highly trained in the skills of surveillance and battle and they try to take the battles on themselves before it could reach the people of the kingdom. Will, who is just 15 years old is chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice and the whole series revolves around him. The following is a list of characters depicted in the series:

Will works as a ward at the Castle Redmont. He had dreamed of becoming a knight all his life. Will hopes of getting chosen for the battle school, but his chances of getting selected are very less as he is very small in age. He is good at climbing trees and sneaking around without getting seen by anyone. When he is caught by Halt while sneaking to see what he has written about him, his honest answer makes Halt believe that he the right choice for the Ranger’s apprentice. He trains under Halt and learns about trust and loyalty. He believes that courage can overcome all the enemies and comes to know of his true identity when the Kingdom is about to go on a war.

Halt is the master of the Rangers and wears a green and gray cloak. He has been keeping an eye on the activities of Will without letting him know about it. He rarely smiles and never seems satisfied with the progress of Will, but is generous in teaching him the skills of becoming a great Ranger.

Horace is easily selected in the Redmont battle school because of his athletic, broad-shouldered and tall body. He keeps on doing physical training sessions throughout the day. Although, Horace is excellent at sword practice, he always seems to have bruises. He soon gets recognized as a true Ranger as the series progresses and answers all those who keep bullying him. Horace relies on intelligence and strategy while planning with the Rangers.

Evanlyn is found by Will and Horace in an exhausting and a starving state when her group is attacked Morgarath Wargals. She somehow escapes and hides her identity by showing herself as a servant to the Rangers. She is determined and strong and is not someone who can be easily persuaded. She is brave and resourceful and plays an important role throughout the series. She always keeps spying on the Wargals to take revenge.

Gilan is a Ranger of Meric Fief. He is the former apprentice of Halt and never misses any opportunity to catch his former master. He is very light-hearted and jeeps cracking jokes all the time. He is better than anyone else at disguising and chose to serve as a Ranger rather than a Knight. Gilan also plays an important part, throughout the series and pleases the readers with his skills in using swords and knives alike.

Alyss is Will’s childhood friend, who later grows into a beautiful lady. She is witty and calm, which make her a perfect choice for the Diplomatic Service. She gets the chance to meet Will again while on a job as a Courier.

Erak is the captain of the Wolfwind, the Skandian wolfship. He fights with Araluen kingdom under the banner of Morgarath. He is skilled in navigational abilities. He appears to be tough and battle-hardened, but has a soft side too.

The first novel of the series was published in the year 2004 under the title of ‘The Ruins of Gorlan’. The novel shows Will as a 15 year old boy about to join the Ranger’s apprentice. He was always scared of the Rangers and their dark cloaks, but has to perform the royal duties of keeping the kingdom away from the evils. The villagers don not realize that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom and believe that they carry out some magical practices to remain unseen by ordinary people. The Rangers fight battles and keep the people of the kingdom safe. Morgarath is planning to attack the kingdom Araluen as the Rangers get ready to face the battle with Will going in for the first time. The novel is in talks to be adapted into a movie by the Paul Haggis He is also determined to direct the movie as well. The reviewers praised the action and characters of the novel and the author was warded with many accolades for his efforts. The novel received the Aurealis Award in the year 2004. It was also chosen as the Children’s Book Council of Australia in the year 2005.

In the second installment of the Ranger’s Apprentice series, which was released in 2005 and titled ‘The Burning Bridge’, the author has depicted the historical kingdom of Araluen, which is getting ready for the final clash with the Morgarath. Will and his friend Horace are chosen as special envoys. However, Morgarath seems to be successful in laying his hand over the kingdom as the Celtian army disappears. Now, Horace and Will are the only hopes of the kingdom. They are standing in the way of Morgarath, who is about to capture Araluen kingdom. Will and Horace have the huge responsibility of saving the kingdom all alone. The novel was also appreciated by the readers. The historical action scenes and strong characters of the novel were praised by one and all and author John Flanagan was motivated to write more novels in the series.

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2 Responses to “Ranger’s Apprentice”

  1. Andy Howard: 3 years ago

    Death of A Hero is a prequel to Ruins of Gorlan.

    Ranger Will’s past is revealed in this story from the New York Times bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice.
    Halt reveals to Will the story behind his parents’ deaths and how he came to live at the Castle Redmont Ward.

  2. Andy Howard: 3 years ago

    The Ranger’s Apprentice’s Races and groups of people’s are based on History: Skadians (Vikings) Temujai (Mongol Horde — Temujin–aka GEHNGIS KAHN)


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