Will is small for his age, but fast and quick-witted. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected by Castle Redmont’s Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger’s secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger’s weapons are not so useless after all…
A customer lent me this book and told me they have pretty much the whole series if I get into it (that’s like another eleven books!!!) I’m not making much of a dent in my to read pile at the moment because people keep lending me books! It’s a terrible complaint to have. Anyway this series is written for children so it shouldn’t take me all that long to get through it.
The story is about Will, one of Baron Arald’s wards. When a ward turns fifteen they are chosen to be an apprentice to one of the kingdom’s craftsmen. Wills life desire has been to be chosen for Battleschool to honour the father he never knew. However poor Will is the opposite of what Battleschool apprentices need to be. He is instead chosen to be a Ranger’s apprentice – and the mysterious and mythical Ranger Halt to be his mentor.
I really enjoyed the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series however I did find it very predictable and knew pretty much most of what was going to happen by the first few pages. I understand it is a children’s series however I do believe that the skill of the author is shown when they can write a children’s book and not only interest an adult but keep them guessing too. In saying that, the book was still very interesting and a pleasure to read.
The characters were a huge strong point for the book. Will was extremely likeable and you really wanted him to succeed. Halt is the mentor everyone wishes they had and you feel like Will isn’t the only one after his approval, but you yourself as well. The other characters were really well written, especially the ones that weren’t meant to be likeable. All of the characters evoked many different emotions and I was very much sucked in to their story.
I found the pace to be steady and your interest was held well.
The book deals with a few issues that children can relate to and I think it would really help them deal with any struggles that they might be facing.
I would definitely recommend this book for children and even adults if you like fantasy and adventure. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!