Ok Game of Thrones isn’t really my thing, I don’t usually enjoy that much graphic content. At least from what I’ve seen of the TV series. But A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms seems to be the kinda thing I might like. Even if I don’t read the books, you can still review the A Song of Fire and Ice Series.
Based on your review I went ahead and read the Ruins of Gorlan of the Ranger’s Apprentice Series. I started reading about 2 weeks ago and now I’m done book 12 if that gives you any hints of how I have liked it. But now onto the actual reply.
Please note I have added a SPOILERS disclaimer, in order to provide a more in depth look at the book. If you have not read this book I would recommend you do so before continuing on.
Ok first off I’m a little disappointed that you barely mentioned Horace. As Will’s childhood bully who turns out to be a pretty good guy. I was really worried that he was going to turn into a villain. Which looking back would be very interesting.
The relationship between Will and Halt in this book is almost nephew to uncle. Not the father -son role we see in later books. Which I like, surrogate fathers in books is really over used.
Really this isn’t a fantasy book at all. The only supernatural experiences you encounter are the mind control of the of the warguls, the presence of unique creatures like the kalkara and warguls, the near superhuman archery and other ranger skills, and the level of training and intelligence of the ranger horses. Honestly the rangers shoot arrows faster than many semi automatic firearms. Let alone the uncanny accuracy over long ranges.
All in all I really liked this book and all the rest of the Ranger’s Apprentice Series. I would even say that I loved the books while reading them. A strong recommendation for any 5th or 6th grade boy or older. But a forewarning after I finished the series I felt disappointed. In how everyone just becomes friends, in how nice and good the world is. But mostly because after this book you learn more about the world and it is basically a ripoff of the real world. It made the whole thing feel kinda empty.
I’m interested to hear your views on the series as a whole.