They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing.
I’dseen this series recommended a few times but since I was suffering through one BookMooch search after another when I found a copy of this one, my ordering it was as much a mark of relief at being able to actually use one of my points than at my inclination to read it. As it happened, I then saw another positive review of it somewhere (I only wish I could remember where…) and it jumped up my list to read. Am I glad it did? Sort of…it’s worth mentioning that my personal luke warm feelings towards this book are no doubt a direct result of my age. It wasn’t for me, as such, but I can objectively appreciate that it would be perfect for younger readers.
Date finished: 22 March 2012
Genre: YA/Childrens; Fantasy; Adventure
Published: by Puffin in June 2006