Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years Book 1: The Tournament At Gorlan
By John Flanagan
“A wise man once told me, don’t believe anything you hear until you’ve seen it with your own eyes.”
Now, guess who was the wise man? Guess what guess what? Halt it is!!!! Yeah!!! The prequel of Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years first book!!! So great!!! Unlike some of the series…which often tend to be overboarded…Ranger’s Apprentice connects every book wonderfully. When you was about to be bored with the plot…then, SMASH! The story will go to a complete different time, which makes you out of surprise! And now, we are about to witness one of the greatest battle in Araluen’s history, along with the most legendary heroes!!!
When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.
Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath’s scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the Prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.
Well, well…this is great! If you have read The Lost Stories before, you will know Halt and Crowley’s first acquaintance. This take place after Halt saved Crowley from Morgarath’s stupid fellows. Then, to save the kingdom, they set off together to find Prince Duncan. (It’s so strange to say “Prince Duncan” after all those time typing “King Duncan.”) Oh! And now Halt wasn’t a Ranger yet, he was just merely a Hibernian, escape from his country. As for why…I think you guys already know. So…I’m not going to explain here. In this story, almost all of the…umm…elder characters that appeared in Ranger’s Apprentice will appear. Like Halt, of course, Crowley, Duncan, Morgarath, Lord Arald… It’s so great to read the legendary people, long before all their apprentice and child was born. Some might say it wasn’t as interesting as Ranger’s Apprentice, but I think it’s good enough to read! (Like…I wasn’t really fond of Brotherband after the second book…) while we are used to Halt and Will’s way of life, the way Halt and Crowley treated each other was complete different. Besides, we seldom read Crowley in Ranger’s Apprentice, but he was in fact an interesting character, and I wish to know him more. Now, we have the chance! Books for Halt and Crowley! We can not only see how cunning Halt was, but also read how Crowley successful organize the Ranger Crop and teamed up every lost ranger. Also I was a but disappoint with twelfth book of Ranger’s Apprentice, but as soon as I finish this book, I remember all the moment when I fell in love with Ranger’s Apprentice series, and now The Early Years. All those happiness, laughing part still remains, and of course, adventures are well contained in the plots.
Going back to the cabin in the tree.
Going back to the creek beneath the hill.
There’s a girl used to live there when I left.
But I doubt she’ll be waiting for me still.
Never thought I’d be gone so many years.
When I left always planned that I’d return.
But time slips away before we know.
That’s just one more lesson that we learn.
I present you, the “Cabin In The Tree.”
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