Friday, November 5, 2010

The Ruins of Gorlan-John Flanagan

The book surprised me.  I can say that much up front.  I have been wondering what it was all about for nearly a year.  Recently I won a book from Jacob Parker which happened to be the third book in the series.  I decided I wouldn't start a series on the third book, and I didn't want to have a book sitting on the shelf unread so I got the first from the library.  Boring story huh?  Anyway...

The Rangers, with their shadowy ways, have always made him nervous.  And now fifteen-year-old Will has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice.  But what he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom who will fight the battles before the battles reach the people.  And there is a large battle brewing.  The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom.  This time he will not be denied.

My Take:
I was disappointed.  The book had a lot of potential, yet it failed to deliver. 
What was perhaps my biggest issue with this book was the setting.  In essence it was a great setting, but like I said, it failed to deliver.  The author failed to make me love the world.  This resulted in me not really caring when Morgarath attacked, or was preparing, to attack.  I don't really care much if he wins.  That may sound shallow, but it's the sad truth.
When it came to characters, he failed as well.  They seemed shallow and clichéd.  I did, however, develop a great bond with Will's horse, Tug.  I also liked Halt, even though his characteristics were somewhat cliché as well. 
Besides that there were problems with the story ending feeling too conclusive and not exactly leaving the reader dying to read the next book and also many technical issues with the writing, primarily the P.O.V. that bugged me.  I honestly have no idea whether I will continue reading the series or not.
My Rating:  Two Pens