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Ranger's Apprentice 1 & 2 Bind Up: The Ruins of Gorlan & The Burning Bridge Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370332148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370332147
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 4.5 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A skilfully crafted fantasy tale with well-written and engaging characters" (Janet Sumner The School Librarian)

"Will's vivid world will entice fantasy readers who are drawn by the lure of high adventure carried out by believable, down-to-earth heroes" (Carolyn Phelan Booklist)

"A story which will have readers sitting on the edge of their seats" (Through the Looking Glass)

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A special gift collection of the first two books in the internationally bestselling Ranger's Apprentice series

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Imagine if the Rangers from "Lord of the Rings" took apprentices -- what kind of life would that be?

John Flanagan does a decent job answering the question in the first two books of the Ranger's Apprentice series, compiled in "Ranger's Apprentice 1 & 2: The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge." It's a solid duo of fantasy books with plenty of weapons, monsters, a medieval backdrop with some very familiar cultures, and a teenage hero who risks it all for his land.

Hoping to be selected for Battleschool, Will is shocked when he's chosen as an apprentice for the Ranger, Halt. His new life is out in the woods, doing chores and learning unglamorous lessons, but slowly he realizes the importance of the Ranger's skills. And at the same time, his fellow orphan Horace is being tormented at Battleschool by a gang of bullies.

Unfortunately, the kingdom is in new trouble -- the evil baron Morgarath is starting to send his monstrous Wurgals out once more, and there are even rumors that the ghastly Kalkara are also abroad. When it seems that the king himself may be Morgarath's target, Will and Halt are sent on a mission to stop the Kalkara -- except that the target isn't who they expect.

"The Burning Bridge" takes Will, Gilan and Horace out into the land of Celtica, only to find that the Wargals are swarming all over the place, and the Celts are missing. Even worse, the boys stumble across a tunnel and bridge meant to allow Morgarath's army out into the open -- and a vast collection of mercenary Skandians who have been hired to help crush the king's army. And to stop them,. Will may end up in the hands of his worst enemies.
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Lovely series of books the only ones my son will read so fantastic bargain for a great deal of pleasure all round
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HASH(0x91bfa87c) out of 5 stars The boy with the oak-leaf 9 Jan. 2012
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Imagine if the Rangers from "Lord of the Rings" took apprentices -- what kind of life would that be?

John Flanagan does a decent job answering the question in the first two books of the Ranger's Apprentice series, compiled in "Ranger's Apprentice 1 & 2: The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge." It's a solid duo of fantasy books with plenty of weapons, monsters, a medieval backdrop with some very familiar cultures, and a teenage hero who risks it all for his land.

Hoping to be selected for Battleschool, Will is shocked when he's chosen as an apprentice for the Ranger, Halt. His new life is out in the woods, doing chores and learning unglamorous lessons, but slowly he realizes the importance of the Ranger's skills. And at the same time, his fellow orphan Horace is being tormented at Battleschool by a gang of bullies.

Unfortunately, the kingdom is in new trouble -- the evil baron Morgarath is starting to send his monstrous Wurgals out once more, and there are even rumors that the ghastly Kalkara are also abroad. When it seems that the king himself may be Morgarath's target, Will and Halt are sent on a mission to stop the Kalkara -- except that the target isn't who they expect.

"The Burning Bridge" takes Will, Gilan and Horace out into the land of Celtica, only to find that the Wargals are swarming all over the place, and the Celts are missing. Even worse, the boys stumble across a tunnel and bridge meant to allow Morgarath's army out into the open -- and a vast collection of mercenary Skandians who have been hired to help crush the king's army. And to stop them,. Will may end up in the hands of his worst enemies.

The world John Flanagan conjures up here is pretty recognizably a medieval England-that-never-was, with hints of similarly semi-familiar lands to explore (Gallica, Temujai, Celtica, Skandia) and some nicely familiar weapons Except he also adds in some fantasy monsters, a complex backhistory to Araluen, and the elite woodland-warriors known as the Rangers.

The first half of "The Ruins of Gorlan" is a fairly slow experience, mostly made up of Will and Horace finding out what their new lives are all about (knife study, ponies, stew and tracking exercises). But then the plot speeds up into a darker, bloodier affair -- and by "Burning Bridge" it's expanded into a true epic with sabotage, clashing armies and a climactic duel.

And Flanagan has a knack for fast-moving, detailed prose and lots of suspenseful moments (such as the cat-and-mouse game with the Kalkara, or the infiltration of Morgarath's fortress). But there's a twist at the end of "Burning Bridge" that not many fantasy stories have, which will leave readers frantically scrabbling for the third book. Talk about cliffhangers.

Will is also an excellent hero in the Lloyd Alexander mold -- he dreams of being a valiant knight, but as he matures, he begins to see that the Rangers have a special value to the kingdom. Halt is quite the reverse -- quirky, taciturn and incredibly tough and deadly. And over the course of these books, he forms a sort of father-son relationship with Will and Horace.

The first two books in the "Ranger's Apprentice Collection" start off slow, but rapidly blossom into a solid, epic fantasy series full of kidnappings, monstrous enemies, and all-too-human characters. Definitely a good read... but have the third on hand.
HASH(0x91bfa8d0) out of 5 stars The book is still a wonderful read, detailed and full of adventure 4 Feb. 2016
By Melissa Shrewsberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Book is the UK version of the series and I noticed that it differs from the US copy in several ways ~ besides the different spelling between the two countries~ having read the US version before I realized 4 chapters are missing/not included/removed from the UK version. The Chapters about events occurring at Redmont, as 3 key figures moved throughout Celtia. I Also noticed that in the later portion of the series that when a major event ensues that compared to the US version, the UK version of the novel, Some Key maneuvering details were not present, the book still tells the events as they occur but this section when compared to the US version is sadly missing the specific details that are ever presently the foundation of the Ranger's Apprentice series, as it is the Ranger's responsibility to notice such details, on which and entire battle, or fate of a nation could cling.

The book is still a wonderful read, detailed and full of adventure, but It might be a good idea if possible to read both books both the UK and the US copy and then decide which book you would prefer to add to your collection. As I had read the US version and not the UK version I was unaware that there would be any differences between the two. I did not find any such previously mentioned "differences" between the two US and UK versions of the story within the first part of the book ("The Ruins of Gorlan") aside from the spelling differences between the two countries. The previously mentioned differences between the two novels are located in the second half of the book (" The Burning Bridge"). Differences may be there in the first book but I have not noticed them.
HASH(0x91bfabac) out of 5 stars great book!! 6 Mar. 2014
By myke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am buying young adult books for the library in our town. I wanted the books by John Flanagan- the rangers apprentice. This company had a two in one volume and I tried it. It came in wonderful shape and in a very short time. I would recommend this company to everyone.
HASH(0x91bfaaa4) out of 5 stars Ruins of Gorlan: and the Burning Bridge. 17 Sept. 2012
By Marindi Coward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely love these books. The Ranger' Apprentice series is a family favorite. Made sure we have the series in hard back so we can read them all again.
HASH(0x91bfe108) out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Feb. 2016
By ReviewLP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Exactly as described.
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