The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1 Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 11+

1st in popular series has positive characters, some battles.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 60 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 9+

Language Warning

We love the story. It is the story of an underdog who comes out on top. It has the child enemies who become best friends. However, be aware that their is a significant amount of language in the book.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
age 10+

Amazing!

I’ve been reading and rereading this series since I was 12! It never gets old!! It’s has great role models and filled with honor, honesty, and valor! It is a great read for any age, child, teen, or adult! (Does contain mild cursing and violence.)

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: John Flanagan
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • Publication date: July 19, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 249
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love fantasy and adventure

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate