Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: The Ruins of Gorlan

Will is small, scrawny, and orphaned.  When he turns fifteen and is chosen as a Ranger's apprentice, he's not sure what to think.  The Rangers are eerie, shadowy, mysterious; there are rumors that they practice dark magic.  Will's new master, Halt, is an abrupt and cynical man who makes Will work hard, but still quickly earns his respect.

Will isn't going to have a peaceful career, however.  The exile, Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, has been plotting his revenge for fifteen years now.  With the aid of terrifying supernatural creatures, he's poised to destroy Will's homeland...

Entertainment: ★★★★

I liked this book.  I don't think it's going to be an enduring favorite or anything, but it was certainly enjoyable.

Plot: ★★★

Okay, so, it's a little predictable.  Maybe even a lot predictable.  But it's fast-paced and interesting, enough that it nearly made up for the predictability.  Also, I was a little confused as to why the side story of Horace took up a good third of the book, instead of staying a small side story, but whatever.  It was an interesting side story.

Characters: ★★★★

Halt was quite well done, I thought.  Will and Horace were decent, as were most of the side characters, but Halt really stole the show.

Writing: ★★★★

I liked the description and I loved the "narration voice."

End Result: four stars.

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