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Publisher's Summary

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.

This origin story brings listeners to a time before Will was an apprentice and lays the groundwork for the epic battles that will culminate with The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge - books 1 and 2 of the Ranger's Apprentice series.

©2015 John A. Flanagan (P)2015 Listening Libarary

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Another Great Book!

A great listen for any fans of John Flanagan, as good as any of his other books. In regards to the extra audio between chapters 5 and 6 that others have commented on, Audible have been contacted and made aware of the issue. There is nothing missing from John's book and it is likely Audible will just contact the publisher for a corrected version very soon.

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Mistake in recording

This would have 5 stars from me, but there seems to be a mistake in the recording somewhere around chapter 6.

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Our family loves John Flanagan's books, and this new series promises to be just as beloved. I'm enjoying getting to know a young Crowly, and my 12 yo says Flanagan's descriptions of dinners make him hungry.

John Keating is one of my favorite readers and is an excellent fit for Flanagan's style.

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great story as always, but why is there 9 minutes of another story and narrator?

fans of John Flanagan's ranger's apprentice series will love going back to the beginning to discover how the Lord of rain and night came to be. My niece got me into reading Flanagan's work a few years ago. the stories focus upon issues of growing up and becoming a person of strong integrity and character in a world that rarely rewards such traits. I do highly recommend this story and all other books by this author. although, I must state in my audio copy there was about 9 minutes between chapter 5 an chapter6 that was from a completely different book and narrater that had no connection to this book. Audible please fix this error. despite this technical problem, I would recommend this book as a great family long drive listen. this is a clean story an parents just might find the story more engrossing than the kids do.

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I love these books!!

the whole series has been exciting and fun to read. they make great books for all ages.

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A First

My first from this author. Very pleased with the story line. I think Keating does an excellent job of communication.

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Just Under Young Adult

Would you listen to The Tournament at Gorlan again? Why?

It was written for a preteen crowd

Would you be willing to try another book from John A. Flanagan? Why or why not?

Maybe

Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Love John Keatings work and yes, I would

Any additional comments?

Overall, I am a fan of the Young Adult book world. This was more geared to a VERY young teen crowd. While very descriptive and had good use of vocabulary, it was a little to basic in story line. The villain seemed based on the Loard Farquaad from Shrek

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Family favorite

Finally! A series that all ages will enjoy reading. Don't miss reading these wonderful books!

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Best book ever

I think it is an awesome book and that everyone should read it . It was the best book I have

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Sad it's at an end

This has been the best series. My whole family has come to love all the characters in The Rangers Apprentice. Truly sad it has ended. But looking forward to The Brother Band. Thanks John F for your stories. And John K is our favorite reader. Very gifted & convincing.

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Fugitive Rangers Outwit the Dark Lord

Good narration. Told in 3rd person, this espionage-adventure story takes place in roughly the year 590 in mythical old England, which is called Araluen (France is Gallica, Scandinavia/Norway is Skandia, Ireland is Hibernia, Scotland is Picta, etc).

This prequel book is set in the past, about 16 years before young Will meets his mentor Halt in Ranger's Apprentice The Ruins of Gorlan. This book should be read after Ranger's Apprentice, The Lost Stories collection. Particularly it comes after the short story where a younger Halt meets Crowley.

Here we meet the old heroes when they were young men and women, back when Araluen was on the brink of destruction. Although the fugitive rangers are few in number and decommissioned of authority, they confront the treacherous Morgarath, Baron of the beautiful Gorlan Fief. There are heartwarming scenes, grim battle scenes, light-hearted dialogue, clever strategy, and a hint of romance.

Nice (and funny) scene when Halt meets Bob Saddler, horse trainer -- even though the description of Bob's house (and family) drastically differs from that given in Ruins of Gorlan. There is also new info regarding breeding and lineage for ranger horses.

Flanagan writes several scenes of food roasting over a campfire (so much that I got hungry). Maybe he wrote too many food and coffee scenes, but I felt they added a nice counterpoint, given how cold, wet, and hungry the homeless rangers are. Nothing like a shared campfire and a brace of roasted murphies to inspire esprit de corps. But I balk at the rangers having vinegar, oil, and butter in their pack.

Protagonists include Halt, Crowley, Berrigan the ranger troubadour from The Sorcerer in the North, Prince Duncan, Baron Arald, Pauline Delacy, and several more rangers.

Flanagan appeals to adults but is kid-safe, too. No sex or cursing. The plots are not terribly complex, and much of the action is telegraphed in advance, to some extent. Lots of good vocabulary / word choices and some clever word puns.