The Ranger's Apprentice: Book 1 The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
The Ruins of Gorlan is the first book in John Flanagan's The Ranger's Apprentice series. I believe book 10 in the series is coming out this May, so I have a lot left to read in the series, but I love it and am hooked. My 10-year-old daughter has read all 9 in the series, and she loved them, and has requested number 10 for her upcoming birthday! What a great adventure series for young adults and adults! It is set in a mid-evil time period, and Will is an orphan living under the Baron's protection. It has come to the day when each of the orphans are chosen to be an apprentice of some kind. Will knows nothing about his parents, but he believes his father was a great knight that died fighting for his king, so Will hopes and prays that he gets to be an apprentice to the Battle School so he can one day become a Knight. Things do not go the way Will expected on his apprentice day. Halt is a Ranger--a member of a strange and quite group that serves the King. Some think they carry mysterious magic, but others know they are amazing and brave spies for the king. Halt chooses Will as his Ranger's apprentice, and it turns Will's life around. He learns to accept his new lot in life, flourishes there and even saves the day. I would highly recommend this series. Check them out.