Tournament at Gorlan

Tournament at Gorlan

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From John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice --t he first in a new prequel series featuring one of our favorite Rangers, Halt!

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 readers 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.

Praise for the New York Times bestselling Tournament at Gorlan

* "Action and intrigue, great characters, and a properly scary villain make this book an absolute necessity for any library. With appeal for both boys and girls, libraries can anticipate a waiting list for this title and great anticipation for the sequel."- School Library Connection , starred review

"Flanagan's familiar mix of action, humor, and cliff-hanger endings will have fans and newbies hooked."- School Library Journal
Publisher: New York :, Philomel Books,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780399163616
Branch Call Number: YA FLA
Characteristics: 364 pages : map ; 24 cm.

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jonas2005
Feb 21, 2017

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maggiewilson11
Oct 27, 2016

I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED THIS IS THE BOOK IVE WAITED FOR MY ALL MY MOMENTS SINCE I HEARD THIS WAS A BOOK.

I BET YOU THOUGHT I WAS GONNA SAY ALL MY LIFE WERENT YOU? WERE YOU THINKING THAT? YES. YES YOU WERE

SPL_Childrens Jun 22, 2016

John Flanagan's Ranger Apprentice books have been enjoyed by countless readers. His new book, "The Tournament at Gorlan", is the first title in a new series entitled "Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years". The series is a set of prequel stories set a generation earlier than the original books - a time before Halt became an experienced Ranger and before Will was an apprentice.
Please see the "Summary" section for a full review, which appeared in the Stratford Gazette in May 2016.

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dixiedog
Apr 12, 2016

This was my 18th John Flanagan book and regretfully I cannot say that I enjoyed it as much as the previous 17. If you are a fan of his books, it will be acceptable to excellent. My son, who has read the ‘Ranger’s Apprentice Series’ at least 3 times thought it was excellent. I do however look forward the rest of the prequel series. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

CMLReads_Kristin Mar 30, 2016

Fans of Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series will love finding out what Halt was like when he was young. An excellent start to this prequel series with all the elements that made the original series so entertaining. Lots of witty banter, clever escapes, and sword fighting action!

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Dixiedog2
Jan 02, 2016

All those moms and dads out there take note - John Flanagan’s books are to young readers today what the following books were to our grandparents and parents of yesteryear: Eric Knight’s - ‘Lassie Come Home’ (1940), Jim Kjelgaard’s – ‘Big Red’ (1945) and ‘Fire Hunter’ (1951), Wilson Rawls’ - ‘Where The Red Fern Grows’ (1961), and Betsy Byars - ‘My Dog My Hero’ (2000). Flanagan’s books are ideal to get young boys and girls 8 to 13 years of age - reading.

I cannot imagine how many emails and letters John Flanagan received from his fans to give us more of: Will, Halt, Horace, Alyss, and the rest of the cast from The Ranger’s Apprentice series. The Tournament at Gorlan - Ranger’s Apprentice – The Early Years may omit some of our favourite characters, but Halt, Crowley and Morgrath are there and this book does not disappoint. Rated five stars plus by Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! Taylor A.

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Ericwu1
Nov 05, 2015

where's will?!

I can't wait for this book!!! More Halt? Absolutely!!!!!!!!!!!

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Peep1900
Oct 06, 2015

at first I was disappointed because I thought it was about Halt as an apprentice... BUT as the story got farther along, this immediately became my second favorite rangers apprentice book in the series! Definitely worth the read! Can't wait to see what John Flanagan has in store for us next!

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Peep1900
Dec 05, 2015

Halt: We need to elect a leader....otherwise we are like a band of headless chickens.

Leander: But dangerous chickens nonetheless!

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Peep1900
Dec 05, 2015

Halt: "I got your pony for you"
Ranger: "Thanks. You didn't try to mount him did you?"
Halt: "No, why would I do that?"
Ranger: *grinning* "Never mind."

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SPL_Childrens Jun 22, 2016

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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SPL_Childrens Jun 22, 2016

The "Tournament at Gorlan" is the first installment in a new series, “Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years”, a set of prequel stories which are set a generation earlier than the original Ranger’s Apprentice books - a time before Halt became an experienced Ranger and before Will was an apprentice.
The Tournament at Gorlan finds the Kingdom of Araluen’s most powerful knight, the ambitious Baron Morgarath, scheming to steal the throne. To do so, he has been disbanding the Rangers (the most powerful force supporting the King) in order to weaken their considerable influence in the kingdom. The Baron has replaced them with a number of dishonest bandits who have been raiding the countryside.
Halt and Crowley, two young Rangers, meet, become friends, and travel north to Prince Duncan, hoping that a royal warrant will stop Morgarath before it is too late. On the way they recruit any of the former Rangers who will help their cause. However, Morgarath’s plans are much more advanced that they had suspected. In fact, Prince Duncan and his father, King Oswald, have been imprisoned by the treacherous Morgarath, who has somehow won the trust and admiration of the influential Council of Barons.
The action builds towards the climax of the book, the annual tournament at Gorlan, in which Morgarath, Prince Duncan and many others meet to fight in a series of decisive duels.
With the open-ended conclusion to this book, as well as the fast-paced action, intrigue, suspense, skillful characterization and touches of humor, readers will eagerly anticipate the next title in the series.
The Tournament of Gorlan successfully retains the flavor and spirit of the original Ranger’s Apprentice books, introduces various characters and sets the groundwork for John Flanagan’s later, well-loved tales.
** Recommended for ages 11 years and up.

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