Tournament at GorlanBook - 2015
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
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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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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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