It’s been a while since I did one of these posts and today seemed like a good day to do one on another of my favorite authors and literary heroes, John Flanagan.
This past month I’ve read three of his books, which you can read my reviews of them on my “book reviews” page. They were awesome and delightful reads that made me an even bigger fan of Flanagan’s. So because I’ve praised John Flanagan and his books a lot already on this blog, I’ll do my best to reign in my inner fangirl and keep things short.
Booklist proclaimed of The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice, book 1), “The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story.” The originality of Flanagan’s stories is one of the things that makes his books so fantastic to read. It showcases how talented a writer he is.
One thing I love about Flanagan’s books that makes them pleasantly original is the level of authenticity. The world in which the characters reside in feels very real. Everything appears believable due to the abundance of details that bring the story to life. In the Ranger’s Apprentice series, Flanagan is meticulous in his descriptions of the training regime and weapons of the Ranger Corps and Battleschool. For example, the longbow favored by rangers is not just a point-and-shoot weapon, but one that takes strength, a keen eye, and precision to master. The setting of the Brotherband Chronicles is Skandia, a country whose people engage daily in seafaring. Because of that, Flanagan uses many sailing terms, including a glossary of terms which immerses readers in the world of Skandia. Readers will enjoy how authentic these well-written books and learn something along the way.
“Flanagan’s characters are well-developed, and readers will appreciate the humorous quirks of Hal’s group of misfits. This coming-of-age tale, with themes of self-worth and redemption, will be welcomed by fans of the “Ranger’s Apprentice” series, as well as by any reader who enjoys a rollicking adventure on land and sea.” – Magi Evans, Children’s Literature; on The Outcasts
Flanagan’s book are home to some of my favorite literary characters. There is the brave and agile Will, the calm and pragmatic Halt, the boisterous but level-headed Erak, and the intelligent and clever Hal. Each one is lovable and entertaining and it’s been a pleasant journey to get to know them. I think anyone who reads these series will fall in love with them just as deeply as I have.
If you are looking for a series that takes you on wild adventures following likable and charismatic characters, then the Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband Chronicles series are just for you. They are the perfect YA reads for young adults and up.
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