BOOK 1: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
The Burning Bridge description:
Bracing for a final clash with the evil warlord Morgarath, the Rangers rally the kingdom’s allies, and Will is chosen, along with his friend Horace, as special envoys to nearby Celtica. But the simple mission soon takes an unsettling turn – the Celticans have disappeared, their town abandoned. The scheming hand of Morgarath, it seems, has been far from idle. He has found a way to bring his legions over the once impassible eastern mountains and is planning to ambush the king’s army in a rout. Now with help many miles away, Will and Horace are the only ones standing in the way of the dark lord’s plans.They have shown great skill and courage in their training, but how will they fare in the face of true evil?
With bigger battles and higher stakes, John Flanagan’s epic adventure charges ahead with this rousing follow-up to The Ruins of Gorlan.
Even better than the first… You really get to see more of the world and get to know the characters as they prepare for war… Will and Horace are sent on what’s supposed to be a safe mission with Gilan to take a message to the King of the Celts(a neighboring country)… of course with that group nothing ever goes easy… what was supposed to be a safe journey went downhill quickly as they found everywhere deserted and a evil lurking in the mountainous terrain… Flanagan’s portrayal of their adventures and the fights was well written to the point that you felt like you were there and could see every swipe of the sword and every release of an arrow as it happened… this may be a young adult book but it definitely is not childish… I can’t help but already be starting the next book…