The Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
This is the first of a YA fantasy series. It’s about Will, an orphaned ward of the baron who is apprenticed to a ranger, which is kind of like a spy. His wardmate Horace, a warrior-in-training, provides a subplot about bullying. The climax shows Will and his master taking down ape-like assassin monsters. The entire kingdom will soon be engulfed in a war when the evil Morgarath attacks.
The book did not capture my interest. It seemed bland and cliched. Nothing was even slightly surprising about it. It seemed more appropriate for the juvenile stacks than YA. It was only 249 pages, but seemed too long. I’m passing on the later books in the series.