If it is approached as a unique new adventure in the paradigm of the original series, it is likely to disappoint.
This fictional, conflicted world provides little merit for readers of any age. I recommend passing on The Unwanteds series in favor of others.
If parents are looking for a story that will present a heroic role model for their boys to imitate, this is not the series for them.
This is the moral message of the book … don’t just think of yourself, don’t just let everyone do everything for you, combine self-reliance with care for others.
In marketing terms, the books are brilliant, but like Artemis’s supposed wit, the brilliance is mostly superficial.
For younger readers, the experience of wonder and contemplation that the book provokes is enough to award it a place on any recommended reading list.
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In the years following the defeat and exile of the evil Morgarath, a young man discovers who he is, and the important role he will play in the world. The Ruins of Gorlan, Book I of John Flanagan’s popular Ranger’s Apprentice series, follows Will, an orphaned ward of the Castle Redmont, as he and several of his friends cross over from childhood to youth. In Araluen, youth is a time of apprenticeship for adulthood, and that means taking on challenging and meaningful duties. In the course of the story, Will not only learns who…