Clear your schedule, because you won't be able to put this book down! Ranger's Apprentice is an amazing series, and The Ruins of Gorlan starts it all. John Flanagan manages to perfectly balance traveling, training, jokes, and combat without making you feel like the book is dragging on. Additionally, I enjoyed how you get to see an entire kingdom, including important meetings, diplomacy, battle school, and more through many likable characters you'll be rooting on the whole journey. I give this book a 5/5 and would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes fantasy or realistic fiction — Ranger's Apprentice is a blend of both!