Among the 124 science fiction/fantasy books I read for the Cybils this past fall was Book Four of the Ranger's Apprentice, The Battle for Skandia. This action-packed adventure was my introduction to this best-selling series, an Australian import for middle-grade readers.
Book Six, The Siege of Macindaw, is coming out this summer, and to celebrate, Penguin is promoting the series with an eBook giveaway of Book One, The Ruins of Gorlan.
Here's the synopsis:
"They have always scared him in the past-the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . ."
You can read the book here until February 15, 2009! Free!
And just for kicks, here's the Australian cover, which I find a lot less scary...
I am looking forward to introducing my sons to these books when they are a bit older--this is a very boy-friendly series, full of action and adventure (although I think my middle-school self would have eaten up the series too). In fact, the books began as a series of short stories written by the author to encourage his son to read.
If you are looking forward to the next installment of Will's saga, please leave a comment by February 15 to win an ARC of The Siege of Macindaw!
And the winner is KT!