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"The Ruins of Gorlan" by John Flanagan, Prologue–Chapter 2

June 11, 2019
In the first book of the Ranger's Apprentice series, Will is chosen to train as a Ranger and prepare for battle with the evil Morgarath.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Prologue–Chapter 2, Chapters 3–7, Chapters 8–13, Chapters 14–21, Chapters 22–26, Chapter 27–Epilogue
sheer
This was all that was left to him now—a jumble of rugged granite cliffs, tumbled boulders and icy mountains. Of sheer gorges and steep narrow passes. Of gravel and rock, with never a tree or a sign of green to break the monotony.
monotony
This was all that was left to him now—a jumble of rugged granite cliffs, tumbled boulders and icy mountains. Of sheer gorges and steep narrow passes. Of gravel and rock, with never a tree or a sign of green to break the monotony.
fief
Even though it had been fifteen years since he had been driven back into this forbidding realm that had become his prison, he could still remember the pleasant green glades and thickly forested hills of his former fief.
guttural
Morgarath watched them for a few seconds, listening to the guttural, rhythmic chant that accompanied all their movements.
misshapen
They were stocky, misshapen beings, with features that were halfway human, but with a long, brutish muzzle and fangs like a bear or a large dog.
susceptible
As a result, they had been totally susceptible to domination by a superior intelligence and willpower.
tourney
Now, looking at them, he remembered the brightly dressed knights in glittering armor who used to compete in tourneys at Castle Gorlan, their silk-gowned ladies cheering them on and applauding their skills.
baron
He had planned it all carefully as the old king’s sickness progressed, banking on the indecision and confusion that would follow his death to split the other barons and give Morgarath his opportunity to seize the throne.
rite
Then, in the days of confusion and grief following the king’s death, when the barons traveled to Castle Araluen for the funeral rites, leaving their armies leaderless, he had attacked, overrunning the southeastern quarter of the kingdom in a matter of days, routing the confused, leaderless forces that tried to oppose him.
ford
But then one of those gray-cloaked meddlers known as Rangers led a force of heavy cavalry across a secret ford ten kilometers upstream.
complacent
His spies told him the kingdom had grown slack and complacent and his presence here was all but forgotten.
fractious
The name Morgarath was a name of legend nowadays, a name mothers used to hush fractious children, threatening that if they did not behave, the black lord Morgarath would come for them.
gangly
He was a thin, gangly and studious boy, fascinated by rules and regulations and with a penchant for examining and debating both sides of any question—sometimes at great length.
penchant
He was a thin, gangly and studious boy, fascinated by rules and regulations and with a penchant for examining and debating both sides of any question—sometimes at great length.
wry
In spite of himself, a wry smile touched Will’s mouth.
apprentice
“He ought to be nervous!” Horace scoffed. “After all, which Craftmaster is going to want him as an apprentice?”
pretense
Her pretense that she was nervous about the following day, and her tact in refraining from pointing out Horace’s gaffe, showed that she was already a diplomat of some skill.
tact
Her pretense that she was nervous about the following day, and her tact in refraining from pointing out Horace’s gaffe, showed that she was already a diplomat of some skill.
gaffe
Her pretense that she was nervous about the following day, and her tact in refraining from pointing out Horace’s gaffe, showed that she was already a diplomat of some skill.
dint
Ordinarily, craft apprentices were selected by dint of their parents' occupations or influence with the Craftmasters.
smug
Horace caught his eye now and gave him a smug smile.
wiry
Where Horace was tall and muscular, Will was small and wiry.
anteroom
In the anteroom outside, Will heard the parting sally and felt blood flush to his cheeks.
succumb
Alyss’s mother, devastated by her loss, succumbed to a fever some weeks after giving birth.
smolder
The torches burnt down to smoldering husks and were replaced at midnight by the change of watch.
willowy
Alyss finally elected to lead the way, as Will had guessed she would. The others followed the willowy blonde girl.
zeal
Sometimes his secretary’s zeal on these occasions could be a little overwhelming.
precedence
The Craftschool heads entered the room in no particular order of precedence.
emblazon
Tall and broad-shouldered like the Baron, he wore the standard battledress of chain mail shirt under a white surcoat emblazoned with his own crest, a scarlet wolfshead.
harry
He had earned that crest as a young man, fighting the wolfships of the Skandian sea raiders who constantly harried the kingdom’s east coast.
keen
He had keen brown eyes, strong, muscular forearms and heavy wrists.
confidant
Baron Arald regarded her abilities highly and she was one of his close confidants and advisers.
sheaf
Martin nodded several times, consulted a sheaf of notes he held in one hand and marched to confront the line of candidates.
unfathomable
He looked up and actually started with surprise as he met the dark, unfathomable gaze of Halt, the Ranger.
mottled
Now he stood behind the Baron's chair and slightly to one side, dressed in his usual brown and gray clothes and wrapped in his long, mottled gray and green Ranger’s cloak.

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