The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1)
by John A. Flanagan
Harry Potter meets The Lord of the Rings: a fantasy adventure set in the medieval time. Will hopes to become a knight; instead, he winds up as a Ranger’s apprentice, joining the secretive corps that uses stealth, woodcraft, and courage to protect the kingdom. His aptitude and bravery gradually earn the respect of his gruff but good-hearted master. When the kingdom is attacked by evil magic forces, Will helps track down and defeat a couple of particularly nasty beasts.
Caution: Inappropriate language (damn), violence