The Ruins of Gorlan Book Review
The Ruins of Gorlan Book Review–Content Review:
-A couple uses each of h— and d—n
-While characters are wounded and get beat up, and (minor spoiler) a creature is set on fire (end spoiler), nothing is grotesquely described.
-The occasional reference to magic
-Some characters drink alcohol.
-Some intense moments with monsters that might scare younger readers, including a monster and a battle.
Plot and character driven, the pacing is intentional. Some might call this story boring, but in an age of teen books filled with angst and violence for its own sake, more plot twists than necessary, and writing trying too hard to be gritty, raw, relatable, and symbolic, Ruins of Gorlan is refreshingly simple.
Delightfully witty and humorous, this book has no agenda to push, only a story to tell. I caught myself caught up in the characters’ struggles and stories within the first few chapters.
While relatable, the main characters are still genuine and kind. The good guys may stumble, but in the end, they are honorable and pure-hearted. And in classic fantasy form, the bad guys are downright evil. Its simplicity does make me wonder if at some point the series will become formulaic and predictable (since it is a rather long series). But for now, I am eager to read the next installment.
A fun, (mostly) clean read, this book would be a great family read-aloud. I would also recommend it for lovers of middle-grade, and this series would definitely be engaging for boys – reluctant readers and otherwise. This series is also long enough (and with a couple of split-off series) that fans will have plenty to enjoy.
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