In the past, I’ve put up posts about some of my favorite books/series, as well as some of the reasons my favorites are my favorites. I’ve also discussed in past posts about some of the books and series that are on my to-be-read list.
One of the series that I had listed on my to-be-read list was the Ranger’s Apprentice series.
This series has been on my to-be-read list for a while. I had started reading it when I was in middle school or early high school. And due to reasons at the time, I stopped reading part of the way through the third book.
And last month, I decided to start (re)reading this series because it was one that I felt the guiltiest for not reading. And I’m glad that I did pick it back up.
This series is becoming one of my favorites. In fact, it’s currently within my top two favorite series.
And there are quite a few reasons why.
- The characters. The characters are so deeply and richly written. They are relatable and their arcs are beautiful. I’ve gotten to see them grow up, or grow older. And I’ve seen them develop as human beings. They’ve grown on me. I feel sad for them. I cheer for them. I share life with them.
- The relationships. The characters themselves are beautiful, and their relationships add so much to this. This is especially the case between Halt and Will, Will and Horace, Halt and Horace, Will and Alyss, Evanlyn and the crew, the Skandians and the Araluens, so on and so forth. And the way that Flanagan has written these relationships makes the series even better. I’ve been heartbroken for these relationships. I’ve been happy for these relationships. These are simply relationships that I enjoy. Especially the banter between them.
- The help. This series has helped me through an iffy period in my life. A period where my mind is working against me and my anxiety is making itself so very known. But this series is here. I can open the pages and I’m transported to be among this great group of characters. These characters and their adventures are helping me to cope with something that is incredibly difficult for me to deal with. They help me to get away. They help me to smile and laugh. They help me to feel. And I’ll hold them in a special place in my heart for that.
It’s because of these things (and maybe more) that these books have gained a place of honor on my bookshelves.
They’re helping me in ways I don’t thin I expected when I picked up the first book. But I think the younger version of me was onto something because I asked for most of these books (and the prequel and companion series) when I initially started reading them.
But regardless, I’d recommend reading these books. They’re a somewhat easy read, even though there are some dark themes within the series. But, they also provide good role models. And they have humor in them as well.
Do you have a book or series that has helped you in similar ways as Ranger’s Apprentice has me? Let me know in the comments!