I love this series! It reminded me of both Eragon and Lord of the Rings, but simpler and shorter. You've got Will, a teen who is very honest and smart, and wants to be a warrior, but is just too small and scrawny. Luckily, he has just been chosen as an apprentice to the mysterious Rangers, who are masters of surveillance and stealth, protecting the kingdom by seeking out and fighting enemies in their own special ways. This interests Will, but he would much rather be a warrior with a large sword and fast horse than a Ranger, with a bow and arrows and two puny knives. As danger threatens the kingdom and Will travels afar with two more experienced Rangers, the fate of his mentor and the kingdom itself is suddenly in Will's hands. As he is pushed to the limits of his wits and skills, Will must decide if this is the life he wants, or if he will become a warrior and fulfill his lifelong dreams.
This series is action-packed, full of interesting weaponry and battle scenes but without the bloody violence of some warrior books. As a reader you come to know and like the characters, and Will's journey becomes your own. This book was hard to put down, and I can't wait to read and recommend the rest of the series to my students and Guys Read book clubs.