Will, a ward of castle Redmont, has always wanted to be a knight. But, he is rejected. Halt, the Ranger, accepts Will as his apprentice, and they train together. After some months of training, the two head for a gathering of the 50 Rangers of the kingdom, but the gathering is cut short, as rumors of war on the horizon have made themselves known. In the climax, Will brings aid to rescue Halt from certain doom. Of course, the war is yet to come, leaving room for sequels.
This book feels rather derivative. Of note, when discussing boar hunting, Halt describes a boar spear:
This sounded familiar, I thought. Not only did it sound familiar, I was pretty sure I knew where I'd heard it before--in The Once and Future King. For comparison, in T. H. White's book, boar hunting is described thus:
Well, if you'd asked me to describe boar hunting, I'd probably have said something very similar to this, too, but that's because the entirety of my knowledge of boar hunting comes from this segment of The Once and Future King. Flanagan hasn't exactly copied it, but I'd be highly surprised if he came up with that totally independently.