YMMV / Ranger's Apprentice

  • Adult Fear: The Storyman would fully embody this trope... if he wasn't even more terrifying for the children.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Skandians. For a people that started off as just an Always Chaotic Evil Viking Expy, they end up getting a ton of focus. And the sequel series actually takes place there.
  • Fridge Horror: Warmweed is extremely addictive and essentially mindwipes its users, and was apparently distributed to every Skandian yardslave for years. Look how long it took Will to break free after only a few weeks of usage. For that time, he was more or less a zombie. It isn't a stretch to say that a few years of usage would be enough to induce that state permanently. And, I repeat, it was distributed to every Skandian yardslave.
    • Of course, as a yardslave you are very unlikely to last more than a month, let alone a year, but the Warmweed makes it worse by taking away every chance of recovery.
  • Growing the Beard: The series becomes increasingly well-written, original, and funny - with a major leap in stylistic quality between books six and seven.
  • Narm: The Kalkara. They're actually described in-universe as bear assassins.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Warmweed. This is a plant that essentially mindwipes you after a few doses, is apparently quite common and easy to get, and was distributed to most of the Skandian yard slaves for a very long time.
  • Shown Their Work: Most of the author's explanations on archery, culture and battle tactics is generally correct, if occasionally somewhat simplistic. But it crosses into Nightmare Fuel when he writes a chillingly accurate portrayal of exactly what it's like to virtually die of dehydration, and just how easily it can happen to anyone who doesn't know the desert.
  • Tear Jerker: The Royal Ranger book begins with a time skip in which a lot of things have changed. Starting with Alyss being dead.