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The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by John Flanagan

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For years, the Kingdom of Araluen has prospered, with the evil lord Morgarath safely behind the impassable mountains. For years, its people have felt secure. but the scheming hand of the dark lord has not been idle. . . . on a special mission for the rangers, will and his friend Horace, an apprentice knight, travel to a neighboring village and discover the unsettling


For years, the Kingdom of Araluen has prospered, with the evil lord Morgarath safely behind the impassable mountains. For years, its people have felt secure. but the scheming hand of the dark lord has not been idle. . . . on a special mission for the rangers, will and his friend Horace, an apprentice knight, travel to a neighboring village and discover the unsettling truth: All the villagers have either been slain or captured. but why? Could it be that Morgarath has finally devised a plan to bring his legions over the supposedly insurmountable pass? if so, the king's army is in imminent danger of being crushed in a fierce ambush. And will and Horace are the only ones who can save them.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
The six page prologue reintroduces the main characters—Halt, the senior ranger, and Will, the apprentice ranger—as they continue their search for the Wargals that fight for Morgarath. This long-awaited sequel to The Ruins of Gorlan will not disappoint the reader. Halt and Will engage in battle with the small-brained Wargals who are more beast than man and are completely controlled by Morgarath. As a secret plot is revealed to them, they strike out to deliver news of the threat to the king. In the process, Will and Halt receive orders to pursue separate journeys and Will's new company is an old enemy now considered a friend—the young warrior Horace. The senior member of this new party is Gilan, a young Ranger with an enormous talent for strategy and battle. In the ensuing adventure, Gilan and his charges will rescue a young damsel in distress, continue to train for battle, and discover some alarming changes in the original battle plan that was delivered to the king. Gilan's decision to leave the three young charges on their own and continue quickly to the king, brings disastrous results. Young Will determines to remain loyal to the king and to his mentor Halt, the Ranger. Will and Horace will develop a deep and abiding friendship and both Will and Horace will be called on to demonstrate their courage. The story ends leaving the reader begging for the next book. This is an enticing new series that will capture the imagination of both boys and girls in the middle school range who are looking for fantasy selections. From the "Ranger's Apprentice" series.
Much like its predecessor's jumpstart prologue, this sequel leaps into action as if there is no time to waste, picking right up where Ruins of Gorlan (Philomel, 2002/VOYA December 2005) left off. Halt and Will are tracking Wargals, war is pending, and Morgarath is gathering followers. Fans will recall that Wargals are bad, Morgarath is worse, and Halt and Will are sort of reconnaissance/messenger/foresters in a medieval-styled fantasy world on the brink of civil war. Will, having earned a silver oak leaf, is now entrusted with traveling as emissary to Celtica and gets mixed up in the middle of solving the mystery of why miners have gone missing. Is it part of Morgarath's evil plan? New characters are introduced, each as delightfully complex as the last. Will, Horace, and Alyss mature, and Evanlyn, a rescued refugee is an interesting addition. Halt remains gruff and unintentionally humorous. Honing new skills such as knife combat and near misses with arrows make for exciting scenes. Details are carefully placed, and clues to the denouement are mentioned early. Politics and geography play noticeably larger roles in this book, resulting in a deeper and richer story: Military success hinges on the control of a specific narrow mountain pass. The book's title and fiery cover give away the climatic ending, and occasionally the plot's direction is too obvious, but a surprise twist will keep readers on pins and needles waiting for the next book. Purchase this one where book one was popular. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Philomel, 259p.,Ages 11 to 15.
—Beth Gallaway
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-In the second volume in this series, apprentice Ranger Will becomes involved once again in the war against the evil Morgarath. When he joins what should be a simple envoy mission, he and his companions realize that they are the only ones who know the extent of Morgarath's duplicity, and it's up to them to save the kingdom. Will and his friend Horace, along with noblewoman-in-disguise Evanlyn, make a dangerous journey and discover that Wargals, Morgarath's mindless warriors, are infiltrating their kingdom, and their brave actions at the "burning bridge" of the title lead to Will's and Evanlyn's capture and much room for sequels. Will's initial doubts and learning process add reality to his character, but his exploits never achieve true immediacy. Background characters are generally flat, though touches of humor add spice to the narrative. Flanagan creates a well-realized picture of life on the trail and its hardships, but his battles and their resolution seem almost too easy. Fans of the first volume will enjoy this adventure, but readers new to the series may not share their excitement.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
More absorbing, straight-arrow adventures set in the medieval, alternate world kingdom of Araluen and featuring the three apprentices introduced in The Ruins of Gorlan (2005). As the brutish wargals of Morgorath, Lord of Rain and Night, gather for an invasion, deft young Will and his strapping friend Horace discover that Morgorath has planned a complex feint that, unless scotched, will spell doom for the armies of Araluen. The third apprentice, diplomat-in-training Alyss, is relegated to a subplot in this outing, but is sure to play larger roles in future episodes. Flanagan explains more than he needs to but propels the plot forward at a heady clip, stirring in live-wire characters who are still learning the finer points of their assigned professions but prove equal to each challenge they face. He also adds to the company a young fugitive who is far more than the lady's maid she claims to be, and closes with the requisite battle, a breathtaking single combat-and a dismaying lead-in to the next episode. It all adds up to a winning formula that should prove out to a long, steady run for this above average series. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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Turtleback Books
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5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
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10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John's assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting. After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years. John began writing Ranger's Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

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The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 870 reviews.
Dojin More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. It was exciting, thrilling, and interesting from page one to the ending. My favorite character is Halt although I adore Will and Horace. Halt is a caring and good teacher. He is patient with Will and supports his growth as an individual. Will goes on simple mission with Gilan, who is Halt's former apprentice. Only the simple mission turns out to be anything but complicated!! There is a part in the story where Halt, who is in a bad mood, misses Will. So he is assigned to escort Alyss on a diplomatic mission. The interaction between these two characters is a delight to read. The ending with the bridge is awesome and well worth reading the book. I really enjoyed all the excitment. Well done, Mr. Flanagan!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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noblemanME More than 1 year ago
Excellent series, well written. Vivid description allows you to see what the character sees. Story moves along well and difficult to put down. Good follow-up from book 1. Looking forward to the next in series. Recommended to other young readers (5th grade and up or very strong younger reader. Lessons in hope, dedication, learning by watching, and friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it three times before putting it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very fast paced at times and sets a path for Will's maturity. It increased Will's relationship with his friend Horace, as well as letting readers know more about the youngest ranger in the corps, Gilan. Gilan, Horace, and Will travel to the often peaceful lands of Celtica. They are sent to deliver a diplomatic message to the allied kingdom of Celtica from Araulen. Along the way, they run into areas that are usually filled with many Celts. But now the lands are mysteriously empty. Now the three heroes find out what is going on in these empty lands. All the while, the kingdom of Araluen must prepare for an incoming invasion of wargles. Morgawraths last onslaught will decide the outcome of Araluen and its people. On a scale of 1-10 this book is easily a 9. I highly recommend that others read this book as well, especially after reading the Ruins of Gorlan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked up the first book, I expected it to be interesting but I had no idea it was going to blow me away like it did. I read it in one day and went to barnes and noble the very next day to get the second book. I was so impressed with the writing style, the plot, the characters, and some of the dialogue even made me laugh out loud (a HUGE feat for a book). I'm definatly a critic when it comes to books but I can't find any flaws in this series. In fact, these books are SO good that I'm having trouble deciding whether I should spend my money on the seventh harry potter book or the third book in 'The Ranger's Apprentice'. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE THIRD BOOK!!! THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANY FANTASY LOVER!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS GREAT!! Kind of a slow start, and the title is influenced too early, but STILL!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book great charaters great story
Guest More than 1 year ago
This thriller of a book is one of the best reads I've had this fall. It took me no more than two days to read it. Once you get into the story it gets very exciting. The reason I liked this book better than The Ruins of Gorlan is because this book had a large, openfielded battle which slightly reminded me of a certain Battle of Pellanor Fields in The Return of the King. Nevertheless, this book had it all, and I reccomend it to ages 11+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book alway surprises you and it is not copyed from lord of the rings!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just LOVE this series. This book is one of favorites out of all of them though. The best quote of the book is from Gilan who is asked by Will and Horace what to do if your be charged by an axman, your bowstring is broken, and your on the edge of a cliff with nowhere to run and hide. His responce is "Jump off the cliff. It'll be less messy that way."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book series is one of the best series I have ever read! Once you finish the 'Rangers apprentice', be sure to read the brotherband chronicles!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suprisingly John has improved even though i thought he was already at the top he flew higher. Very amazing and John has put in some new tactics for the young heros to use and eventually save their lives. I am also suprized at how young will faced the wargals hhe is definatly improving. I would recomend it to every one 8 and up becuase their are some interesting charecteristics in the book (but i will not spoil the suprize) please buy it is amazing! -Easton Webb
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great! All characters, events, etc. were really great! And the ending scene with Halt and the Skandians was very touching. I reccomend this to anyone who loves to read. Or anyone who doesn't. Just make sure you read "The Ruins of Gorlan" first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it you can read it a thousand times and it never gets old!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very fast paced wonderfull book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rather good book. Gets pretty slow at times until the very suprising end!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ranger's Apprentice books are the best books I ever read!! They are packed with excitement and adventure from cover to cover and once you start reading you won't be able to put them down!
Anonymous 7 days ago
This book is one of my favorites. When I just finished reading the third page I knew it was going to be a terrific book
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good. Can't wait to read the next.
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Enjoyed it
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Should definetly read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, great read.
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