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The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice #2)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  76,037 Ratings  ·  2,328 Reviews

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

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Published January 1st 2006 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dec 03, 2012 Amreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Me before reading The Burning Bridge: Oh my gosh I'm so excited to read this, ugh but I have other books to read but Im going to abandon those for this one because I miss Will's adventures.

Amber Robertson

Burning Bridge is the second book in The Ranger's Apprentice series. It really picks up from where book one finishes, continuing to follow the story of the characters we were introduced to and following a few more.

Whereas the first book can be seen as boring for 80% of the book, The Burning Bridge has a lot more plot for the reader to immerse themselves in. When I first read this book in 2010 I remember not being able to put it dow
Alicia O'Carrick


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The burning bridge (Ranger's Apprentice #2), John Flanagan
عنوان: پل آتشین - جنگاوران جوان کتاب دوم؛ نویسنده: جان آنتونی فلانیگان (فلناگان)؛ مترجم: مسعود ملک یاری؛ تهران، افق، 1391؛ در 423 ص؛ مجموعه جنگاوران جوان کتاب 2؛ شابک: 9789643698072؛ موضوع: رمان نوجوانان و داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
Valerie McNamee Earl
Really, if I could give 6 stars, this series would get them. They are so good. I love the characters, good and bad, and the way we are seeing them grow up or older. There is so much action and adventure, very much like Lord of the Rings. Love these books.
Sep 02, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Još uvek nekako naivno ali ipak priča kajo drži pažnju i koja se već bavi malo težim temama. Svet je dobio malo više world building-a, upoznali još jedan narod (površno, za sada) i jedna od pretnji je rešena tako da me interesuje šta nas čeka u nastavku što je uvek plus kada knjiga ode ne očekivanim pravcom.

Jedino što mrzim kada se knjiga završi cliffhanger-om. Grrrrrr.

Ali ako kod svake knjige nastavi ovako da raste kvalitet biće ovo odličan serijal.

Ako vam treba fantazija za mlađu publiku svaka
The author’s command of the language allows the continuation of the story of The Ranger's Apprentice to flow with ease and familiarity. Characters become those you care about, nervous and anxious when they are in danger and happy and satisfied when a job is well-done. The on-going story starts with the The Ruins of Gorlan and your memory is refreshed in such a way that it is not merely rehashing and reiterating the beginning over again , but a gentle reminder of what proceeded at the start of th ...more
George Jankovic
Oct 24, 2016 George Jankovic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I loved this book. While the first book in the series was good, this one was great. There was more action, more humor, a good battle, and a fantastic cliffhanger at the end. Enjoy!
Oct 23, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very well written, not only grammatically, but in the emotion that the author can draw out of the reader. The story plot line is exceptional, and creates a world you can truly believe exists. This atmosphere in the book is so realistic, you become immersed in the world inside the book. The book is actually the second in a series. However, in the first two pages it explains the background, and then dives right in, not wasting time on lengthy unnecessary explanations. The story begins ...more
Ranie C
This book was pretty interesting. It all started in the kingdom of Aularan where all good rangers are which Will a seventeen years old is one of the rangers. And theirs the Morgarath which is the evil one. So what happened is that Will and the other rangers found something strange which the evil Morgarath doesn't attack often in the Aularan kingdom anymore. Then the rangers decides to sneak in to the Mirgarath. And they see that their preparing an attack. One thing I liked about the book was the ...more
May 12, 2010 Ryelor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried to give this series a fair shot, I really did. After the first book I wasn't convinced but figured that a lot of series get better as the story advances. Unfortunately, I enjoyed this novel less than the first one. Granted, the concept of rangers was very appealing, and I really wanted to lose myself in the novel, but for some reason I could not get into Falanagan's writing style or the way he forms his prose. His writing has a very "spoken" quality to it, meaning it reads as if he relat ...more
Oct 19, 2009 Roxanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Feb 09, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
So far, I am really enjoying this series.
Feb 17, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great follow up to the 1st book.

Will has gained lots a fame but not from wealth
Everyone knew him because of his stealth
He was a very big threat
His enemys should always be in fret
Rachel Lightwood
The Burning Bridge was a fantastic sequel in the Ranger's Apprentice series. It was just as good, if not better, than the first book. I think the fact that there the characters and setting had previously been introduced, allowed the story to advance with more ease. The storyline was engaging. The characters were fantastic - it certainly increased my affection for Gilan and Horace. I loved the dramatic ending but I am a little nervous about where it will take the story in The Icebound Land.
C.B. Cook
Sooooo good. :D I'm enjoying the awesomeness that is these books sooo much. Will is epic, Halt is wonderful, HORACE. OH MY GRAVY HORACE. <3 And then we get to see more of Gilan (!!!!) and meet Evanlyn, who is wonderful. There were a bunch of plot twists I wasn't expecting, some I was (only because I accidentally read the back cover for book three... whoops...), and overall a great story that I immensely enjoyed!

My only problem with this book was minor language (view spoiler)
Sep 22, 2014 Hemant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has a friend or companion they feel very close to, and sometimes you see how your friendships get tested when you’re forced to make a decision to either help yourself, or stay with your friend. By the end of both books, “The Hobbit” and “Ranger’s Apprentice the Burning Bridge,” you see how the characters Bilbo and Will have created new friendships and how those friendships were tested as they were faced with consequences in which they had a decision to either help themselves, or stay w ...more
~ Odette Knappers
Mar 28, 2017 ~ Odette Knappers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Another enjoyable read (or rather, listen) during biking to work. I really like this series! It a good adventure series, suitable for boys and girls (12+) and I'm really happy there are so many more books :D I liked the humor and the plot, and oh my that ending!
Edgar Arias
Dec 22, 2014 Edgar Arias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****spoiler Alert****

He just became a ranger but now he has to face the most horrible battle that is starting that could change everything the rangers have built.This book is a adventure,action,and medieval type of era.I give this book 5 out of 5 stars cause it's so awesome.

The setting takes place in castle Redmount But some of it is also in Celtica. A year has pass since Will became a Ranger's Apprentice and war is starting and the king is worried so Halt and Will kill Morgaraths men and retr
Aug 13, 2014 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, book number 2 in this series and I must say that I enjoyed this just as much as book 1 which was a pleasant surprise. I really loved book 1 for the wonderful characters and the charming storytelling. I felt that there were good messages about friendship and trust and I would say that those themes have been strongly carried into book 2 as well.

I particularly enjoyed getting to see more of Gilan’s personality and seeing the way that he led the younger characters was interesting and fun. I did
Braden Bell
Jul 31, 2010 Braden Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flanagan begins to hit his stride in this book. I remember that this book was the one that really sold me on the series. Flanagan is quite good at cliffhanger endings that draw you in and I found his characters to be interesting. At first they seem to be well-worn types--but as the book progresses, he draws back the layers and they have become very real to me.

This is a fun, page-turning book. Not sure what genre it is. It's listed as fantasy but there is not much sorcery or magic. It reads more
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Oct 31, 2016 Hamdey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very entertaining book. All though it did have an lot of build up until it got to the action and excitement in the end it was worth the read. You most definitively read the first book and consider reading the series through amazing adventures. The books story line is a spectacular one to follow because of all the surprising twists and turns. It is an a extraordinary story to read through, you should obviously read the whole series.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I have to say that I am officially a fan of the series.The ending really surprised me and I can't wait to read more.
Reread Jan 2017.

I continue to be impressed with the depth of military tactics. I am not versed in how historically accurate they might be, but they're detailed and make sense.
Bailey Marissa Bowers
Why do bad things always happen to my faves??? Seriously...

Also, there's a lot of weird POV and telling going on, but the plot and characters more than make up for it.
Apr 03, 2017 Leisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I especially love the ending with Horace and his heroic epic battle. Will is exceptionally great and we are introduced to a new character.
Oliver Clapham
Feb 27, 2014 Oliver Clapham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: third-term
The Burning Bridge (book 2 of the Ranger''s Apprentice series) was an amazing book that met up to all of my expectations.The book tells that our companions, Will,Gilan and Horace, had set out to inspect a mountain that Morgarath may travel through, dooming the hole of Araulen. On their travels, our heroes come across an abandoned scout post. They found this strange and went through the village with caution. They then had moved on to a mountain neighboring their objective. Gilan decides to go on ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving a number rating for books is so tough. I enjoyed this one a lot, but don't quite want to give it 4 stars. Yet it isn't quite 3 star material either. When I first started reading it, I didn't really think I was in the mood. I wanted something a bit more adult. However, I got what I really wanted out of it, which was the forming and building of relationships with people, and personal growth. I love that in a book, and that's where I'd give this book 4 stars. It was a fun journey, and I love ...more
Tricia Mingerink
I think this is one of my least favorite books in all of the Ranger's Apprentice series...this and the next book the Icebound Land. Simply because Halt and Will aren't together and the ending is sad when most of them aren't.

That being said, it's still Ranger's Apprentice. I still read or listen to these books once a year because I simply adore them so much. Halt, Will, Horace, all of them...just love them so much.

It is strange going back and listening to the audiobook of this one after listeni
I'm way too old for this, but I love it! :')
Raymond Hu
Dec 15, 2010 Raymond Hu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was like the bomb because it was action packed and like my type of book. I liked the setting it took place in because it took place in medivial times with like swords and knights which i enjoy reading about. The main charcters also had like a role because this book somehow turned into a princess saving story near the end of the book but att the same time war between humans against an army of monsters led by an evil socercer. I enjoyed this book a lot because the charcters were very int ...more
Amelia Talbot
Sep 14, 2016 Amelia Talbot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the risks the rangers take. I also like how this one is fast moving also. I think the first was faster but I love all the running and how everyone is frantic and scared it just make it more suspenseful and always have at least one question.
Feb 01, 2015 Lazybee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two down ten to go.

This book was nothing short of perfection. Where first of the series introduced the characters this one was bent on character development(will and Horace mostly). And I have to say, I was impressed. Almost all characters were lovable.
The portrayal of emotions were excellent. The emotions of halt and will were especially brilliant.
Without spoiling the story what I can say is, this book comprises of the journey of will and Horace, where they stumble upon a secret that could c
Feb 01, 2016 Hannnah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
So much happens for such a small book.
Jan 15, 2017 Caisee// rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I normally don't read the sequel of a book this close after finishing the first, but, by God I loved the Ruins of Gorlan so much that the very next day I went out and bought the Burning Bridge and it did not disappoint!!
Feb 12, 2014 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was again, impressed with this book. I really enjoy the author's writing style. Most of my comments from the review of Book 1 apply here (Im just not going to write that out again.) i liked the ending especially because it was a sad ending, although that really doesn't make sense because I hate sad endings. I was glad that the author didn't make the characters seem infallible, and that they were able to be captured. They were young and inexperienced, and definitely not able to win every battle ...more
Connor Mackay
Feb 24, 2014 Connor Mackay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: second-term
This is the second book in the Ranger's Apprentice series, and is about Will, Horace, Gilian, Halt, and many others. During Will's training Halt had told him that the yearly ranger corps meeting is being held soon.

After being with Halt for over a year will had saved Halt's life twice and the baron has tried to award Will for it but will turned it down. One thing that Halt thought will would never turn down was when he baron had offered will a place in battle school but will turned it down.

Oct 21, 2008 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, another great book in the series. These books are easy reads which makes them fun. Perhaps it's all the scenes from movies like The Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass and The Chronicles of Narnia, but I can picture this book as a movie while I'm reading it--and what luck I hear it is being made into a movie.
Aug 14, 2016 Janor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Zaur Pənahov
Feb 09, 2016 Zaur Pənahov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2ci kitabı daha çox bəyəndim, daha gözəl yazılıb. Qaldı son 10 kitab ;)
Alexander Awad
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Book Review
· Ranger’s Apprentice The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan
· Halt, Gilan, Will, Horace, and Evanlyn
· In the second book of the series, the war with the evil Morgarath continues. One day when Will and Halt are scouting they come across a group of Wargals and a man. They ambush them and take fake plans of Morgarath’s battle strategy back to their castle. After that, Will, Horace, and Gilan are traveling to Celtica. When they arrive the villagers have all vanis
Jade West
Apr 03, 2015 Jade West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the dramatic irony given at the beginning, it kept me going. Its great that you stay consistent to the Wargols. Sneaking in the slip up of the maid having strawberry blonde hair was cool and I caught it right of the bat. I do find the final battle of Hoarce and Mordagraf (?) to be a bit unfair on the antagonist, because he has more experience. The slip in the end of the blocking move shouldn't have worked as well for the knife and broken sword didn't just so happen to have the same balanc ...more
Cheryl Chang
Dec 04, 2014 Cheryl Chang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Halt changes from a cold hearted Ranger to one that has grown to care for Will. For example, after Will left for a mission, Halt was left bad-tempered "...'He's touchy, bad-tempered and sarcastic!"(61). Also, in the book it stated "'There's a very special bond that's developed between those two......I think he's missing him.....I think he enjoys having a young person around.'"(62)These statements proved to me that Halt was indeed missing Will and in doing so was 'touchy', 'bad-tem ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Collin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*************************WARNING THERE MAY BE SPOILERS****************
Rangers Apprentice, The Burning Bridge is a great book that includes many great surprises. The main character is named Will. His parents died when he was born. He wanted to be a knight but, the captain said no. After being denied of that the ranger named Hault took him into the ranger school as he was a rangers apprentace. All of the while an evil man named Morgarath was planning to take over the castle. Read the Rangers Appre
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Other Books in the Series

Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
  • The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3)
  • The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4)
  • The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5)
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“That taught us how to block a sword with two knives. But what if an ax man's coming at me?"
Gilan looked suspicious. "An ax man? I don't recommend trying to block an ax with two knives."
But Will wouldn't take no for an answer. "But what if he's charging at me?" Horace walked over.
Gilan looked away. "Uh...shoot him."
Horace intervened. "Can't, his bowstring's broken."
Gilan gritted his teeth. "Run and hide."
Will kept on him. "There's a sheer cliff behind me."
Horace caught on. "There's a sheer cliff behind him, and his bowstring's broken. What should he do?"
Gilan thought for a moment. "Jump off the cliff, it'll be less messy that way.”
“So I sent Halt to straighten matters out. Thought it might be a good idea to give him something to keep him busy."
So what's Digby got to complain about?" Rodney asked. It was obvious from his tone that he felt no sympathy for the recalcitrant commander of Barga Hold.
The Baron gestured for Lady Pauline to explain.
Apparently," she said,"Halt threw him into the moat.”
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