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The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice #2)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  53,539 ratings  ·  1,732 reviews

Bracing for a final clash with the evil warlord Morgarath, the Rangers rally the kingdom's allies, and Will is chosen, along with his friend Horace, as special envoys to nearby Celtica. But the simple mission soon takes an unsettling turn - the Celticans have disappeared, their town abandoned. The scheming hand of Morgarath, it seems, has been far from idle. He has found a

Hardcover, 262 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Philomel (first published January 1st 2005)
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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.

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.
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
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
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
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
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I don’t have a huge amount to say about this book that I didn’t say in my short review of The Ruins of Gorlan. I like the characters, like Will and Horace. Will tends to act younger than his age, and he’s quite clueless, but I like his determination and bravery. I like Halt, too. Probably because he’s basically Brom. Minus the Rider-ness, cool sword, and the whole (view spoiler)thing.

For the most part, I enjoyed the plot. I have a hard time believing a fe
Braden Bell
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
Raymond Hu
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
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
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
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
Connor Mackay
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.

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.
Finished in 4 hours.

Love the character development, especially the bond between Horace and Will.

I read about 3/4 of the book and the (view spoiler), and I thought Flanagan might rush the ending because I didn't think he could fit all that detail into 1/4 of a book.
And yet, he managed to do it, quite coherently, without the sense of rush. It was appropriately paced and slowed down at the (view spoiler) (I was so eag
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· 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
Cheryl Chang
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
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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
I'm still really enjoying this new series. Once again, I am surprised at how quickly the author is resolving certain parts of the plot that most authors of series like to tease you with throughout their string of sequels. It really leaves me wondering where the author intends to go with this series. The conclusion to this book makes it pretty clear what the next book has to do, but after that part is resolved, I really don't know what direction this series will take. That is kind of exciting. I ...more
Oliver Clapham
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
Nov 14, 2010 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA & Adults
I have to say, I’m officially hooked and have decided to add this series to my family library without reading them all first.

Morgarath and his army have for years tried to find a way into the Kingdom of Araluen but the mountains have kept the Kingdom of Araluen safe from the evil Morgarath. Will, an apprentice ranger, and his old friend Horace, an apprentice knight, have been asked to join a seasoned Ranger and visit a neighboring village. When they arrive they discover that the villagers are n
Ricky Ganci
This one was much better. It had more action, a more interesting plot, and more “surprises” (even though the one that caught me totally off guard was Horace’s challenge and subsequent dispatch of Morgarath in the second volume of the series). I like how it was totally left as a major cliffhanger with Will and Cassandra being carted off to Skandia, and I found myself over the last 20 pages of the novel hoping that Halt wouldn’t rescue the two of them, just so the story would take on a different d ...more
I rate these books pretty high because I think they are very good for their level. Even though they are getting the same star rating as books like EON/EONA, they are not at the same level. Higher reading level should have better writing. I just felt like I should establish that so everyone knew why I was giving these books 4 stars when they are not at the same level as my other 4 star books.

Ok, so I'm not going to break this book down like I normally do because in all honesty, not much changed.
Alex Morrow
Over the weekend I quickly read the book "Rangers Apprentice: The Burning Bridge." Even though I spent little time thinking about the hidden messages and points I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. This happens to be the second book in the series by Australian author John Flanagan, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. The book begins with Will, Horace and Gilan traveling to the distant land of Celtica. Celtica is a border country to Araluen. On arrival the team real ...more
For the 4th of July weekend Darik and I were quite lazy. Our house was clean from the many potential buyers/renters who were coming through somewhat endlessly, but had settled down for everyone to enjoy their own holidays. I actually had time to stop cleaning and pick up a book in the middle of the day! I'd decided to clear out my "currently-reading" shelf, but couldn't bring myself to jump into WWII Berlin on such a chill weekend. I chose to read for escapism - which isn't my primary motivation ...more
Flanagan has done a great job of making me care about his characters, and has added MORE characters to care about. He was obviously inspired by LORD OF THE RINGS with this series, yet he's put his own stamp on the genre. Will, the apprentice, must now start proving what he's learned. Most of the book he and Halt are separated, and working at the problem of Morgarath's invasion from two different angles. It looks like Morgarath has duped the kingdom into believing he'll invade one place, while se ...more
William Richmond
What the Burning Bridge was about a really young apprentice that went on a quest with his friend named Horace and one of his fellow trainers Gilan and they set off to kill a evil king that wanted to wipe out all of the kingdoms but his. But they run into some bad guys along the way. Some of the bad guys they ran into was Carney and Carney's friend but ofcourse they beat them. But at the end Horace fought the evil king and Horace won.
Josh Theriault
The Ranger's Apprentice: The Burning Bridge is the fourth book in the Ranger's Apprentice Series.

I rated this book 5/5 stars.

The book starts off with Apprentice Ranger, Will, his friend Horace (who's an Apprentice Knight), and lastly, Ranger Gilan. They travel off to Celtcia and discover something terrible, all of the villagers are missing! There was no sign of anyone in the entire village. Will and Horace think that the villagers may have gotten captured, or even killed, but Gilan thinks that L
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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)
  • The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice, #6)
  • Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice, #7)
  • The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice, #8)
  • Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice, #9)
  • The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice, #10)
  • The Lost Stories (Ranger's Apprentice, #11)
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1) The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4) The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3) The Sorcerer in the North (Ranger's Apprentice, #5) The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice, #6)

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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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