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The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice #2)

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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 Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jun 14, 2014 Amreen rated it it was amazing
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.

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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
Dec 30, 2008 Valerie McNamee Earl rated it it was amazing
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 03, 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
Mar 10, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2013 Ryelor rated it it was ok
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
Shelves: 2016
So far, I am really enjoying this series.
Jan 16, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2015 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Not as good as the first, but still very, very good!!!
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.
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
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
Jul 07, 2008 Congoking rated it liked it
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Marissa Bowers
Feb 24, 2016 Marissa Bowers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2k16
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.
Mar 17, 2015 Hemant rated it it was amazing
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
Edgar Arias
Jan 29, 2015 Edgar Arias rated it it was amazing
****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
Jan 12, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
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
Oliver Clapham
Jun 16, 2014 Oliver Clapham rated it it was amazing
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
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
Raymond Hu
Dec 15, 2010 Raymond Hu rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 02, 2015 Lazybee rated it really liked it
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
Shelves: children, fantasy
So much happens for such a small book.
Feb 12, 2014 Olivia rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
Zaur Pənahov
Mar 08, 2016 Zaur Pənahov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2ci kitabı daha çox bəyəndim, daha gözəl yazılıb. Qaldı son 10 kitab ;)
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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
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Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
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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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