One man may be deceit. Two can be conspiracy. Three is the number I trust.
As the Kingdom of Araluen prepares for war against Morgarath, Will and Horace accompany the Ranger Gilan on a mission to Celtica. But Celtica's villages and mines are silent. Only an exhausted and starving girl called Evanlyn can tell them why: Morgarath has sent his foul creatures to enslave the Celts. While Gilan rides swiftly back to Araluen to report this news to the King, Will and Horace discover the true purpose behind Morgarath's actions. The Kingdom is sure to be defeated in a surprise three-sided attack - unless they can find a way to prevent it.
About The Author
John Flanagan's bestselling RANGER'S APPRENTICE adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. The series has come a long way since then. Now sold to more than twenty countries, the series regularly appears on the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller List and has been shortlisted in children's book awards in Australia and overseas. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. He is currently writing further titles in the RANGER'S APPRENTICE series.
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Comments about The Burning Bridge:
The second volume of this much loved series is a solid and enriching reading experience. It builds on the depth and emotion submitted for the reader's approval in book one but adds further action, extra characters, more lessons for the various apprentices to learn and opportunities to put these into place.
The new characters are met by the reader as well as other characters in the story (of course) and consequently, your kindle (as well as your own heart) will light up (or melt) when the young and very, very beautiful (but extremely dirty) Miss Evanlyn Wheeler comes forth out of the depths of loneliness and despair to introduce herself to some potential young heroes in the form of Will, Horace and Gilan. Of course, she is not who she claims to be, but her higher than average intelligence prevents the truth from being revealed immediately, and naturally, it leaves the door open for a bright young mind in her new acquaintance to put two and two together themselves.
We know more about the book's ultimate baddies as well as their modus operandi. We also know of the ignorance and stupidity of other minor characters in the story, as the novel pans out in a plethora of different directions simultaneously. What Horace wins now may well break Will's heart, but he is ignorant of the beauty and potential soul mate being guarded for him back home by his mentor Halt.
What goes around, comes around, fellow book lovers. !
This series is evolving into something quite special. It is not exactly action packed but Mr Flanagan is taking things slowly, making sure he gets it all right. The reader is more attached to the book's central characters than they might realise, even by the half way mark of book two. The potential for love, loss and death are everywhere, especially with a vicious war on the horizon. There are hints of black magic in use by some, but this has not been witnessed at this stage by the reader. That would be the only criticism I could make of the project so far. I like magic in a fantasy tale. But as the story evolves in time with the lives of the young men and women at court, and on the battlefield, anything could happen. So don't be surprised when it does.
So THE BURNING BRIDGE is another hugely recommended read, and of course it is a no brainer that you will grab it and begin to savour it as soon as you have finished book one.
Book finished August 30, 2015 and i can say it is truly awesome! Something truly unexpected happens that will make you hold your breath, scream out DONT BE STUPID! And then time passes, evens transpire and you are sitting and then standing and then jumping up and down, hugging your dog, your bear, your little sister, your little fish in joy, unbelievable joy. And then something else happens and you are like, WHERE THE HECK IS BOOK THREE? GIVE ME BOOK THREE NOW!!!
Series: Ranger's Apprentice
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1