October 20, 2006

The Burning Bridge

By John Flanagan
Rating: 4 1/4 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

This is book 2 in the Australian series, The Ranger's Apprentice. Will lives in the land Aruluen and last year was apprenticed to become a Ranger, basically a cross between a spy and a scout, to the famous Halt. Will, his friend Horace (apprenticed to become a knight), and another Ranger, Gilan, set out together to travel to the next country of Celtica to ask for aid in the upcoming battle against the evil Morgarath. But when they get there, they find the towns abandoned hurriedly. They run across a girl who tells them that Wargals, nasty creatures who answer to Morgarath, have invaded Celtica and have been rounding up miners and other workmen for some kind of project. Gilan quickly rides ahead to tell the king this news, leaving the others to trail them. But after hiding from a passing group of Wargals with prisoners, Will decides to trail them to see what they are up to. He finds they have built a bridge across the giant Fissure which will allow Morgarath to send a large number of troops against the king's forces in a surprise attack. Will, Horace and the girl Evalyn realize that there is no time to warn the army--they need to burn the bridge to save Arulen. Can they do it and escape in time? Can they get word to the king? Much like the first book, The Ruins of Gorlan, this is a well-plotted adventure, full of surprises, bravery, battles, and likeable characters. Fans of fantasy and adventure will find much to like here.

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