The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan

Published: 2005

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 262 pages

Font: Adobe Jensen

Setting: mostly Celtica, soon after the events of The Ruins of Gorlan

Interest: It’s the second book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series

Summary: Will is sent to Celica as part of an embassy, along with the Ranger Gilan and the Battleschool Apprentice Horace. When they get to Celtica, they discover that Wargals have driven off or killed all the people, enslaving the miners. They also take on a young girl who survived a Wargal attack. Gilan decides to quickly head back to the King to let him know of the development, especially since the King is preparing for Morgarath to attack elsewhere. The three others are left to return at a more leisurely pace. They stumble upon a squad of Wargals leading miner prisoners and follow them. It turns out that Morgarath is building a tunnel and bridge to sneak an army over the Fissure and attack the King from behind. They decide to burn down the bridge to prevent this action, but Will and the girl are captured by Skandians. In the following battle, Morgarath is killed by Horace and Halt is unable to rescue Will and the girl (who is secretly the King’s daughter).

Final thoughts: An enjoyable story. We get to see Horace and Will learning more of their craft and having to put their skills into practice. Now I want to see more of Alyss – she seems like a very interesting character that got minimal story time in this book. Will reminds me of a puppy dog – sure he can do something and hangdog when he’s reprimanded. Overall, though, I wasn’t as impressed with the second book as I was with the first, so I doubt I’ll continue the lengthy series. Mr. Curiosity may be ready for it now, though.

Title comes from: Will had to burn the bridge to prevent Morgarath’s forces from getting into Celtica

Reading challenges fulfilled: 50/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge – halfway there! I’m not sure I’m going to make it, though.

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