Ranger’s Apprentice: The Burning Bridge (Book 2) by John Flanagan

Not long after the events of book one, Will and Halt find themselves chasing Wargals who happen to be chasing a man. They arrive just in time to see the Wargals kill a man who claims to be in the service of Morgarath, the Wargals’ master. Halt and Will manage to recover Morgarath’s battle plans from the dead body. With plans for the battle being prepared, the king decides he requires more soldiers. Will, Horace, and Gilan are sent to a neighboring kingdom for aid, only to discover something strange happening there.

I’m not sure if I liked this one as much as the first book, but it was still incredibly enjoyable. I didn’t find it particularly surprising when plot twists were revealed (and to be honest I had figured them out immediately and was a bit frustrated that Halt didn’t).

We got a few new characters–Evanlyn is particularly great–and some new relationships. I was glad to see more of Gilan since we’d only gotten a small hint of him in the last book. We also got a nice look at Alys who we didn’t know much about anyway. I’d like to see more about the others as well but maybe we will meet them in future books as well (there are eight in total so far).

There wasn’t as much character growth as there was in the first book, but we still got more on the life of a ranger (though I would have liked even more). Next should be an interesting change of scenery, but I’m wondering where it will take us.


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