The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan


The Burning Bridge

Title: The Burning Bridge
Author: John Flanagan
Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice #2
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Easy reading, Medieval fantasy
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Random House Australia
Year: 2005
5th sentence, 74th page: He seized the bandit by the arm and dragged him upright, frogmarching him across the clearing to throw him, none too gently, against the rock face at the far side.

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The Kingdom of Araluen is sure to be defeated in a surprise three-sided attack – unless Will can find a way to prevent it.


Every time I read this, it just gets better! And I still want to cry at the end when Will and Evanlyn are in trouble.

Building on The Ruins of Gorlan, Flanagan’s hero takes us on an amazing journey through a new country and into new dangers. Watching the young friendship between Horace and Will grow from the previous book is such a delight. As is the reminder that they are children – the journey is serious, but there are still light, joking moments to remind you of their innocence.

The introduction of a strong-willed, strong-minded girl in the shape of Evanlyn made this book (and indeed the whole series) even more relatable. Instead of requiring their constant protection, Evanlyn is able to find and use her own strength. And ultimately she plays a huge part in saving the day.

The ending of this story sets up the next few books in this series perfectly. I wouldn’t recommend finishing it until you have the third book in hand – you’ll want to know what happens next!

<- The Ruins of Gorlan Review The Icebound Land Review ->
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