Author: John Flanagan
Length: 288 pages
Series or Stand-alone: Book 2 of 10 in the Rangers Apprentice Series
Content Appropriate for: Grades 4-8
3 adjectives that describe this book: adventurous, predictable, disappointing
When I finished Ruins of Gorlan, the first Ranger's Apprentice book, I couldn't wait to read book two. Unfortunately, like many other second books in a series, Burning Bridge didn't quite live up to it's predecessor. Though Flanagan continues to include great world building along with adventure and good character development, but The Burning Bridge is just so predictable.
What is it with the second book in a series? I find this kind of let-down to be way too common. I still can't stand reading Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) or New Moon (Twilight #2). Even Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane is the weakest of the otherwise outstanding Gregor the Overlander series. My theory is that authors spend so much time and energy developing the initial story to make it remarkable. Then, when book 1 takes off they are exhausted, out of ideas, or pressured into releasing a sequel too quickly.
Anyway - as with lots of series, I hear the third book, The Icebound Land, is better.