The Burning Bridge by John A. Flanagan
(Ranger's Apprentice #2)
272 pages / 8 hrs, 39 mins
Now that the characters have been introduced and established in book one, Flanagan takes the reader for an action-filled ride in book two as the kingdom of Araluen prepares for an attack by Morgarath and his wargals.
Battle preparations, calling allies to arms, spying out the enemy, a deserted neighboring community, kidnappings, a young girl in disguise, skirmishes, a battle, and a final duel are the main elements in this tale. It is well written and ends with a cliffhanger.
If you like action, then you'll love it. For me, it was a little more action than I prefer, and not enough story about the characters.