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The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice Series #6)

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As Will continues his first Ranger mission, the tasks set before him are clear: With rumors of other evil plots afoot, he, Horace, and a makeshift army must recapture Castle Macindaw, rescue the imprisoned Alyss, and restore peace to the immediate region in time to face the next onslaught.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606145763
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Series: Ranger's Apprentice Series , #6
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 293
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.com

    THE SIEGE OF MACINDAW, the sixth installment in John Flanagan's best-selling RANGER'S APPRENTICE series, picks up right where THE SORCERER OF THE NORTH left off, with Alyss imprisoned in Macindaw castle at the mercy of Keren the usurper.

    Will is soon united with enemy-turned-best-friend Horace, deep in Malcolm the Healer's mysterious forest. Much as it pains the two to be so close to Macindaw and yet so helpless, the two know that they do not stand a chance against Keren and his soldiers. Worst of all, Will has no idea what the traitor Keren might be up to.

    The unexpected arrival of a small Skandian force, led by Gundar Hardstriker, is the ultimate blessing. While the Skandians find themselves stranded in Araluen quite by accident, Will greets them heartily and quickly turns them into his own small army, led by none other than Horace, the Oakleaf Knight.

    With intelligence covertly provided by Alyss, Will and Horace learn of Keren's plans to turn Macindaw over to the Scotti tribes of Picta. All the odds are against them, but Will and Horace are not about to give up. The ranger and warrior complement each other perfectly, and the two hope that Will's agility and wit paired with Horace's strength and fighting experience will be enough to overcome Keren's forces and the fast-approaching Scotti army. Trying to take Macindaw with only thirty men is a daunting task, a feat never before achieved in Araluen history.

    In other words, the perfect challenge.

    It is easy to see why RANGER'S APPRENTICE has such a following with the preteen crowd. THE SIEGE OF MACINDAW is a fantasy adventure with strong characters and a fast-paced plot. Flanagan's characters have heart and his heroes are almost too virtuous to be true. While an adult audience might dismiss Will and Horace as one-dimensional, their shining courage and unwavering sense of morality will appeal to younger readers.

    Araluen is an epic fantasy world reminiscent of Tamora Pierce's Tortall with a pinch of C. S. Lewis' Narnia thrown in for good measure.

    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Exciting But Not the Best in The Series

    I have read and loved all the Ranger's Apprentice Series by Flanagan. This one I found a little disappointing. I am not saying I did not like by any means, but it was slow in the beginning and middle. It is the sequel to The Sorcerer of the North which I thought was a little better book.

    I like Will, Horace, Alyss quite a lot, but to be honest I miss Halt. He was in the middle of The Sorcerer of the North and only in the ending of this book. When Halt is in the books, they are electric with his wit, charm, ingenious ways of solving problems and persuading people to do things that turn out to be the right choices. Will just doesn't have Halt's flare. When Will was Halt's apprentice, the story flowed with excitment and creativity. In books five and six I personally missed it.

    The plot is a clever one, but just not an exciting one until the ending. Will is smart and Halt taught him well in many ways, but Will just seems to bumble into finding a solution to a the problem, whereas, Halt would have had a plan already made.

    The other characters such as Malcolm, Trobar, Orman, and the Skandians were rather dull. It is hard to imagine the Skandians as dull, but maybe Flanagan has used them to many times in his books to be effective. Sir Keren was just not evil enough for me and Buttle's character was too cliched. The one new character I enjoyed the most was Orman's secretary, Xander, who I at least found refreshing.

    I hope in Book 7 that I will see more of Halt whose character keeps the story moving faster and makes the story more exciting and clever. Since the books are called Ranger's Apprentice, I would like to see the master teach the apprentice some more.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    GREAT!

    Very good! I enjoyed it all. Everything fit together like a puzzle.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Good book!

    A good book all around and a fitting conclusion to the previous book. The author has come a long way and his writing has really matured. I really enjoyed it and the book paced its self well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Absolute Read!!!

    All of the Ranger's Apprentice books are a must read! This book is the last one I read and am planning to get the rest of the books to see how it all turns out! If you are a picky reader like me then I suggest this book if you love adventure maybe a little love and mysterious, which never fails to be in this sieries! I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2009

    The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan

    Thwack! Thwack! Thwack! That's the sound of three of a Ranger's arrows hitting a log in quick succession. Rangers are people of great skill with bows and throwing knives and they protect the Kingdom of Araluen (Great Britain). In The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan, the main character, Will and his horse, Tug, are on their sixth adventure. The evil knight, Keren, has taken over Castle Macindaw of the Norgate fief and poisoned both Lord Syron and his son Orman. Keren has also filled the castle with greedy outlaws he has rounded up including Mr. John Buttle. Will has taken Orman and his secretary, Xander, and escaped into the Grimsdell Woods to visit the healer Malcolm, originally thought to be the evil sorcerer Malkallam. The only problem is that Keren plans to let the Scotti (people from Scotland) invade Araluen for a small fee. And, he has Will's friend and love, Alyss, trapped in a tower. Will's luck changes when he finds battle hardened Skandians (people from Scandinavia) on the coast that will be happy to fight for him for a fee (80 royals to be exact, Xander isn't too happy about it). He is even more happy when his friend Horace, the Oakleaf Knight and one of the King's guards, arrives in the area. With the help of Horace and the Skandians he might just be able to capture Castle Macindaw and stop the Scotti. Are Will and Horace going to be able to save Araluen and Alyss?

    Will is the main character in this book and series. He is a short but strong and fast man that is in his early twenties. He is very smart but can sometimes beat around the bush when he has something to say. Horace, Will's best friend, is a strong and tall warrior that is about average on an intelligence scale. Will and Horace haven't always been friends though. In the orphanage they were the worst of enemies. Alyss has always been a close friend of Will since he could walk and they lived in the orphanage together. That friendship has turned into love for each other, but they are both too shy to tell the other person. In this book Keren is the antagonist. He is a tall and handsome knight that all the ladies of the castle fall in love with. He is a smart person that sometimes just makes the wrong decisions without thinking. In the book that comes before this one, Orman was a snotty and hard to please man but after Will saved him he has a change of heart and is very good and nice. Xander will do anything for Orman. His whole life revolves around serving the royal family of Castle Macindaw. He has been in their service since he was a teenager.

    This book is a wonderful book. When I first bought it I curled up on the couch and didn't come out of my trance until I had finished it. The story line of this book is just amazing. It has all kinds of surprises and intense moments when you have no clue what will happen. I sometimes have to go back and reread things because they seem so unlikely. The language the author uses is like chocolate for your brain, it draws you in and makes you want more. I think this book even deserves an honor, like a Newberry medal. It deserves this honor because of the author's fine use of language and his ability to take a known area and give it new names so it becomes completely different. I highly recommend this book, especially if you've read other books in the series.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Great Book

    My friend got me started on these books and I wasnt shure but once I started I couldent stop. I litereally read the first book in a few hours of owning it. This one was slow to start but I couldnt stop. It nice to see will and ----- to start coming along hint hint. John you genious

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Awesome

    I have one friken word, AWESOME!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Review of rangers apprentice book 6

    This book kept me up reading! I just couldent stop reading. In this additon to the Rangers Apprentice series, Alyss is held captive, and Will has only to get her out. Not to mention he also has to CAPTURE the castile to stop an invasion by the Scotti!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    great book

    it was well written and gripping

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Great book

    Have to say so far this is the best book seires i've ever read, even better then percy jackson(in your face percy fans!)

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    HELLO

    READ ERAKS RANSOM BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

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    I think that u should read Erak's Ransom first so it makes more sense. Or . . . u could read it in this order, 1,2,3,4,7,5,6,8,9,10. Oh and the bok was great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Great book

    It is perfect for romance action and if your like me fantasy creatures, this book series in my belief is better than the warriors series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Amazing!

    This book was amazing and suspenseful if you've read the other books anyway. I highly suggest this series to anybody who enjoys reading fantasy books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Clever

    Good series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Easily the best

    Best one here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Wow!

    This book is so amazing and adventurious! Read it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Great read

    This was an awesome book along with all the other books in this series, great job flannagan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Awesome i loved it you shoud get it!!!

    Ther is only one thing i can say it was awesome

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