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

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

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by John Flanagan

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The kingdom is in danger. Renegade knight Sir Keren has succeeded in overtaking Castle Macindaw and is now conspiring with the Scotti. The fate of Araluen rests in the hands of two young adventurers: the Ranger Will and his warrior friend, Horace. Yet for Will, the stakes are even higher. For inside the castle, someone he loves is being held hostage. And now the


The kingdom is in danger. Renegade knight Sir Keren has succeeded in overtaking Castle Macindaw and is now conspiring with the Scotti. The fate of Araluen rests in the hands of two young adventurers: the Ranger Will and his warrior friend, Horace. Yet for Will, the stakes are even higher. For inside the castle, someone he loves is being held hostage. And now the time has come for this onetime apprentice to grow up.

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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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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Ranger's Apprentice Series
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Gundar Hardstriker, captain and helmsman of the Skandian ship Wolfcloud, chewed disconsolately on a stringy piece of tough smoked beef.
His crew were huddled under rough shelters among the trees, talking quietly, eating and trying to stay warm around the small smoky fires that were all they could manage in this weather. This close to the coast, the snow usually turned to cold sleet in the middle of the day, refreezing as the afternoon wore on. He knew the crew
were looking to him for a way out of this. And he knew that soon he would have to tell them he had no answers for them. They were stranded in Araluen, with no hope of escape.
Fifty meters away, Wolfcloud lay beached on the riverbank, canted to one side. Even from this distance, his seaman’s eye could make
out the slight twist a third of the way along her hull, and the sight of it came close to breaking his heart. To a Skandian, his ship was
almost a living thing, an extension of himself, an expression of his own being.
Now his ship was ruined, her keel irreparably broken, her hull twisted. She was good for nothing but turning into lumber and firewood
as the winter weather wrapped its cold hands further around them. So far he had been able to avoid stripping the ship, but he knew he couldn’t wait much longer. They would need the wood to build more substantial huts and to burn as firewood. But as long as she still looked like a ship, even with that damnable twist to her hull, he could retain some sense of his pride at being a skirl, or ship’s captain.
The voyage had been a disaster from start to finish, he reflected gloomily. They had set out to raid Gallic and Iberian coastal villages,
staying well away from Araluen as they did so. Raids on the Araluen coast were few and far between these days, since the Skandian
Oberjarl had signed a treaty with the Araluen King. They weren’t actually forbidden to raid. But they were discouraged by Oberjarl Erak, and only a very stupid or foolhardy skirl would be keen to face Erak’s style of discouragement.
But Gundar and his men had been the last of the raiding fleet to reach the Narrow Sea, and they found the villages either empty—
ransacked by earlier ships—or prewarned and ready to take revenge on a single late raider. There had been hard fighting. He had lost
several men and was left with nothing to show for it. Finally, as a last resort, he had landed on an island off the southeast coast of Araluen,
desperate for provisions to see him and his men through the winter on the long journey back north.
He smiled sadly as he thought of it. If there had been a bright spot in the trip, that had been it. Prepared to fight and lose more
lives, desperate to feed themselves, the Skandian crew had been greeted by a young Ranger—the very one who had fought beside
Erak in the battle against the Temujai some years back.
Surprisingly, the Ranger had offered to feed them. He’d even invited them to a banquet that night in the castle, along with the local
dignitaries and their wives. Gundar’s smile broadened at the memory of that evening as he recalled how his rough-and-tumble sailors had stayed on their best manners, humbly asking their table companions to pass the meat, please, or requesting just a little more ale in their drinking mugs. These were men who were accustomed to cursing heartily, tearing legs off roast boar with their bare hands and occasionally swilling their ale straight from the keg. Their attempts at mingling with polite society would have been the basis of some great stories back in Skandia.
His smile faded. Back in Skandia. He had no idea now how they would get back to Skandia. Or even if they would ever return home. They had left Seacliff Island well fed and provisioned for the long trip. The Ranger had even provided them with the means for a small profit from the trip, in the form of a slave.
The man’s name was Buttle. John Buttle. He was a criminal—a thief and a murderer—and his presence in Araluen was a source of potential trouble for the Ranger. As a favor, the young man had asked Gundar to take him as a slave to Skandia. The skirl naturally agreed. The man was strong and fit, and he’d fetch a good price when they got home.
But would they ever see Hallasholm again? They’d sailed slap into a massive storm just short of Point Sentinel and were driven south and west before it.
As they came closer to the Araluen coast, Gundar had ordered Buttle’s chains struck off. They were heading for a lee shore, a situation all sailors dread, and there was a good chance that the ship would not survive. The man should have a chance, Gundar thought.
He could still feel the sickening crunch as Wolfcloud had smashed down on a hidden rock. At the time, he felt it as if his own spine were breaking, and he could swear he had heard the ship cry out in agony He knew instantly, from her sluggish response to the rudder and the way she sagged in the peaks and troughs of the waves, that her backbone was fractured. With each successive wave, the wound deepened, and it was only a matter of time before she split in two and went under. But Wolfcloud was a tough ship, and she wasn’t ready to lie down and die—not just yet.

Meet the Author

John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband adventure series have sold more than eight million copies worldwide. His books are available in more than one hundred countries, are regularly on the New York Times bestseller lists, and have had multiple award shortlistings and wins in Australia and overseas. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife in a Sydney beachside suburb.

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The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice Series #6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 611 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Dojin More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BlackB911 More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
READ ERAKS RANSOM BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was well written and gripping
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book along with all the other books in this series, great job flannagan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have one friken word, AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great and full of good humour. I highly recomend it. Words do not do it justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was good, but it wasn't as good as the first 5, it was boring at parts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont know what to put for "review" But i severly reccomend this book and all the other books in the rangers apprentice series. The series is jam packed with action, archery informmation and swords technique. Plus its just a great series of novels that really excites. So um yeah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the series too
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jbaker1MI More than 1 year ago
John Flanagan does it again -- pulls you into the story where you feel for the characters. The books are clean and the words are even easy enough for a struggling reader. You will feel excitement, sadness, love, and hope in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is so good
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You get under it, so the spears won't hit you, and go for a walk.
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