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The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice #7)

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In a desolate northern fief, Will is trying to find the fighting men he needs to overcome Sir Keren and his band of criminals. Across the border, the fierce Scotti tribesmen are waiting for the signal that Castle Macindaw is in friendly hands, and the way is clear to mount a full-scale attack.
Time is running out. Will's courage and ingenuity - and the arrival of an old fr...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Random House Australia (first published May 1st 2006)
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Christopher Bittorf It is. It's like a glitch or something. It is book 6 but it sais book 7.
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Jen Hill
The Siege of Macindaw is the sixth book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. It releases in the US on August 11. I went into happy fangirl mode on Friday when I got home and discovered a galley on my doorstep. I won it off of Goodreads. Awesome. :)

I think I was even more excited for this one because book 5, The Sorcerer in the North, ended in a cliffhanger. ARGH. I hate that. Book’s 5 and 6 combine to create Will’s first adventure as a full-fledged ranger. In book 5, Will is asked to head north t...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I've found these books to be sort of, "uneven". I liked the early books, but the sequence concerning Will's captivity lost me some what as I found my interest waning. A lot of this will of course be somewhat personal and subjective and apply to me, some will I suppose find it to be true for them others less so. I found my interest in this YA series picking back up somewhat in the last couple of books (aside from my annoyance at the blatant cliffhanger with which the book before this ended).

Let m...more
Phleghm
I will make this 'review' for this and the previous book, as they cannot be separated in any way. Story wise, ofcourse. Page wise, they obviously have been.

There are a few major complaints I have about this 5 year time skip. I generally love time skips. It moves a story forward, characters can develop in more drastic ways, a lot of things can change, and the need to adapt to the new setting is generally very enjoyable. But, this one annoyed me.

Will, as such, didn't change. One tiny bit. His skil...more
Connor Mackay
There is supposedly a black magic user is the northern kingdom. But when Will gets there he realizes it was all a fraud so someone else could gain power.

Will has been in Macindaw for over one month. He was told the Orman is supposedly the sorcerer in the north. But he is not and neither is the man Malcom. Orman's traitorous cousin Keren has taken over the castle Macindaw and is giving it over to the scotti in return for wealth and power. Will has figured this out and has sent word to Halt and Cr...more
Tara
My favourite in the series. Probably the funniest.
rissabean
They just keep getting better and better!!!!
Meghan
Oh my gosh this book was SO HARD TO GET THROUGH. I was bored throughout most of the book, and I actually didn't touch it for a whole week before picking it back up again. I feel like instead of getting steadily better like I've heard, this series is getting steadily worse. I mean, in the first four, there was character development, interesting plot, there was more to the story than just fighting/strategizing, etc. In this book and the last, it's honestly just about strategizing for yet another f...more
Jason Yee
This book is a sequel to the Ranger's Apprentice. This book is about Will and Horace meeting up again after a long department. There seems to be an occuasion/misunderstanding of the lord of a castle called Macindaw. The lord, Orman, was the lord of the castle, until a commander, Keren who betray everyone's trust in order to gain control of the castle. So Orman and his servent, Xander escaped into the woods with the help of Will. They fled to Malcolm's place to seek shelter.
Will and Horace met...more
Karen Kaiser
I have a real soft spot for this series. I really do. I see people giving three stars and four stars and to be honest, they're probably giving more objective opinions. But I can't help it. I love this series to death.

I've been writing reviews for all of the books in this series as I re-read them. So I have nothing to say that I haven't already said in other reviews of these books. Good writing, great characters, interesting plots, amazingly creative, etc. etc.

There's only one thing that I don'...more
04HarryS
Rangers Apprentice: Siege On Macindaw
John Flanagan
The audience of this book is just about everyone, people who like action, suspense, drama, and a little romance would like this book.
The main problem this book addresses is thinking on your feet and being able to jump from one plan to another.
medieval ages, in a northern castle.
Protagonist: Will, Horace, Alyss, Malcom. Will: Will is a brave young man in his early 20's. He is smart, fast on his feet, and ready for anything. Horace: Strong, tough,...more
Tacowsh1t
So when i recieved this book i was a little worried about reading it. It is completely not the type of book that i would ever pick up at a book store. One because it is a young adult book and two because its not historical reading, its more fake historical (set in the past, in a made up place with swords and castles.) And since this was book six in the series, I was worried that i wouldn't understand what was going on. Needless to say i wasn't looking forward to reading it. But i did anyway. And...more
papasteve
This is the follow up book that continues the story of The Sorcerer of the North. I've liked the previous books in the series a little better than these two. Will, the main character is growing up, maturing. He's figuring out how to handle life and difficult situations without his mentor Halt to lead the way. In men's development literature, one of the themes is how we men may have a mentor that teaches us about life. But at some point we have to go our own way. We have to make our way in life o...more
Braxton Freeman
This was a very good book and it kept me interested throughout. I have read the entire series twice, and it is one of my very favorite books of the series. The series is also one of my favorite series.

This book was about 2 guys who were both known throughout the kingdom as heroes. One, Horace, as a warrior. The other, Will, as a ranger. They have to go to castle macindaw to investigate strange happenings. They soon find out that there is treachery about to happen, and must stop it to save aralue...more
Rebecca McKinnon
I've loved this series since I first picked up the first book. And I think this might be my favorite of them all--except for maybe the first book. Or the second. Or any of the others, I guess.

This is the first book where Will is a full Ranger, not just an apprentice, and I loved reading the way he handled the challenges he faces. I also liked how this book has so many friends from previous books in it, although I did miss getting to see more of Halt. Yes, I consider the great characters in books...more
Braden Bell
I loved the lesson here, that wits can triumph over brute force. It's good to see Will and his friends coming into their own and realizing they can confront serious problems.

I really think these books are great for young men especially. They are heroic and action packed. They demonstrate concepts of traditional masculinity that are disappearing: strength, honor, bravery. But the heroes are as likely to carry the day through their wits and intelligence as brawn and skill. They are also respectfu...more
Brandon
I still love these books. They continue to be great fun. I read these when i want something predictable and fun. I will keep reading the series.

The one thing I would say kind of fell flat in this book is some of the humor. Will and Horace are best friends and bicker like an old married couple. Sometimes it is kind of funny, but by the end I wasn't sure why they were friends. They never said anything nice! Then I realized that the author would gloss over the niceties and open up the dialogue when...more
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Eugenie Leung
Awwwwwwwwww. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. Oh my goodness, that ending was so fluffy, I wish Flanagan had just kept writing.

I really enjoyed this book. It's one of Flanagan's better books in the series, although it continues to suffer from over-telling things, dragging descriptions, awkwardly paced humour, and the educational feel when battle strategy is explained. All very typical Flanagan writing. STILL, the events were exciting and there was fluffy romance and bros being bros.

This book is a continuation...more
Brittany Stone
When we last saw Will Treaty, he had managed to find himself in a seemingly hopeless situation. The treacherous knight Keren and his sidekick Buttle had taken over Castle Macindaw, the heir apparent was about to follow his father to a slow death, and someone Will loves had been taken hostage. "The Siege of Macindaw" picks up immediately after that, and Flanagan steers the story in a more hopeful direction. While the middle part of this book is on the slow side, the gentle humor, elaborate strate...more
Jamie
Jun 29, 2014 Jamie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all adventure seekers
I've been reading this series for a long time and i always seem to enjoy them immensely. Maybe it is something about the main character, Will, and his ability to overcome and to create. He is an imaginative boy with the means to be an amazing fighter and a very capable friend to many. I can't remember a book series that made me want to shake the hand of the main character but this series just does. I can't say enough great things.

**spoilers**
To be honest, though i did enjoy the book, there were...more
Gene
Perhaps books 5 and 6 should have been joined together since they formed a single, complete story. It almost seemed like the combination was a little over the author's target length, so he split them into two and added a little fluff.

The pace in book 6 didn't feel like the pace in the earlier books. It seemed like there were some distinct lulls where the story shifted, instead of the smooth flow I had come to expect.

I still found the hypnotism aspect of things to be a little much, but this story...more
Laura
Having been unable to rescue Alyss, Will has retreated back to the forest. Knowing that Sir Keren is a traitor and is summoning Araluen’s enemies to the north, the Scotti, to take Castle Macindaw, Will must come up with a plan to take the castle himself. However contacting the King to summon an army could take months in the snowy winter, by which time it will be too late. Will soon discovers that he has a few different friends, old and new, to help him. However will it be enough?

Book six carries...more
Sebastien
Dans la même veine que le premier livre, car le livre 5-6 vont ensemble, ce livre est très décevant. Encore une fois on nous annonce une bonne idée, un siège. Je me disais "enfin on va avoir droit à un jeu de stratégie entre les personnages et l'histoire va prendre son envol". Nope. On a encore droit à un build up de 200 page pour donner un autre combat qui a pas de sens pour finir plus ou moins de manière satisfaisante. C'est à peine si on a un siège, pis non y'en a pas de siège, juste un truc...more
Jessica
Continuing this series, I always enjoy the story and the characters. Flanagan certainly has a way of drawing you into the story! But I have my usual gripes; they all have a very similar tone, feel, and the characters don't seem to be evolving much. I honestly have no idea how old Will is; though several years must have passed between this book and the first, he still seems a lot like the 15 year old boy were were first introduced to. I will say that this series has kept my nearly 10 year old up...more
Meleofa
I loved this story. It took me a while to finish it.

So I have listened to the whole series in audiobook form. The voice actor is phenomenal.

I adore these characters. The stories each focus mainly on Will, and this one takes place five years after the last book. Lots of amazing things happen.

I have to say, my favorite part is the very end. :)
Bobby Luke
This was another entertaining read, but there were parts of the book that didn't feel quite congruent to me. The "interrogation" scene was over the top and ridiculous. It just seemed excessively improbable, asking me to suspend my disbelief a little bit more than I was willing. Also Keren's sudden vulnerability and regret just felt out of character for him. I understand that Flanagan was trying to add some depth to the character, and flesh it out a little bit - I just didn't think this was the w...more
Emery
Pretty good. Simple continuation of the series. I do like that the series has within it several shorter groupings. This one finishes the story from Sorceror of the North pretty well. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but still fun to read.
Michelle Mcroberts
Why did I take so long to read this series? No idea. My husband has been recommending it to me for years and I know he has been enjoying listening to the audiobooks with me as I've cleaned the house and sat on the kitchen floor doing crossword puzzles when I should have been mopping...but I digress.

The wide variety of characters, each with his or her own distinct and different personality is a major strength of this book. Most pre-teens and teens should be able to find a kindred of sorts in one...more
Hannah
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I just barely finished it and ooh... Will was Alyss's Knight in Shiny armor only better! IT WAS SOOOOO CUTE!!! But the bloodshed in it was kind of unnecessary. xD
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For mysteries by this same author, see John A. Flanagan.

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It...more
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“Any sign of them yet? he asked. Will looked at him. 'Yes', he said. 'A party of fifty Scotti came though just twenty minutes ago'.
Really? Horace looked startled. He wasn't fully awake yet. Will rolled his eyes to heaven. 'Oh, my word, yes', he said. 'They were riding on oxen and playing bagpipes and drums. Of course not,' he went on. 'If they had come past, I would have woken you-if only to stop your snoring'.
I don't snore', Horace said, with dignity. Will raised his eyebrows. 'Is that so?' he said. 'Then in that case, you'd better chase out that colony of walruses who are in the tent with you...of course you snore.”
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“Will looked up angrily, shaking his head in disbelief.
Will you shut up? he said tautly.
Horace shrugged in apology. 'I'm sorry' he said, I sneezed. A person can't help it when they sneeze.
Perhaps not. But you could try to make it sound a little less like an elephant trumpeting in agony; Will told him. ”
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