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The Last Siege

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  800 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Der knisternde Psychothriller des umjubelten Bartimäus-Starautors

Eigentlich wissen Emily und Simon so gut wie nichts über Marcus. Es war Zufall, dass sie einander auf dem gesperrten Burggelände begegneten; und es war nur eine fixe Idee, einzusteigen und in der Ruine zu übernachten. Einfach so, als kleiner Nervenkitzel inmitten öder Ferien. Doch Marcus verwandelt die Burg i
Published (first published October 1st 2006)
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Apr 17, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction, ya
I can't help worrying that Stroud spent all his humor and creativity on the Bartimeaus books. I want so bad to really enjoy his other work but it tends to leave me a little disappointed. This book had many fun and redeeming plot developments, but ultimately it crash landed in a pile of doo doo at the end. The story was about three early teens who end up sneaking into a castle and staying the night. It had some nice camping and ghost story qualities which I loved, but the characters were a little ...more
Ashlyn Ahrendsen
Oct 25, 2015 Ashlyn Ahrendsen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-12
Three kids--Emily, Simon and Marcus, find themselves wanting to discover an old abandoned castle. They live in a town with not much to do, and so one day they decide to cross over the walls and explore. Marcus knows much about this castle and tells them of a siege that happened 300 years earlier. After a fun night in the castle, they leave and go back to their normal lives. Soon however, Emily and Simon notice smoke coming from the castle's chimney and discover Marcus has once again crossed over ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three present-day teens are thrown together in the last defense of a medieval castle—each one lonely for a different reason. Emily is an only child whose schoolmates either pick on her or ignore her. Simon is the youngest child of a big, blue-collar, trouble-making family, who often gets picked on at home. And as for Marcus... well, he's not even from the West Norfolk village where the children sneak onto the grounds of a ruined castle for a bit of sledding and snowball-fighting. No one really k ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I attempted to read this but it was so tirelessly boring I couldn't finish it. I enjoyed the Bartimaeus Trilogy and although those books had their moments of flagging enthusiasm, they had rousing plots, the resolutions of which I looked forward to discovering. Halfway through The Last Siege I never had a clear understanding of what was at stake for the characters-- what was the plot? what was the conflict? why should I care? I really wanted to enjoy this book, but it just seemed to go on and on ...more
duniamimpigie Anggi
Tadinya mau ngasih 2 bintang aja. Tapi ternyata klimaksnya SERU abis!

Hampir 3/4 bukunya ngebosenin bagi saya. Ugh, padahal setting cerita ini hanya berlangsung di sebuah kastil kecil, tapi sepanjang cerita saya masih aja kesulitan membayangkan wujud kastil itu sepenuhnya. Entah karena masalah terjemahan dan penyuntingan, entah emang penulisnya kurang mahir (tapi ini Jonathan Stroud gitu lho!), entah sayanya aja yang lagi gak mudeng. Tapi kayaknya sih yang pertama; pasti sulit menemukan padanan k
Mar 12, 2015 Yami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition so flustered with the ending,,,wt will happen next I wanted a more solid conclusion, just few more pages to know, though I can see it ,but I wanted to actually read the words...

the novel was short, fast paced, and I have no idea what will happen, though the title gave it away, yet didn't understand the circumstances that will lead to it, really liked Marcus, he IS a story teller,,,but the ending I am still agitated about it. it made me shout at the book and scratch my head in fr
Hanifah Mahdiyanti
There is always deeper meaning behind anything.
There is always different viewpoint of every event.

Tema dasar kisah ini adalah: kenakalan remaja. Kita diajak untuk memahami tiga remaja, Emily, Simon, dan Marcus. Yah, susah-susah gampang memahami mereka.

Kondisi cuaca bersalju yang dingin. Yup, aku sudah pernah mengalaminya dan waktu membacanya, rasanya seperti dikembalikan ke peron tempat aku nunggu kereta dari Yamagata ke Tsuruoka selama 1 jam! Petugas keretanya sampe heran liatin aku jalan-jal
This book was weird. Not weird like mystery meat casserole weird, but weird like when you order a taco expecting that there will be lettuce and cheese and tomatoes and maybe some guacamole on it, but there isn't anything inside the shell but taco meat, and it's not very good taco meat at that. That is what this book is like.

I loved the castle. It sounded very much like the Castello di Avio in Italy. I fell in love with the castle in this book as I fell in love with the Castello di Avio years ago
Annika Ehlig
Ich weiß gar nicht wo ich genau anfangen soll ... Vielleicht erst mal mit dem positiven. Die Idee der Geschichte war nicht schlecht und hätte durchaus Potenzial gehabt es zu einem (Jugend-)Thriller zu machen. Der Schreibstil war ganz gut, wie man es von Jonathan Stroud gewohnt ist und sorgt dadurch schon für kurze Spannungsmomente. Dadurch auch 1 Stern.
Nun leider zu dem großen negativen Aspekt dieses Buches. Erstens fand ich die Charaktere Emily, Simon und von allem Markus ganz schrecklich. Es
Sep 15, 2008 Daria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been expecting something along the lines of time-travel and an actual siege of the old castle ruins in medieval times. This sort of adolescent story does not appeal to me (they never do, I confess), but there's no denying that Jonathan Stroud's writing is nothing short of brilliant, as always.
Stephanie Jewett
Mar 27, 2013 Stephanie Jewett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2013
A bit boring until the big climactic finish. I didn't like Marcus pretty much from the beginning. Also, from the back of the book I thought there would be a supernatural element to it, so I was a bit disappointed on that front.
Mar 10, 2015 Jeanette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful! It was not what I expected AT ALL! The ending is the worst! and it could've been GOOD!

The title makes it sound like it will be a historical tale, but when you find yourself in the semi-modern day you reroute your thinking. Ok, maybe they'll be transported back in time somehow. Nope. This is just about a few kids that break into an old castle and try to hold off a caretaker, a parent, the police, and some social workers from getting in and trying to get them out. He could even have made i
Dec 03, 2011 Alvina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiksi, punya
Judul Buku : The Last Siege (Pengepungan Terakhir)
Penulis : Jonathan Stroud
Alih Bahasa : Ribkah Sukito
Editor : Primadonna Angela
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Tebal : 282 halaman, paperback
Cetakan Petama : Oktober 2011
ISBN : 978-979-22-7611-4

Kali ini Stroud tidak bercerita tentang fiksi fantasi seperti biasanya, The Last Siege ini kesemuanya berisi tentang secuplik kisah tiga anak yang awalnya bertemu di sebuah reruntuhan Kastil. Pertemuan Emily, Simon dan Marcus awalnya terjadi secara tidak
Apr 01, 2012 Nalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lagi, salah satu karya Jonathan Stroud yang jadi favoritku...
seperti biasa, Stroud kembali menyajikan tokohnya dengan karakter yang bukan hebat, superior, tangguh atau semacamnya -Emily yang terlihat selalu pesimis di awal, Simon yang kesannya agak temperamen dan Marcus yang sedikit gila-
termasuk di buku ini...

bercerita mengenai Emily, Marcus dan Simon yang awalnya tidak saling mengenal namun menjadi teman setelah mereka memasuki salah satu reruntuhan kastil di desa mereka. Awalnya Emily dan Sim
This is a good book. It was a little slow getting into, but I was definitely hooked in the last 2 CDs. However, I was completely wrong about what I had thought the book would be as I went into it. I must have read the back cover of the book at least 10 times every time I considered reading it and then ended up with a different book. But I knew I wanted to read this one. I'm glad I did. But I'm thinking I would have enjoyed the book more if I hadn't kept expecting certain elements to come up that ...more
Felita Hardigaloeh
Emily, remaja yg lg dilanda kebosanan dg rutinitas kotanya....
Simon, remaja yg jenuh dg kesumpekan rumahnya gara2 banyaknya saudara
Marcus, remaja kota tetangga yg penuh ide imajinatif

Ceritanya Emily, gara2 ga ada kerjaan, dia bermain salju di dekat reruntuhan kastil. lg asyik main sendirian tiba2 saudara2 Simon yg emg bandel2 ngerjain Emily. (Simon ga ikutan, tp dia cm ngeliatin aja).

Kabur dari saudara2 Simon, Emily ketemu Simon yg meminta maaf dg kelakuaan saudara2nya. Di saat itulah mereka
Shienny M.S.
Dec 23, 2011 Shienny M.S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
honestly... the only thing I don't like about this book, is the Indonesian version cover design....

I dont mean any disrespect to whomever designed it, whoever it was... but obviously he/she did not even bother to read the story or even take a peek inside.

The story was set in old abandoned castle somewhere in rural Britain, and it happened during winter. The Indonesian version cover depicted something that resembles more of a Mediterranean castle, in summer....

just for the fun of it I try to do
Pujiyanto stiffy
Oct 15, 2013 Pujiyanto stiffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
buku yang pertama kubaca dari Mr Stroud.
Dan Mr Stroud.... serta terutama Marcusmu....kalian berdua berhasil memperdayaiku!!

Aku cukup menyukai kisahnya ini. Sampai menjelang detik2 terakhir, kisahnya si Marcus berhasil memainkan emosiku. Mendukungnya atau mengutuknya--sampai akhirnya, ahh masih terngiang dengan kalimat ini, 'Mungkin sulit untuk mengadukan ayahmu pada dunia'
Di sini kembali tercabik antara di pihak Marcus atau tidak, karena seperti yang dikatakan pihak dinas sosial kepada Em, kit
Feb 15, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok and I did enjoy reading it in a lazy kind of way, but not a lot happens for most of the story, and I never really felt much of a sense of danger or excitement that I was expecting from the synopsis. I liked the descriptions of the castle and setting, and found the shifting moods, loyalties, and motivations of the main characters interesting. The sense of that weird kind of fleeting but intense friendship that can develop between strangers in an unusual situation was this books s ...more
Jan 14, 2016 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It was okay. I suppose I would have enjoyed it more as a kid/teenager; the plot was meant for children, not adults.

Also, while the author is good with suspense, he is not very good in setting his scenes. I found myself lost in his (prolonged) descriptions of the castle. There is a paragraph in the same novel that wonderfully describes my frustration towards his writing style (when it comes to descriptions):

“It was hard to keep track of what he said, hard to sift things so you saw them properly
Izzatur Rahmaniyah
The story is simple but quiet interesting! I always love stories about children's adventure in the castle like a book from Edith Nesbit entitled The Enchanted Castle. Well, Jonathan Stroud is one of my favourite fantasy authors. This book reveals different persona of him in writing. I've read his trilogy, The Bartimaeus Trilogy. Yeah both of the book has different senses!
Apr 05, 2012 Nenangs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pecinta buku petualangan enid blyton
lumayan bagus. mengingatkan pada seri petualangan Enid Blyton. meski tidak seheboh heroes of the valley, apalagi trilogi bartimaeus yg spektakulieur, tapi masih menunjukkan ciri2 khas stroud, terutama dalam hal penokohan dan karakterisasi. abg umur sekitar 11-15 tahun, berjiwa pemberontak, terkucil/dikucilkan dari teman2 sebayanya. yah kecuali barti sih, sang jin 5000 tahun itu. tapi saya belum baca mr norell sih. juga the leap (segera).

tapi jadi ada satu hal yang bikin penasaran. bukan ttg ceri
Apr 24, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's ever felt lost or alone growing up
Recommended to Jamie by: Librarian
One of the only novels I've read that captures the magic of childhood without entering the world of fantasy, Stroud manages to capture the great loss that emerges as we travel through life (from childhood to adulthood) and are subject to disillusionment, death and isolation.

The three central characters in the novel each feel themselves separated from their peers and - though very different in personality - find solace in each other's company as they embark on a magical adventure in an abandoned
Jul 29, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mainly picked up this book because it's Jonathan Stroud, and after a terrible "book hangover" caused by his Bartimaeus Trilogy, I set myself a goal to read his every book.
This isn't TBT. It's not fantasy. However, it's a great book by a great author.
This is about an adventure kids can have. It tells about such things as imagination and inspiration, bravery and friendship. Teenagers find an abandoned fortress in a small town, and, fascinated, explore it, play in it and - even - protect it.
I c
Sep 20, 2015 Spike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story never really got any legs for me. A disappointing work from an otherwise talented author. I could not feel much sympathy for any of the characters, or take interest in the setting. For a much better read, try Heroes of the Valley.
Erika (Rickie) Savage
Feb 21, 2012 Erika (Rickie) Savage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: febuary
This book is about a boy with a huge imagination, (Marcus), visiting this town, where he meets Emily and Simon. soon the three friends find an old abandoned castle, and they start to explore it almost everyday. later in, while Marcus is travelling, in between his home town and the town his friends live, his imagination starts to work up. soon enough their little adventure in the castle becomes a big mess.

I picked/finished this book because it sounded like an adventure, mixed with a bit of horro
I randomly picked this book, I have never heard about this author before and surprisingly, I liked it better than I thought. I was considering giving this just 2 stars but on reflection, I think the themes in this book are sufficiently thought provoking to deserve 3 stars.

Best thing about this is it's quite a different story from other fantasy works because it's really a conflict between fantasy and reality and to be honest, the young readers need more realistic fiction because there's more tha
Jan 28, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love some of JS's other stuff but found this one to be a bit flat. It's a shame because i so wanted to like it.

I spent rather a lot of money to get the audiobook over from the States, but found it to be very drawn out and lacking in any great substance.
Dec 05, 2012 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good read. I read it several years ago, forgot the name, was reminded of the plot today somehow, and just spent a half-hour searching various databases to figure out which title it was -- that's how strong a pull this young adult novel had for me. Three misfit (or are they, really?) teens are trapped on a snowy day inside a partially dilapidated castle. The writing is atmospheric, the dialogue realistic, the setting intense, the climax unsettling. Stroud's best work (in my opin ...more
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Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies
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