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A chance encounter on the snowy slopes of a castle moat throws together three lonely teenagers: Emily, Simon, and the highly enigmatic Marcus, who is the catalyst for all that follows. At first the castle`s ruins are merely the backdrop to a day in the snow. But when the three break into the forbidden interior of the keep, they find the castle taking on a different and dee

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Miramax
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Ashley
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nina
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jonathan-stroud
After Bartimaeus, I expected something as grand as it, in terms of stories, characters, plots. I was greatly mistaken. I don’t know what’s the point of the story. Did Marcus tell his friends the real story about his injury and abuse? If he lied, why? I really didn’t get it.
Ashlyn Ahrendsen
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Melissa
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Jenn
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
B-zee
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ending macam apa ini?! Yah, tapi cerita di balik masing-masing karakternya cukup menarik. Dan kisah petualangannya cukup seru kalau bukan karena faktor luar (di luar buku ini) yang mengganggu hari-hari ini. 3.5 bintang deh.
Robin
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Annika
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
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Daria
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Klara
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Also so sehr gelangweilt habe ich mich schon lange nicht mehr.

Drei Kinder verstecken sich in einer Burg. Die Eltern und die Polizei versuchen sie da heraus zu bekommen.

Das wars. Hoffe ich hab nicht zu viel gespoilert.
Stephanie
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Camille
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Meh, really disappointed with this story. Had an interesting premise that fizzled out. I have enjoyed Stroud's other books.
Gill
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars as a book for the younger end of the YA market. Three young people, all bored and feeling abandoned by their parents during the winter break, visit the local castle and discover a means of entry.Stories, lies and truth become blurred, and ideas of loyalty, friendship and enmity are challenged. Well-written and extremely thought-provoking.
Alvina
Nov 29, 2011 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
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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
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Felita Hardigaloeh
Emily, remaja yg lg dilanda kebosanan dg rutinitas kotanya....
Simon, remaja yg jenuh dg kesumpekan rumahnya gara2 banyaknya saudara
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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
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Shienny M.S.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Heidi-Marie
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
Nalia
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Pujiyanto stiffy
Sep 30, 2013 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
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Yami
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhhhhhhhhh..am 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
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Brianne
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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J
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Jaye
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Nenangs
Mar 31, 2012 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
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Jamie
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Erika (Rickie) Savage
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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hpboy13
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: standalone
Hmm… I will sing the praises of Jonathan Stroud’s series (Bartimaeus and Lockwood) forever, but his standalone books are not doing it for me. The Last Siege begins very promisingly – an unlikely friendship between three outcasts, who bond over sneaking into an abandoned castle. It’s the kind of simple and sweet middle-grade book that makes me nostalgic for books that don’t involve the fate of the world.

Unfortunately, there was no ending. There was a siege of the castle, a bombshell dropped about
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Spencer Humphrey
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
This Stroud novel differed from the others that I have read in that there was no element of actual fantasy. It took place in modern time, but the story involves the occupation and siege of an old castle ruin. The story follows three teenagers as the discover what it means to trust and learn loyalty. In the end they discover more about life and relationships. Definitely orignal and easy to read, this books biggest struggle is a lack of a strong plot. The characters are fun to read about, but not ...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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