The Siege of Macindaw

The Siege of Macindaw

Book - 2009
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Now a full-fledged Ranger, Will must rescue his friend Alyss from a rogue knight and uncover vital information needed to ward off a Scotti invasion.
Publisher: New York :, Philomel Books,, 2009.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780399250330
Branch Call Number: Y FIC FLAN
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 24 cm.


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May 02, 2020

This book has a lot of adventuring in it.

lgmosher Dec 24, 2019

"Failure is often just a few seconds away from success" -Will Treaty

Look at him being all wise.... Our mini Halt!"

"If you worry that you'll lose, you probably will." -Halt

I will forever quote Halt! ALL the life lessons being learned from Halt. Forever and always love Halt with all that I am capable of."

I absolutely love Will's head in this book. It pulls you in closer to the character of the Ranger. On the plus side we also get to see inside of Sir Horace head as well! and I have to say I am loving it.

The fact that he stays his same knight self but still wont let Will completely boss him around and he asserts himself. I will forever love the Will/Horace team! Orman was correct. They do make quite a team.

Disclaimer: if Will and the princess (who I can't stand btw get) together and it's not Will and Aylss I'ma riot! Will doesn't need a self absorbed girl who wants him to do what she wants. He needs someone who cherishes him and loves him not for what he has done for her but because of who he is. She belongs with Horace and Will belongs with Alyss.

Halt often reminded him of an old archery master's dictum: Before you shoot an arrow, see it fly a thousand times in your mind. (Prepare for the shot by setting a successful outcome in your mind).

Did anyone else's brain go straight back to the fourth book where Erak and Halt were checking on the invaders and Halt, without seeing the man shot him down from memory... using this exact trick! Ah, LOVE Halt!

I'm waiting for Gilan to come back. I absolutely LOVE older Will but he can't take the place of Gilan (my favorite secondary character... other than Halt of course). Halt of course is in this one briefly but I'm still holding out for when we get to see Gilan again!"

The end if this book just did it for me. I was loving it and that shot it over the moon!

Will sweetie, never change. You could do what is expected of you could go the extra mile, and in this case..... Quite literally!!

On to the next one :)

Jun 01, 2018

I'm sorry, but I don't think this was worth reading, at least not most of it, anyway.
First of all, literally the entire plot is about a "damsel in distress" who has to be saved from an evil guy who wants to "invade the country" while her "rescuer" builds up an army to overthrow the stereotypical bad guy and win back the girl. In my opinion Alyss should have got herself out of the tower at the end or something.
However I did enjoy the parts with Will and Horace, so I guess it is worth something.
Sorry if this comment is negative but I needed to get my opinion out there

Nov 18, 2017

Very well-written and entertaining sixth instalment in the 'Ranger's Apprentice' series. Not my favourite, but still a great read.

Its a great book in a great series, but not the best.

Jun 21, 2016

it good

Mar 23, 2016

For a much more detailed review, check out this book on my blog!

A great, exciting addition to the story and a terrific ending to the current story arc. It is a bit darker than early books, and there are several instances of the word “damn” as well as slightly more descriptive battle scenes and wounds. However, I think anyone ten and older would love the book.

Jul 22, 2015

One of the best books ever!

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Jan 23, 2015

I love these books so much it hurts! I could read them over and over.

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Dec 04, 2014

"There was some mention of food?" he reminded them. Horace always did have a good grasp of priorities.

Dec 04, 2014

"I don't snore," Horace said, with dignity.
Will raise 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."

May 16, 2013

He kissed her forehead gently to calm her. He sensed the confused tangle of thoughts in her mind.

Jul 25, 2012



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Jun 21, 2016

With the overthrow of Castle Macindaw by Keren, Orman's traitorous cousin, Will Treaty needs to find men to help win back the crucial northern stronghold. Will seeks out a group of shipwrecked Skandians, which he hires as mercenaries. Halt, Will's former mentor, and Crowley send Horace to help Will, and together, they manage to take prisoner MacHaddish, a Scotti general, in league with Keren. They manage to find out that Keren has made a deal with the Scotti and is allowing them access to Araluen's northern fiefs in return for a portion of their plunder.

Alyss has been held captive by Keren who has been mesmerising her and pumping her for information that may be of use to him. Will sends Alyss a stone to help thwart Keren's attempts to control Alyss' mind however and she is able to deceive Keren for a while. Alyss and Will send messages using the code taught to all members of the Ranger Corps and Diplomatic Service and are able to relay messages.

They make a wheelbarrow-like machine to wheel over to the castle. It collapses, according to plan, and the Skandians pretend to run away. Keren tells his men to try to "set that thing alight", but failed in his attempt and the castle defenders, murderers and bandits, quickly become uninterested in the strange machine and are easily distracted by a show of lights and strange hallucinations to the south. While that happens, Keren asks Alyss for her hand in marriage, however she refuses.

When all the focus is away from the west wall, Will and Horace, who had been under the machine, put ladders up onto the wall. Later, the Skandians run and manage to climb the ladder. They slaughter the defenders and quickly gain a foothold in the castle but Will runs to the central tower, carefully, to avoid defenders' attacks, to rescue Alyss. There, Alyss is mesmerised by Keren. Keren tells her to kill Will if he hurts him in any way. Will doesn't want to shoot Alyss, but he knows that he has to kill Keren. Will tells Alyss "I love you", the spell is broken and Alyss is shocked at what she was about to do. A fight between Keren and Will ensues. With a smaller saxe knife, Will quickly is overpowered by Keren, until Alyss splashed acid into Keren's face who reels backwards in agony and falls to his death out of the window.

Later, many soldiers of Norgate come to Macindaw to help defend and go to the north to ensure the Scotti invasion force turned back, leaving the Skandians to defend Macindaw. When he returns to the "Healer's Clearing", he decides to give Shadow to Trobar. Will goes back to Seacliff Fief and falls into a peaceful but unfulfilling lifestyle and becomes depressed, until he receives a letter from Alyss which says that she loves him. Will hurriedly saddles Tug and begins the trek to Redmont.

Jan 21, 2012

Will, along with Horace and a surprising band of followers must attack Macindaw Castle in order to defeat the lord who resides there.


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Apr 23, 2013

Violence: some battles

Jan 21, 2012

Violence: Contains low level violence.

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