Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Ranger's Apprentice 6: The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan

The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice, #6)This book is the sixth in "The Ranger's Apprentice" series, and I gave it a rating of 5 out of 5. It is currently the last book in the series available in the United States. I found it interesting throughout the entire series how the author was able to make enemies become allies, and foes become friends. I didn't care for the way some of the characterization of Will and Halt changed throughout the series. The Rangers were very good at sensing trouble and heading off problems in the first couple of books. In the last few books, I got a little perplexed at the number of times they stumbled into ambushes or misread situations.

The Siege of Macindaw picked up where book five left off. Will is able to locate some Skandians and convince them to help attack the castle Macindaw. The new ruler of the castle has made a deal with the invading Scotties to help them invade the kingdom. Will, Horace, and the small band of Skandians must find a way to overtake the fortress and rescue Alyss, who's trapped in tower, along the way. The "evil" lord, the fearsome "sorcerer", and his strange creatures are allies in the siege. There is the usual banter between the different groups throughout the plot, but there is plenty of action once the plan gets underway. A little romance even blossoms during the resolution of the book.

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