Ranger’s Apprentice: The Siege of Macindaw, by John Flanagan, is the 6th book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.
Following the events in book 5, Will escaped to the forest when Keren took over Castle Macindaw. Alyss is held captive in a tower. And the evil Buttle escaped from the Skandians, returning to Castle Macindaw to work for Keren. When Horace arrives to help Will, a group of Skandians are hired to assist with the retaking of the castle as well. But Keren has plans. He has allied with the ruthless Scotti, who have plans to take over the entire area. Will and Horace must find a way to stop them before all is lost.
My hopes were high again for this installment, as the series has become one of my favorites. Will, Horace, and Alyss are fantastic characters constantly showing loyalty, conviction, and bravery. In this latest story, Will and Horace must rely upon their wits and intellect to combat an enemy with the odds stacked in favor of Keren. Circumstances also come to a head with the relationship between Will and Alyss, with whom there has always been an underlying attraction.
While this series is best read in order, don’t let the numbers trouble. These are quick, fast-paced, adventure-filled books for young readers. Though, the series has plenty of action, humor, and even a bit romance to appease fantasy fans of all ages.