This 6th book in Australian writer John Flanagan’s engaging Ranger’s Apprentice series picks up where the cliffhanger ending of book #5, The Sorcerer of the North, left off. I dove right into the tale, eager to find out how the hero, Will Treaty, would find the proper balance between the duty to his king and the safety of his friend that had been left as a hostage in book 5. Flanagan’s characters are very believable with distinct personalities, unique quirks and endearing qualities that had me holding my breath as I began the first few chapters.
The Siege of Macindaw was delightful because it allowed the main characters to really come into their own. Both seem a far cry from the young orphans they were in the first novel when they each had to declare a profession. Will, who began as a lowly and unexpected apprentice to the famous Ranger, Halt, learns to trust his own instincts and ideas even if they seem unconventional. Horace, the burly swordsman has not only grown in size and strength but in skill and bravery as well. As I closed the last pages of the book, with its very satisfying conclusion, I found myself wondering how the rest of the series could possibly get any better than this 6th book.
Paperback format, 293 pages, published by Puffin Books