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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Stroud Narrator: David Thor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 imaginative and enigmatic Marcus.

At first, the castle’s ruins are merely the backdrop to a day in the snow. But when the three break in to the forbidden interior of the keep, they find the castle taking on a different, and deeper, meaning. Despite the freezing conditions, they spend the night there, to experience the power of occupation.

But when the reenactment gets out of control a very real siege ensues, and their playful dare soon turns into a frenzy of nightmarish action.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Osho | 2/16/2014

    " A delightful and well-delivered young adult novel from the author of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, The Last Siege plays with the conventions of fantasy while lightly skirting the genre. Stroud's characters are believable, which is important to the reader's experience, since they are not always credible. Indeed, a major strand of the novel involves the characters' evaluation of the others' reports about their own trustworthiness and experiences. The situation into which the teens are drawn is made plausible by Stroud's shaping of the narrative, and all three characters are largely sympathetic. Stroud may be forgiven a continuity flaw or two (early on, Emily's sled simply disappears from the tale). He picks his details well, and if you're not cold and exhausted by the end, you're not reading attentively enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kasey | 2/12/2014

    " Extremely well written. A great mix of realistic fiction and a good adventure story!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul | 1/11/2014

    " After reading the Bartimaeus Trilogy, I wanted to read more Stroud. I was fairly disappointed by this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andy | 12/31/2013

    " I've liked everything else I've read by Stroud, so I tried this one as well. It's my least favorite, but it does a good job of imagining an ancient castle and 3 teens who take up temporary residence, and their struggle against the outside world. Decent suspense, but not nearly as involving and vivid as the Bartimaeus trilogy or Valley of Heroes. "

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