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The Second Siege: Book Two of The Tapestry Library Binding – September 23, 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Tapestry Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—Fans of The Hound of Rowan (Random, 2007) will love this sequel. Those who haven't read the first book will simply be puzzled. In their second year at Rowan Academy, Max McDaniels and his roommate David Menlo, a mystic, discover that they must live with the Witches to fulfill a pact made years before they were born. To keep them and the Book of Thoth safe from the demon Astaroth and in the hands of Rowan agents, they are "kidnapped" by an ally. While on the run, the Red Branch offers to activate Max to be its newest agent. Initially, Max demurs but after dodging danger in Europe, finding his mother in the land of the Sidh, discovering his real father's identity, and having several harrowing encounters with Astaroth, he embraces his identity as the reincarnation of Cuchulain and joins as a full-fledged agent. The Second Siege is chock-full of magic, myth, and adventure, and has some fun and interesting characters and an intense, engaging plot. That said, without the background information from the first book, it will be hard for readers to follow.—Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA
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It’s Max McDaniels’ second year at Rowan Academy, a contemporary American boarding school where students are trained to fight against supernatural foes. He and his sorcerer roommate, David, along with several others, human and non, are embroiled in a quest to stop the demon Astaroth from finding the Book of Thoth, which holds the key to all creation. As governments fall to Astaroth, Max and David travel across Europe and beyond in search of the book’s location. Proud, emotional Max and frail, calculating David suffer realistic setbacks and humbling experiences that change them, while Astaroth is delightful in his sly, polite wickedness. Neff’s writing is infused with history and myth, and a sense of adventure: add well-rounded characters, and this makes for a captivating read.  New readers should start with the first book, The Hound of Rowan (2007) as this one doesn’t look back, but the dark conclusion and its potential consequences will ensure an eager readership for the third. Although Neff will not escape Harry Potter comparisons, in this volume he moves into his own distinctive voice. Grades 6-9. --Krista Hutley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Tapestry (Book 2)
  • Library Binding: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375938966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375938962
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Wow. What a great story. For those of you who read Neff's first installment, "The Hound of Rowan", you will really enjoy this book. Right from the beginning, the story line grabs you as we find a more mature Max McDaniels using his newfound powers to get out of a tight situation. Max now has more control of his formidable physical gifts and immediately demonstrates why he is such a threat to "The Enemy". And the book doesn't slow down from there. The battle of good versus evil pitched in Neff's first book intensifies as Max, David Menlo and the rest start a quest around the world to gather critical resources to aid their fight. As the enemy closes in and starts to reshape the world around them, Max and crew must travel to Europe, relying on a network of allies to stay hidden, all while Max continues to learn more about himself, his family, and his responsibilities for the future. After a variety of toe-to-toe interactions with the enemy, a visit to Rassmussen's Workshop, the Second Siege culminates in an epic standoff in the fight for who will control earth as we know it.

This story has the epic feel of "Lord of the Rings", the youthfulness of "Harry Potter", and the sophistication and modernity of "Mission Impossible." I highly recommend this to readers of the first book and encourage new readers to pick up the Hound of Rowan to get started with this great new series.

I cannot wait for the next book to see what happens...
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As compellingly exciting and funny as The Hound of Rowan is, book two of The Tapestry takes the series to a thrilling and sophisticated new level. The story expands exponentially--geographically across the globe, with significant consequences for the world, and an indication of the tremendous challenges to be faced by the chosen young heroes Max and David. To meet these demands, they must grow up strong and fast, and their personal development is as fascinating as the circumstances in which they find themselves. The Second Siege is filled with exciting action, mythological grandeur, and much to think about in terms of both the formation of personal character and the larger stage of history.
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"The Second Siege" is book two of The Tapestry that takes the series to a thrilling and sophisticated new level. You become deeply involved with the two main characters Max and David as they grow and develop. You can't help but personally feel their highs and lows throughout. I am a serious Harry Potter fan but may have found its rival. This is a great book! I can't wait for the next one in the series.
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I very much enjoyed reading the first Tapestry book, and especially liked the intimate feel of Rowan Academy and the interactions between and among students and faculty. Some serious thought had been given to the magic system, and to what Max and David's special powers would be.

This second volume is a worthy successor to "Hound...", and certainly stays true to the characters and the plot that was set in motion in that volume. Potential buyers should be aware, however, that the story has now moved into the realm of the epic. By that I mean the conflict is global, other magical factions are involved, other planes of existence have been opened up, and the range of demonic bad guys has been expanded. That's fine, up to a point, but there is a possibility you will be disappointed by this expansion.

Big fantasy is harder to write, and lots of times the characters get lost in all the work it takes to keep the big picture in focus. Many readers drifted away from series like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time because of this problem. Sometimes I think the genius of Lord of the Rings is that it manages to tell the grand epic tale without ever leaving the point of view and the up close reality of just a few central characters.

Anyway, because of the direction in which it is moving I thing the series has lost a bit of its charm. On the other hand, there is a lot more adventure, combat, intrigue, and big magic. That may actually make this book more appealing to some than the first volume was. And, Max and David are still compelling enough characters that you will probably want to see them through their odysseys.
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Where "The Hound of Rowan: Book One of the Tapestry" sets the table, "The Second Siege: Book Two of the Tapestry" serves the feast. I was drawn pleasantly along in the first book sensing a story with remarkable potential and then like a roller coaster making its slow inexorable rise to the summit, the second book drops into free fall and you're on your way for a thrilling ride. All the characters you've come to know, the hero Max McDaniels, David Menlo, Conner, the enigmatic Cooper, and the staff of Rowan are all pulled headlong into the twists and turns of Henry Neff's very capable imaginings. As the storyline turns darker, he avoids predictability at every turn and in the end you're starving to move to the next installment. At the heart of the story the basic theme of good versus evil (sometimes in pretty raw form) constantly challenges Max, while he simultaneously deals with teenage and family issues. It's exciting to experience how he continues to rise to the occasion. Though the story is classified as young-adult fare, it easily engages adult audiences as well.
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