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Here's the first book in a brilliant new trilogy by the author of The Navigator. The Ring of Five, set at a school for spies, is full of surprises as well as fascinating questions about loyalty, destiny, and what it means to be a spy. Danny Caulfield doesn't know how he ended up at a mysterious academy called Wilsons. A few of the students are pretty scary. Someone tries tHere's the first book in a brilliant new trilogy by the author of The Navigator. The Ring of Five, set at a school for spies, is full of surprises as well as fascinating questions about loyalty, destiny, and what it means to be a spy. Danny Caulfield doesn't know how he ended up at a mysterious academy called Wilsons. A few of the students are pretty scary. Someone tries to murder him. Even the ravens that haunt the school seem to be against him. Yet he also finds friends: Les, an exceptional thief; Dixie, who has an unsettling talent; and Vandra, a physick with special powers. It turns out that Danny is destined for a terrifying mission. As he embarks on his training, he is shocked and secretly thrilled to discover that he seems to have all the natural gifts of the perfect spy—most importantly, the ability to betray. Eoin McNamee's background as an author of adult thrillers informs this exhilarating, atmospheric adventure....

Title : The Ring of Five
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ISBN : 9780385737319
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Ring of Five Reviews

  • Emily Maurer
    2019-05-11 00:58

    Danny Caulfield has never really fit in at school. When Danny was a baby he had a surgery that went wrong and caused him to have a triangular shaped head and different colored eyes-one brown and one blue. He would constantly be bullied by his peers for his peculiar appearance, little did they know the importance he would soon become to their existence. Danny's parents had a very busy life and never gave him the time of day. He would often be alone by himself, forced to cope with the bullying and loneliness. Finally he asked his mother to transfer him to a different school so he could escape the bullies at his current school. She found a boarding school that she felt fit his needs, it was called Heston Oaks. Danny was to be picked up by a cab and taken to his new school. Naturally his parents were to busy to see, that their only son, got in the right cab or even left for that matter! When the cab finally did arrive Danny got in and the rather shady driver drove him to what Danny assumed to be Heston Oaks. However, Danny was bewildered to find that he was in fact at a school called Wilson's. He later finds out that this Wilson's is a school for spies! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, due to the exciting plot in the book. The Ring of Five has a mystery element that brings the plot to the next level. The mystery of not knowing what is going to come next keeps the reader intrigued and at the edge of their seats. In the beginning of the book the plot is rather slow, however as you read the plot quickly speeds up. This book is packed with plot twists that keep the reader guessing what the characters are going to do next. The mystery that is incorporated into the plot of The Ring of Five makes this book exciting to read. This book reminds me of another book I read, called Hex Hall, because of the similarities in main characters. In Hex Hall the main character never fit in at school and was always alone. In The Ring of Five, the main character also didn't fit in at school and was also often by himself. Both the characters also share the similarity of going to a new school and finding out that it is a special school with a special purpose. In Danny's case it was a school for spies and for the other main character it was a school of magic. The close similarities both the main characters share, reminds me of the book Hex Hall. To conclude, The Ring of Five is an intriguing book that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I gave this book a four out of five star rating, due to the slowness of the plot in the beginning of the book. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the book, with its exciting plot that kept me guessing until the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genres of mystery and/or action. Throughout the book, the element of mystery in the plot keeps the reader's interest that will stick with them to the end! Those are my feelings on The Ring of Five, read the book and tell me what you liked about the book!

  • Dhiksha
    2019-05-08 01:49

    Overall this book was good not bad, but good.The main reason I rated it 3 was because of the plot .It was a good concept combining fantasy with espionage,but the book needs some serious improvement. the writing style was crappy and there was almost no humour throughout the book!!!! Also the protagonist,Danny was kinda weird sometimes BLUSHING... for the most stupidest reasons..Also I felt that this book was a copy of the book "Scorpia" the sixth book of the Alex rider series.Danny, already irritated with having to put up with his new life becomes vengeful after his parents death is faked by Brunholm.He decides to leave Wilsons(similar to M16) and seek revenge by joining THe ring of five (similar to scorpia). Also Brunholm bears a great resemblance to Alan Blunt, easily willing to make many sacrifices but the consequences of the sacrifice are borne by Danny alone (similar to alex) Devoy in this case is like Mrs Jones scared and angry that they have placed a huge responsibility on Danny and worried that it might harm his sanity. But the characters in this book were not established properly.Eoin McNamee is trying to establish Les as a funny character but there's almost no humour throughout the book.Dixie seems kinda spirited and Vandra mysterious.But the best thing so far is that there's no crappy love triangle or anything ...well not yet.Though the plot seemed vague initially it got better towards the end.So basically i'd suggest you read the book if you have time spare or to just add to your list of read books.

  • Zoe Bly
    2019-05-19 23:52

    The ring of five was a very interesting book. In this book Danny, the main character, is always neglected by his parents, and has no friends because he is odd. Then one day his parents decide to send him off to a boarding school, or so they thought. Danny took a crazy taxi ride to Wilsons school for spies. CharactersDanny was an amazing character. He was very well developed but you didn't always know what he was thinking. This element about Danny kept the book interesting; it kept the reader thinking. The rest of the characters were very underdeveloped. These characters were developed enough that you understood who they were, but not much about their personality. All the characters were odd and sketchy, but not all characters were developed well enough. Text to WorldThis book reminded me a lot of what I hear on the news. I think this because of how Danny was bullied. On the news they talk about all these kids getting bullied all the time. Danny was bullied at his old school and his spy school. At his original school Danny was bullied because he was odd. At the spy school, where Danny was around people like himself, he was bullied because he looked like a cherb. Overall I thought this was a good book. This book had its problems but the book is very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into fantasy type books. Also I believe that would have to be at least eleven years old to read this boom because it does get confusing. I rate this book two stars because I didn't love it and it had its problems, but I did like it.

  • Fyre.Katz
    2019-05-21 18:03

    This book was worth the 5 stars, the pace was excellent. The characters were great, and the storyplot kept me guessing the whole time. Can't wait til book 2 comes out. I'm placing his other books on hold at the library now! Love him!!!

  • Danny Chen
    2019-05-10 21:18

    ........... ( I can't say anything, This book is THAT amazing. My mouth stayed open begging for the second book but I can't find it TT_TT)

  • Mikayla
    2019-04-25 18:18

    I is a really amazing book. I love the bit where Danny, Vandra and Dixie save Les! It is all awesome though.

  • Lucy
    2019-05-19 22:10

    This book is alsome with so many twist and to betray some one like danny did. I could never do that, it must have been hard on him.

  • Amanda Shook
    2019-05-18 22:16

    This is a book about Danny Caulfield, a future spy. Danny is sent to a boarding school, which is actually a school for spies, Wilson's, were he learns that he must take down the Ring of Five by becoming the fifth member. There are four main characters. They are Danny, Les, Dixie, and Vandra. Their motivation to take down the ring is their parents. Most, if not all, of their parents have been killed, and Wilson's is their only home. These characters are very well developed, although not very realistic. Les is a messenger with wings. Dixie can disappear and reappear randomly, and Vandra has fangs, which she uses to heal people. I like all of the characters, they are all fully developed. The characters are all very unique.This book reminds me of this other series that I have read. This series is called the Spiderwick Chronicles. In this series there are many mythical creatures and some live underground, like in The Ring of Five. They have similar mechanics as far as the make believe creatures. This series also has four main characters. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had some interesting plot twists. It mad many ways of keeping me interested. I would recommend this book to fiction readers. It has a lot of fictional concepts. Anyone really will enjoy this book. It has many different genres all combined into one.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-28 19:00

    I won this copy of The Ring of Five through Random House, and I'm glad I did because I quite enjoyed it. Danny Caulfield thought he was going to the boarding school but after getting into a mysterious cab, he's taken to Wilsons, an academy for spies. There, he befriends Les, Dixie, and Vandra, all with extraordinary talents. Danny is shocked to find himself being the target of a murder plan, and quickly realizes he has a mission to complete. The beginning quickly takes you into the story already. There's really little of the introductory stuff so it doesn't take forever for our protagonist to start his journey like other books would, and I love it for not taking me on a wild goose chase. Danny is a pretty likable protagonist, albeit way too clueless at times. I felt bad for him because of his parents neglect and nonchalance, so it was fun watching him get closer to his friends, especially the cutie pie that is Dixie. I'm not much of the spy fan (either the books or movies) but I was still plesantly amazed by the spy technology that was mentioned here. A lot of them were things that I wouldn't mind having just for fun.

  • Rebekah
    2019-04-26 01:04

    Danny Caulfield s heterochromatic eyes and pointy facial features are often the targets of his classmates jokes, but when his chronically absent parents decide to transfer him to a boarding school, Danny discovers that his appearance might be the key to saving the world. Whisked away in the middle of the night, Danny arrives at Wilsons, a school for spies located between the underworld and our world, where he must learn how to infiltrate an evil army threatening to break through to our realm. While McNamee provides a unique intermingling of fantasy and espionage fiction, the plot does not offer anything unexpected. Many of the events mirror themes present in the Harry Potter series, but the novel lacks the magic that exudes from Rowling s books, and a paucity of detail regarding the Lower World s history and characters diminishes reader investment. Despite these deficiencies, the author s suspenseful tone will tempt readers to pick up the sequel. Questions pertaining to identity and social situations will appeal to a middle-grade audience. Grades 5 through 7.

  • shadesofmaybe
    2019-04-22 21:55

    Well. Hum. I definitely liked the idea of a school of spies but that's it.The books has about 400 pages during which1. the boy is kidnapped and brought into another world altogether2. learns he is given a mission the whole world (the human one as well as the lower one) depends on3. goes on a complicated and dangerous journey (after having decided having been kidnapped is nothing one cannot forgive) into the heart of the enemy's base, btw now hating the ones having given him the mission, and deciding to join the enemy4. joins the enemy, betrays his best friend only to try to save him 5. returns to Wilson (the spy school) and that, as it seems, in a few minutes while the journey lasted much longer than that he first time but hey, maybe that train thingy was magical, right?All in all, it seems slightly too fast paced,at times it doesn't make sense at all, the school makes the impression of a Hogwarts for Spies and when I say Hogwarts I mean that it has the different houses, moving stairs etc. etc.Nope, I didn't like it.

  • J.Elle
    2019-05-02 18:13

    This was reminiscent of Harry Potter but not in a way that makes you feel all nostalgic about the first time you read it. It was more like, (big heavy shoulder-raising sigh) “another copy-cat wanna-be, I suppose I’ll soldier my way through it.” And I did, well, mostly. I admit to skimming the last forty pages or so. I just couldn’t get into it enough to muster up the energy to truly care. Danny’s parents decide to send him away to a private school, but Danny is sort of kidnapped and taken to a different school. It's a school of espionage and he is told that it’s the last boundary between the Upper and Lower worlds and he’s their last hope of survival. They groom him to go undercover and infiltrate their enemy’s ring. The book was confusing at times and I found myself frustrated by the fact that Danny acknowledged he was at a school for spies where he couldn’t believe everything he saw or heard, yet he unquestionably and automatically believed everything that happened to him. I do not plan to concern myself with any more books in this series.

  • Danie P.
    2019-05-04 02:15

    A definately fun read for fans of Harry Potter, supernatural stories, spy stories etc. Danny's parents really don't pay much attention to him. He's a strange young man with two different colored eyes that are a result from and "accidental" surgery his parents claim. When Danny is shipped off to a private school after not being able to fit in at his regular school he finds himself kidnapped by the taxt driver (His parents couldn't even be bothered to drop him off at school!) When he arrives at this mysterious place he finds that he is at a secret school for spies and that he is the missing link that completes the mysterious evil/good "Ring of Five"....

  • Val
    2019-05-17 21:48

    Aaron handed this book to me after he plucked it off the book shelf. It felt like Harry Potter but with a spy theme though not nearly as well written. (It is possible that part of that may have to do with being written by an Irish author. I felt the same way about the Artemis Fowl books.) I was more than half-way through the book before it felt the story was really moving and I wondered how it could possibly reach the climax with so few pages left. But the story did end in a timely manner. I am not surprised to find out this is a trilogy. If the library happens to have the other two I may finish it but won't be devastated if I don't either.

  • Ester
    2019-05-19 00:57

    The beginning was confusing but as it progressed its really good. Vandra the physik Dixie (A.K.A airhead) and the popping in an out of place crazy and not to mention Les the oldie but goodie guy with white angel wings. What's with the two worlds its difficult to understand but whatever the ring choosing Danny. Danny liking the feeling of power. Oh MY gosh he almost shot Smyk in the head with a derringer and Longford was watching all I have to say is holy [email protected]$t is he going to join the five what happens to Les is Dixie going to go or with Danny because a little romance is what this book needs I'm lookin for The next one got to go!!!!!

  • Corina Lin
    2019-05-08 22:04

    Very Interesting though,I did feel like giving up every 5 chapters or so.But I say it's good for whoever is interested in more complex story.

  • Kim
    2019-05-23 00:15

    This author looks like he started out writing adult books. He is the author of "Resurrection Man". The book is confusing and full of cliched writing, but the premise is unusual: a boy is sent to a school for spies and he is successful because of his capability to betray. This is an interesting concept and not one I've seen in a children's book. Perhaps ,this accounts for my discomfort without the book over all. I feel the author has a message or concept he is using fiction to expound.

  • Jeff Raymond
    2019-04-24 01:17

    The first title in what might end up being a pretty great series. A child thinks he’s going to a boarding school, but ends up at a school for spies in an alternate fantasy dimension. He is immediately thrown in the middle of a battle for the survival of the world itself, and the book has a very interesting way of handling what appears to be the classic good/evil battle on the surface. Excellent book, I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Highly recommended.

  • David Hayden
    2019-04-22 02:13

    Many people say it's a Harry Potter knockoff. Maybe. But it's not like Harry was the first special kid ever. Nor was Hogwarts the first magical or otherwise special school. The spy concepts are neat and you're not certain where the book is heading, which is a very good thing.But the book was missing a bit of spark for me. I enjoyed it but all the way through I kept thinking: This book is just short of being awesome. So in the end, 3 stars because I liked it and enjoyed.

  • Jess - The Tales Compendium
    2019-05-04 17:51

    This is an exciting story of deceit, action and espionage as we meet the kids at Wilson's Spy School. It questions loyalties and friendship and entwines good and evil as Danny tries to figure out his destiny. I would describe it as a mix of Harry Potter crossed with Cherub for ages 10+.Read this if you liked the Percy Jackson series, the Charlie Bone series, The Mysterious Benedict Society, the Nightmare Academy series or anything where kids get up to mischief!

  • Angie
    2019-05-01 19:15

    Interesting enough that I will keep up with the series.Not interesting enough that I will pre-order/wait in line/stay up all night reading.Not yet, anyway.I marked juvenile fic but it might really better be called middle grade. Too much for a third or struggling fourth grade reader. More for say, fifth, sixth, and maybe seventh?No quotes to share thistime.

  • Ethan Banerjee
    2019-04-23 18:13

    I think that this book is really good because it kept me thinking and wondering. Also the main charecter danny is very complex andis biukt on throghout the story. It is defiently a spy book and is full of trechery complicated plans and bluffs. Lastly I recomend this book to you because it is just all around a nerve racking action packed book.

  • Valerie
    2019-04-27 02:04

    I liked this book, but I do feel it could have been a bit better. It seemed like everything was too quickly to seem realistic. Also, this book seemed like a very good cross between the Gallagher Girls series and The Lord of the Rings. It's a very interesting combination, but this book proves it can be done.

  • Fedex
    2019-05-06 00:03

    Wow! I loved this book way more than I thought I would! I would give it only a three stars, but I applaud the fact that it totally surprised me, and I have read a lot of really good books for it to compete with. I do love the concept of two different kind of worlds thing, very creative! Good job Eoin McNamee!

  • Sarah Richards
    2019-05-08 19:17

    I would give this book a 3.5 but you can't do that with the stars. It was a better than average book and clever. It seemed to me to be set up for a squeal or a series. The characters where fun. Although there were no surprises (fairly predictable), it was still a good book--an enjoyable read.

  • John
    2019-05-21 00:49

    Two worlds, upper and lower. Teenage boy from the upper world goes to spy school in the lower world where he learns he belongs to the Ring of five, the bad guys. He He has to stay a good guy in order to save both worlds.good book. Janet even liked it.

  • Mariah
    2019-04-30 00:06

    I thought that it was an amazing book! it was also weird. Danny has a bad side and a good one and the bad sometimes takes over but other times the good does, but still the bad is always there. ( you feel like killing Danny at some parts and like hugging him at others Grrrrrrr! )

  • Cklien
    2019-04-24 19:59

    I have to admit I lost interest and could not make myself finish it. Cool concept but not for me.

  • Miriam
    2019-05-03 22:56

    Love a clean teen book with spies and espionage. This book had an interesting twist to it.

  • April
    2019-05-18 17:57

    Imagine Harry Potter as a spy.