The Brotherband Chronicles)
by: John Flanagan
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Summary: They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing. John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.
Thoughts: Oh Wow to this series... I couldn't put it down even being sick. So Hal is a boy entering the brotherband which is a coming of age trial/warrior thing that the boys do in Skandia. His father was a great Skandian hero who died in battle and his mother was an Araluen slave (the araleun's were the race that was featured in the ranger series.. which Will was mentioned in this book a little bit) So Hal is a thinker and they don't see much of that in their town. But since Hal is a mutt the others think of him as an outcast... They form a brotherband of the outcasts. (read the book guys its great) the brotherband is written by one of my favs authors of all time. So I'll be finishing the Ranger Series and trying to get my hands on the next book to this series!