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The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles #1)

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From the author of the global phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice!

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
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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As a fan of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series I was not sure what to expect with the first in his The Outcasts series. However I soon settled into this novel and came to appreciate and enjoy what he had written. Of course while his work is aimed predominantly at older children and younger teens it can be enjoyed by various age levels in my opinion.

There was a reasonable amount of various nautical terms floated around but nothing too technical. Flanagan does do an excellent job of helpi
May 28, 2012 Kit rated it it was amazing

Why, oh why, John Flanagan, must you create another wonderful book series and leave us on tenterhooks in a cliffhanger ending?

Ugh, I loved this book. It was very reminiscent of Ranger's Apprentice in the brotherly comradeship, and of course, some of the characters like Erak are recycled. Hal is very much like Will. Both are outcasts and have different talents than most people, but they find their place and turn out to have much talent. This is both good and bad, as I loved Will a
Cait Grace
John Flanagan's Rangers Apprentice series: The Ruins of Gorlan was my FAVOURITE childhood series! I even reread the books now and love them to pieces. Naturally I thought I'd enjoy Brotherband. But HECK was I wrong.

But the reasons I liked John Flanagan's books are:
- humour
- medieval action adventure
- unlikely heroes
- awesome female heroines
- awesome and varied world building

I expected these things (normal, nice and awesome things) to carry onto the new series. They did not. In fact, Brotherban
Clare Cannon
May 08, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 9-14 years (boys)
Shelves: 08-12yrs, 13-15yrs

Another brilliant adventure from the author of the Ranger's Apprentice series, for boys 9-14 (and anyone else who loves historical action-adventure... I thought it was great!). The scene setting in the initial chapters may be the only challenge for reluctant readers, but from chapter five the action begins when the boys are divided into brotherbands who must compete for the ultimate championship. Each challenge is bigger than the last, and among the unevenly matched teams we desperately hold ou
I'm sorry to say I didn't enjoy this book.

This is a young adult book, I understand, but I couldn't help but feel insulted by the writing. It was all function and nothing else, and worse than that it had so many repetitions and explanations of gestures that it made me think John Flanagan thought his readers would be idiots who didn't understand that when a character nodded it meant they agreed with something. Everything is told, nothing shown. I was TOLD that someone was angry or confused or happ
Katrina Ly
Nov 09, 2011 Katrina Ly rated it it was amazing


i cannot believe he ended like that!!!!

no john flanagan! u must not do this to us!!!!!!!!!


how long must i wait for the next?! how long?! how long must i suffer?!

ok so anyway, i am calm now.

so to any who was just thinking about reading this book, let me give you a basic run-down of what to expect. the book opens to a scene where erak and his crew r raiding some village. it is ridiculously easy, which makes i
Aug 07, 2013 Allison rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
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Dec 29, 2011 Tyrean rated it it was amazing
Hal, an outcast mentored by an outcast, befriend by outcasts, is a well-written character in the midst of a somehwat expected plot. Yet, for all the familiarity of the plot, and even some of the characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Flanagan has a way of taking some familiar characters and giving them a new look and a new way of dealing with tough situations.

At first, it seems that Hal is up against his entire society, but we find that he has unexpected allies, and his wits serve him well
Lou Anders
Nov 19, 2012 Lou Anders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids and Adults
John Flanagan's The Outcasts is a wonderful book. It's great for boys age around 10-13, but I enjoyed it very much as an adult reader and plan to continue with the series. I'd previously read the first Ranger's Apprentice novel, and enjoyed that very much, but skipped ahead to The Outcasts rather than stay with that series. I will go back and read the other Ranger's Apprentice at some point too, I'm sure. These are great adventure stories in a fun (so far) low magic fantasy world. Recommended.
Leo Ds
Nov 13, 2015 Leo Ds rated it it was amazing
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Jun 21, 2015 Bregje rated it really liked it
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The Ranger's Apprentice series is one of my favorite middle grade series. Although I loved that series I was a bit hesitant to start the Brotherband Chronicles, because this series would not have rangers as main characters and because of that I didn't think I would like this series as much. I did indeed enjoy the first Ranger's Apprentice book more than I enjoyed this first book, but it was a lot more fun than I expected it to be. Like the main ch
Oct 21, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Flanagan has, once again, created rich, interesting, and lovable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed The Outcasts. Mr. Flanagan has shown us a new side to the already-established world of Skandia.

The system of training for the boys in Skandia, is very interesting. I was a bit worried we wouldn't get to see how the Brotherband training went down but I am so glad the author showed us how exactly it worked. One thing I wished he'd done in the Ranger's Apprentice series is shown us what exactly happens
Mar 30, 2012 Sammy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medieval
I was hoping John Flanagan would never end The Ranger's Apprentice and was sad when he did, but then I saw this book was coming out and I immediately thought, "I have to read that." I am somewhat learned when it comes to sailing which made this book all the more enjoyable, with the sailor-term dictionary at the front of the book helping me along the way.
I love the way Hal is portrayed, he reminds me of Will. I think these new characters will definetly take some more getting used to, after all, i
Tim Roast
Nov 17, 2015 Tim Roast rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think Vikings on boot camp then that's pretty much what this book is.

The book begins with a guide to sailing terms with definitions to terms such as starboard and yardarm. Well, personally I would have put this at the end. Anyone picking this up and reading from the beginning might plough through this technical bit before giving up because it is a little bit of a chore, or was for me at least, and that would be a real shame.

After that false start the book follows 16-year-old Hal, a thinke
Brandon Slade
Dec 31, 2011 Brandon Slade rated it it was amazing
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Nov 05, 2011 Yuki rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 2 days it was so good. It takes place in Skandia 2 years before the tenth Ranger's Apprentice book. It features Hal a half Araluen boy who is bullied because of it and is cornered into leading those who share his fate in Hallasholm. If your looking for an exciting book to read this is it.
Dakota Knutson
Jan 20, 2016 Dakota Knutson rated it really liked it
Casual fantasy book. Very fun read with good details from the time period. Heroic fantasy follows the story of a young man who becomes way more than anyone thought he could be. It takes a lot of effort and work for Hal to build himself into winning the competition held between the different brother bands in his village but he pulls the misfits together and wins a competition that anyone would say that he is unlikely to win by far. Overall, really good, smooth read and I enjoyed it a bunch. I wou ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing
This book was soooooo good. It kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire book. I especially liked how it was an underdog type story, and the main characters weren't outcasts as in they were all a group of thieves--they were outcasts because they were different. I also liked how they all had a strong mind. I liked how the book kept on going. One time, I didn't want to even enter my house because it meant I would have to stop reading!
I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you like acti
Ms. Yingling
Jun 26, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
Hal is the son of an Araluen slave woman who was freed by her husband Mikkel, who was unfortunately killed in battle. Hal is chosen to be in the Brotherband training group in his town of Hallasholm, where Erak the Oberjarl is headquartered. He has good skills with boats, his friend Stig, and a faithful (is disheveled) retainer in Thorn, who despite his years of debauchery was once the fiercest of the Skandians. When the snotty Tursgud, as skirl, refuses to take Hal into his group, and the other ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr-5-8-fantasy
This time, Flanagan tells the story of Skanians, a race and culture similar to the Vikings, through the point of view of Hal. Hal's father, Mikkel, was a renowned warrior who had traveled with Erak and was killed in battle while Hal was a very young child. Mikkel's best friend Thorn promises to look after Mikkel's son and wife. Hal grew up with his Araluen mother, always a bit of a stranger in his home. Until he somehow saves the life of Stig, another outsider of sorts.

Stig and Hal become fast
Emma Elizabeth
Mar 30, 2012 Emma Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I like this story a lot! *sings because she feels like it* Seriously, all of John Flanagan's books have that perfect fantasy adventure feel that I love :D This one was no different!

Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors, and John Flanagan's books remind me of her's! If you like Tamora Pierce, I think you'll like him.

ANYWAYS, about this book: It's been a while since I read the Ranger's Apprentice series, but I always kind of related them to medieval Britain- and I always related Skandia to m
Oct 08, 2013 Ichlem rated it it was amazing
Having explored, and thoroughly enjoyed, John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series, I entered the realm of the Brotherband with high expectations. In his previous series, Flanagan had created a group of characters that I quickly identified with and connected to, and I wondered if he could do it again. I was anxious to see what kind of trouble he could throw his characters into, and what kind of solutions would be hatched. However, trepidation tainted my anticipation. The only branch-off series ...more
Nov 06, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As far as I am concerned John Flanagan has another hit series going. It was exciting and drew you in from the first. Did not want to put it down. The only bad thing is wait till the next book comes out.

It starts out 12 years in the past when Erak is still raiding and two warriors are holding off some fighters whill the rest are taking the treasure to the ship. One is killed and he asks his friend to watch over his wife and boy.

Than it tells a little about Hal his mom Karina and Thorn live
Kai Gomes
Apr 16, 2012 Kai Gomes rated it it was amazing
The Outcasts
By: John Flanagan

In a land called Skandia, a country full of highly trained, ruthless warriors there was a boy named Hal who was viewed as an outsider because he was half-Araluen. But that changed as he started Brotherband training. There was only one way to become a true Skandian warrior, that is, by passing the Brotherband training. It takes 3 months of hard training in seamanship and weapons use and includes competitions against other Brotherbands in different challenges. The Bro
Denae Christine
Apr 01, 2012 Denae Christine rated it really liked it
John Flanagan is one of the few who can pull off omniscient pov really well (Eoin Colfer being another). Yet, he still knows how to keep a book centered around a few central characters. He knows better than to spend too many pages about side characters we don't care about (like Robert Jordan does).
At the same time, I found it hard to get into this book. Araluen is just more interesting than Scandia, richer. Perhaps because it's more similar to the usual medieval culture we read about, and Scandi
Dec 13, 2012 andrew rated it really liked it
Andrew Jung
John Flanagan

Hal, a half Skandian and half Araluen boy who lives in Skandia, always had a problem in his life. His father was dead during the war and kids always made fun of him because her mother was an Araluen woman. However, things started to change when a one-armed drunk named Thorn started to live with him together. He always admired Hal's inventions and encouraged him. In the end, Hal was able to build a special kind of ship called "Heron", which impressed almost
Aaron Martens
Mar 19, 2013 Aaron Martens rated it it was amazing
When I read this book I already knew the story of the skandians because I have read the series this book started from. I was glad to see that the mentioned the Rangers in this book saying that they saved Skandia and rescued Erak the OberJarl or ruler of Skandia. Hal the main character of the story may not be big and extremely strong like other Skandians, but he is a lot smarter than the other Skandians. He doesn’t work alone though in the beginning Thorn a shipmate of his dead father helps him w ...more
Bekah Blais
Jan 08, 2013 Bekah Blais rated it it was amazing
First picking up Brotherband I was a little nervous, and I wasn't quite sure I was going to like it as well as I had loved Rangers Apprentice. I am very glad i decided to read Brotherband it was a great book. I give it a 5 star rating.
Brotherband is about a young Skandian/Araluen Boy named Hal, Who isn't going to be a young boy for much longer. Hal and his best friend Stig are entering Brotherband training, training every Skandian boy must go through when they reach the age of 16. When they f
Kathy Davie
Jul 15, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
First in the Brotherband Chronicles children's adventure-fantasy series revolving around eight young men of Hallasholm who are anxious to prove themselves to their peers and countrymen. This story is set several years after the events in Battle for Skandia, number 4 in the Ranger's Apprentice series.

My Take
The prologue is half-finished which made a reveal later in the story a bit confusing. I'm not really sure why Flanagan bothered with a prologue.

The main theme is team building as the eight p
Na tuhle knížku jsem byla dost zvědavá. Sérii Hraničářův učeň mám prostě ráda, podle mě je dobrá a to mi nikdo nevezme. Ale nebyla jsem si jistá, jak moc se mi bude líbit Bratrstvo, přestože prostředí Skandie mě lákalo. :)

Kniha mě dost mile překvapila. Určitě byla lepší, než jsem čekala. I když v jistých ohledech je podobná Hraničáři.
Za prvé, hlavní hrdina Hal je tak trochu vyvrženec kvůli svému původu - otec je ze Skandie, matka z Araluenu a proto ho lidé nepovažují za správného Skandijce. Ale
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“It's a sword, not a fairy wand, you know.” 35 likes
“One thing' Erak said. 'Tell your men to keep their noses clean while they're in Hallasholm. I don't want any trouble.'
Zavac nodded and smiled. 'I understand. This is a quiet town and you don't want the peace disturbed.'
Erak smiled back, but it was like a smile on the face of a shark. 'No. This is a very violent town and if your men cause trouble, my people will break their heads a for them. I don't want to be paying any blood money for damage done to your crew. Understand?'
Zavac's smile faded. He looked for some sign that the Oberjarl was joking, but he saw none. He nodded again, slowly this time.”
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