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The Invaders (Brotherband Chronicles #2)

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The adventure continues in the Ranger's Apprentice companion trilogy!

Hal and the Herons have done the impossible. This group of outsiders has beaten out the strongest, most skilled young warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband competition. But their celebration comes to an abrupt end when the Skandians' most sacred artifact, the Andomal, is stolen--and the Herons...more
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Philomel (first published April 1st 2012)
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As a YA novel The Invaders is intelligent, entertaining and top of its class. As a novel to recommend for anyone looking for a purely entertaining read it's very worthwhile. John Flanagan, author of the brilliant Rangers Apprentice series (see The Ruins of Gorlan one which both I, my mother and my sister - the readers in our house - love) continues the adventures of his young Skandian sailors as they set out to retrieve an artefact lost on their watch and hence their honour.

John Flanagan writes...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

Picking up immediately from the end of the first book, with the Herons in search of the Andomal, the beginning of the story was actually a bit slow to get started. See, they end up getting caught heading out during a bad time of year, and have to hole up for awhile to avoid the storms and while there's some character development happening and improvements to the ship, not much happened that felt like it was moving the story forward.

This take a marked turn, though, when the crew of the Heron r...more
I really enjoy John's books. They are hard to put down
till your finshed. I got the book in the mail yesterday
and stayed up till 2:00 am.
This is book 2 and starts just a few days after book 1 ended
The Herons Brotherband are racing to find the Zavac
the pirates that had stolen the Andomal and brought
thier disgrace.
They are also fleeing from Erak the Oberjarl of Skandia's
who had given them orders to turn all their weapons and
even the Heron's ship. But they sneaked away and
plan to get the a...more
Hazel West
I'm not sure I liked this one better than the first book in the series, but it was still good. It was a little more slow-paced than I thought it would be, but it is actually kind of an in-between book with another cliff-hanger at the end. The slow parts in the beginning don't really take away from the story either, they just lend to strengthening the camaraderie between the Herons and it was fun to watch Thorn train them. I'm still not quite sure what I think about Lydia. I almost felt that she...more
Ms. Yingling
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
Randy Daugherty
Brotherband the Invaders.
Hal and the crew of the Heron had won the trial and title of Brotherband and then loss face when a band of pirates lead by Zavac stole the most important of the Skandian symbols the Andomal.
Vowing not to return until they retrieved it the boys along with Thorn set out to track Zavac.
The voyage is hard and along the way they start to fall apart but are pulled back together with the help of Hal and Thorn as their battlemaster.
They are reminded that they won the Brotherband...more
In The Invaders (Brotherband Chronicles #2) by John Flanagan, the crew of the Heron discover that they will be helped, not hunted, by their elders. They discover Zavac and his pirates and attempt to rescue a town, and recover the sacred artifact, the Andomal.


There are lots of similarities to the Ranger's Apprentice series. Key Brotherband characters are very similar types, with Hal being the young hero - like Will, Stig the loyal fighter and friend - like Horace, and Thorn the...more
John Flanagan is a great author, but this book was SO weighed down with detail that I wanted to pull my hair out by the end. All of the nautical references and tidbits about how they turned the boat or changed the sails just annoyed me. Pages and pages of this stuff and I STILL didn't know what he was talking about! Perhaps it's just me. I've never been on any kind of sailboat and so I have nothing to reference it to. Thus, it becomes mumbo-jumbo to my brain.

I really loved the characters in the...more
Clare Cannon
Jun 11, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 8-14 years (boys)

Impressive. Flanagan has a talent for turning sequels into great stories in their own right, and The Invaders doesn't disappoint. In fact, the character development, friendships, battle strategies and action scenes are almost better than the first book in this series.

Though written in the third person, the story has the tone of an older person laughingly retelling the adventures of young friends, perhaps someone like Thorn, appreciating their bravery and daring, and not esteeming them less for...more
I love the Ranger's Apprentice books. I was sad when they ended. This series has some great characters and it is just about as good. It is apparent that Hal is Will. Thorn is Halt. Stig is Horace and now with this book, Lydia joins the crew. In this book, Hal and his crew, along with Thorn are trying to go after the pirate that stole from them while Hal and his team were on watch. They feel in order to be able to return home, they need to find the pirate and get back what he stole. Hal and his t...more
Barb Middleton
Book one ends with Hal and his crew of sailors fleeing in disgrace from the city they grew up in order to retrieve the Andromal, the sacred artifact of the Skandians, that was stolen by pirates when Hal's crew was supposedly guarding it (they fell asleep). Hal knows that they will be pursued and dragged back home to be punished for leaving the city. They flee under cover of a storm and find a sheltered inlet where Thorn, an adult Skandian warrior who came with on the crew, begins training them o...more
The second book of this new series by John Flanagan is as great, if not greater, than all his other work. I have read every single book by Flanagan starting with the world acclaimed series the "Ranger's Apprentice". I started reading his book two years ago catching up to his writings multiple times. And then I was so disappointed when the Ranger's Apprentice world along with the stunning characters retired. Then my heart pounded with excitement when I saw the first book of the "Brotherband Chron...more
Aaron Martens
I have recently just finished this book and I have to say it was amazing and had a lot of action. The first book didn’t have a lot of action except when Hal the main character and the leader of the Wolf brotherband got into a fist fight ending up with Hal winning. At first I thought Erak was going to be furious at them trying to retrieve Skandia’s stolen treasure the Andomel , but instead he sent out Svengal to help them beat Zavac the pirate who stole it.

It was very nice of Hal to give Thorn...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Brotherband Chronicles fantasy series for kids revolving around Hal Mikkelson and his young crew aboard the Heron.

My Take
Excellent! I don't wanna hafta wait for The Hunters (expected publishing date is Oct 30, 2012)!!

Flanagan brings a nice depth to this story with a good bit of tension and he has the knack of telling a story with morals and adult guidance without talking down to his readers. Yes, there is violence when the boys have to fight, but it's not violence for its own sake...more
The BrotherBand Chronicles: The Invaders By John Flanagan Published 2011
This book is intended for young adults. The Main issue of the book is to track down the thief and pirate Zavac who stole Scandia's most prized possession the andomal. With the story being in the medieval time period it could take no better time period. The main "good guy" is Hal a sixteen year old boy that is very short and small for his age, but what he lacks in height and strength he makes up for in wits. The main "bad guy...more
The Invaders, written by John Flanagan, is the second in the Brotherband Chronicles, a series I would recommend to both casual readers and those who truly want a story to sink their teeth in. I highly recommend it to any who have read the Ranger's Apprentice series or the first in the Brotherband Chronicles. I loved this story, taking a take on fantasy without magic and with themes more akin to medieval times, this book is a nice refresher and great for a change in pace for all fantasy book love...more
This second instalment in the Brotherband series just makes me hungry for the next book, The Hunters!
John Flanagan has an easy, descriptive, exciting style that makes it very easy for the reader to be transported to the land of Skandia and the seafaring crew of the Heron. Hal Mikkelson and his crew of outcasts are hot on the trail of the pirate ship Raven, after the pirates stole the precious Andomal - a important relic from their village of Hallasholm. Hal and his Brotherband are seeking redem...more
As we left The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles Book #1, Hal and his crew aboard The Heron won the Brotherband Competition. As part of the honor, Oberjarl Erak Starfollower, gave the crew the prestigious duty of guarding Skandia's most treasured artifact, The Andomal. Whether it was complacency, carelessness, or naivety, the treasure was stolen under their watch. Now, they must get it back from bloodthirsty pirate Zavac and his crew on The Raven and they must do it to save face and be honored on...more
The Invaders is the second book in John Flanagan's new series, Brotherband Chronicles. In this book, the reader continues to follow Hal Mikkelson and his crew, the Herons, as they traverse the seven seas to claim what was stolen from them, the Andomal. As with most other fantasy novels, the hero's journey is never without obstacles and the same holds true for Hal and his crew. The first few weeks out in the open sea has been tough on Heron's crew and they get stranded on an island where they mus...more
Warning Some Spoilers ahead

The Invaders by John Flanagan is overall a very good book. I like the way the first book of the series connects with the second book. This book had a lot of action, especially when they are battling with the pirates. The Brotherband Chronicles series and the Ranger's Apprentice series have many things in common. I like how John Flanagan took some of the roles of characters from the Ranger's Apprentice series and put them into the Brotherband Chronicles. For example, W...more
Alec S.
The invaders
John Flanagan
429 pages
Realistic/historical fiction

Hal and the herons were supposed to protect the Adomal, the skandians greatest treasure but the herons slacked off and had it stolen. The pirates of the raven stole it, and now the herons have to take it back, so they aren't outcasts the rest of their lives. The herons go on a chase after the raven and finally catch the ship, but had to make a choice. To save a sinking ship, or take the Adomal back. They chose to save the ship.

I rea...more
Hal and his rogue gang from the Heron brotherband, assisted by Thorn, set off on Hal's boat to recover the Skandian's treasured Andomal from the pirate Zavac, which was stolen due to Hal's mistake. Zavac and his crew on the Raven capture a ship and torture the captain to reveal that a port town (Limmat) has an emerald mine. Capturing the city by subterfuge, a few locals escape to the marsh, including the beautiful, resourceful Lydia, who is rescued by Hal and his crew. The oberjarl sends off a t...more
This action-packed fantasy novel about a young group of shipmates who are out to recover a stolen artifact will probably sit well with young fans of Flanagan, since it has all the major ingredients still intact: a squeaky clean action/adventure fantasy story with no magic, just set in a different world. I found myself not enjoying it nearly as much as I did the first book in the series, though - maybe I wasn't in the mood for it, since I noticed a lot of writing that felt clunky, and a lot of te...more
This is the tale of group of boys from a country called Skandia who are hunting a pirate to get back the treasure of their town, the Andomal. The pirates flee to a town called Limmat, and the with the help of the local townspeople, and their own countrymen, they try to rid the town of pirates.

I liked this book because it has adventure and action.
This loses one star for the violence, which isn't awful, but my 11-yr-old felt it needed to go down because of it. In fact, said 11-yr-old and I were fighting over this book the entire time. We even resorted to hiding it from each other. He took it to bed a couple of times to read under the blankets with a flashlight and I'd have to go in there and "confiscate" know, because he's not supposed to stay up late....not because I wanted to read it.

Another great installment. This series is a...more
Charlie Donahue
Hal and his motley crew unite with the people of Limmat to try and capture Zavac, their sworn enemy, who stole the Andomal, their homeland's most prcieless object. The only way for them to regain their honor is to capture Zavac and retrieve the Andomal, but they're just a crew of boys. Will Hal's planning skills and the fighting techniques they've learned from Brotherband training be enough to defeat the ruthless pirate, and free Limmat from his clutches?

I have always been a fan of John Flanagan...more
John Flanagan draws me in with his great characters. He keeps me hooked with great action and a need to find out what happens! He has a habit of leaving things unresolved for another book, but somehow I always forgive him for it. He makes the wait worthwhile. I am enjoying Brotherband Chronicles almost as much as Ranger's Apprentice. Highly recommended!
Will and his friends continue on their quest to retrieve the Andomal, a precious Skandian artifact stolen by a fearsome pirate. AS they search for the pirate, Zavac, they come across Lydia who informs them of Zavac's occupation of her town. Hal and his crew band together with the survivors and some Skandian allies to liberate the town and fight their way to Zavac to take back their precious treasure.
The second installment of the Brotherband Chronicles series is filled with action and contains...more
I am not pleased to announce I'm very DISAPPOINTED
(*cry*) I so much liked the Herons In the first book and I actually liked them in the very first part of the book but then....

First, I get the impression she runs around the forest..ALOT.
And when you run around a lot in a forest you would get dirty, messy, sweaty...right? But instead Im getting a girl who's slender (understandable) No blemishes (WHAT!?), and has nice hair simply pulled back with a ribbon (wouldn't it be half pulled out an...more
Amber Bieser
The book begins where it left off, with the crew chasing after the thieves. They have lost them and must relocate them soon. The crew comes across a girl who knows where the thieves/pirates are, her hometown! So she leads them there where Hal learns he must create a masterful battle scheme to have any chance to recover what was stolen from the them. Meanwhile a ship from home has been sent out after them, to aid them. The battle occurs and the pirates manage to elude capture.
I loved how masterf...more
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