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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
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Philomel Books (first published 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.

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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
May 04, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 27, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
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
Dec 20, 2014 Winona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book keeps you guessing in classic John Flanagan fashion. I can never say anything bad about these books because it is just so well written. I feel like i've been to Limmat, watched as the fire bolts were shot, seen the friendships develop, experienced life on the Heron and I'm very in love with Hals character. (Although Will will be foremost in my heart.)
Emma T Clement
May 27, 2016 Emma T Clement rated it really liked it
I had a problem with the first book in this series, which was the lack of female characters in the story. Thankfully, Flanagan fixed that(ish) in this one! For the first 166 pages, there was not a single female character (not even a minor one). That was seriously lacking and disappointing. However, a badass female character (that is not a minor one), who challenges gender roles, is introduced in this novel! She is still the only female character who has a part in this story (I think the only oth ...more
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
Randy Daugherty
Nov 05, 2012 Randy Daugherty rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2012 David rated it really liked it
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
Clare Cannon
Jun 11, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it
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
Jun 04, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 11, 2012 Jeremiah rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 19, 2013 Aaron Martens rated it it was amazing
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
Kathy Davie
Mar 22, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
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 sak
Dec 10, 2012 04HeatherS rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2012 Nicolas rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
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
May 16, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2013 William rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10th-grade-2012
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
Dec 01, 2013 Francis rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK WAS SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!! I personally love all of John Flanagan's books, and this did not disappoint me. If it weren't for other activities, I would have finished it one sitting (I still finished it in one day). I especially liked the action and suspense, as well as the personalities. All the characters had a mind of their own, and they all worked well together.
I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you like John Flanagan's books.
Alec S.
Apr 22, 2013 Alec S. rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2015 Jenna rated it it was amazing
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Aug 12, 2012 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
May 29, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
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
Jan 15, 2014 Christian rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
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
Apr 14, 2015 Liann rated it it was amazing
Okay, I was dubious about this book at first... But it's actually really good!
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