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The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles #3)

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Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard. The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying rapids, to the lawle ...more
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Philomel Books (first published 2012)
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The Hunters is a typical John Flanagan adventure: mature children's fiction with a light-hearted nature, interesting characters, well handled plots, educational information and most of all a rollicking good time. Those familiar with The Rangers Apprentice series may know that Flanagan wrote this series (so far a trilogy) as a spin-off set in the world of Will, Horace and Halt. And yet, despite being a spin-off title, it is no less appealing.

The Hunters is the conclusion to the tale of the young
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: Whereas the last book tended to drag a little, I think this was was properly more fast-paced and exciting and I'm glad it ended the way it did. I really enjoyed it a lot. It had all the great character moments, adventure and humor that I have come to expect in John Flanagan's books. I've come to like the Brotherband Chronicles just as much as the Ranger's Apprentice series.

Characters: As always, I loved the Heron Brotherband, plus Thorn. They are totally awesome. I'
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
If you know me, you may know I'm a big fan of the Ranger's Apprentice series.

Even still, when I first heard about this series I had mixed feelings. I liked the Skandians well enough in the RA universe, but I wasn't sure about a whole story/series from that angle. And then, after reading the first two books, they didn't quite compare to my beloved RA.

Well, this book changes that.

I'm not saying it surpasses my love, because it's still not quite the same... but I will say that the ending of this bo
This book was AMAZING! This series has become one of my all-time favorite series. The characters are so well written that they win you over immediately, and the plot is so engaging that you don't want to put the book down. This series also keeps its excitement throughout the gap between the second and third book; usually your excitement dies down, but it stayed all the way. I also loved that characters from the Ranger Apprentice series are included, because they were loved then and are well appr ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it
At first, I felt like this book was a little too contrived. Don't get me wrong, I really like the Ranger's Apprentice series and how Mr. Flanagan spins his stories so that they have good moral lessons, but the beginning of this one (Brotherband series) was well---too forced. I liked the story. I like the characters. At the middle of the book, the story picked up a little and I loved the ending. I could really visualize the two ships fighting and how people would be impressed by the youthful grou ...more
Kathy Davie
Dec 24, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Third in the Brotherband Chronicles urban fantasy series for young adults. It is an offshoot from Flanagan's Ranger Apprentice series.

My Take
This was great! Again. I haven't yet read a bad book from John Flanagan. And it keeps amazing me that we're only three books into the series. I feel as though I know the characters so well and been on so many adventures with them, that there must be more than just three books!??

I do love how Flanagan creates such a positive role model with the crew of the H
Joyce Zarins
Oct 13, 2012 Joyce Zarins rated it really liked it
The Hunters opens as the Heron has crossed the Stormwhite Sea heading for Raguza, a pirate stronghold on the Schuyt River. On board are the eight original members of the Brotherband including one who was injured during the battle, and also Lydia the Limmatan hunter, Thorn the Seawolf, and a captured Magyaran pirate.
Lydia has made a commitment as the only female involved in the hazardous venture ahead. She proved her effectiveness at killing pirates in the Limmatan battle and will follow that no
Jul 04, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third instalment in the Brotherband Chronicles is, I think the best. Fast-paced, great plot movement and battle scenes (particularly the epic battle between the Heron and Zavac's pirate ship, Raven near the end) are brilliant. I could really picture the action in my head and at one point it got so exciting I could not turn the pages fast enough!
Hal and his crew, including Thorn and the newest member, Lydia, are in hot pursuit of the Raven and Zavac's, whose band of pirates stole the Andomal
Oct 03, 2012 Mara rated it really liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Yes. Despite the fact that there is a “character impersonator” on the front, his face is not defined all that much, so I’m okay with it. I do love the cover art for this series; it’s exciting, and I love how each picture refers to some specific part in the corresponding book.

Characters: All of the Herons remain really good characters. Hal is a great protagonist, Stig a wonderful “second,” Ulf and Wulf and all the others great in all their roles. Thorn is a character who c
Katrina Ly
Sep 27, 2013 Katrina Ly rated it it was amazing
Before I write anything else, you guys should probably know I actually rated this closer to 4.5 than 5 stars.

MOVING ON, I read this book a few days back and while its obviously a very well written book, with very well developed characters, I still feel as if there is some kind of distance separating me from the characters, or more specifically the main one, and because of that distance I can't bring myself to actually GIVE it a full five stars (in my mind not the site, my mind). So while everyth
Ben Jeffery
Feb 12, 2014 Ben Jeffery rated it it was amazing
1.I decided to read 'The Hunters' by John Flanagan Because I had already read a series by him and I was given it by my ICT teacher in year 8 as a prize in ICT at Graduation. I had also read the first two books in the series and was addicted to his novels.

2.One of the characters I found interesting in 'The Hunters' was Hal who is the Helmsman and Builder of the Heron. In the first book, Hal was also made Leader and skirl (Captain) of his brotherband, the Heron brotherband. I found him interesting
Dec 07, 2012 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, fantasy, need-to-buy
In the third book in the Brotherband Chronicles, Hal and the crew of the Heron have just missed capturing Zavac the stolen Andomal and set off to follow him once more. Zavac creates traps for them along the way, and the Herons find themselves facing mounting obstacles, until finally, knowing that Zavac has reached the safety of Raguza, a pirate cove, they must figure out how to get safely in the cove, defeat Zavac, and make it out again.

Flanagan provides just as much action, excitement, adventur
Jul 12, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing

I have had this book on my shelf to read for a year. I really enjoy John Flanagan's stories. I admit to having read them all now. Can't wait for next one coming out this fall.
This is the third in the Brotherband Chronicles. It finishes the story line of finding the Andomal that was stolen on their watch.

They are truly a Brotherband. They have faults and strength each one different from the others.
I started the book and could not put it down till I had finished.
Hal uses his mind and skil
Apr 05, 2013 William rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10th-grade-2012
The Hunters is the final book in the Brotherband Chronicles trilogy written by the author of the Ranger's Apprentice series, John Flanagan. In this finale, the reader follows Hal and the Herons as they reach the end of their long journey in search of the one thing that will clear their names, the one thing that made them pariahs within the Skandian world: the most prized possession of the Skandians, the Andomal. This is a very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy because John Flanagan offers all ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Hal and the Heron brotherband continue their relentless pursuit of Zavac and his fellow pirates aboard the Ravem, to recover the precious Andomal relic belonging to their Skandian tribe. They have been joined by Lydia, who helped them chase these pirates out of Limmat and helps them escape jail when they are captured following Zavac down the Dan River. Using subterfuge devised by Hal, the crew gains entry into the pirate fortress city of Raguza. Preying on the city chieftan's dislike for Zavac, ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love the Medieval Age and readers of Ranger's Apprentice
Recommended to Jordan by: A friend
I read this book after the previous two in the series, The Outcasts and the The Invaders. And I read those after I had finished the Ranger's Apprentice. Ranger's apprentice was recommended to me by one of my friends who has read almost every book in our library, so naturally I ask him for book recommendations. I dived right in to Ranger's Apprentice and was really eager to read Brotherband once it came out. I think this book was really good and you should read it if you love books about the Medi ...more
Walker H
Apr 27, 2015 Walker H rated it it was amazing
This book has 403 pages to read all the time. ok lets go back 2 books in the 1st book they where traing to become a brotherband, one night they had a job to do put they lost the thing. so now to the next book where there they got kicked out from there homes so they ran away from there home to get back the thing but have to save a twoan from the same people that took there thing but they had to make a tauff chose to save the people and have the die or fowwle the pratits. so they saved the people ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Corinne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love this author!! He is my absolute favorite to read books from. I've been waiting for this book to come out for so long, I'm so excited now!! i haven't read it but I'm really really really looking forward to it!!!!!!
Mar 29, 2017 Michael added it
Shelves: young-adult
I am seriously falling in love with this series! No question in my mind that The Brotherband Chronicles series is better than The Ranger's Apprentice. I would never have guessed it.

This book was much better than The Invaders. In fact, I was totally engaged from the very beginning. It surely isn't difficult reading and is very much a late elementary, early junior high level reading. However, anyone can enjoy this series, no matter the age. I have been talking about both these series with any and
Bára Alexová
Apr 12, 2017 Bára Alexová rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mám pořád neustálou potřebu srovnávat Bratrstvo a Hraničářova učně. HU je mojí srdeční záležitostí, ale Bratrstvo se na takovou příčku zatím nevyšvihlo, a kdo ví, jestli kdy vyšvihne. Po uzavřeném ději jsem ale opravdu zvědavá, jaká bude další kniha. Doufám, že se autor konečně trochu více zaměří zase na vztahy a vezme nás jinam.
Diana Nazarchuk
Jan 05, 2015 Diana Nazarchuk rated it it was amazing
John Flanagan has one again impressed me with the amazingly written third book in the Brotherband Chronicles adventure series: The Hunters. Hal and the Heron crew, take you on an unforgettable experience full with dangerous fighting and flying across the blue ocean waters in their unique ship in pursuit of the man who took everything away from them and the Scandinavian nation. The malefic pirate Zavac.
The Herons spend most of their time sailing the vast ocean trying in search of the Andomal: t
Daniel Shellenbarger
The Hunters (third in Flanagan's Brotherband Chronicles, essentially a spinoff of his previous Ranger's Apprentice books following a clever half-Araluen (aka English) boy named Hal as he tries to make a place for himself in the rough Skandian (aka Norse) society of Flanagan's Medieval Europe-esque world) picks up directly after The Invaders. Hal and the Herons (incidentally, that would be a great band name) have saved the town of Limmat and are now ready to continue their pursuit of their pirate ...more
John Parrish
Aug 14, 2015 John Parrish rated it it was amazing
"The Hunters", Written by John Flanigan, is the third book in the Brotherband chronicles. The Brotherband Chronicles being a spin-off series to the famous "Rangers Apprentice" series.

Following the battle of Limmat in the previous book, Hal and his Heron brotherband take on a girl from Limmat,Lydia.As they continue their persuit of the pirate Zavac,the pirate that stole Skandias' prized treasure, the Andomel,on the very night the Heron brotherband were tasked to defend it. A pursuit that,as they
Jan 08, 2013 Brandon rated it really liked it
The Brotherband Chronicles: The Hunters by john Flanagan, is a novel with a colossal variety of genres, including drama, action, fantasy, and adventure. This novel is mainly for teenagers, but adults can find this novel interesting as well. This book will serenade you and leave you with imagination to interpretate the book.

The Hunters is a continuation of the chase for the prized andomal, which was taken on the night the Heron crew led by the protagonist Hal Milkkelson, was guarding it. Zavac,
Sam Collins
Sep 18, 2013 Sam Collins rated it really liked it
Ever heard of abook about the medival pirates and Scandivan Vikings?This action/adventure will be sure to surprize. Be warned though this review may contain spoilers. This book is surely the best book in the brotherband series.

This book is set in medieval times mostly in the seas and oceans . this book is about Hal and the Herons and how they tryto redeemed themselves after having a Scandivan treasure which was stolen right under their nose. The treasure was stolen by Zavac, a pirate captain, an
Aamir K.
May 11, 2013 Aamir K. rated it really liked it
The hunters
John Flanagan
Realistic Fiction

The Hunters is a continuation of The invaders. The crew of the Heron, including an extra prisoner are sailing the seas still in search of Zavac, the pirate who stole their country's most precious artifact. One of the crew members, Ingavar, is severely ill and cannot move. He was injured in battle and got a very high fever. Unfortunately, constantly rocking on the seas, he cannot get proper rest. The crew decides to stop at a nearby city, to help him rest
Lee Dunning
Jan 24, 2013 Lee Dunning rated it really liked it
I've been reading quite a few YD stories over the past few years - mostly because I was trying to find books my mother would enjoy. It was due to this exploration that I happened upon the Ranger's Apprentice series. With that completed I naturally picked up Mr. Flanagan's new series.

Let's make a few things clear here, if you're looking for deep, philosophical meaning, don't read these books. You're not going to find, like in "The Golden Compass" or "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe", the auth
Leah Good
Jan 10, 2013 Leah Good rated it really liked it
Continuing their adventure from The Invaders, Hall and the rest of the Heron Brotherband remain in hot pursuit of the pirate captain, Zavac. They are intent on retrieving the Andomal, a national treasure stolen while the Heron's were (or should have been) guarding it. Despite the Heron's tenacity and the quick brain of their leader, Zavac continuously foils their plans. Can the Heron's escape a death sentence, finish their mission and regain their honor.

Another fun, fast-paced adventure from Joh
Dec 26, 2012 David rated it really liked it
The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles #3) by John Flanagan is the third in the series following the Heron Brotherband and their quest to recover the Andomal from the pirate Zavac.


Flanagan continues his mastery of blending action, sailing and fighting. The crew of the Heron continue to grow in confidence, skills, and maturity. Mixing incidents including a deathly fever, an eacaped prisoner, knifings, bribes, beatings, jailbreaks, dangerous rapids, longboat attacks, ruses,
Regina Spiker
Third and final book in the exciting, adventure series, Brotherband Chronicles, for juveniles, teens, and adults alike is The Hunters. Hal is back with Thorn and his Heron brotherhood and hot on the trail of the bloodthirsty pirate Zavac and the stolen Skandian treasure, the Andomal. Zavac and his crew of cutthroats somehow seem to stay ahead of the Herons, resorting to bribing and murder. Hal is determined to track Zavac and return the Andomal to his homeland, earning back honor and respect for ...more
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“So we’ve written a saga,” he said. “The Saga of Hal and the Heron Brotherband.” “Oh Gorlog help us,” Hal muttered.” 8 likes
“They sailed into Raguza and Hal said, as bold as brass, “We’ve come to challenge Zavac and we plan to kick his—” 8 likes
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