The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles #1)
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 ...more
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But the reasons I liked John Flanagan's books are:
- 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 ...more
There was a reasonable amount of various nautical terms floated around but nothing too technical. Flanagan does do an excellent job of helpi ...more
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 ...more
I really enjoyed the Ranger’s Apprentice series and when I noticed that Flanagan had written a spin off series based on the Skandians I thought that I might give it a read. I have been so disappointed in spin offs before that I wasn’t expecting much.
I just finished The Outcasts, which is the first book of the Brotherband Chronicles, and I have to admit I was really pleased. The story revolves around a group of outcast teen boys and how they cope and compete in the Skandian society. If you’ve eve...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
THIS BOOK WAS SO AWESOME!
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 ...more
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 ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was super good and intriguing. Hal was a great main character, but do you know who I liked even more? Ladies and gentlemen, please we ...more
In 2012, The Outcasts was nominated for the The Inky Awards for Gold Inky.
The prologue is half-finished which made a reveal later in the story a bit confusing. I'm not really sure why Flanagan ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book was so slow to start. I think it took me a year to get anywhere interesting in the storyline because I kept putting it down out of boredom. Once the story gets moving though it's really good and it's much easier to read. The characters are interesting and are easy to stick with.
Although the story ended up being very good the slow start really ruined my view of the book and that's why I've knocked off two stars.
Het boek begin met een aantal losse passages, die later netjes op hun plek vallen, maar waardoor het verhaal wel erg traag op gang komt. Het einde is echter veelbelovend: op naar deel 2!
It was okay. The thing is, it feels like Ranger's Apprentice fanfiction. Some authors can use the same formula for every book they write and it works. But this time, I just kept thinking how similar everyone is to the RA characters. I kept thinking about when this took place in relation to RA (I found out yesterday. This is two years prior to book #10). I’ll be comparing to this to RA. Probably not the best idea since I should be judging this for what it is. But I can’t really do that. ...more
From the very beginning we see Hal, as he is the main character, and his mentality on life. He is sort of negative due to the fact that he stays away from the other kids and tends to keep to himself, Stig, or Thorn. At ...more
For mysteries by this same author, see John A. Flanagan.
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It ...more
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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.”