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Slaves of Socorro

(Brotherband Chronicles #4)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  8,884 ratings  ·  398 reviews
From the author of the mega-selling Ranger's Apprentice!
Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud—leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal's
Hardcover, 462 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERY LIVING THING



This amazing wonderful book blew me away, of all of the Rangers Apprentice books and Brotherbands this is by far the most well written and planned one ever! It just makes me feel at home when reading all the arguments and teasing that John has written so well. I love the new plot and even more Kloof! Kloof is this big no huge dog that Hal fond and made his own pet! It loves to chew on things such as shoes and le
Jonathan Terrington

John Flanagan is one of my favourite children's fiction authors. It helps that he's an Aussie and writes with the humour and down-to-earth style of an Aussie of course. However, I like him even beyond these elements. I like that he is one of those authors who recognises that, though they are writing for children, their stories should not be 'dumbed down' for children. I also appreciate that he writes and creates characters who are organic.

In the past week I taught a group of students about the
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
So... after the conclusion of Book 3 selling me on this series, I'm back to sort of being tepid about it.

I can't really put my finger on what the difference is between this and Ranger's Apprentice, which is one of my Top 10 series.

I decided to read some lower-starred reviews to see what they were saying, and I think these are some of the things I came across that I agree with:

1) The characters just aren't quite as endearing.
2) The plots are slower/not as exciting, and there's a lot more technica
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was sooooooooooooooooooooo good!
I really liked the action and supense in the book. As always, John Flanagan's book failed to dissapoint me. There was actoin, fighting, or suspense with the come of each new word. I liked how the book kept me reading and how the characters all had a strong mind of their own. I like the friendship and teamwork displayed by the brotherband as well.
I would definitely recommend it to any one, but it is crucial to read the first three books first.
Becky Keir Grace
This was my favorite in the Brotherband series so far, quite possible because this is the first book that combined characters from Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband. Hal and his team of Herons are on a new mission, to track down Tursgud who has turned into a slave trader. Stopping in Araluen the Herons meet Ranger, Gilan, who joins them on their journey.

I love watching Flanagan’s characters grow. Hal is a stronger leader, yet he still has much to learn. Stig has calmed down tremendously since
Kathy Davie
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fourth in the Brotherband Chronicles fantasy series for middle-grade readers revolving around Hal Mikkelson and his young crew aboard the revolutionary Heron and heading into an encounter with the Rangers of Araluen.

My Take
Noooo. I don't wanna wait…! I cannot believe this is only four installments into the series. I feel as though I've already spent so much time with the Herons, that I've known them for ages. And I can't wait for Scorpion Mountain , 5, to come out December 2, 2014. Partly bec
Jared Bird
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A more straightforward book in this series, the story is carried (as always) by great writing and characters. There’s not as much to be said about cleverness or excitement, as the story is pretty cut and dry. One of the highlights is a small crossover with the Ranger’s Apprentice series, where a Ranger joins with the crew for this journey. There’s enough attention paid to him that we do get a good contrasting feel between Araluean and Skandian weapons and tactics. Otherwise, there’s no real set ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
So in love with this series
Hazel West
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I've enjoyed the Brotherband Chronicles so far, and I did like this one, I don't think I'll ever hate John Flanagan's books (though I'm still not happy about Maddie, but that's beside the point) this one is just not the best book in the series. I was just a little disappointed.

Cover--Yea or Nay: I do like the cover, though I'm annoyed they changed the scheme. It's not bad, I just hate it when they do that because then the books don't match on the shelf. (it's a pet
Overall an okay installment. After the Heron Brotherband returns home with the Andomal and an additional member, life seems good for them all. That is until they get caught up with saving a group of Araluen slaves and an encounter with an old enemy. We get to see more of the Heron brotherband interacting, the introduction of a new character and new lands which was pretty fun. However, the story was so slow! I also didn't get enough action and relevant info from this, making it a pretty weak tale ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this book best of the Bortherband Chronicles so far. Hal Mikkelson, now a skirl (captain) for the Herons, is asked by Erak to take an assignment in Araluen, effectively patrolling its coasts. He arrives and is quicly drawn into a mission with Gilan (a Ranger) to rescue some farmspeople kidnapped by a rogue band of Hal's countrymen. They have to infiltarte a slave market and make a daring rescue, cloaking their famous sailing ship. One of the highlights is a huge dog Hal adopts (Kloof), w ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG so good! John Flanagan knows how to write an engaging, epic, and serious, but funny, book. Kloof was an amazing addition to the already awesome cast of this series. And what a great ending. Best ship sinking I've ever read :) Hoping someone doesn't come back to haunt the Herons! Mixing the world of the Rangers in was genius and I can't wait to see what happens next. WHEN DOES THE NEXT BOOK COME OUT? I NEED IT NOW!
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Brotherband, Flanagan and adventure fans
Shelves: adventure, pirates
Enjoying the characters and the humor.

Hal and his crew are assigned ship duty to Araluen. There they come across their nemesis from brotherband days, who has turned pirate and slaver. To rescue captured Araluens Hal and his crew take on the Socorro slave markets with the help of Gilan. A bit violent at the end.
Andrew Huang
This book is written by John Flanagan and is about Hal and his crew, tursgurd and Gilan. This book starts out as Hals crew being sent out to protect the seas of aralaun but once Gilan comes everthing changes. This book could give out an explanation of who Gilan is. I would reccomend this book to people that like adventure books.
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I adored every second of this book! I'd forgotten how much I LOVED John Flanagan's writing. And Gilan! Oh how I'd missed Gilan! Seriously, thought, this book is phenomenal. Full review to come.

I'm 16, and I HIGHLY recommend this book.
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book - good story, places where you can laugh... And a Ranger as well...
Shaeley Santiago
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hal, Lydia, Stig, Thorn, and even Ranger Gilan go after another Skandian wolfship that has taken prisoners from Araluen to sell at the Socorran slave market.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I read it within two days. And I'm so happy that, ehem, a certain Ranger entered the picture. It was like being reunited with an old friend!
Can't wait for the next book!
Jack Bowen
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
its two and a half stars.
Kayla Loewen
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good;better than I expected! I loved Gillan's appearance, and the plot was really neat.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great continuation of the series. Flanagan is a really good author and I hope this series continues as long as his first one did.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another solid installment of the series! This was had the added benefit of some laugh-out-loud humor, some glimpses of Thorn's relationship with Katrina, and best of all, a crossover with Gilan! The humor in the previous books has mainly been bickering among the twins (which as a parent, I don't find "bickering" all that funny) and some insulting banter between Thorn and Lydia (which is only mildly amusing to me, direct insults aren't my type of humor), but this one had some of the great humor f ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This part of the series felt like an interlude to what might be the overall plot of the series. Hal and his band’s presence are requested by the King Duncan of Araluen but this is interrupted by the focus of the book: the kidnapping of Araluen citizens by the renegade Skandian Tursgud.

The beginning is really good and started things out on a high, humorous, note. However, once the main characters had set sail things kind of dulled out by way of uneventful scenes and dialogue exchanges I was hopin
Daniel Nobrega
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slaves of Socorro is a good book by John Flanagan about Hal and his crew called a brother band of misfits like him and their journey to catch a rogue brother band from selling slaves in Socorro. Along his way he meets Gilan a king's ranger who joins them on their quest to stop the slave trade in Socorro. Hal also re rigs the sail and mast on his ship to avoid detection from the rogue brother band.

I enjoyed the book, but I disliked how much sailing there is I would have much rather had more confl
Catherine ~All for the greater glory of God~
Overview: Very clean other than a fair amount of violence.

Educational Value: Low. A glossary of sail terms appears at the front of the book so readers can understand what's going on.
Violence: High. Battles include heads being bashed with clubs, injuries gushing blood, people being run through or stabbed with swords, and arrows killing and injuring people. During the climax someone starts a fire and people are killed to set slaves free. A fist fit takes place in a slave cell between two peo
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I really feel like this book was 3.5 stars, but I'm giving Flanagan the benefit of the doubt here.

I listened to this book as I commuted to/from work, picking up kids, and while exercising. I LOVED book 3 of this series and feel this book just didn't stand up. For some reason I felt like this book just seemed to drag. There were times I just couldn't figure out where things were going. And then...the introduction of Kloof the dog, whoa! And the coming together of the Ranger series with the Brothe
Jodi Deters
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just have to say, though I do not often write reviews, these books are so refreshing! If you are looking for a good book for any age, that is lighthearted and teaches good values and friendship you have found your book and the following series! I for one get tired of all of the petty drama and repetitive nature of many other books. This one keeps moving and changing, introducing new and interesting circumstances along with witty humor and good banter between characters. I’m even starting the s ...more
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“Mind yourself in that guardroom," Gilan told him. Thorn grinned cheerfully. He never had any stomach butterflies before a fight. "I plan to be subtle," he said.
Gilan looked at him, his head tilted curiously. "How's that?"
"Once we go through that door, I'll bash anything that moves. And if they don't move, Stig will bash them."
"You have a strange concept of subtle," Gilan said.
Thorn's grin grew wider, "So I've been told.”
“Hal: "...Then we'll leave in a huff, taking you with us."
"I've always wanted to travel in a huff," Ingvar mused. "It sounds very comfortable. I imagine they're well padded."
"Lined with feathers, in fact," Gilan put in.”
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