When the Brotherband crew are caught in a massive storm at sea, they’re blown far off course – so far that they wash up on the shores of a land to the west that Hal can’t recognize from any of his maps. Eerily the locals are nowhere in sight, yet the Herons have a creeping feeling they are being wa ...more
OMG! I love this series!
Hal and his brotherband crew are forced to flee from a huge storm. They are blown for weeks into the endless sea with water in short supply, they begin to fear they might be blown off the edge of the world! Then when it seems all hope is lost, they see land.
First off, I love these characters! Right from the first book in the series I fell in love with all of them. That relationship has continued to grow through each book in the series and continues in this the sixth book
This is Book 6 featuring the Skandian (Scandinavian) Brotherband of eight young men, plus Lydia the huntress and old Thorn the warrior maktig. And the dog Kloof. Their amazing sailing sloop "The Heron" sets out for home but is blown off course by the storm of the century. Instead ...more
Fresh from their latest adventure, the Heron Brotherband is thrown into an even more thrilling adventure. Lost in a freak storm, they are driven far over the Endless Sea to a land now too dissimilar to the New World. They make new friends, fall in love, interact with a unique culture and forge a bond with the people of the land by helping them fight and defeat their enemies, the Ghostfaces.
Once again, ...more
If you're enjoying the series then my review is probably invalid to you anyway. My recommendation is just to not get the audio version, the narrator is rather irritating.
The good side:
-Edvin was a far more interesting and developed character
-Lydia was also a more interesting character and she finally stopped saying 'old man' to Thorne
-Jesper actually was given a good part to play
The bad sid ...more
This adventure finds the crew blown out to sea in the Endless Ocean, unsure if they'll find land or not. Like the other books in the series, we get to experience new lands and new characters while still enjoying watching our favorite Herons in their element.
If I ...more
In an era of Kirkus Reviews beating me senseless about microaggressions and miniature slights towards marginalized groups that even I, a bleeding-heart liberal, think are ridiculous (a brown-furred animal is bad but then, upon losing its fur and revealing pink skin becomes good, is "unfortunate" because it's racist? SERIOUSLY?!?!), I'm a lot more attuned to potentially problematic content and books, and this one would have made any Kirkus reviewer worth their salt have an absolute conni ...more
A quote from this book that I like is when Lydia and one of the crew, Thorn, are about to go hunting.
“‘I’m ready,” she said. “Are you going to wash first?’
He wrinkled his nose, rubbe ...more
What was the point of that?
There wasn't even an explanation! A graze? Really? A GRAZE?
Not even a it was coated in poison? I can accept that but NO explanation at all? Seriously?!
He just wanted her to die didn't he? It was the easiest way to solve the problem. If you're looking for an easy way out just don't start it to begin with 🤦 I hated that ending for him. Absolutely hated it ...more
The tribe is primitive, in need of outside help to solve their problems, don't know basic things about protecting themselves or using their ...more
In some ways, I’ve actually enjoyed the Brotherband books more than the Rangers Apprentice series. But this particular book was weak. Not only was the character development flat, the plot was devoted to the incredibly racist white savior trope.
Will and the Herons get lost in a storm and end up on the shores of a new land (North America). They end up making friends with a particular tribe of natives. But then the tribe hears that the dreaded Ghostfaces are on thei ...more
I don't know where to start. Alot of action and alot of growing up. You find the Herons in a storm that nearly killed them, except Hal belief in the direction he chooses. They landed on a land that has never been explored. They became friends of a local tribe, where Stig fell in love with a local maiden. They helped the tribe defeat another bad tribe, where Stig's love was killed. It ended with all the brotherband rally around Stig to give him support. Probably the best book of ...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