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The Caldera

(Brotherband Chronicles #7)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,347 ratings  ·  202 reviews
The Herons take to the high seas to fend off pirates and rescue the heir to an empire in the newest adventure from John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice!

Includes BONUS content--a brand-new Ranger's Apprentice short story featuring fan-favorites Will and Maddie!

In Hallasholm, Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandi
Audio CD, Unabridged, 12 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Listening Library
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Jason Its a short about Maddie, Wills' apprentice, and a little mission she goes on when Will is away. It seems an inconsequential (but lovely) story until…moreIts a short about Maddie, Wills' apprentice, and a little mission she goes on when Will is away. It seems an inconsequential (but lovely) story until the very end. Not inconsequential at all!(less)

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Sean Little
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I saw “Captain America: Winter Soldier” by myself in the theater, as I do many movies. With work schedules and the kid’s various clubs and events in the way, it’s easier for me to carve out a solo window of time and sneak off to see the comic book movies that I love so much. “Winter Soldier” is still the best of the Marvel films, to me. I remember vividly that when that movie ended, I was hit with the biggest wave of depression. The Germans call it “weltschmerz”—the depression that comes from se ...more
Tricia Mingerink
I really wanted to like this book. I LOVE the Brotherband Chronicles, but the last book was such a disappointment. Compared to that book, this one was better, but that wasn't a high hurdle to get over.

Things I liked about this book:
- seeing more of the world
- seeing a few old friends from past books
- the first few chapters with the Maktig contest were probably the best part of the whole book

Things the book could have done better:
- It was too rushed. The villain wasn't really developed, so I d
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid effort by Flanagan. Stig's deadbeat father, Olaf, returns to Hallashom to ask for help rescuing Constantus, the 10-year old emperor of Byzantos, who was kidnapped by the pirate Myrgos while under Olaf's care as chief of security. On the way to Byzantos and finding Myrgos' lair, Hal, Thorn and the gang help some old friends along the way. The daring rescue is exciting, especially when things go awry. Then, Constantus returns to Byzantos, where his Regent mother has seized power, and ...more
I really enjoyed this instalment in the Brotherband Chronicles! I found the story to be thin in a few areas but still enjoyed it and found myself remembering what I liked about the adventures of the Heron and the individual character, unfortunately the only person I felt this book built the character was Stig but that was a nominal. Still enjoyable and with enough action and flair to make you want to read! 3.75 Stars!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even though you could argue that there is a certain amount of predictability in these books, they are still so satisfying and enjoyable that it makes up for anything else.

When Stig's comes back home he is need of a favor- to help rescue the kidnapped son of a regent. The crew of the Heron of course are the only ones who perform the task.
Ms. Yingling
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stig's errant father, Olaf, has returned to Hallashom ten years after abandoning his family to live in shame. He isn't repentant, but would like to hire the crew of the Heron to retrieve the emperor of Byzantos who was kidnapped by the pirate Myrgos while under Olaf's care. Since Constantus is just ten, and they are always up for adventure, Hal and Thorn agree. Olaf is a liability, so they sneak out of town on an unspecified mission and plan on stocking up more along the way.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star-ratings
Unpopular opinion below

Ever since the first few books, (Basically since Lydia appeared) Flanagan has stopped using his characters to their full potentional.
In this book specifically, he has not used them at all. They are mere plot fillers. For example, how often was Stefan's name even mentioned? 3 times?
Then, giving Jesper's skills to the twins, great idea. Now he is useless (or should I say unused?)
And that's not even mentioning the fact that this was a great opportunity to flesh out Stig. But
Kathy Davie
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A short story, 12.5, in The Ranger’s Apprentice adventure fantasy for middle-grade readers series with this story revolving around Maddie. It’s been almost two years since The Royal Ranger , 12. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of The Ranger’s Apprentice books on my website.

NOTE: I did read this at the back of Flanagan's The Caldera .

My Take
While The Ranger's Apprentice is aimed at young readers, I love Flanagan's writing and his stories, and this one is a blend of compas
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. John Flanagan never disappoints.
Jessica Robbins
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Davie
Seventh in the The Brotherband Chronicles alternative history adventure series revolving around the very young men who make up the crew of the Heron.

My Take
I hadn't realized The Caldera was not a short story until I noticed the ending page number. Yeah, well, I was turning those pages as fast as I could, wanting to know what happened next. I guess I missed how long it actually took.

I swear, I thought it was a short story. Well, okay, two stories…using multiple third-person points-of-view, for we
Jane Maree
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I had desperate hopes that The Ghostfaces was just a slightly-less-good book but the rest would be back to 'normal.' Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

The characters weren't great to start with. Yes, I love Hal and Stig and the rest of the herons, but when the writing and story is bland, there's no way to really connect with the characters or enjoy them. Even the humour felt stilted and forced. And even with all the different characters there was absolu
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Look--I love this series. I love Hal and the crew and the adventures. Like the other books in the series, there are great moments of dialogue and amazing ship maneuvers. I also really enjoyed seeing Ulf and Wulf separate their personalities to some (small) extent.

But I had a few complaints with this one. It's still getting 4 stars becuase these books are so darn enjoyable, but that doesn't mean I think each one is perfect.

First, the crew doesn't leave for their latest adventure until about 75 pa
Clare Farrelly
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Rangers Apprentice series and the first few Brotherband books but they have really gone down hill now. I even re-read some rangers apprentice to check it wasn't just that I was older. The quality of everything has gone down, and in this book drastically. The first chapter or so was quite good, and there was one other unexpected thing that happened at the end-ish (involving waves and Thorn) even though it was a tad anticlimactic.

Everything was predictable. I spent the while book want
Ok what I am going to tell is you my honest opinions on this book it is the seventh book in the brotherband series. The book starts off as all of the other books but there is a twist the competition to be claimed as the strongest fighter is going on and the twins and stig are competing in it. The twins are evenly matched in everything so the judges try and decide a winner by rock paper scissors but again they are evenly tied. Stig at this time is competing in a wrestling match with a man much bi ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much. John Flanagan is definitely one of my favorite authors of all time. I wish I saw more of Ingvar in this book. The climax of this book is one of the best written climaxes I've EVER EVER read! It was SO INTENSE. Seriously, I'm trying not to freak out just thinking about it. Okay, I really really need a love interest for Hal because I love him so much. And I know *SPOILER ALERT*** Ingvar likes Lydia, and maybe vice versa too, but I REALLY REALLY ship Hal and Lydia. Anyways ...more
Clayton Wilcox
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
More pirates! Awesome book. This is a great continuation of the series, with interesting scenery and characters!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finished in less than 24hours. I love this series ❤ ...more
Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice is a favorite series, yet while RA was written for the same age group as Brotherband, the two series are worlds apart in style, strength of story, strength and depth of character, and tightness of writing. The omniscient point of view was successful in RA, not so much in Brotherband; we even know what Kloof, Hal's dog, was feeling/experiencing at one point in The Caldera, which was a bit much for me.

The Caldera cruises along at surface level; the tale doesn't devia
Brendan Pittiglio
This book has the ragtag action/adventure you would expect from a Brotherband book, so it's not disappointing in that department; with that said, it's a very formulaic and barebones story. This feels like all the other Brotherband books after the first three (with the exception of Ghostfaces, which wasn't very good in its own right). They go sailing to fight an underdeveloped and uninteresting villain and rescue something. That's pretty much it. Additionally, it has a few problems that Flanagan ...more
Ida Kron
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After having read four books from this series during the summer I’m honestly a bit tired of John Flanagan’s writing. The story is repeating itself in every book which means that by now nothing unexpected ever happens. The brotherband simply sails to another unknown country, fights with an evil, male villain and defeats him without troubling themselves too much. Maybe it’s because I’m definitely not interesting in sailing but seriously, I feel like I’ve read every fighting scene at the sea a hund ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok

oh is hal modest and completely in control of things? oh is ingvar really strong and they need to balance the rowers when he's on one? oh is thorn a sarcastic bastard? WE GET IT. It's all just man splaining these days and repetitive description and dialogue and not even a very good story this time around and ZERO, SERIOUSLY ZERO, mention of stig's beloved girlfriend's death in the previous book.
Daniel Shellenbarger
The Caldera is another perfectly serviceable addition to the Ranger's Apprentice/Brotherband series, but I'd also say that like the previous few in both series, its not particularly memorable. Indeed, the general course of the story is very similar to Brotherband books 4 and 5; the Brotherband is in Hallasholm, they're approached about a mission in a foreign land dealing with a nefarious character, they travel to that land, hijinx ensue at sea and on land, they meet some foreign folks, rescue so ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Buxton
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
My name is Stig, and the Heron's crew is on a mission to free the son of an empress who was kidnapped by a ruthless pirate named Myrgos. We've discovered the pirate's fortress is located on the caldera created by a volcano in the middle of the ocean. My father is an added complication to the rescue. I'd never met him until he appeared one night to ask Hal and our crew for help. He was once a great Skandian, until many years ago he turned on his crew and stole their treasures. My mother was left ...more
This book could have been so much more.

I love that we get this “confrontation” with Stig’s father, Olaf (kind of obvious who the late-night visitor is after six books). We get a more concrete sense of Stig’s childhood anger and why Olaf left. Stig and his mother were ostracized for a long time because of Olaf’s transgressions, so I too wanted to know why. It was one of those cases where the child should not be punished for their parent’s sins. I admire Stig’s choice to help his father while tryi
My teen got this out of the library and I've read it, too.

As always, I enjoyed the humor. But one of the characters told another to quit making jokes, as it ruined the spooky, wary mood as they tried to accomplish their mission. Aw! I wished they'd kept it up.

As for the plot, it had its exciting moments. I wondered why they hadn't used the Mangler sooner and more often. The volcano eruptions seemed too well timed for certain events. I also expected more intrigue or plot twists than there actuall
Matthew Sampson
I'm both delighted and frustrated by this book. The Caldera is a testimony to all the weaknesses of Flanagan's style: over-dependence on telling, static characterisation, forced political correctness, exaggerated villains, slow beginnings and impersonal victories. More concise writing could have halved the word count. I'm really, really tired of Flanagan's idealisation of the Skandian attitude, where never is this lack of diplomacy a weakness. And what's happening with the religion? All we hear ...more
Joshua Mundis
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 7th addition to the Brotherband Chronicles, The Caldera, by John Flanagan was in its' rights a decent book. This book was different from the others in the series because while it did have some action, it did not have as much as the other books, instead the book focused more on the dynamic between Stig and his father. This dynamic is the main theme of the story, Stig's father shows up in the beginning needing help, and the herons decide to help him. Throughout the quest we gain a better idea ...more
Michael Schwartz
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
While the Brotherband Chronicles has always done things a bit differently than the Rangers Apprentice, it never lets up on the characters we have come to love.

In this addition, Hal and his friends are visited by Stig's father during the Skandia's Maktig competition. Years ago, Stig's father abandoned him and his mother after stealing from his own Brotherhood, and made his way to the empire of Byzantos in the south where he became a head guard to the future boy emperor. However, pirates have kid
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