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Return of the Temujai

(Brotherband Chronicles #8)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The Herons take to the high seas in the action-packed eighth installment of the Brotherband Chronicles, Brotherband: Return of the Temujai from John Flanagan, author of the internationally bestselling Ranger's Apprentice series!

The Herons are home in Skandia, but the usually peaceful country is in danger. The Temujai--ruthless warriors from the Eastern Steppes--have
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Philomel Books
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Zitong Ren
I feel like by this point that the author is slowly running out of ideas. To be fair to him, he has published a huge amount of work, but over the last few years, from my point of view, there are slowly been a dip in quality in his books. This book reuses an old idea from two of his old books and while the plot if different, nothing really comes of at the end and there is very little pay off. Instead of being excited about what was going on, it felt a bit predictable and uninteresting in my ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting adventure for Hal and his brotherband. They are sent to investigate rumors that the imperialist Temujai, their warring neighbors, are seeking a way to the sea. Loyal readers of Flanagan may recall that the Skandians faced trouble with these disciplined warriors, with horseback riding, bow shooting, and curved sword wielding skills in the fourth Rangers Apprentice book, The Battle for Skandia. So, the Heron is chosen to sail upriver and portage up to a large lake to investigate. ...more
Tricia Mingerink
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are not enough stars on Goodreads to contain my love for this book. This is by far the best Brotherband or Ranger's Apprentice book to release in a long time, and this is coming from someone who likes the Royal Ranger books (the fandom is pretty heated on those).

After the last two Brotherband Chronicles books were somewhat disappointing, this book blew my expectations out of the water and then some. This book was everything that made those original Ranger's Apprentice books so beloved. It
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is not as great as some reviews would make it out to be. It is also not nearly as bad as others claim. Some old jokes are repeated, but the world is expanded. As usual, the details are foggy and the distances are ridiculous. But the story was fun if a bit unbelievable for a 20-year-old woman. Other than that I just want the author to bring back more of the real fantasy aspects. He had some in his very first books, but they haen't been back and I miss them.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I look forward to and enjoy reading the Brotherband Chronicles. Considering the wait for this book and the excitement of the previous volumes. This gets an “eh”. Not so much. I’ll look forward to the next one, if there is one. Maybe Flanagan has just run out of steam?
Deb Sheldon
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not up to par

I LOVE the Brotherband and all of Flanagan’s book, but this one was a bit of a snoozer. Nothing new really happened (until the very end) and it seemed like a tired voyage. I missed all the humor of the past books (aside from the bear impression) and am a little shocked that it fell so flat.
Christopher Lee Woodard
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Flanagan continues to excite, thrill and impress me with his descriptions, details, narrative and personalities in a world not so different from our own. A huge talent that I, for one, do not want to see give up the Brotherband and Ranger sagas.
I know I do not fall within the target age demographics, but I do enjoy an exciting tale of adventure, action and good people battling bad. Something John Flanagan does very well indeed.
The 'Return of the Temujal' continues the Saga -even if the
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Thankfully was better than the last Brotherband. I think I may have mentioned it before, but Flanagan's books are getting worse and worse as they go on. It would be entirely possible to skip the last couple of books in the series before this one, as they're never mentioned or referenced in any way, and are pretty boring. I don't know whether it's just me growing out of the targeted age group for these books or just plain bad writing (I'm going to go with bad writing, since I can still read other ...more
Sean Little
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fine outing from John Flanagan. As an adult, I keep craving something a shade or two darker than what the Brotherband Chronicles is about, and I have to keep reminding myself that's a middle-grades book, written for tweens. However, the lack of grimdark aside, the Brotherband's wholesome adventures are still fun to read.

Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that John Flanagan's books encourage 8 to 14 year olds to read! ....and that adults can enjoy them too. Please don't make them 'darker', as someone suggested. They are perfect for this targeted age group.
Mark Buxton
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My name is Hal, and my Heron brotherband has become Erak's most trusted crew. The Temujai have been trying to find a way into Skandia, so they can conquer the surrounding lands. We've already helped to strengthen a key Skandian outpost and quelled a raid, but Erak fears the Temujai may discover another way into our country. It's unlikely they'll try crossing the icy, perilous rivers to the north, but we're not sure what secrets might be found in those barren lands. We've sailed up the river, ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great middle grade/YA adventure that is up to par with the previous works in the series.
As to the lower rated reviews, yes, Return of the Temujai does have some similar elements as its predecessors & apparently that disappointed some readers, but honestly, the characters are warriors and sailors. The books have fighting and sailing and there can only going to be so many singular events (like big rapids or storms or combat or ship repairs) before you are no longer true to the culture &
Nov 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy

I have loved rangers apprentice and Brotherband for the past 6 years. It has been my all time favourite throughout that time beating Harry Potter and Twilight. I say this to express my love. However the last year my reading has jumped in level drastically. I have gone from simple Ya to Jane Eyre and James Rollins. There is quite a difference not only in the complexity and maturity of the story line but also the language and scientific aspects as well. Put these together and your reading taste
Daniel Shellenbarger
To be blunt, this book wasn't particularly good, and that's been the case for three of the last four books in this series to the point that I'm kind of wishing that Flanagan had just stopped writing about Hal and the Herons after the original trilogy. It's not that it's bad so much as there's just not much in the way of a hook: the story borrows a lot from the earlier Battle for Skandia from the original Ranger's Apprentice series and lacks any real sense of urgency or danger. The Herons are ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this series of books along with the Ranger's Apprentice series to anyone -especially boys 9-13. These books are excellent examples of team work and figuring out solutions to problems and shows a great strength of character in the group of young men and Thorn.

This is the 8th book- The young men are sent to see if the invaders could somehow come down and attack the Skandians. As usual the team is under the skillful direction of the youthful leader and also under the guidance of
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just really enjoy this series. Yes, as some reviewers pointed out, this one starts a little slow. And yes, they Herons don't spend as much time on their ship as they have in previous books. But there's plenty of action, and I actually enjoyed seeing the characters doing something different. There's only so many times you can read about ships and ship-to-ship battle before you've got to have a LITTLE something different (and it's not like there's NOTHING happening on the boat--just that much of ...more
Marie Kim
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always John Flanagan has really done a good job. There were more details and more emphasis on the sailing in this book than I remember his other books to have been but that was because the Heron was really a main part of this book more than in the other books. Usually the Heron took Hal, Stig, Jesper, Stephen, Ulf, Wulf, Ingvar, Thorn and Lydia to and from their destination and also fighting with the Mangler, but in this book, they had to "carry" the Heron up and down the mountain so there ...more
The Skandians are tired of having to guard against the persistent threat of Temujai invasion, which will perennially exist due to the Temujai desire for access to the coast. Years have passed since the last battle in which the Temujai were defeated but now it seems they are trying again with signs that the whole nation is on the move--and Hal and his brotherband are the last best hope to outwit them. Hal will take his beloved Heron up the Steppes into the heart of Temujai country where no one ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
It's always good to be back in this world again. this is just another good story with good characters. the only problem is I think that he is starting to become a little lazy in his writing. There's just a few examples of times where he's not thinking things through all the way. Such as when a Skandian is giving a description of their enemy as a shark that is always swimming and never sleeping, how would a Skandian know that sharks don't sleep? Skandians don't even know how to swim let alone ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I was excited to read another adventure with the Herons, but this one kind of felt like 'more of the same'. There wasn't really any character development or newness about the story. There seemed to be a lot of filler between action sequences, and nothing REALLY significant happened, except the very last thing (I'm not going to spoil it), but since it was only at the end, you only get a glimpse of some depth of emotion. I feel like some of the characters just blended in with each other ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Ah juvenile fiction, everything is always tied up so neatly. I do wish he would embrace the real-world part of war... You can never trust anyone, especially not your enemies. But not so for the Heron Brotherband. Everything will work out in the end, no matter what. This book was so very rushed. I got to 3/4's of the book and realized how sloppy the ending was going to be... How disappointing. I need to stop reading his new books and go back and read The Ranger's Apprentice again. But in the end, ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually enjoyed this one all the way through, which I was worried I might not. It's sort've a classic in terms of the Brotherband books. There's a threat and they handle it. I found it held my attention.

I think what would be helpful is to advance the characters, this is book eight and they've shown up in two? of the Royal Ranger books. Yet none of them have grown in anyways, their relationships haven't been tried, all but Hal and Stif have been shuffled to the side in terms of development.
Virginia Henderson
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was surprised at how long it took me to finish this. Normally I can devour these books within a matter of days, but I had trouble getting into this one. I blame that on that fact that I was reading four other books at the same time and was having trouble balancing my time.

Other than that, this was a very exciting and emotional read. The Herons had a close scrape this time, too close, in fact. I don't want to wreck the ending for you, but it was on point and left readers with anticipation for
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the story, though the fight scenes are getting repetitive and ho-hum. and I don't know if the author is getting worse at writing or his editors are getting lazy, but he repeated himself often, using the same word or even phrase too close together. it also felt too easy and over too quick. it was all action, and no new character development.
I hope there are more books to come, but I hope they're better written and are more than just fight scenes.
Flanagan is never not good. It's always a pleasure to be back with the boys, and lord, I love them so.

I'm not a huge fan of splitting the party, and this one had several points where the crew had different tasks in different places, which wasn't ideal, but it made sense and there's a fantastic kidnapping plot that was absolutely fantastic to watch play out. Love these stupid, brilliant Skandians.

Always, always, always good to get back to Flanagan's world. This is no exception.
Michael Long
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fine Brotherband book. The crew of the Heron take on the Temujai in a remote region and must work together to stop the Temujai from invading. The stakes here were definitely much to put the Heron itself in peril and several of the crew. There really aren't any new characters that are developed here, its just going on a journey with the existing crew. The story is nothing earth-shattering, but it is very entertaining and well worth a listen.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flanagan will always and forever be one of my top favorite authors. I have been reading his Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband Chronicles for what feels like ages now. Even though this one wasn't quite as interesting as some of the previous volumes, I still loved it. Each new book just makes me more and more excited for the next, and I can't get enough of the world he has created.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite in the series since the first book! Hal and his crew sail the Heron up uncharted waters to make sure an enemy isn't mounting an attack. They discover that the Temujai are indeed getting ready to invade their lands and the Brotherband is thrown into the fight of their lives.
Jonathan Crawford
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book

Only bad part about this book is that it ended. Can’t wait to see what Hal and the Gang are gonna be up to next. Seems like it is gonna take too long for the next book in the series. Love all these books as well as the other rangers apprentice series. Can’t wait for the next books please write quickly.
Shanna Klutts
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
Was the least favorite of these books. The ending was abrupt and it seemed like the author was bored himself and just wanted it to end. I did not enjoy that the relationships didn’t grow. It all felt really he is still deciding where his Herons are going to end up and until then he is going to keep writing adventures for them where none of them grow. Disappointed...
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