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Return of the Temujai

(Brotherband Chronicles #8)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,708 ratings  ·  141 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 St
Hardcover, 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 opini ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
The nostalgia of Flanagan’s storytelling is what brings me back each time he releases a new book. His ability to created enjoyable characters and character interactions remains one of my favorites of all time. I love the banter he is able to express in the dialogue of his characters. Overall his dialogue is superb, and perhaps is the most memorable aspect of his writing.
However, at the rate he has been releasing books (one a year for quite a while now), I’ve been afraid the day was quickly appro
Kathy Davie
Eighth in the Brotherband Chronicles historical action-adventure series (a spin-off from Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series) for middle-grade readers revolving around the young Hal and his crew.

My Take
I do like the sailing terms Flanagan includes at the start. I also love that the Skandians are so practical about feeding the fort's garrison so well. It only makes sense. As does Hal and Stig learning to ride horses, lol.

Flanagan uses third person point-of-view, primarily from Hal's and Thorn's
I love the Heron Brotherband - they started out misfits and runts, and they are the finest, quickest brother band in all of Skandia.

They couldn't manage it without Lydia, and Thorn. Me either - those two add so much to the Heron. And Hal faces a new challenge at the end . . . I'm confident he's up to it!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
O well, what can I say? I have a bias when it comes down to the John Flanagan books that dates almost ten years back in my bookloving life.
Deb Sheldon
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.
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
Christopher Lee Woodard
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 c
Sean Little
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Abby Irwin
The book was okay. I liked how it involved stuff from Rangers Apprentice but it was not exciting and most of the book felt like it was taken up with sailing. I also felt like I'd read everything that was in it in the other books already. I did however like the ending because it was very meaningful.
Shaeley Santiago
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hal and the brotherband are tasked by Erak to help defend Skandia against the Temjuai, partly because of Hal's ability to think creatively.
It was a great ride, but I think it's time to stop, Mr. Flanagan.
Mark Buxton
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, por ...more
Marten Wennik
John Flanagan keeps the Brotherband series alive and well in this next edition of the series, Return of the Temujai. I have been waiting for this next story to arrive and when Amazon delivered it last Friday, I dove in. Last night I finished and was amply satisfied with the storytelling and the continuation of the characters' lives in development in the series. Hal, Thorn, Stig, Lydia, Ingvar, and the rest of the Heron's come through in saving the Skandian Nation from another menace from their h ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 & character
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man I was so looking forward to reading this book, and I'm kinda confused that I'm saying this, but I'm a little disappointed? It's so weird, I'm pretty much never let down by John Flanagan, but I honestly am not sure what this book... was. It FLEW by so FAST that I started worrying that I had skipped stuff on accident, which kinda sounds like a good thing, but I didn't feel like I had gotten any of the stuff I loved so much about the previous books. By the end, some of that stuff had been deliv ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 jus ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 stars)
Not as high in action as some of the previous books, but definitely was still interesting.
You get an up close look at the Temujai and their culture.
And as always the comedic dialogue of John Flanagan was entertaining! I can't get enough of it...
I look forward to seeing where the Brotherband ventures next.


The Temujai don't seem very smart in battle haha... They were bested by the Skandians and the Araluen archers. I can't believe they tried to get across the river! I felt
Ms. Yingling
Library copy

At least two of my students read this before I did, reserving copies from the public library! I waited until the library copy came in. Brotherband has never done quite as well as Rangers Apprentice, and I'm not sure why I still think of them as fantasy books. I still enjoy reading them, but they are becoming a bit samey. The Temujai are back, and didn't particularly interest me. The crew sails, run around and fight, and fight some more. I kept thinking that Hal and Lydia were from Ra
Marie Kim
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 we ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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 wo ...more
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 too...they ...more
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
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“En hoe weet je dat hij een slechte adem heeft?'
Hal keek haar mismoedig aan. 'Hij is een zij, en zij is de halfgod van dans en beweging,' legde hij uit.
Lydia trok een wenkbrauw op. 'Ja, van haar kun jij wel wat hulp gebruiken, te oordelen naar de manier waarop jij hier rondstrompelt.”
“Vroeg of laat breken we daar toch door.'
'Maar dat zou jullie een hoop mensenlevens kosten,' hield Hal nogal koppig vol.
De Sha'shan glimlachte. Het was een glimlach zonder humor. 'Wij hebben een heleboel mensen. We houden er altijd genoeg over om jullie te verslaan.”
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