AUTHOR = JOHN FLANAGAN
GENRE = ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7,8
John Flanagan has begun a new series of fantasy-adventures but he has returned to a setting that his readers will be familiar with: Skandia (a location for some of the adventures from the hugely popular “The Rangers Apprentice” series).
Here we meet Hal and a group of “outcast” boys who join forces to become the “Heron” brotherband. Each of the boys has a different reason for feeling an outcast: for Hal it is partly because his mother was an Araluen slave whilst his Skandian father died when he was a babe. For Stig it is the shame of having a father who has absconded. Now they are all 16 years old, it is time to prove their worth as Skandians: as they undergo the tortuous training to become a brotherband and hopefully win the contest. But can this ragged group of outcasts really defeat teams which are greater in number and size? In this land where sailing and strength are the making of a man, where will these boys fit in? And most importantly what has the decrepit alcoholic, Thorn, got to teach them?
This novel is a worthy short-listed book for 2012 CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers.
View the book trailer below for more insight into the novel:
Music (“Nubuck ” by Mettle music) sourced, along with images, from the Animoto site. Text by dma.
And if you liked this seafaring adventure you might also like Andrew McGahan’s “Ship Kings: The Coming of the Whirlpool”, reviewed here, another CBCA shortlisted novel.
Or why not have a look at the official Brotherband website?
Recommended (dma) ****