The Hunters

The HuntersThe Hunters

Brotherband Chronicles #3

John Flanagan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

A good close to the series. The expected fight with Mista Z is predictable but still just as fun and satisfying as if the outcome was truly in doubt.

The Herons return as heroes and the grumpy boy from the first book is set up to the future villain if there are any more books. Miss Tan and Lithe is placed front and center as the romance girl who must eventually choose between Hal and Stig. I would hope that Hal would learn the lessons of his father and mother and marry a Skandian instead.

However, I think this trilogy is as far as this series should go. The characters simply have not been given the “oomph” to go 10 books like in Ranger’s Apprentice. I’d definitely like to see more from Mr. Flanagan, but maybe some more trilogies about other regions/peoples. Give me some more Nihon-ja. Whooooo young ninjas!!

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The Invaders

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The Invaders

Brotherband Chronicles #2

John Flanagan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

A good continuation of the series. A real adventure and a girl.

For some reason I keep thinking of these characters as small people, like in the Ranger’s Apprentice and then I get a reminder that these are big, burly vikings who will put an axe through your skull without breaking a sweat.

I love axes…

The Outcasts

The OutcastsThe Outcasts

Brotherband Chronicles #1

John Flanagan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

I really enjoyed this, just not quite as much as The Ruins of Gorlan.

But I suspect that is mostly because I’ve had 10 books of Mr. Flanagan and have become accustomed to him.

A good story of an underdog, who when he totally fails at the end, takes a huge step towards maturity by setting out on a journey to make it right.