The outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles) by John Flanagan

    Review by: Lisa

Title:  The outcasts

Author:  John Flanagan

Collection:  Juvenile Fiction

From the author of the international phenomenon–and one of my favorites–the Ranger’s Apprentice series!

They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others – they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger’s Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn’t mean they don’t have skills. And courage – which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing.

This first book in the new Brotherband Chronicles is a rollicking good start to Flanagan’s new venture.  It is clear that fans who grew to love the characters in the Ranger’s Apprentice series will soon be drawn to regard this new band of personalities as positive new companions on adventures in the author’s world.  As I anxiously await the second book in the series in May 2012, I highly recommend readers get started on this first introduction.

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