The Invaders (Brotherband Book 2) (Brotherband Chronicles)
From the author of the global phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice! Hal and the Herons have done the impossible. This group of outsiders has beaten out the strongest, most skilled young warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband competition. But their celebration comes to an abrupt end when the Skandians' most sacred artifact, the Andomal, is stolen--and the Herons are to blame. To find redemption they must track down the thief Zavac and recover the Andomal.
But that means traversing stormy seas, surviving a bitter winter, and battling a group of deadly pirates willing to protect their prize at all costs. Even Brotherband training and the help of Skandia's greatest warrior may not be enough to ensure that Hal and his friends return home with the Andomal--or their lives.
Perfect for fans of J. Hardcover , pages. Hal is the designer and captain of Heron. It's nice to see a strong female character added to the case - even if that means there's hints of romance and drama in the air. I do look forward to getting to the next book, and I just hope it's not quite as sluggish in the beginning as this one was. This book keeps you guessing in classic John Flanagan fashion. I can never say anything bad about these books because it is just so well written.
I feel like i've been to Limmat, watched as the fire bolts were shot, seen the friendships develop, experienced life on the Heron and I'm very in love with Hals character. Although Will will be foremost in my heart. Oct 31, Melenia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Listened to the book twice back to back. Mar 19, Hazel West rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm not sure I liked this one better than the first book in the series, but it was still good. It was a little more slow-paced than I thought it would be, but it is actually kind of an in-between book with another cliff-hanger at the end.
The slow parts in the beginning don't really take away from the story either, they just lend to strengthening the camaraderie between the Herons and it was fun to watch Thorn train them. I'm still not quite sure what I think about Lydia. I almost felt that she I'm not sure I liked this one better than the first book in the series, but it was still good.
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I almost felt that she didn't really have to be necessary. I was also a little disappointed that Hal and Tursgud didn't get to meet again in this book and settle their problem once and for all, but I bet that will come later. Zavac on the other hand is seriously a great pirate and a worthy villain. He's cold and evil and yet he manages to not be cliche. Now I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series, and I hope it's not too long before it comes out! View all 7 comments. May 22, Christine rated it really liked it. Yes, it really took us almost 6 months to get through this book.
We just weren't listening in the car for a while. I still don't like these as much as Ranger's Apprentice, but the action is picking up. Jan 12, Annemieke rated it liked it. Acht onervaren jongens en een ouwe zeerot gaan met hun schip op piratenjacht. Het verhaal leest vlot en is best aardig, maar haalt het wat mij betreft echt niet bij De Grijze Jager-boeken. Vooral Trek mis ik heel erg Jul 04, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a solid sequel to "The Outcasts.
Hal has some brilliant ideas to give them the upper hand in their battle. I can see the love triangle heating up, which looks to be a fun addition to the series. I do have a problem with how "stunningly beautiful" the leading ladies are in this and in Ranger's Apprentice. I appreciate that they are skilled and courageous, but must outward beauty also be dragged into each major female character? I feel like it is rather sexist there's no mention of how good-looking Hal or Stig or Will or Halt or Horace are , and also reinforces the idea that girls NEED to be beautiful to be attractive or interesting to men, which is a terrible message to send to young women.
They get enough of that from Hollywood and magazines.
It also reinforces the idea that men are chiefly attracted by looks only I don't know, I'm not a man. Also, I really enjoyed the character of Thorn-his backstory, his downfall, his recovery, his renewed purpose. In this book compared to the first book , he's more his own personality, and less like a 're-invention of Halt, with a different backstory. Although 'The Invaders' had a slower pace than the first book, the character development which takes place throughout the book makes up for it. Again I enjoyed reading about the dynamics between the Herons, and their interactions with the newly introduced characters.
A great in-between book and I'm looking forward to the conclusion of their first big adventure in the next book. Feb 28, Elijah Roma rated it it was amazing. The 2nd book in the series and arguably the most enjoyable to me. Now that the introduction has ended, we face the real goals and plot of the rest of the series. The book does a fine job visualizing what's happening on the island, and makes you feel involved in the planning and staging. Multiple new characters and introduced and we get nice previews of the char The 2nd book in the series and arguably the most enjoyable to me.
Multiple new characters and introduced and we get nice previews of the characters backstory. Cannot wait to see what finally happens in the end!
Jun 04, Barb Middleton rated it liked it Shelves: Book one ends with Hal and his crew of sailors fleeing in disgrace from the city they grew up in order to retrieve the Andromal, the sacred artifact of the Skandians, that was stolen by pirates when Hal's crew was supposedly guarding it they fell asleep. Hal knows that they will be pursued and dragged back home to be punished for leaving the city. They flee under cover of a storm and find a sheltered inlet where Thorn, an adult Skandian warrior who came with on the crew, begins training them o Book one ends with Hal and his crew of sailors fleeing in disgrace from the city they grew up in order to retrieve the Andromal, the sacred artifact of the Skandians, that was stolen by pirates when Hal's crew was supposedly guarding it they fell asleep.
They flee under cover of a storm and find a sheltered inlet where Thorn, an adult Skandian warrior who came with on the crew, begins training them on how to fight like warriors. The young boys are no match for pirates and the training is intense. When they discover a girl, Lydia, in a boat adrift at sea they find out that the pirates they are seeking have taken over her town and are pillaging it of emeralds found in a nearby mine.
Hal must put together a plan to defeat the pirates and give the town back to the villagers. Flanagan loves weapons and shines when describing the use and function of them. Hal invents a crossbow that he mounts on his sailing ship, as well as, a way for his sailing ship to go faster in the water. Lydia is an expert using a dart throwing weapon called an atlatl.
Flanagan's writing reminds me of nonfiction texts at times. He's good at descriptions, setting and action; less good with interesting word choices and internal character development. He has his usual humor and banter but I didn't think it worked quite as well in this story because it was between adults and boys. Usually he has the banter between adults and if it's with the boys they don't get it half the time and that makes it funnier. The characters are distinct and have flaws although Hal doesn't really change much from the beginning to the end of the story. Thorn actually changes more becoming the warrior he once was and finding a purpose in his life.
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Ingvar is interesting as well. His eyesight is so bad that he is almost blind and Thorn teaches him to fight by feel not sight. Lydia uses darts for a weapon because the crossbows are difficult for women to master since the physical strength necessary to pull them back is lacking in most females. Flanagan is an archer and I like that he is realistic on this point.
While I read and see movies where women will perform impossible physical feats and I usually just go with it; it was refreshing to have this aspect presented realistically. Would she be able to do that? Also, I found it unbelievable that the adults wouldn't give input into the strategy for attacking the village against the pirates. Hal does all the planning and the adult warriors don't really add anything to it. I would have thought it would be a group effort, not just the one brilliant young kid in the form of Hal, coming up with the entire scheme. There is plenty of action and violence.
They are at war so there is some torture and deaths. The details are not graphic but there are quite a few deaths. May 08, Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Flanagan has a talent for turning sequels into great stories in their own right, and The Invaders doesn't disappoint. In fact, the character development, friendships, battle strategies and action scenes are almost better than the first book in this series. Though written in the third person, the story has the tone of an older person laughingly retelling the adventures of young friends, perhaps someone like Thorn, appreciating their bravery and daring, and not esteeming them less for Impressive.
Though written in the third person, the story has the tone of an older person laughingly retelling the adventures of young friends, perhaps someone like Thorn, appreciating their bravery and daring, and not esteeming them less for their weaknesses and youthful mistakes. There's so much wisdom in the detail, such as that time at the beginning when the boys are restless waiting for their adventure to begin and Thorn advises a strict routine of exercise and hard work, followed by a good night's sleep and more exercise.
The result is an immediate improvement in the atmosphere, with boredom relieved and a sense of purpose regained. Individual characters too take giant steps. Stig has come a long way in not letting his temper get the better of him, now able to stare down an opponent without hitting him at first provocation. Hal has learned the painful consequences of a commander's choices for his men, realising that he cannot always protect those following his orders from being harmed.
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Thorn has exposed the hurts and failings of his past in order to begin again anew, and even Ulf and Wulf have transformed their twins' bickering into an acutely synchronised readiness for Hal's command. In fact, all of the Brotherband boys' flawed nobility is contrasted strongly with Barat's self-centred bravado and the pirates' cowardly bullying. Hal's boys each have their own temperament and skills, and each follow their own path towards heroism. An evenly paced action-character story for boys, but all readers of character driven action adventure will find it an enjoyable read.
May 14, Emma Clement rated it really liked it. I had a problem with the first book in this series, which was the lack of female characters in the story. Thankfully, Flanagan fixed that ish in this one! Hal and his crew are chasing Zavac. However, due to a massive storm, they are forced to stop and resume the chase later.
They take shelter at a bay Hal names Shelter Bay for a few weeks, where they repair their ship, add the Mangler, a giant crossbow, a hull fin for extra maneuverability, and train under Thorn. Afterward, they go to a small Skandian village to stock up on supplies while asking about Zavac's ship, the Raven.
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Meanwhile, Zavac and his crew take over a small trading vessel and search the strongbox, where they find emeralds. Zavac demands to know where they have come from. The leader of the trading fleet, after extensive torture, tells Zavac that the emeralds came from Limmat, a town further up the coast of Sonderland. Zavac goes to Limmat, tricks the soldiers garrisoned there, easily takes over the town, and forces the miners to work even harder to give Zavac emeralds. However, a girl named Lydia manages to escape using a small skiff.
While Hal is going back to Shelter Bay, he thinks he sees Wolfwind, the Oberjarl Erak's ship, and sails south for a day.