Brotherband Chronicles: A Review

At the moment, I am reading the Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan. As of now, I am on the 5th book and am almost done with it. The events of the Brotherband Chronicles actually happens right around the time of John Flanagan’s other series, Ranger’s ApprenticeBrotherband Chronicles takes place in the same world as the Ranger’s Apprentice series does, but it’s from someone else’s perspective. As far as I know, there haven’t been any repeats in events from Ranger’s Apprentice in the Brotherband Chronicles. That’s because (for those of you who haven’t read the series) most of the Brotherband Chronicles takes place in Scandinavia. When it doesn’t take place there, it generally takes place somewhere else way far away from wherever Will and Halt (the Ranger’s Apprentice main characters) are located. Hope that wasn’t confusing.

Anyway, SPOILER ALERT from here on out.

Visit this website for a full summary of each book.

Book order:

1. The Outcasts

2. The Invaders

3. The Hunters

4. Slaves of Socorro

5. Scorpion Mountain

( As far as I know, the series has not ended yet)

In the Brotherband Chronicles there is a lot of character development. For example, almost all the main characters go from being outcasts to being heroes. Yes, I have proof, just look on the back of any of books in the Brotherband series, it says, “Outcasts for a moment. Heroes for life.”

The first 3 books are all practically about Hal and his crew trying to get the Andomal (see Wikipedia’s definition bellow) back because it was stolen and it was sort of their fault.  In the 3rd book they get the Andomal back and then they are considered heroes.

Here’s what Wiki said about the Andomal:

  • “The Andomal — This is a huge amber sphere (about 25 centimeters in diameter) with a reptilian claw in the middle believed to come from a dragon. This artifact has been treasured by Skandians for centuries and is kept in a shrine (the Tabernacle) on a hill close to Hallasholm. It is then stolen by Zavac and his crew while the Heron Brotherband is guarding it.”

The next 2 books have their own plot. Slaves of Socorro (4th book) is about some Araluens that where kidnapped and taken to Socorro to be sold at the slave market there. Hal (the main character) and his crew then go to Socorro and try and rescue all the Araluen slaves. With the help of Gilan (character/ranger from Ranger’s Apprentice) they eventually do rescue all 12 of the Araluens and bring them all back to Araluen.

In the next book, Scorpion Mountain, Hal and his crew embark on a mission to stop  the assassins that are  trying to kill Princess Cassandra (another character from Ranger’s Apprentice). Since at the moment I am reading this book and haven’t gotten to the end, I won’t spoil it for myself, so if you want to know what happens you should look it up.

I really like this series and think that everyone should read it, including you! I personally think that the Ranger’s Apprentice series is better, but that’s just me.

My favorite book ever:


Halt's Peril

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  1. Thanks for warning us about the spoiler alert! You have been trying to get me to read Ranger’s Apprentice. Now that we got a chance to meet John Flanagan at Book People, I am more drawn to the idea of reading the book (series). Those self help books are taking my attention away from other genres. I guess I need all the help I can get! I believe that balance is good, and come to think of it, what you learn in self help books can be incorporated in a fictional book. It’s just something to ponder.

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