When the King and his family are poisoned, Conner, a smart nobleman with a lot of money, devises a scheme to train an impersonator to show up at the castle claiming to be the king’s long lost son. Once this false prince is crowned king Conner himself will then run the kingdom…the false king will be just a puppet under Conner’s control.
In order for his scheme to work Conner needs to find the right boy. He scours orphanages in the kingdom and settles on three recruits, Sage, Roden, and Tobias. He takes the boys to his manor house and begins their training: swordfighting, reading, horseback riding, manners at the table…all the things a prince growing up in a castle would know.
For orphan boys it’s a chance of a lifetime. They are beggars, pickpockets and thieves. At the manor house they eat better than they have ever eaten in their lives. They play with swords! They ride horses!
Conner does his best to set up challenges and contests to pit the boys against each other. Which one has what it takes to carry out Conner’s daring plan? And what about the others? What about the boys who aren’t chosen? They die. The stakes are as high as stakes can get. It’s a competition like The Hunger Games…the winner is the only survivor. Book one in a trilogy – looking forward to book 2!
After orphaned twelve-year-old Michael Pine, who seems headed for trouble, meets old Lem Gulliver, he finds new purpose as protector of the Lilliputians who live in Lem’s back garden, even if that means saving them from one another. Author: Carter Crocker
“Michael Pine is always in trouble – he’s headed right for the Young Offenders Institution if he messes up again. Then one night he hears strange singing and discovers the Lilliputians, tiny people (the size of your thumb!) with tiny animals, living in a garden surrounded by a tall stone wall. At first, Michael can’t believe it, but pretty soon he is visiting them every day and helping out in their village. When weasels and other humans attack the Lilliputians, Michael must turn his life around if he is going to save them.”
If you like Michael’s adventure with little people, try the original story, Gulliver’s Travels, which will tell you how Gulliver came across the Lilliputians in the first place. Also try The Borrowers, The Minimoys and The Littles – more little people with large adventures living in our regular-sized world:
On his Blog: Myth & Mystery Rick Riordan says this, which is pretty exciting:
“What is the scene on the cover? Is that who you think it is, about to fight?? Can’t tell you, but yes, that is an actual scene from the book, and the meaning will be clear when you read it. Very soon, Disney will be launching a new site, GreeksvsRomans.com, which will let you choose your side — Camp Half-Blood or Camp Jupiter. More on that soon!”
Well, it’s finally October 2nd – I hope my copy comes in today! If you like to talk about the Heroes of Olympus; the characters, the book covers, the prophecy and who might date who, you might like looking at the comments that have accumulated so far about the first two books. Over 1700 for each of them!
After you finish The Mark of Athena, come back and tell us what you thought.
Hal and his crew on the Heron team survived Brotherband training in Brotherband Chronicles #1 The Outcasts. They won the battle of the training exercise but not the war. Rival invaders snuck into Skandia during the training exercise and stole Skandia’s most prized artifact, the Andomal, right out from under their noses.
In #2 The Invaders the boys have sailed off in Hal’s boat The Heron in pursuit of the pirates who stole the Andomal. They are boys on a man’s mission. They know they have to recover the Andomal or face the disdain and disrespect of their fellow Skandians. Running away to recover the Andomal is their only choice.
Luckily, their Brotherband trainer Thorn is on The Heron with them, a man with only one arm but an impressive history as a warrior that only Hal knows.
The boys are in pursuit of Zavac the invader, the pirate who stole the Andomal. The boys’ Oberjarl Erak has sent a team of warriors in pursuit of THEM. Afraid that Erak wants the team to drag them home to face their disgrace. the boys decide to pursue Zavac and evade Erak’s team both at the same time. This two fronted battle comes to a head when Zavac invades a coastal town near where The Heron has taken sanctuary from a storm. Erak’s team also shows up. The Skandians have to unite against their common enemy to recover the Andomal, save a town…and save a girl. A pretty girl…who’s good with a bow and arrow.
Hal continues to learn and grow as the team’s leader and the team members continue to find out what their roles are on their warrior ship. Stig, Ingvar, Jesper & the twins Ulf & Wulf all get a chance to shine when Hal’s plan calls on the talents and strengths of each of them to wage a battle that is as much about brains and will as it is about muscles and weapons.
Can’t wait for book #3 to see where the adventure takes them. I really liked getting to know each of the boys more. The story became as much about them as it was about Hal. I really liked getting to know more about Thorn too. And the girl? Well, Lydia changes everything! Book #3 is going to be interesting…girl on board! Author: John Flanagan
If you like Hal and Stig and their friends, don’t miss Book #1 The Outcasts or John Flanagan’s other series The Ranger’s Apprentice that begins with #1 The Ruins of Gorlan. The other books below are also about friends who are in warrior training and have to rely on their skills as well as their loyalty to each other and their cause. Lots of action in these as well as a lot of funny parts and even some romance.