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
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