From the author of the global phenomenon Ranger’s Apprentice!
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. John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger’s Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger’s Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.
I disliked this book, a lot. Sorry to everyone who loved this book.I had many reasons for despising this book, and the HUMOR was a big part of why I hated this. Earlier this past year I read John’s other book The Ruins of Gorlan and loved it! The fighting was engaging, characters were interesting, plot was good. BUT IT WAS WAY BETTER THEN THIS BOOK! The HUMOR FOR THIS BOOK, IT SUCKS. As sad as it sound’s every time a character would try to crack a joke I would cringe. It wasn’t even funny. And what’s up with all of the adverbs? Don’t get me wrong, I do remember the excessive use of adverbs from Rangers Apprentice and I was ready already prepared for this. But it was too much to handle in the first chunk of the book. I feel like John out did himself in the world of adverbs and by the end it was just too much and I would constantly say NOOO everytime I read one of the numerous dumb joke.
Next, I HATED all of the comments about disabilities in this book. Do we really HAVE to call these characters stupid or crazy all the time? Thorne has no hand and Ingvar is very near-sighted. Give them a break and focus on the story!
Another thing I couldn’t stand was that there was almost no fight scenes, And even when there was hints of a fight it wouldn’t last as long as half a page. With the lack of fighting I became REALLY bored and reading this book became a HUGE drag. (Although the end battle wasn’t anything special it did make it interesting)
Okay okay. While I do admit the ship they were building at the beginning was interesting for a time I am SOOOO done with it. At the beginning when they were testing it out I felt there was WAY too much description and a bunch of random little details nobody really cares about.
The only thing that made this book semi interesting was the setting. The characters were dry and boring, and the plot twists weren’t as good as I was expecting.
Honestly, unless you’re a die-heart John Flanagan fan I would recommend skipping over this one.
Grade Rating: D-
Was SUUPPPERR boring. Nothing like the Rangers Apprentice books. Would recommend skipping this entirely and re-reading Rangers Apprentice.
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