Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 2
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quote: “Anyone can make a mistake, Svengal. It’s how they learn from it and recover from it that shows their true worth.”
Just when Hal was finally beginning to feel accepted as a true Skandian, disaster strikes when Skandia’s most precious artifact, the Andomal, is stolen right under the Heron’s watch by the pirate Zavac and his crew. Hal and his band become social outcasts once again.
Instead of living the rest of their lives in disgrace, the Herons decide that the only way they can redeem themselves is by retrieving the Andomal. Hal’s acute sense as a helmsman, strong intellect, and natural leadership are put to task more than ever. Together the Heron brotherband will have to think outside the box if they are to outsmart the pirates and bring the Andomal safely home.
There’s not much I can say about this novel as my feelings for it are akin to my review of the first book. Both were pleasant reads that kept me intrigued page after page. My feelings for this book were pretty neutral. Part of those feelings, I believe, come from knowing that there are more books after The Invaders, so when I think back on this book I see it as a set-up to something bigger that will happen in later books. The events in The Invaders is only the tip of the iceberg and I have feeling that this is just the beginning of Hal and his crew’s path towards acceptance and redemption.
One thing I will comment on is Hal’s character. Like those characters who interact with Hal, I am deeply impressed by his ingenuity. He truly is smart and inventive. When I think about all that he manages to do in The Invaders, I wonder how John Flanagan will top that. Surely as each novel progresses the danger increases, which begs the question of how Hal will overcome these newer obstacles. I don’t doubt that Hal will rise to the occasion. It will be exciting to see how he solves future problems.
I liked The Invaders and thought it was a good follow-up to the first book. I’m looking forward to reading the third book, The Hunters. The Brotherband Chronicles is shaping up to be a great series, so far almost as great as the Ranger’s Apprentice series. If you’re looking for a new Young Adult series to read, I highly recommend reading John Flanagan’s books. They’re amazing and riveting.