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Book Review: Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Brotherband Chronicles, book 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Summary (via Goodreads):
… Fresh off of victory over their longtime nemesis, Tursgud, Hal and the Herons, summoned by King Duncan, set sail for Castle Araluen. Thrust into the dangerous world of Araluen, the Herons learn of a threat to Queen Evanlyn and whispers of a deadly sect known as the Scorpion Cult. Rumors say that Iqbal, who previously tried to assassinate Evanlyn at her wedding to Horace, might be planning another attempt. Not waiting to see if the knife will strike true, the Herons join forces with Gilan and his fellow Rangers to track down the would-be assassins.

In this fifth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, old friends re-emerge to take on new enemies as the worlds of Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband join forces!


My Review:
This was a good read but the conflicts left a lot to be desired.

I loved seeing characters from the Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband Chronicles collide – it felt like a homecoming or reunion of all the characters you’ve come to know and love. I just wish the characters introduced in Ranger’s Apprentice (besides Gilan) had more to do instead of being impressed by the Heron crew – though I will say those moments offered much brevity and laughter. This is in part because the Herons are really young so there’s the assumption that youth equals inexperience or incapable. The other part I think is because it hasn’t been that long since Skandia stopped it’s raiding ways so characters from other countries still maintain this long-held idea of Skandians being barbaric-esque.

Yes, the Herons are impressive and highly capable for once being a motley crew of outcasts. Even a few of the band had major character growth in this story. But it seems Scorpion Mountain was a way to showoff the skills the Herons had acquired so far. Additionally, post-read it seemed there was no way for them to lose. Not once did I think, oh no! how will they defeat the bad guys?! The conflicts weren’t big enough or imposing enough. As far as the Herons were concerned, the obstacles faced were child’s play for the most part. That is, there was an almost ease with which they succeeded. Of course, there was a major shock that would normally upset and dismantle such a tight-knit group and I though for sure it would be a major blow. But they more realistically rose to the occasion even though the outcome appeared bleak.

That said, Hal’s ingenuity never ceases to amaze me. He’s a highly intelligent young man and leader. He’s able to think far outside the box and devise something incredible. He’s learned from past mistakes and stays humble when he gets it right, remembering that any plan, even the most well-thought-out, won’t always go as planned and could fail.

But I did enjoy reading this book and can’t wait to catch up on the rest of the series.

My Reviews: The Outcasts (book 1) | The Invaders (book 2) | The Hunters (book 3) | Slaves of Socorro (book 4)

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