Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Series: Brotherband Chronicles, book 6
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Summary (via Goodreads):
When the Brotherband crew are caught in a massive storm at sea, they’re blown far off course and wash up on the shores of a land so far west that Hal can’t recognize it from any of his maps. Eerily, the locals are nowhere in sight, yet the Herons have a creeping feeling they are being watched.
Suddenly the silence is broken when a massive, marauding bear appears, advancing on two children. The crew springs into action and rescues the children from the bear’s clutches, which earns them the gratitude and friendship of the local Mawagansett tribe, who finally reveal themselves. But the peace is short-lived. The Ghostfaces, a ruthless, warlike tribe who shave their heads and paint their faces white, are on the warpath once more. It’s been ten years since they raided the Mawagansett village, but they’re coming back to pillage and reap destruction. As the enemy approaches, the Herons gear up to help their new friends repel an invasion.
In this sixth book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons find themselves in unfamiliar lands and prepare for battle with a ruthless, unknown enemy.
An action-packed story with a rather weak enemy, but still a real page turner.
A decision that nearly costs the Herons their lives begins the story. Although their treacherous journey through the storm could have been shorten considerably, this Part is really effective in eliciting an emotional response from the reader. Once the Herons arrive on an unknown land, the tone is already set in place.
The conflict with the storm and the bear were more dangerous and risky than the marauding Ghostfaces. The enemy tribe was defeated with the same ease the Herons defeated the assassins-cult in the previous book, which was disappointing.
John Flanagan blends history into his books so well without being so obvious about it. His writing is seamless and he’s very detailed and creative with his allusions. It made seeing the Mawagansett people and Herons acclimating and getting to know each other so much more wonderful.
There were a few sad, heartbreaking moments and decisions, so the ending was hard to accept – but it is what it is.