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I just finished The Outcastswhich is the first book of the Brotherband Chronicles, and I have to admit I was really pleased. The story revolves around a group of outcast teen boys and how they cope and compete in the Skandian society. The only problem I had with the book was how short the chapters were. Found myself reading way late into the night just to see what would happen next.

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The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1

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. Yet that doesn’t mean they don’t have skills.

And courage – which they will need every ounce of to do From the author of the global phenomenon Ranger’s Apprentice! And courage – which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, brothervand Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race.

The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field. 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 Brohterband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger’s Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.

Perfect for fans of J. Hardcoverpages. Published November 1st by Philomel Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Outcastsplease sign up. Does this take place before or after the Rangers Apprentice novels?

In other words, can I read this before reading chrojicles Rangers Apprentice books? Chris This takes place two years before book ten Emperor of Nihon Ja. Anna Haha yes I’ve read both series and given each a 5 star rating! See all 11 questions about The Outcasts….

Lists with This Book. However I soon settled into this novel and came to appreciate and enjoy what he had written.

Of course while his work is aimed predominantly at older children and younger teens it can be enjoyed by various age levels in my opinion. Outczsts was a reasonable amount of various nautical terms floated around but nothing too technical. Flanagan does do an excellent job of helpi As a fan of John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series I was not sure what to expect with the first in his The Outcasts series.

Flanagan does do an excellent job of helping the reader experience this almost historical world after all his fantasy world is based on past civilisations through the finer details without overloading them with information. But what really sells his work is the care he applies to his characters. Each character is no stereotype even though they may at times appear that way.


And it would be easy for him to fall into using stereotypes. However he fleshes out each character as a unique and interesting creation in a very humble manner that’s incredibly accessible to the reader. Flanagan’s world is never kept too distant from the reader, his down to earth writing allowing reader’s the chance to fall in love with what they read.

Certainly some element of cliche exists in his work and he is no world-builder like Tolkien but what hrotherband does well is balance out the elements to create a story perfect for his target audience.

He creates likeable characters, just enough details to realistically portray this as a real world and moreover adds warmth and passion to his writing. The characters and world come alive because the writer believes them to be and clearly loves writing hhe children and young teenagers. That all said I fully enjoyed this and look forward to seeing if he can develop this series into one equally as interesting as The Ranger’s Apprentice.

And do I encourage you to read this? Certainly and not only because John Flanagan is an Aussie with a nice down-to-earth manner of writing. I recommend this because I see outcaats he writes books that subscribe to the perfect children’s writer manual: So read them simply to enjoy the storytelling ability and life of the books. May 28, Kit rated it really liked it. Ugh, I loved this book. It was very reminiscent of Ranger’s Apprentice in the brotherly comradeship, and of course, some of the characters like Erak are recycled.

Hal is very much like Will. Both are outcasts and have different talents than most people, but they find their place and turn out to have much talent. Alright, so to the actual book. Cbronicles really liked how the Skandian culture was shown through the boys being competing in brotherbands.

They were being taught vital fighting skills and camaraderie at the same time, which to me really exemplifies the Skandian mindset of fighting and friendship, how when a person dies, they die with their sword in hand and all their friends around.

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He was like a worse version of Horace. I loved the other boys though, especially Edvin, Hal, Stefan, and Jesper. I’d be happy to fight alongside or date any of them. Although, now that I think about it, that was one thing I didn’t like. There was this random character Lotte, who seemed to just be put in for a distracting romantic interest for Hal. She was just there, and Hal didn’t even think about her the same way that Will did Alyss. Perhaps she’ll have a bigger role in later books, instead of a Mary Sue-esque pretty girl?

I SO saw the whole conflict with Zavac coming; it was hard not to, but that’s how John Flanagan intended it. Because the book was in omniscient pov, the reader sees Zavac’s murder of the traders and how he intends to steal the Andomal so brilliantly named ‘thing’.

But when the Herons were slated to guard the Andomal, I was like ‘OH NO’ because, obviously, Zavac was going to make a reappearance and try to steal it. And then Erak throws his weight around and everyone’s going to be a pariah so they decide to leave on a mission where they’ll probably die. But seriously, John Flanagan did a great brothrband of tying that together and making all suspenseful and whatever.


Wow, this intelligent review has degenerated into me ranting psychotically. Apr 22, Nannah rated it did not like it Shelves: I’m sorry to say I didn’t enjoy this book. This is a young adult book, I understand, but I couldn’t help but feel insulted by the writing.

It was all function and nothing else, and worse than that it had so many repetitions and explanations of brootherband that it made me think John Flanagan thought his readers would be idiots who didn’t understand that when a character nodded it meant they agreed brotherbad something.

Everything is told, nothing shown. And when it did occur, it happened with “in anger” or “in frustration” after it, so consistently redundant that I actually flinched every time brotherbznd appeared, which was maybe fifteen plus times on a single page.

The writing was awkward outcasst contrived; I can’t even count the number of times I saw the phrase, “as a result. I was waiting for the plot to pick up into some romping adventure but it just sat there at a competition. The characters were flat, especially the boys in Hal’s brotherband.

One of them was a thief. Everything about him, every character trait had to do with the fact he was a thief. He run really outasts, because he’s a thief, I guess that would be a helpful trait if you were a thief literally it was explained like that in the book. It’s mentioned he’s a thief almost every time his name comes up in paragraph. Or the “I’m short-sighted, not stupid” appeared in the dialogue at least two times.

These characters had pretty much one defining feature and it was all they were throughout the entire novel.

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Not to outtcasts the random love interest present in maybe two pages tops. I had forgotten about her until near the end she randomly kissed Hal. It’s chronocles if she was an afterthought, “oh yeah I need a girl character, she should probably just be a love interest but I don’t want to deal with her so she’ll appear just two times and it’ll just be defending her from the antagonist and then a crhonicles for the hero.

I’m not actually sure what was in-character though, to be honest, everything was so stilted and cliche and written in one voice, all the characters could be the same if not for their defining feature. Sorry, I’m being really mean.

It’s my opinion only. View all 3 comments. Apr 23, Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Another brilliant adventure from the author of the Ranger’s Apprentice series, for boys and anyone else who loves historical action-adventure I thought it was great! The scene setting in the initial chapters may be the only challenge for reluctant readers, but from chapter five the action begins brotuerband the boys are divided into brotherbands who must compete for the ultimate championship.

Each challenge is bigger than the th, and among the unevenly matched teams we desperately hold ou Another brilliant adventure from the author of the Ranger’s Apprentice series, for boys and anyone else who loves historical action-adventure Each challenge is bigger than the last, and among the unevenly matched teams we desperately hold out for the underdogs.