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I just finished The Outcasts , which 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Outcasts by John Flanagan. Angelika Eisold-Viebig Translator. 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 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, the 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 Brotherband 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published November 1st by Philomel Books first published More Details Original Title. Brotherband Chronicles 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Outcasts , please sign up. Does this take place before or after the Rangers Apprentice novels? In other words, can I read this before reading the Rangers Apprentice books?
Chris This takes place two years before book ten Emperor of Nihon Ja. John Flanagan's books are the best I've ever read by far!!!! See all 13 questions about The Outcasts…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Outcasts Brotherband Chronicles, 1. 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. There 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 he 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 for 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 that he writes books that subscribe to the perfect children's writer manual: they are accessible at ten and equally accessible at 15, 20, 30, 40 and so on. So read them simply to enjoy the storytelling ability and life of the books.
View 1 comment. 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. I 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. 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. Nice job guys. 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 job of tying that together and making all suspenseful and whatever.
Wow, this intelligent review has degenerated into me ranting psychotically. View 2 comments. Dec 16, Lucy of Swords rated it really liked it Shelves: in-english , perfect-blue-cover. Apr 22, Nannah rated it did not like it Shelves: middle-grade , series-i-won-t-finish , not-recommended , series , male-pov , fantasy , historical-fiction , male-author.
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 gestures 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 with something.
The Outcasts is the first in a series of novels called Brotherband by Australian author John Flanagan. In Skandia, there is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for teams called brotherbands and must endure three months of gruelling training in seamanship, weapons and battle tactics. It's brotherband against brotherband, fighting it out in a series of challenges. Only one brotherband can win. Before his death he had his best friend, Thorn, promise that he would help Hal. Thorn promises but loses his right hand on the voyage back.
The Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts
It was published on November 1, They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the other members of the brotherband - 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.
The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1
I just finished The Outcasts , which 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Brotherband Chronicles #1: The Outcasts