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Publisher's Summary

The Herons take to the high seas to fend off pirates and rescue the heir to an empire in the newest adventure from John Flanagan, author of the worldwide best-selling Ranger's Apprentice!

In Hallasholm, Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia's greatest warrior. But a late-night knock on the door brings someone Stig never expected to see again, along with a request the Herons are hard-pressed to refuse: a rescue mission of epic proportions.

Across the ocean, the southern city-state of Byzantos is plagued by a crew of pirates who've kidnapped the son of Empress Justina. Slipping out of Hallasholm under the cover of darkness, the brotherband sets sail to recover the boy from his kidnappers, heading south to the island of Santorillos, where a near-impenetrable fortress stands atop a cliff, surrounded by a lagoon - a caldera - formed by the crater of a volcano.

In this explosive seventh book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons battle pirates amid stormy seas as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders.

©2017 John Flanagan (P)2017 Listening Library

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love this author love this narrator outstanding

all of John Flanagan books are incredible and John keating's narration of them bring them to life so well I have loved every single book from Ranger's Apprentice to the Brotherband and it listen to them multiple times because they are so fun

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A short story

As always, John Keating does a great reading. This book fills in some back story and is interesting. It is shorter than usual and at the end there is another short story of Will and his apprentice.

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Timeless Storytelling

The pacing and character development made this book a thorough enjoyment! John Keating knows how to read Flanagan’s work like Hal instinctively knows to stir a ship! A great addition to the Brotherband saga

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My favorite Author

I look forward to every book that John Flanagan writes. I have been able to get my Husband, Sons, Niece, Nephew, Sister, Brother-in Law and Friends addicted to all his books. We all love the characters in his books and feel like they are family. If you have children that are pre-teen up to adult age they will love his books. I highly recommend them.

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awesome book!

this was truly another great book by John Flanagan! I would recommend it to anyone!

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Byzantium Ahoy!

Another enjoyable story filled with adventures on land and sea, after an unusually long opening set in Skandia. Politcs! I enjoyed Thorn’s decisiveness at the council meeting.

As with the previous book, Stig continues to grow in character. Here he’s confronted with family problems and some uncomfortable truths from his past. This was handled quite well. Skipper Hal supported Stig’s decisions while still dealing with tricky navigation around volcanic islands in the Constant Sea near Byzantium and pirates on the Dan River. We see Captain Manok again, escorting a fleet of trade ships downriver. In this book, Hal makes some mistakes, allowing his able crew to shine.

Characterization for the key secondary character Olaf felt credible.

The short story at the end features Will and his apprentice Maddy of Ranger’s Apprentice. It lasted about 90 minutes.

Excellent narration by John Keating.

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awesome

I love listening to John keating's books.
they draw you in until it's finished.
give both the Rangers apprentice and the brotherband chronicles a listen, you'll be glad you did.

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