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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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again john never disappoints

I love all his rangers apprentice and brotherband books. can't wait for more to come out!

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Love the brotherband chronicle series

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book is a departure from the theme of the other books in the brotherband series. I missed some of the plot lines and expected character arcs that were in the other books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the relationship between thorn and lydia.

Which scene was your favorite?

Possibly the beginning of the book back in Hallasholm.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, but there are better books in the series to make a movie of. Better as a netflix series and then do the first three book arc.

Any additional comments?

I really love these characters and hope to see more of them in the future.

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great

I love these books, listened to them all. John Keating does a awesome job as well.

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Enjoyed

I have fun with this series ... the crew are like old friends (although Lydia could be named Mary Sue instead, even she doesn’t really get on my nerves anymore). I also enjoy all the sailing info scattered throughout. The Brotherband books always keep me entertained.

My only real problem with the audio version is the narrator’s dialogue. He reads the prose pretty well, but when they start talking they all sound the same — I can usually pick out Hal and Ingvar, sometimes Thorn ... but even they start to sound alike after a while. Also, a good chunk of the dialogue is read in a weird kind of sing-song that doesn’t seem to have any bearing on the situation at hand. Don’t let that stop you, as this book is a fun one ... just be prepared ...

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Excellent book, excellent series!

Once again, Flanagan has written a fun, entertaining book for all to enjoy.
Anxiously awaiting his next book in either this or the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

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not his best work. the short story at the end was more annoying than entertaining.

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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.