The Outcasts (Brotherband #1)

The Outcasts (Brotherband #1)The Outcasts by John Flanagan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another book that far exceeded my initial expectations. I had heard from many other colleagues and friends that this was a fantastic read, so resolved to dip into it during the school holidays. What a discovery! I have not read the Ranger’s Apprentice series, so I knew John Flanagan by reputation only. It is a reputation that is well-deserved. He writes his characters really well – you really feel like to you are getting to know them as friends, and by the end of the novel I was starting to imagine how certain characters would react to different situations in the story. I was totally swept away by this book. The forming of the Heron Brotherband from a bunch of outcasts and “leftovers” had resonance for me from my school days and I immediately found myself rooting for this team of underdogs. Hal is a wonderful character, as is Stig, his best mate and I look forward to their continuing adventures as the Brotherband series moves forward.
This is a book that could be read by anyone from 10yo to 60yo. There is something in it for everyone, boys and girls alike.
Now I just have to read ALL the Ranger’s Apprentice series – sigh!
Highly recommended.  Ages 10 and up.

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