They’d had him in their grasp. Hal and his fellow Herons had tracked Zavac across the ocean, intent on recovering the stolen Andomal, Skandia’s most prized treasure. But after a battle that left the pirate crew counting their dead, Zavac narrowly slipped through the skandian’s fingers. Now, with one of their own recovering from the fight, the Herons take to the seas. But to bring the pirate captain to justice and put an end to his reign of terror, Hal and his crew must bluff their way into the most dangerous stronghold of all—the infamous Pirate Haven of Raguza. In the dramatic climax to the first Brotherband story arc, one crew will lose its captain, and the other will never be the same.
I love John Flanagan’s feel-good adventures; these books are especially great for boys, as he started writing his other series for his son. These books have so much nautical information that it can be a little daunting to follow where exactly things are on the Heron. I’m not seafaring at all, and I was wishing for an intricate map of the Heron so I could follow what things looked like and where they were. Imagination is great, but it got a little fuzzy for me. That being said, it was great fun to read about the end of the first journey of the Heron Brotherband and I expect to be more and more entertained as more books emerge. I still prefer Ranger’s Apprentice over Brotherband, mostly because the ships and sea voyages don’t interest me as much and leave me a little fuddled. It really is a great new series with the same fun and adventure of the old. I especially like Ingvar, he is one of my favorite characters. Content-wise there is a few instances of language and of course they fight and kill pirates, but it is tactfully done and not bloody at all. I would recommend this book for kids 5-6th grade and above.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 Because it’s nice to find a wholesome adventure.