The Ghostfaces (英语)
Praise for John Flanagan's bestselling Brotherband Chronicles
"[A] vigorous offshoot of the Ranger’s Apprentice series."--Booklist
"This enjoyable, old-fashioned tale should have easy appeal for Flanagan’s many fans, who are already invested in the world he’s created."--Publishers Weekly
"Well developed and vocabulary rich, with endearing new characters and a rousing adventure that assures new episodes, this book will delight Flanagan fans."--School Library Journal
"Flanagan's characters are well-developed, and readers will appreciate the humorous quirks of Hal's group of misfits. This coming-of-age tale, with themes of self-worth and redemption, will be welcomed by fans of the "Ranger's Apprentice" series, as well as by any reader who enjoys a rollicking adventure on land and sea."--Children's Literature
"A sweeping novel of adventure, written with wit and a sure sense of storytelling." —Booklist
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer, and after a successful career in advertising and television, he began writing a series of short stories for his son, Michael, in order to encourage him to read. Those stories would eventually become The Ruins of Gorlan, Book 1 of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic. Together with his companion series, Brotherband Chronicles, the novels of John Flanagan have now sold millions of copies and made readers of kids the world over. Mr. Flanagan lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.
You can visit John Flanagan at
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While for the first 70% of the book doesn't really bring in climatic scenes (don't get me wrong there is some very exciting scenes that had me reading as fast as possible) it's not compared to the 4th book where they had a full major battle at 40%.
However since the 2nd book in the series I always felt like the whole crew didn't get enough credit. I felt the author (don't get me wrong John Flanagan has wrote my two favorite series) has always, for lack of a better term, favored certain characters more and some were just always played down.
Hal while understandably the main character, never seemed to mess up and always had a plan to save the day, and Ingvar and Stig were the perfect buddies. Well in this book he brings back what was in the first book by writing about more on other characters notably Jesper and Edvin. To me that was some of the best parts because it was less about Hal and finally more on the rest of the crew.
All in all even though personally I think the ending could have been more exciting then it was, the fact that he elaborated more on the rest of the crew and that this one had a significantly more major impact on the crew but in the end was an excellent story worthy of five stars that had me but I the book at 11am and not stopping till 4pm. Can't wait for the next adventure!
Coming Soon! The Battle of Hackham, from The Rangers Apprentice: The Early Years
(synopsis from Amazon)
"When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen. But Morgarath, now in hiding, is already planning his next move, recruiting an army of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals. Newly crowned King Duncan knows he must assemble his troops for battle.
To find out the full extent of Morgarath’s plan of attack, Halt prepares for a seemingly impossible task--climbing the deadly cliffs of the Mountains of Rain and Night and venturing deep into enemy territory to spy. After all, the winner of this war could be determined by one wrong move.
At the Battle of Hackham Heath, the fate of a Kingdom will be decided. This origin story of how Halt came to be Araluen’s most famous Ranger – and how war will decide the future of the next generation – will thrill Ranger’s Apprentice fans and new readers alike."
This was not the case for this series. There are a lot of characters simultaneously so we don't get to know them, and simply put this book was boring. There wasn't much happening, and even the military strategies they used seemed too far fetched.