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Brotherband: Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan.

January 24, 2015

scorpian MountainBrotherband: Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan. Pub. Random House, 2014.

If you have never read any of this action adventure series about Hal and his brotherband on the wolfship Heron then this novel would be a good start.

Hal is an achiever, an inventor, a lateral thinker and most importantly a leader. His mother was a slave his father a viking like warrior from Skandia. Hal has a mentor, Thorn, who was a friend of his father and went on many raids on the countries around Skandia. Thorn has a wooden hook for his right hand but is a massive warrior.

The Skandians are now peaceful to a point but they are hired warriors in their wolfships who sort problems out and hunt the bad people down.

In this novel they are after a fanatical cult along the lines of Al Quaeda or ISIS in the territory of Arrida. Their leader has put a tolfar on the head of Cassandra, the King of Araluen’s daughter and will pay  anyone who kills her. Araluen is the countryof the Rangers who were the subject of Flanagan’s first series the Rangers Apprentice.

Hal, Stig, the argumentative twins Ulf and Wulf , Lydia the crossbow queen, Ingvar the shortsighted giant, Thorn and a few Rangers go hunting Iqbal at his fortress on Scorpion Mountain but first they must take the seaport of Taborak.

The sea battle with the slave manned warship Ishtana is classic and the storming of Taborak exciting. I can tell you no more you will have to read it for yourself but I will say that when the fighting starts even the best laid plans can fall apart.

High School and Intermediate school readers who like action/adventure books will love this and the rest of the series. Excellent for leadership and what makes a leader.

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