Series: Brotherband Chronicles #4
Published by Philomel Books on 7-15-2014
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
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From the author of the mega-selling Ranger's Apprentice!
Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud—leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal's constant opponent—has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Araluen villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action . . . with the help of one of Araluen's finest Rangers!
In this fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, a new battle unfolds as old rivalries are renewed, peace treaties are put to the test, and the action builds to a pulse-pounding finale. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Praise for Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro:
"A sweeping novel of adventure, written with wit and a sure sense of storytelling." —Booklist
In Slaves of Socorro, the Heron crew are sent to spend a year helping patrol Araluen. While there, a renegade Skanadian captures from Araluens and sells them as slaves. Hal and his shipmates must infiltrate the slave market and free the Araluens.
This series really continues to impress me. There was a lot of great action here, great character development, and just plain fun. The inclusion of Gilan brings some needed Araluen flair to the book. While there are the crew of Tursgud, the Araluens, and the Socorroians, the story is centermost about the Heron and her crew. It was wonderful to see the interaction between Thorn, Lydia, Hal, and the rest. The ending was somewhat expected, but done in a completely unexpected way. I really enjoyed how the author wrapped up the story with Tursgud.
Overall this was a great 5 star book for me, and I’m already reading Scorpian Mountain.