When the Brotherband crew are caught in a massive storm at sea, they’re blown far off course - so far that they wash up on the shores of a land to the west that Hal can’t recognize from any of his maps. Eerily the locals are nowhere in sight, yet the Herons have a creeping feeling they are being watched.
Suddenly the silence is broken when a massive, marauding bear appears, advancing on two native children. The crew springs into action and rescues the children from the bear’s clutches, which earns them the gratitude and friendship of the local Mawagansett tribe, who finally reveal themselves. But the peace is short-lived. The Ghostfaces, a ruthless, warlike tribe who shave their heads and paint their faces white, are on the warpath once more. It’s been ten years since they raided the Mawagansett village, but they’re coming back to pillage and reap destruction. As the enemy approaches, the Herons gear up to help their new friends repel an invasion.
In this sixth book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons find themselves in unfamiliar lands and prepare for battle with a ruthless, unknown enemy.
John Flanagan is an excellent storyteller, and I have absolutely enjoyed the entire Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband Chronicles series. What is even better is my son also reads them, so we have something to talk about. Trying to get a twelve year old to talk to his mom is usually like pulling teeth, so it's been great!
Hal and his friends take us on another journey, where they get blown out to sea and across the unknown ocean. They land on a land that is different than their own. They are wary of the natives but end up befriending them when they save two children from a very large bear. But another tribe of natives could cause them a lot of problems.
I love how Flanagan brings in elements of the real world to this series. We see Scandanavia in the Skandians, and now we see native North Americans in this book! It is so incredibly cool. The book was well written, well thought out, I enjoyed each of the characters, and I even cried a little. This is such an amazing series.