The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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From the author of the global phenomenon and New York Times bestselling Ranger's Apprentice!

Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard. The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying...
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The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles Series #3)

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Overview

From the author of the global phenomenon and New York Times bestselling Ranger's Apprentice!

Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard. The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying rapids, to the lawless fortress of Ragusa. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive.

The epic series from Ranger's Apprentice author John Flanagan continues, delivering pulse-pounding adventure and fun.

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.

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The third volume of the Brotherband Chronicles, the spin-off series from John Flanagan's fan favorite Ranger's Apprentice fantasies, presses forward in full throttle. Hal Mikkelsen and brotherband crew continue their pursuit of Zavac, the pirate who stole their priceless artifact. This merciless thief has not only time, but cunning on his side, and Hal becomes convinced that only a death-defying personal challenge can bring back the prize—and save many lives. Battle-axe and swordplay excitement.

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Picking up the story soon after events in The Invaders (2012), this engaging sequel opens aboard the Heron as Hal, his fellow Skandians, and their friend Lydia sail up a river in search of Zavac, the ruthless pirate who has stolen a precious relic from their village. Welcome humor lessens the dramatic tension at times, and the shipmates’ individuality and comradeship make their adventures more meaningful. [This] novel provides a satisfying conclusion to the three-book cycle that opened with The Outcasts (2011). [A] vigorous offshoot of the Ranger’s Apprentice series.
—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101591536
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Brotherband Chronicles Series , #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 16,610
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John  Flanagan


John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. John began writing Ranger’s Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series and its spinoff, Brotherband Chronicles. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.



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Land! I can see land!”

It was Stefan, calling from the lookout position in the bow of the Heron.

There was a buzz of interest from the crew as they surged forward to get a sight of the coast—at this stage, no more than a distant, hazy line on the horizon.

Hal heaved a silent sigh of relief. They had been out of sight of land for four days, cutting diagonally across from the eastern coast of the Stormwhite Sea to head for the southern coastline. After days without any reference points or landmarks, with nothing but the waves to see, niggling fears had begun to gnaw at his confidence. What if he had misread his sun compass? What if Stig had let the ship stray off course while Hal was sleeping? What if Hal himself had made some simple, fundamental error that had led them off on the wrong path?

When you sailed out of sight of land, he thought, there was always the worry that you might never sail back into sight of it.

He shook his head, realizing how groundless his fears had been. Four days, after all, was a relatively short ocean trip. He knew of Skandian seafarers who had sailed for weeks with no sight of land. He had done so himself, on ships commanded by other people. But this was his first time in command.

Thorn came aft from his favored spot by the keel box. His rolling gait easily matched the movement of the ship and he smiled at his young friend. He’d spent many years at sea but he knew all too well what must have been going through Hal’s mind.

“Well done,” he said quietly.

Hal gave him a quick smile. “Thanks,” he said, trying to look nonchalant. Then he couldn’t keep up the pretense any longer. “Must admit, I had a few sleepless moments.”

Thorn raised an eyebrow. “Only a few?”

“Two, actually. One lasted for the first two days. The other for the next two. Apart from that, I was fine.”

The fact that the young skirl could admit to his concerns was a sign of his growing maturity and confidence in his own ability. He was growing up fast, Thorn thought. But then, command of a ship had that effect on a person. He either grew into the responsibility or it crushed him.

In the bow, Stig had climbed onto the bulwark alongside Stefan, but on the other side of the bow post. He shaded his eyes, then turned and called back down the length of the ship.

“I can see three hills,” he shouted. “Two big, one small. The small one is in the middle. They’re a little off to port.”

Thorn saw the look of pleasure that came over Hal’s face. He nodded his admiration.

“Sounds like Dwarf Hill Cape,” he said. “Wasn’t that where you were aiming?” It was a near-perfect landfall—an impressive achievement for a neophyte skirl. Thorn was an expert sailor, but the intricacies of navigation had always proved too much for him.

Hal rearranged his features, trying to hide his pleasure.

“Should have been dead ahead,” he muttered, but then the smile broke through again. “But that’s pretty good, isn’t it?”

Thorn clapped him on the shoulder. “It’s very good. For an old coast crawler like me, it’s beyond comprehension.”

Hal nodded forward. “Looks as if our prisoner is finally taking an interest in things.”

Rikard, the Magyaran pirate Thorn had broken out of the Limmat jail, was standing up to peer toward the land. For the past few days he had remained huddled by the mast, restrained by a heavy chain that secured him to the thick spar.

“He knows he’s near home,” Thorn said. “The entrance to the Schuyt River is only a few kilometers up the coast, and that leads to the Magyaran capital.”

“Are we planning on setting him free?” Hal asked.

Thorn shook his head. “Not until we know he’s telling us the truth about Zavac’s destination. If he is, we should be able to find someone who’s seen the Raven when we head down the Dan River. He’s just going to have to wait till then.”

After they had left the port of Limmat behind, Rikard made good on his promise to tell them where Zavac was heading. Zavac was the pirate captain who had earlier stolen the Andomal, Skandia’s most prized artifact. He stole it while Hal and his crew were charged with its protection, so they had a personal interest in regaining it from him.

With that in mind, they had pursued Zavac down the length of the Stormwhite, always one step behind the elusive Magyaran ship, a large black craft named the Raven. They caught up with Zavac and the Raven at Limmat, a harbor town on the east coast. Zavac, in company with two other ships, had led an attack on the town and occupied it. The crew of the Heron had been instrumental in defeating the invaders and driving them out. Many of the pirates had been either killed or captured in the ensuing battle, but Zavac and his crew had escaped in the closing stages, ramming and nearly sinking the Skandian ship Wolfwind in the process.

According to Rikard, Zavac and his crew were heading for the Dan River, a mighty waterway that ran all the way from the north of the continental mass, on the Stormwhite’s coast, to the south, close by the Constant Sea. At the southern end of the Dan was a fortified citadel called Raguza, a pirate haven governed by a council of pirates and thieves. Raiders from the Stormwhite and the Constant Sea sought refuge there, knowing they would be protected from pursuit and revenge. Ships harboring in Raguza paid a tribute to the city’s governing body. Usually, this was a tenth share of any booty they had on board. It was expensive, but it was worth it to enjoy the security and freedom from pursuit that Raguza offered.

Zavac, of course, was carrying a large supply of emeralds plundered from the secret mine at Limmat. Some of those emeralds should have gone to the men who had assisted in the invasion and occupation of the town. But they had been defeated and killed or imprisoned, and he had absconded with their share. With such a rich haul, he had no further need to raid during the current season and had obviously decided to relax and regroup in the citadel.

Now, as the Heron moved closer to the coastline, Rikard seemed to sense their attention on him. He turned to look at them, then beckoned to Thorn, who walked forward to speak to him.

“What is it?” he asked, knowing the answer before Rikard gave it.

“Are you going to set me free?” he said, pointing at the approaching coastline.

Thorn shook his head. “I think we need the distinct pleasure of your company a little longer.”

“I’ve kept my part of the bargain! You promised you’d set me free,” Rikard protested.

“No. I promised I’d set you free once we’re sure you’ve kept your part of the bargain. I also promised that if you haven’t I’ll throw you overboard.”

“Well, is there any need to keep me chained up like this?” Rikard angrily rattled the chain that secured him to the mast. “After all, there’s nowhere I can escape to.”

Thorn smiled at him. “That’s in case you decide to do me out of the pleasure of throwing you overboard. Wouldn’t want you taking matters into your own hands.”

Rikard scowled at him and slumped down to the deck once more. He could see there was no point in arguing any further. In the few days he had been on board, he had learned that Thorn was not a man to change his mind easily.

“I know you can’t wait to get back to Magyara and join another pirate crew,” Thorn said. “But you’ll just have to put up with us for a while yet.” He turned and walked back to the steering position, where Lydia and Stig had joined Hal.

“Are you planning on putting ashore?” Lydia asked as Thorn came within earshot. Hal pursed his lips, then shook his head.

“We’ll run along the coast for another day. That’ll bring us to the mouth of the Dan. We can go ashore there. We need to find out if anyone’s sighted the Raven.

He had a constant, nagging worry that Zavac may have headed off in another direction entirely and they had spent the past four days on a wild-goose chase.

“The boys could use a good night’s sleep,” she said. “So could I.”

The Heron wasn’t the most comfortable place for sleeping. The crew could bed down on the planks between the rowing benches. But the constant need to adjust to the ship’s pitching and rolling, and the frequent showers of spray that broke over her, made it difficult to get deep, uninterrupted rest.

“Another day or so won’t hurt them,” he said.

She smiled ruefully. “Or me?”

“Or you. Sorry. We’ll all have to wait. The sooner we find out we’re on the right track, the happier I’ll be.”

Lydia nodded. Hal’s point was a valid one and she realized that he had probably had the least sleep of anyone on board. He and Stig shared the responsibility of steering the ship and Hal tended to take on the lion’s share of that.

“Not worth checking in any of the coastal towns here?” Stig asked, but Hal shook his head.

“If she’s been sighted here, that doesn’t tell us she’s gone down the river. She could have continued heading west along the coast.”

Stig sighed good-naturedly. “Oh well, I guess that means another night of sleeping on those hard planks. Why did you design this ship with so many ribs? There always seems to be one digging into my ribs.”

Hal grinned at his friend. “I’ll bear it in mind next time I build a ship,” he said. Then, as so often happens when someone raises the matter of sleep, he found he couldn’t suppress a huge yawn.

Thorn eyed him thoughtfully. “You look as if you could use a good night’s rest yourself.”

Hal shrugged, blinking his eyes rapidly to clear them. Now that Thorn mentioned it, he was aware how dry and scratchy they were.

“I’ll be fine,” he said, but Thorn wasn’t to be put off.

“I’ve been thinking. You should have someone else trained to take over the tiller,” he said.

Stig made a big show of clearing his throat. “Um . . . have we noticed that I am here? Or am I just a piece of chopped halibut?” he asked. “I seem to recall taking over the helm several times in the past few days.”

“I’m aware of that,” Thorn said patiently. “I mean you should have a third person ready to take over.”

“Couldn’t you do that?” Lydia asked.

Thorn looked at her. “I could. But if we get into a sea battle, Stig and I are the logical choices to lead a boarding party. We’re the two best fighting men on the ship. And Hal has to be free to operate the Mangler.”

The Mangler was the name they had given to the giant crossbow mounted in the bow of the ship.

“Did you have anyone specific in mind?” Hal asked. Thorn’s reasoning made sense, and a third helmsman would lessen the strain on him and Stig in what looked to be a long and hard journey ahead.

“I was thinking Edvin,” Thorn said. “Stefan and Jesper are working well together raising and lowering the sails, and Ulf and Wulf have a natural affinity for sail trimming. Edvin is a bit of a loose end at the moment.”

Hal smiled. “It might be more tactful to say he’s an unrealized potential asset,” he said. “But, yes, that’s a good idea. Plus he’s smart and he listens. He’ll get the hang of it quickly enough. Let’s go talk to him.” He nodded to Stig, who took over the helm. Then he and Thorn made their way forward, to where Edvin was sitting beside the supine form of Ingvar, who had been wounded in the attack on the watchtowers at Limmat.

Edvin was concentrating on something, his head bent over as he worked two long, thin sticks back and forth, setting up a rapid click-clicking sound. A ball of thick yarn lay on the deck between his feet.

“Edvin?” Hal said. “What are you doing?”

Edvin looked up at them and smiled. “I’m knitting,” he said. “I’m knitting myself a warm, woolly watch cap.”

Hal and Thorn exchanged a glance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Love this series

    Provides action suspense and a sense of dry humor. If you liked rangers apprentice ull love this

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Obi-wan Ravioli is Considering Retirement

    YOU PEOPLE ARE FOOLS!!!!! I mean, you dare to comment on a John Flannagan book in your poor spelling! Are you illiterate? Go back to preschool and learn how to spell, because you dimwits don't deserve to comment on such a great book, or any book, for that matter. Obi-wan Ravioli, out.

    16 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    To to below

    Dude, leave him alone! HE SPELLED ONE WORD WRONG, so what? And just because he spelled that ONE word wrong doesn't mean he's lieing about reading Ranger's Apprentice! I mean, seriously, I spell my favorite books' names wrong all the time! I think YOU'RE the one with the problem. If you need to blow off some steam, go do it to your pillow instead of innocent reviewers. >:( -- Say-Say G-star

    12 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Brotherband series

    This series is a non-misser, if you havnt started, start right now

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Awesome

    Read the first two so good! Hope this one is too also read rangers apprentice

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Terrific series

    I am not a avid reader but the stories by John Flanigan have been a terrific series. This is book 2 of 3. The series is well written and an attention grabber. His stories flow very well and do not jump around a lot. I find myself wanting to keep reading. I actually don't want to finish the series because i would want the story to keep going. This is unusual for me as I am not an avid reader as i had said. He has touched me emotionally to a point of nearly wanting to cry and or laugh as the deals with events. I strongly would this series to readers of all ages. If you have read "Harry Potter" you should read these books. This would make a great series fo movies as "Harry Potter" did. I am a senior male and have enjoyed all Johns books.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Awesome Novel - Classic John Flanagan

    John Flanagan provides a dazzling new addition to the Brotherband Chronicles with The Hunters, which continues--and possibly concludes--the thrilling tale of the Heron crew and their quest to reclaim the Andomal. Expect thrilling action and heart-warming humor, lovable protagonists and despicable villains. I would definitely recommend this book to any reader, young or old.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    I love flanagan books

    I read the first one not knowing if Iwould like it or not because I don't usually like this kind of book I love it and Ihave the second one I can't wait to get this one to and I love the other series to oh and whoever wrote complaing about peoples spelling you spelled a word wrong: Apprentice that is how you spell it you dumbo

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    So is this book as good as the rangers aprentis??????

    Ive been looking for a good book and want to know if this book is as good as Johns last book????And if you are reading this book and like it you should read The Rangers Aprentis!!its the best book Ive ever read and thats saying something becuase l read 400pg book in less then two days!!~Kiki • •
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    PSxoxox~Kik

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Awsome

    For me there was a glitch on page 196

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    AMAZING!!! MUST-READ!!!

    I have rarely run across a series and author I enjoy more. If you like the Ranger's Apprentice- READ THIS! If you didn't like the Ranger's Apprentice- READ THIS!!! And if you like books with humor (I nearly died of laughter), adventure and ships- READ IT!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    An Enthralling Read

    An amazing continuation to the series. At least, I hope its a continuation, this series is a very, very good read. Absolutely love it! Read the first book though ;)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Can't wait for the next one!

    This was another action packed book pronounced worth reading by my 12 year old son. We (yes, we, I have read them too) have read the previous books in the series and find this one just as engaging. He was sad when he finished and immediately looked up when the next book in the series was due out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Best book ever

    Awesome

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    To to to below

    Thats offensive......... i am reporting u

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    100th review

    I just wanted to write the 100th review just because. I know I know, a huge acomplishment, and yes I would like a cookie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Make movie

    Make a movie copy this if you agree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Awesome

    This book was really good i couldnt stop reading it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Make movie

    Make a movie out of this copy if you agree

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    Posted April 17, 2013

    MAKE MOVIE

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