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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 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


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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 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

30 review for Slaves of Socorro

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    ~--B-----R-----O----T----H----E-----R------B----A----N-----D---~ BOOK REVIEW 5 STARS This amazing wonderful book blew me away, of all of the Rangers Apprentice books and Brotherbands this is by far the most well written and planned one ever! It just makes me feel at home when reading all the arguments and teasing that John has written so well. I love the new plot and even more Kloof! Kloof is this big no huge dog that Hal fond and made his own pet! It loves to chew on things such as shoes and le ~--B-----R-----O----T----H----E-----R------B----A----N-----D---~ BOOK REVIEW 5 STARS This amazing wonderful book blew me away, of all of the Rangers Apprentice books and Brotherbands this is by far the most well written and planned one ever! It just makes me feel at home when reading all the arguments and teasing that John has written so well. I love the new plot and even more Kloof! Kloof is this big no huge dog that Hal fond and made his own pet! It loves to chew on things such as shoes and lets just say axes and Erik's walking stick that supposedly makes Erik a more "sophisticated" person. Hehe. My favorite part of the book is when they are at the Festival and Turgard and his thugs are drinking way to much. Erik notices and goes over there to tell them to lay off. But he catches one of the kids mumbling something under his breath, so he picks up there beer filler and takes a swig and spits it all over the table. While they all have there attention on that, he smashes the filler on the kid that mumbled under his breath! It was hilarious, but while all this is happening a certain dog picks up his "sophisticated" walking stick and takes a few bites from it! Hehe. One of the major thing that struck me in this book was how John managed to create this hole new plot ordeal right after finishing the last 3 books that were like a mini series. But as always when I read Brotherband or re-read Ranger's Apprentice I always battle over which one I like more! But of course I usually like the one I am reading at the time! This time though I realized that even though I read RA first I feel a deeper attachment to Brotherband, because how many much more you get to see all the characters! Also how John has already learned how to write humor and how he writes in a way that makes me realize why he is my favorite author and why these are my two favorite series. Aww, Thorn and and Karine are so cute! I love how Hal is fine with them being together and how they are fine with him knowing! I also found it funny that Lydia has to hide from the the leader of the other team that participated in the Brotherband training! All in all this book was truly a work of art and an art that only John Flanagan could prefect! All the funny jokes and how all of the characters interact makes my experience reading these books that much better! I cant wait for the next book "Scorpion Mountain" to come out in November! If anyone wants to talk about the book just comment below! And don't forget to join my group called "Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband Fans"! Kenny! ~--S---L---A---V---E--S----O--F----S---O---C---O---R---R---O---~

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Terrington

    John Flanagan is one of my favourite children's fiction authors. It helps that he's an Aussie and writes with the humour and down-to-earth style of an Aussie of course. However, I like him even beyond these elements. I like that he is one of those authors who recognises that, though they are writing for children, their stories should not be 'dumbed down' for children. I also appreciate that he writes and creates characters who are organic. In the past week I taught a group of students about the John Flanagan is one of my favourite children's fiction authors. It helps that he's an Aussie and writes with the humour and down-to-earth style of an Aussie of course. However, I like him even beyond these elements. I like that he is one of those authors who recognises that, though they are writing for children, their stories should not be 'dumbed down' for children. I also appreciate that he writes and creates characters who are organic. In the past week I taught a group of students about the importance of style when it links into writing. Flanagan has a style that works for him in order to create likeable, honest characters. His heroes are just heroic enough, and his villains are just villainous enough, with plenty of morals and historical information to be gleaned in between. They are stories by a storyteller who has polished his work to the point where it is solid and clean. That's not to say that it is complex to the level of greater writers, but Flanagan accepts his own particular limitations and does not aim to mess everything up in sheer exuberance. In terms of the story here? There is a story about the Brotherband working with strange and unfamiliar faces to defeat slavers and old enemies. The story itself has less depth than Ranger's Apprentice books have had before, I will admit, but there is enough in everything working together for the story to play out nicely. And for anyone else who is a fan of Flanagan, I definitely recommend reading this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    colleen the convivial curmudgeon

    So... after the conclusion of Book 3 selling me on this series, I'm back to sort of being tepid about it. I can't really put my finger on what the difference is between this and Ranger's Apprentice, which is one of my Top 10 series. I decided to read some lower-starred reviews to see what they were saying, and I think these are some of the things I came across that I agree with: 1) The characters just aren't quite as endearing. 2) The plots are slower/not as exciting, and there's a lot more technica So... after the conclusion of Book 3 selling me on this series, I'm back to sort of being tepid about it. I can't really put my finger on what the difference is between this and Ranger's Apprentice, which is one of my Top 10 series. I decided to read some lower-starred reviews to see what they were saying, and I think these are some of the things I came across that I agree with: 1) The characters just aren't quite as endearing. 2) The plots are slower/not as exciting, and there's a lot more technical detail that sort of bogs the story down. 3) The writing seems younger. Particular to this - and the next book - with the characters is that they introduced Gilan, a character from RA, into these stories, and then seemed to really underutilize his character. I get that he's making a "guest appearance", so to speak, and that the heroes still have to be the Brotherband, but I sort of wondered, honestly, why they bothered adding Gilan at all in this story, since he didn't seem to add that much to the narrative... Anyway - To the younger writing, there is something that bugged me in this series that I don't recall in the first and that's that there's no subtext. Every emotional nuance is explained. I almost feel like Flanagan is writing this series as a "how-to book on how to become a mature young man", with such lines as "he started to get upset at what X said, but then he realized he had a point". No one - at least of the heroes - seems to ever have a negative emotional reaction that isn't easily talked out or something. Also, I get that this is an MG series and all, but I find it funny that in a pseudo-medievalish level world, where 19-20 year old young men are running their own ships and getting into life and death battles, they're still too young to drink and stay away from ale. (I find this double weird since the legal drinking age in Australia seems to be 18, so our heroes are even old enough to drink in modern times.) *** Anyway - As to this story itself, Tursgurd (sp?) is set up to be a villain, and then sort of mostly set aside and easily dealt with, and the slave dealer guy is the real major villain. Like all the stories in this series, it's a slower build leading to a climactic battle, but I'm find the build ups slower and slower, bogged down by the aforementioned technical detail of sailing and whatnot, and the pay offs kinda meh. This was doubly meh after being really impressed with the finale of the last book. One review I read of either this book or the next said that Flanagan should've left the series a trilogy, because the third book ended so well and these next two sort of are a let down after that and feel like filler. Sadly, I can't help but agree...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This book was sooooooooooooooooooooo good! I really liked the action and supense in the book. As always, John Flanagan's book failed to dissapoint me. There was actoin, fighting, or suspense with the come of each new word. I liked how the book kept me reading and how the characters all had a strong mind of their own. I like the friendship and teamwork displayed by the brotherband as well. I would definitely recommend it to any one, but it is crucial to read the first three books first. This book was sooooooooooooooooooooo good! I really liked the action and supense in the book. As always, John Flanagan's book failed to dissapoint me. There was actoin, fighting, or suspense with the come of each new word. I liked how the book kept me reading and how the characters all had a strong mind of their own. I like the friendship and teamwork displayed by the brotherband as well. I would definitely recommend it to any one, but it is crucial to read the first three books first.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This was my favorite in the Brotherband series so far, quite possible because this is the first book that combined characters from Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband. Hal and his team of Herons are on a new mission, to track down Tursgud who has turned into a slave trader. Stopping in Araluen the Herons meet Ranger, Gilan, who joins them on their journey. I love watching Flanagan’s characters grow. Hal is a stronger leader, yet he still has much to learn. Stig has calmed down tremendously since This was my favorite in the Brotherband series so far, quite possible because this is the first book that combined characters from Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband. Hal and his team of Herons are on a new mission, to track down Tursgud who has turned into a slave trader. Stopping in Araluen the Herons meet Ranger, Gilan, who joins them on their journey. I love watching Flanagan’s characters grow. Hal is a stronger leader, yet he still has much to learn. Stig has calmed down tremendously since the first book. And Thorn is a far cry from the pitiful drunk he once was. The antics between Ulf and Wulf had be chuckling, especially when they realized they had found a new victim in GIlan. Having said that, one thing I really enjoyed about this book was bringing Gilan into the story. You see a side of the Rangers from the Skandians perspective. I felt his character brought the two series together, even though you know they relate with tidbits of the first series thrown into this one. This made the book seem full circle. The first three in this series all tie together, where this is the first book on its own path. The mission is the previous ones has been completed, and now you see the Herons off to explore new places and meet “familiar” people. I am very eager to read the fifth book in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fourth in the Brotherband Chronicles fantasy series for middle-grade readers revolving around Hal Mikkelson and his young crew aboard the revolutionary Heron and heading into an encounter with the Rangers of Araluen. My Take Noooo. I don't wanna wait…! I cannot believe this is only four installments into the series. I feel as though I've already spent so much time with the Herons, that I've known them for ages. And I can't wait for Scorpion Mountain , 5, to come out December 2, 2014. Partly bec Fourth in the Brotherband Chronicles fantasy series for middle-grade readers revolving around Hal Mikkelson and his young crew aboard the revolutionary Heron and heading into an encounter with the Rangers of Araluen. My Take Noooo. I don't wanna wait…! I cannot believe this is only four installments into the series. I feel as though I've already spent so much time with the Herons, that I've known them for ages. And I can't wait for Scorpion Mountain , 5, to come out December 2, 2014. Partly because Slaves of Socorro is more of an introduction to the next set of adventures for Hal and the Herons. Slaves of Socorro is a grand adventure with men of honor. I can't really call Hal and his crew boys, these boys are men. Honorable men. It's action and fun with good morals for your kids. Nor do they simply run into chaos, instead they plan for it. Not a bad trait to encourage, lol. Although I did find the two fracases in the gold market clumsily written, and the lack of intelligence gathering about the slave market was a big misstep. Then there was Lydia's over-the-top reaction to Thorn's idea, but I suppose Flanagan needs to get the drama and tension in somewhere. Turns out that Thorn cleans up well…and Hal may be getting a new dad. This one's too funny… "'My father replaced the handle and I replaced the head,' he said. 'But otherwise, it's completely original.'" Flanagan sets it up nicely to ensure that others learn to use the Mangler. It is a lovely example of karma catchin' up to ya. The Story It's a well-timed trip in so many ways for Lydia is under siege and the boys are bored running routine patrols. Erik's decision to sent them to Araluen to relieve the duty ship there is perfect. Especially for the merchant ship that's sinking and then the 12 villagers from Deaton's Mill who are captured by slavers. Both incidents are Tursgud's doing. And the Herons are willing to chase him down and recover those slaves, and hopefully, take Tursgud down. The Characters Hal Mikkelson, the skirl of the Heron, is consulting on reworking the sails of other Skandian in between sailing patrols with the rest of the Herons: Stig is his first mate and Thorn's battle lieutenant; Thorn is the older crew member, the Battle leader with his one hand and the removable implements Hal has created for his right hand; Edvin is their medic and chef; Jesper is the former thief; Stefan; Ingvar is their "mountain", the only one who can cock and load the Mangler — kinda makes up for his nearsightedness; and, Ulf and Wulf are the arguing twins brilliant at trimming the sails. From Limmat (see The Invaders , 2), Lydia Demarek is still with the Herons, an honorary and valued member of the fighting crew. Karina is Hal's mother, and she runs a restaurant. Kloof is the new pony, oops, I mean, dog, that Hal finds. Erak is the Oberjarl, the ruler of Skandia at Hallasholm. Svengal is his constant companion and friend. Anders is the somewhat skeptical shipwright. Bjarni Bentfinger is even more uncertain — it's his ship! Rollond is a contemporary of Hal and the boys. A nice guy and leader of the Wolf Brotherband, he's interested in courting Lydia. Tark is one of the harbor watchmen. Gundal Leifson fetches a suddenly, um, customized ax. Tursgud is the leader of the Shark Brotherband and has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. Daddy bought him a ship, Nightwolf , in hopes of creating a sense of purpose in his son. Kjord is one of his crew. Araluen Gilan is the Ranger who meets Hal and the Heron's crew. King Duncan rules in Araluen and will turn out to be grateful for that treaty. The Princess Cassandra, now married to Horace ( The Lost Stories , 10.7), had an alias some time ago, Evanlyn (see The Icebound Land , 3). Village of Cresthaven Wolfspear is the current duty ship and is captained by Jurgen Half-Foot. William is the headman for the village of Cresthaven where Heron will be based. His fellow councilors are Gryff Seeder and Sloan Wheelwright. Village of Deaton's Mill Gough is the villager who reports the attack and kidnapping of twelve of their people including Ophelia, Walton who is their spokesman, and George and Abel (whom I wouldn't have minded being left behind). Ben Tonkin is another villager. Jerard is the Gallican captain of the foundering Hirondelle. Moondarkers are wreckers. Socorro is… …a desert Arridi town that holds slave auctions. The gold market, a.k.a., the souk , does not permit women to enter. Colonel Bekara is the commander of the souk garrison. The Bey rules and earns taxes on all transactions. Mahmel is the jerk in charge of the slave auction; Saleema is his long-suffering wife. Corporal Jemdal Oran is assigned to the Third Patrol of the dooryeh, the Bey's guards. Tarik is one of the prison guards. Asaroki are brigands who roam in groups, attacking the vulnerable. Bernardo is a prisoner whose karma catches up with him too. Jimpani is one of the Zambazi warriors Hal frees. The Cover and Title The cover is browns and blue as the Nightwolf surges forward with its vertically striped sail and its oars out for some reason. Quite satisfying to watch the ship moving so fast. The title is an embossed gold foil with deep shadows, the author's name is gold foil and those same shadows while the title has the shadows but a white fill instead of the gold. The extra bit of information is simply white. The title is what Hal and his friends are after, the Slaves of Socorro.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jared Bird

    A more straightforward book in this series, the story is carried (as always) by great writing and characters. There’s not as much to be said about cleverness or excitement, as the story is pretty cut and dry. One of the highlights is a small crossover with the Ranger’s Apprentice series, where a Ranger joins with the crew for this journey. There’s enough attention paid to him that we do get a good contrasting feel between Araluean and Skandian weapons and tactics. Otherwise, there’s no real set A more straightforward book in this series, the story is carried (as always) by great writing and characters. There’s not as much to be said about cleverness or excitement, as the story is pretty cut and dry. One of the highlights is a small crossover with the Ranger’s Apprentice series, where a Ranger joins with the crew for this journey. There’s enough attention paid to him that we do get a good contrasting feel between Araluean and Skandian weapons and tactics. Otherwise, there’s no real set up for the next book, and that’s fine; I just wish that the story told here was more enjoyable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cezary Jozef

    I really enjoyed this book, following the story and adventures of the brotherband Heron. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melenia

    So in love with this series

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hazel West

    Thoughts on the Overall Book: I've enjoyed the Brotherband Chronicles so far, and I did like this one, I don't think I'll ever hate John Flanagan's books (though I'm still not happy about Maddie, but that's beside the point) this one is just not the best book in the series. I was just a little disappointed. Cover--Yea or Nay: I do like the cover, though I'm annoyed they changed the scheme. It's not bad, I just hate it when they do that because then the books don't match on the shelf. (it's a pet Thoughts on the Overall Book: I've enjoyed the Brotherband Chronicles so far, and I did like this one, I don't think I'll ever hate John Flanagan's books (though I'm still not happy about Maddie, but that's beside the point) this one is just not the best book in the series. I was just a little disappointed. Cover--Yea or Nay: I do like the cover, though I'm annoyed they changed the scheme. It's not bad, I just hate it when they do that because then the books don't match on the shelf. (it's a pet peeve of mine) Characters: My opinions of the characters have not changed since the last book. I still like Hal and his crew, and Thorn is awesome as always, and Lydia seems unnecessary. I still think she would have been a better character had she been a younger boy instead of a girl and accomplished the same thing, but whatever. I did really enjoy seeing Gilan again, he was always one of my favorite characters in the Rangers books. There really weren't that many new character introduced, and I'll talk more about that later. The Romance: None. I was super glad that a love triangle didn't develop between Hal, Stig and Lydia which is what I was afraid of. Writing Style: Typical for John Flanagan. It was a little slow to start, which seems to be expected with the Brotherband books which never seemed to be quite the same with the Rangers Apprentice books. Accuracy/ Believability: About as believable as ever. I think there should have been a few more issues with their mission personally; it just seemed to go a little smoothly, but that's just my opinion. Problems/What bothered me: My main problem with this book, which made me not enjoy it quite as much as the others was that it just seemed like a filler book. It just didn't have the danger or urgent feel to the other Brotherband books and definitely not like the Rangers books. I don't think I was on the edge of my seat worrying about any of the characters at all during this book. It just seemed like nothing bad could happen, and no one was put in peril. That disappointed me because usually John Flanagan will give us a little more something that his other books had. There weren't any really good baddies either. I never really saw Tursgud as a villain so much as I did just a rival who Hal butted heads with, so he wasn't scary (view spoiler)[and you only see him for a little bit and then he dies? Whether he actually dies or not, it was still disappointing (hide spoiler)] . Conclusion: 3 stars. I did enjoy the book because I liked the characters, but it definitely wasn't the best book in the series and definitely not John Flanagan's best work. I am looking forward to the next book though, because I think it should be more meaty. Like I said, this book just seemed more of a filler novel Recommended Audience: Obviously, if you've read the others, then you should read this one. Girl or guy read ages 12 and up

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amaranth

    Overall an okay installment. After the Heron Brotherband returns home with the Andomal and an additional member, life seems good for them all. That is until they get caught up with saving a group of Araluen slaves and an encounter with an old enemy. We get to see more of the Heron brotherband interacting, the introduction of a new character and new lands which was pretty fun. However, the story was so slow! I also didn't get enough action and relevant info from this, making it a pretty weak tale Overall an okay installment. After the Heron Brotherband returns home with the Andomal and an additional member, life seems good for them all. That is until they get caught up with saving a group of Araluen slaves and an encounter with an old enemy. We get to see more of the Heron brotherband interacting, the introduction of a new character and new lands which was pretty fun. However, the story was so slow! I also didn't get enough action and relevant info from this, making it a pretty weak tale. The narrative suffers from the same problem as the rest of Flanagan's series, oversharing. He tends of explain too much of the characters' motives and thoughts through dialogue or through exposition when it should be shown through action which takes from character development. Furthermore his attempts of humorous conduct between a couple of the characters, namely Thorn and Lydia, are starting to become forced and trite. He keeps repeating the same formula and it was getting on my nerves early on in the story. All of this resulted in a very slow pace for much of the middle. I'm hoping for a more exciting plot for the next book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    I liked this book best of the Bortherband Chronicles so far. Hal Mikkelson, now a skirl (captain) for the Herons, is asked by Erak to take an assignment in Araluen, effectively patrolling its coasts. He arrives and is quicly drawn into a mission with Gilan (a Ranger) to rescue some farmspeople kidnapped by a rogue band of Hal's countrymen. They have to infiltarte a slave market and make a daring rescue, cloaking their famous sailing ship. One of the highlights is a huge dog Hal adopts (Kloof), w I liked this book best of the Bortherband Chronicles so far. Hal Mikkelson, now a skirl (captain) for the Herons, is asked by Erak to take an assignment in Araluen, effectively patrolling its coasts. He arrives and is quicly drawn into a mission with Gilan (a Ranger) to rescue some farmspeople kidnapped by a rogue band of Hal's countrymen. They have to infiltarte a slave market and make a daring rescue, cloaking their famous sailing ship. One of the highlights is a huge dog Hal adopts (Kloof), who saves the day twice, but who also disappears for 100+ pages. Perhaps I am liking the banter among the Herons better, especially Lydia and Thorn.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    OMG so good! John Flanagan knows how to write an engaging, epic, and serious, but funny, book. Kloof was an amazing addition to the already awesome cast of this series. And what a great ending. Best ship sinking I've ever read :) Hoping someone doesn't come back to haunt the Herons! Mixing the world of the Rangers in was genius and I can't wait to see what happens next. WHEN DOES THE NEXT BOOK COME OUT? I NEED IT NOW! OMG so good! John Flanagan knows how to write an engaging, epic, and serious, but funny, book. Kloof was an amazing addition to the already awesome cast of this series. And what a great ending. Best ship sinking I've ever read :) Hoping someone doesn't come back to haunt the Herons! Mixing the world of the Rangers in was genius and I can't wait to see what happens next. WHEN DOES THE NEXT BOOK COME OUT? I NEED IT NOW!

  14. 5 out of 5

    June

    Enjoying the characters and the humor. Hal and his crew are assigned ship duty to Araluen. There they come across their nemesis from brotherband days, who has turned pirate and slaver. To rescue captured Araluens Hal and his crew take on the Socorro slave markets with the help of Gilan. A bit violent at the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Huang

    This book is written by John Flanagan and is about Hal and his crew, tursgurd and Gilan. This book starts out as Hals crew being sent out to protect the seas of aralaun but once Gilan comes everthing changes. This book could give out an explanation of who Gilan is. I would reccomend this book to people that like adventure books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~

    I adored every second of this book! I'd forgotten how much I LOVED John Flanagan's writing. And Gilan! Oh how I'd missed Gilan! Seriously, thought, this book is phenomenal. Full review to come. I'm 16, and I HIGHLY recommend this book. I adored every second of this book! I'd forgotten how much I LOVED John Flanagan's writing. And Gilan! Oh how I'd missed Gilan! Seriously, thought, this book is phenomenal. Full review to come. I'm 16, and I HIGHLY recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    A great book - good story, places where you can laugh... And a Ranger as well...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shaeley Santiago

    Hal, Lydia, Stig, Thorn, and even Ranger Gilan go after another Skandian wolfship that has taken prisoners from Araluen to sell at the Socorran slave market.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    Loved it! I read it within two days. And I'm so happy that, ehem, a certain Ranger entered the picture. It was like being reunited with an old friend! Can't wait for the next book! Loved it! I read it within two days. And I'm so happy that, ehem, a certain Ranger entered the picture. It was like being reunited with an old friend! Can't wait for the next book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jack Bowen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book has lots of action packed moments and cool twists that kept me reading. My favorite part was when they save the slaves from Socorro.was

  21. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    its two and a half stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Loewen

    This book was really good;better than I expected! I loved Gillan's appearance, and the plot was really neat. This book was really good;better than I expected! I loved Gillan's appearance, and the plot was really neat.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Great continuation of the series. Flanagan is a really good author and I hope this series continues as long as his first one did.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Parul

    Absolutely brilliant.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Another solid installment of the series! This was had the added benefit of some laugh-out-loud humor, some glimpses of Thorn's relationship with Katrina, and best of all, a crossover with Gilan! The humor in the previous books has mainly been bickering among the twins (which as a parent, I don't find "bickering" all that funny) and some insulting banter between Thorn and Lydia (which is only mildly amusing to me, direct insults aren't my type of humor), but this one had some of the great humor f Another solid installment of the series! This was had the added benefit of some laugh-out-loud humor, some glimpses of Thorn's relationship with Katrina, and best of all, a crossover with Gilan! The humor in the previous books has mainly been bickering among the twins (which as a parent, I don't find "bickering" all that funny) and some insulting banter between Thorn and Lydia (which is only mildly amusing to me, direct insults aren't my type of humor), but this one had some of the great humor from Ranger's Apprentice that I loved. I think it depends on your sense of humor, though, because T says he doesn't find RA that funny. As with the others, there's a series of wins and setbacks, keeping the action going. We see some of Hal's weaknesses-he's only a teen after all, he can't foresee every glitch in his plans, and we get to see Ingvar and Jesper shine! Again, I love the teamwork and camaraderie of this Brotherband. The focus on everyone doing their part, everyone standing behind each other, is so uplifting, especially in a culture where it's often each-man-for-himself. I still don't feel particularly attached to any one character, but they are all likable enough, even Ulf/Wulf. Being in a warrior culture and being an action/adventure series, there's a fair number of casualties in the battles. I do appreciate that the author makes specific mention of avoiding killing for the sake of killing. They do what they have to, in order to defend themselves and get past the attackers, but they take no pleasure in killing, especially unarmed or untrained men. There's even the shocked reaction to seeing the devastation that one of their plans resulted in, as they realized the swiftness and immensity of the destruction-there's a sense of loss there, even though it is still the enemy. Thorn has a more callous outlook though-it's just part of taking down the enemy. I have mixed feelings about that...had the same feelings about Halt. They're both similar in that they have no qualms about killing when "needed", although they do show and teach restraint when possible to do so while still getting past the attackers. As a middle-grade/young adult series, I appreciate the author's point to include the destructiveness of drinking alcohol, especially underaged drinking, and I'm glad to see Hal and the others' avoidance of underage drinking. On the other hand, I'm bothered by his inclusion of the feminine standards of beauty-pointing out how slim Lydia and Katrina looked at the feast. If you're going to go to the effort of making a heroine that defies gender stereotypes, then don't go including these unrealistic standards of beauty, as if being slim is a critical sign of attractiveness of women. I mean, it's fine if the girls "clean up well", but I think including weight/figure is just feeding the problem of gender expectations. Anyway, the book is a little darker than the others because of the topic of slavery. This is a sad reality, and I wish they could have shut down the whole operation. Overall, it was a great read, and can't wait to read what Gilan and the Herons are up to next! (Did I mention I LOVE that Gilan is in this series!?!??)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Slaves of Socorro" by John Flanagan is a 482 page book. The book chronicles the adventures of a boy named Hal and his friends Lydia, Stig, Thorn, Ulf, Wulf, Edvin, Ingvar, Jesper, and Stefan as they chase a rogue slaver across the world in their innovative and unusual boat, the Heron. The slaver is really an old enemy named Tursgud, a bully from their early days as a crew. The Herons are on their way to the country of Araluen when Tursgud kidnaps a bunch of innocent citizens to sell at the slave "Slaves of Socorro" by John Flanagan is a 482 page book. The book chronicles the adventures of a boy named Hal and his friends Lydia, Stig, Thorn, Ulf, Wulf, Edvin, Ingvar, Jesper, and Stefan as they chase a rogue slaver across the world in their innovative and unusual boat, the Heron. The slaver is really an old enemy named Tursgud, a bully from their early days as a crew. The Herons are on their way to the country of Araluen when Tursgud kidnaps a bunch of innocent citizens to sell at the slave market in Socorro. Hal and the Herons, determined to stop him once and for all, head off after him with the help of Gilan, commander of an elite archer force called the Rangers. When they reach Socorro, Hal formulates a cunning plan with the help of Gilan and Thorn, the oldest member of the Heron crew. Gilan and Lydia scope out the town to find the best place to cause a distraction and decide on the gold market. In the meantime, the rest of the gang work on disguising the Heron so that Tursgud won't recognize her distinctive sail plan. When the time comes, Hal, Stig, and Jesper pretend to sell Ingvar, the crew's bulkiest member, so they can gain entrance into the slave market. However, it doesn't go according to plan and they end up leaving Ingvar overnight. The next day, their plan goes into action. Gilan and Lydia set a fire in the gold market, just barely escaping with their lives, while Ulf, Wulf, Edvin, and Stefan re-rig the ship. Hal, Thorn, and Stig take out the guards while Jesper picks the locks so they can rescue Ingvar and the Araluen captives. They flee the slave market, but are met with armed soldiers who they have to fight off so that the weak captives are not harmed. They think they have won, but the commander gets away and arms giant catapults to finish the Herons. Luckily, Hal and his crew disable the catapults with their own massive crossbow, and Tursgud meets his end in a cunning trap set by Hal. The Heron crew make it safely back to Araluen to return the villagers, and sail onward to their next adventure. I thought that the book was excellent! I love John Flanagan's writing, and it is so action-packed that I can hardly put the book down. I especially loved how Gilan got to appear in this book, as he is one of my favorite characters from the original series, Ranger's Apprentice. I also like the complex relationships between characters and how they interact. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else, because the characters all have such funny and relatable personalities and the book is so exciting!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This part of the series felt like an interlude to what might be the overall plot of the series. Hal and his band’s presence are requested by the King Duncan of Araluen but this is interrupted by the focus of the book: the kidnapping of Araluen citizens by the renegade Skandian Tursgud. The beginning is really good and started things out on a high, humorous, note. However, once the main characters had set sail things kind of dulled out by way of uneventful scenes and dialogue exchanges I was hopin This part of the series felt like an interlude to what might be the overall plot of the series. Hal and his band’s presence are requested by the King Duncan of Araluen but this is interrupted by the focus of the book: the kidnapping of Araluen citizens by the renegade Skandian Tursgud. The beginning is really good and started things out on a high, humorous, note. However, once the main characters had set sail things kind of dulled out by way of uneventful scenes and dialogue exchanges I was hoping we’d be past. This continued even when the core conflict arose and after as Hal and crew – along with an old welcoming character (I totally fangirled when he showed up) – tried to figure out how to rescue the Araluens before they could be sold into slavery. And then we come to the “main battle” which is one very long continuous event that switches scenes to show you everything that is happening as it is taking place. This takes up much of the second half of the book and all the way until just before the last chapter. It’s a pretty cool scene albeit a little too long for my attention span. There’s a lot of uncertainty that keeps the tension high during this particular (above mentioned) scene. One particular character is given a lot of character growth – it was good to see him really shine in this book. And I kind of even enjoyed the ingeniousness of the main “antagonist.” He was rather surprising. However, where Tursgud is concerned I’m surprised by his lack of presence in the book and where things end up with him – it’s a little scary but disappointing. So this part of the series was okay (perhaps, meh) all in all but I am very curious to see what will happen in book 5, Scorpion Mountain, as the back of book four tells that the worlds of Brotherband and Ranger’s Apprentice will collide – how exciting!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Nobrega

    Slaves of Socorro is a good book by John Flanagan about Hal and his crew called a brother band of misfits like him and their journey to catch a rogue brother band from selling slaves in Socorro. Along his way he meets Gilan a king's ranger who joins them on their quest to stop the slave trade in Socorro. Hal also re rigs the sail and mast on his ship to avoid detection from the rogue brother band. I enjoyed the book, but I disliked how much sailing there is I would have much rather had more confl Slaves of Socorro is a good book by John Flanagan about Hal and his crew called a brother band of misfits like him and their journey to catch a rogue brother band from selling slaves in Socorro. Along his way he meets Gilan a king's ranger who joins them on their quest to stop the slave trade in Socorro. Hal also re rigs the sail and mast on his ship to avoid detection from the rogue brother band. I enjoyed the book, but I disliked how much sailing there is I would have much rather had more conflict and fighting instead. I would rather have more conflict because there is so many more ways to twist the plot like your favorite character getting wounded then pushing through and continuing to fight afterwards. Anyone who can really get into characters and/or likes sailing would really love this well written book. Even if you're not like that you could still enjoy this book if you like suspense or action and/or vikings.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Rempel

    3 Stars This book just seemed a little too straight forward to me. (view spoiler)[As Gilan is showing the brotherband the area where they are going to live, they talk about how there is a slave trade that has remained elusive. Immediately there is a town that has people taken as slaves. Ok, sure. Then they realize Tursgud is the one that has taken them. Of course this make sense. They chase him and get caught between some rocks and Tursgud thinks he has escaped the Heron brotherband. The brotherb 3 Stars This book just seemed a little too straight forward to me. (view spoiler)[As Gilan is showing the brotherband the area where they are going to live, they talk about how there is a slave trade that has remained elusive. Immediately there is a town that has people taken as slaves. Ok, sure. Then they realize Tursgud is the one that has taken them. Of course this make sense. They chase him and get caught between some rocks and Tursgud thinks he has escaped the Heron brotherband. The brotherband comes up with a plan of how to rescue the slaves. Recon goes off without too much trouble. Then they rescue the slaves. Oh and then Tursgud appears again for a few pages before the end of the book. Overall, its just another day for the Heron brotherband. (hide spoiler)] Don't get wrong I like John Flanagan's books. I think what I'm missing is a longer story arc, which is why I absolutely loved the Ranger's Apprentice books. Well, on to the next one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Catherine ~All for the greater glory of God~

    Overview: Very clean other than a fair amount of violence. Educational Value: Low. A glossary of sail terms appears at the front of the book so readers can understand what's going on. Violence: High. Battles include heads being bashed with clubs, injuries gushing blood, people being run through or stabbed with swords, and arrows killing and injuring people. During the climax someone starts a fire and people are killed to set slaves free. A fist fit takes place in a slave cell between two peo Overview: Very clean other than a fair amount of violence. Educational Value: Low. A glossary of sail terms appears at the front of the book so readers can understand what's going on. Violence: High. Battles include heads being bashed with clubs, injuries gushing blood, people being run through or stabbed with swords, and arrows killing and injuring people. During the climax someone starts a fire and people are killed to set slaves free. A fist fit takes place in a slave cell between two people, only three punches before one is knocked out. Talk of injuries such as axes accidentally chopping off toes. Romance: Very low. A rescued female slave (rescued from slavery) lightly kisses her male rescuer on the cheek. Language: Low. D*** is used once as well as h***hole. Skandian gods are invoked like "Gorlog's breath."

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