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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 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 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.


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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 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 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.

30 review for The Ghostfaces

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    OMG! I love this series!Hal and his brotherband crew are forced to flee from a huge storm. They are blown for weeks into the endless sea with water in short supply, they begin to fear they might be blown off the edge of the world! Then when it seems all hope is lost, they see land.First off, I love these characters! Right from the first book in the series I fell in love with all of them. That relationship has continued to grow through each book in the series and continues in this the sixth book OMG! I love this series!Hal and his brotherband crew are forced to flee from a huge storm. They are blown for weeks into the endless sea with water in short supply, they begin to fear they might be blown off the edge of the world! Then when it seems all hope is lost, they see land.First off, I love these characters! Right from the first book in the series I fell in love with all of them. That relationship has continued to grow through each book in the series and continues in this the sixth book in the series. The story is fast-paced and entertaining. The plot builds to a satisfying climax and a touching conclusion. As I think every book in this series as done, this one made me both laugh and cry. Very much looking forward to book seven!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    This was very different to the others in the Brotherband series and I believed added more depth to the characters and to the story as a whole. Its like the series grew up. The story itself was meaningful, engaging and full of adventure, hitting a new element every chapter or so. Entertaining and meaningful in more way than you expect.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    3.75 stars. Good story, but too many chapters on the storm. And what happened to the dog? She almost disappeared from the narrative after the bear scene. Then she showed up again once or twice. Then nothing. Did she die? This is Book 6 featuring the Skandian (Scandinavian) Brotherband of eight young men, plus Lydia the huntress and old Thorn the warrior maktig. And the dog Kloof. Their amazing sailing sloop "The Heron" sets out for home but is blown off course by the storm of the century. Instead 3.75 stars. Good story, but too many chapters on the storm. And what happened to the dog? She almost disappeared from the narrative after the bear scene. Then she showed up again once or twice. Then nothing. Did she die? This is Book 6 featuring the Skandian (Scandinavian) Brotherband of eight young men, plus Lydia the huntress and old Thorn the warrior maktig. And the dog Kloof. Their amazing sailing sloop "The Heron" sets out for home but is blown off course by the storm of the century. Instead of sailing northeast, the Brotherband is heading southwest across The Endless Sea, enduring lightning and monstrous waves by the luck of Loki and their skirl's (skipper's) amazing seamanship. Finally, half-dead from dehydration, they spot a floating tree. Land! It's a new land, unknown, uncharted, and brimming with wildlife. Including hostile natives. It's pre-colonial America, but not. It's Tecumseh, but not. It's history, but not. Enjoyable, no complaints, but not the best in this series. Ps: Some possible historical connections to Norse explorers: Leif Ericson (970-1020), the son of Eric the Red (c.950-1003), who had discovered Greenland, entered the history books for his sighting of Vinland (Nova Scotia/Canada) in about 1000. One saga from 1387 states that a certain Bjarni, Son of Herjulf, had beaten Leif to Vinland, having been blown off course and sighted land there as early as 985-6. But no further support for the Bjarni claim has turned up. http://www.historytoday.com/s-frederi...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erudessa Aranduriel

    A very good story......but he killed someone I liked again. *pouts*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was beautiful. It was super emotional (I cried...) and it really showed the depth and strength of the friendship between the whole Brotherband. I loved every moment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ojo

    John Flanagan does not fail to thrill in this latest instalment of the Brotherband Chronicles! Fresh from their latest adventure, the Heron Brotherband is thrown into an even more thrilling adventure. Lost in a freak storm, they are driven far over the Endless Sea to a land now too dissimilar to the New World. They make new friends, fall in love, interact with a unique culture and forge a bond with the people of the land by helping them fight and defeat their enemies, the Ghostfaces. Once again, John Flanagan does not fail to thrill in this latest instalment of the Brotherband Chronicles! Fresh from their latest adventure, the Heron Brotherband is thrown into an even more thrilling adventure. Lost in a freak storm, they are driven far over the Endless Sea to a land now too dissimilar to the New World. They make new friends, fall in love, interact with a unique culture and forge a bond with the people of the land by helping them fight and defeat their enemies, the Ghostfaces. Once again, Hal shows his quick thinking and wonderful sailing ability, Thorn displays his usual courage and discipline, Stig falls on love, Jesper reminds us of his...ahem...'unique' skills, Lydia, Ulf, Wulf, Ingvar and Stefan do what they know how to do best. It's a fast paced story, no boring bits. The author cuts straight to the point without unnecessary embellishment. The characters are well fleshed out, unique and have original personalities. These unique personalities interact in an exciting way, that leaves you wanting to know about their latest adventure. I'm still enjoying John Flanagan's Brotherband Chronicles, despite being out of my teens. I couldn't have enjoyed it more even if the books came out when I was younger. I eagerly await the next book in the series. 5 out of 5 stars for me!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    4.5 STARS....Only because of the Stig storyline. I was so upset with that. It was beautiful and heartbreaking. But, I still love this series and all of the Brotherband boys. The Brotherband are always lending a hand to anyone that needs it. Their enemies always underestimate them and I love how they always come out on top. This is what a team is all about!!! Looking forward to the next book in this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jemma

    I am actually a bit tired of this series and I only picked this book up because it was a free audio book. If you're enjoying the series then my review is probably invalid to you anyway. My recommendation is just to not get the audio version, the narrator is rather irritating. The good side: -Edvin was a far more interesting and developed character -Lydia was also a more interesting character and she finally stopped saying 'old man' to Thorne -Jesper actually was given a good part to play The bad sid I am actually a bit tired of this series and I only picked this book up because it was a free audio book. If you're enjoying the series then my review is probably invalid to you anyway. My recommendation is just to not get the audio version, the narrator is rather irritating. The good side: -Edvin was a far more interesting and developed character -Lydia was also a more interesting character and she finally stopped saying 'old man' to Thorne -Jesper actually was given a good part to play The bad side: -Kloof, the crew of the Heron were in a ferocious storm, no mention. They were dying of thirst in an empty ocean, no mention of Kloof, who would certainly drink a lot. This wouldn't have been a problem had she been left behind, however, she turned up suddenly when they needed her and immediately disappeared again. -The Ghostfaces themselves were pathetic and only turned up in the last few chapters. Not exactly a villain to actually interest a reader. -It seems kinda racist for the native tribe to be helpless against the Ghostfaces, (I'm sure they would have had at least one person in the 5 different tribes who could come up with a solution) and have to be rescued by the European crew of 8. Plus, why would a group of people spontaneously start singing to welcome their sudden visitors.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Topolovec

    This time John Flanagan found a brand new race of people to not-so-subtly put a parallel version of into his fantasy world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark Buxton

    My name is Stig, and I am first mate aboard the Heron. I don't know how we survived weeks in that massive storm on the Endless Ocean, but Hal's smartness always amazes me. The land we've found has plenty of food and shelter, so we'll wait until the winds change before trying to find our way back to Skandia. Lydia and Thorn found claw marks on tree from a bear that's three meters tall! There's also evidence of people spying on us. We have no idea if they're friendly or dangerous, so we're on guar My name is Stig, and I am first mate aboard the Heron. I don't know how we survived weeks in that massive storm on the Endless Ocean, but Hal's smartness always amazes me. The land we've found has plenty of food and shelter, so we'll wait until the winds change before trying to find our way back to Skandia. Lydia and Thorn found claw marks on tree from a bear that's three meters tall! There's also evidence of people spying on us. We have no idea if they're friendly or dangerous, so we're on guard at all times. I've just been awakened from my sleep, because Hal needs me at the palisade. It seems an old man and two armed warriors have just shown up outside our defenses. This book captured the magic of the acclaimed Ranger's Apprentice and the other books in the Brotherband series, but it lacked a little of the adventure and intrigue. The beginning of the book had the adventure of surviving a massive storm on the ocean, but I found myself losing interest. It's hard to keep things interesting when the characters, setting, and problem don't change, which is what happened when the characters were battling Mother Nature. Once they found land, they needed to survive for weeks, but a significant problem wasn't presented until a huge bear showed up. The threat of the Ghostfaces was hinted at mid-book, but they weren't an actual problem until later on. The action built up to final battle, but even that wasn't much of a contest. I found this plot lacking when compared to other outstanding books by Flanagan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Another great installment to the series. This one feels more grown up--which makes sense, since Hal and the Heron crew are also growing up. There's still a lot of action and adventure, but there's a surprising amount of emotion, as well. This adventure finds the crew blown out to sea in the Endless Ocean, unsure if they'll find land or not. Like the other books in the series, we get to experience new lands and new characters while still enjoying watching our favorite Herons in their element. If I Another great installment to the series. This one feels more grown up--which makes sense, since Hal and the Heron crew are also growing up. There's still a lot of action and adventure, but there's a surprising amount of emotion, as well. This adventure finds the crew blown out to sea in the Endless Ocean, unsure if they'll find land or not. Like the other books in the series, we get to experience new lands and new characters while still enjoying watching our favorite Herons in their element. If I have one complaint, its that there isn't as much Hal as I would like. I love seeing things through the eyes of the other characters, but I felt like I was missing Hal in this one. There isn't as much of his scheming and inventing until the end, and that's one of my favorite parts of this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    Must be a 3.5 stars since I changed my rating back and forth between 3 and 4 more than once. Hal and his crew try to make it home, and get caught in a horrible storm, that blows them into uncharted seas. Just as their water supply runs out, they find a small island, where they come ashore, finding themselves facing a large predator. Rescuing some native children, Jesper shows his mettle and the crew is welcomed with open arms for their bravery. As the Heron crew waits for a favorable change in t Must be a 3.5 stars since I changed my rating back and forth between 3 and 4 more than once. Hal and his crew try to make it home, and get caught in a horrible storm, that blows them into uncharted seas. Just as their water supply runs out, they find a small island, where they come ashore, finding themselves facing a large predator. Rescuing some native children, Jesper shows his mettle and the crew is welcomed with open arms for their bravery. As the Heron crew waits for a favorable change in the winds, a warring tribe (the Ghostfaces) begin their periodic ravaging, and despite daunting odds, tactics and inventiveness triumph, but not without cost.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shaeley Santiago

    In true Brotherband form, this story is about a crew knocked off course during a bad storm. At their wit's end with no water left, they finally come across land in an unknown location. After making contact with the locals, they must decide whether or not to rise to the occasion to help them out. In true Brotherband form, this story is about a crew knocked off course during a bad storm. At their wit's end with no water left, they finally come across land in an unknown location. After making contact with the locals, they must decide whether or not to rise to the occasion to help them out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    E

    3.5 STARS In an era of Kirkus Reviews beating me senseless about microaggressions and miniature slights towards marginalized groups that even I, a bleeding-heart liberal, think are ridiculous (a brown-furred animal is bad but then, upon losing its fur and revealing pink skin becomes good, is "unfortunate" because it's racist? SERIOUSLY?!?!), I'm a lot more attuned to potentially problematic content and books, and this one would have made any Kirkus reviewer worth their salt have an absolute conni 3.5 STARS In an era of Kirkus Reviews beating me senseless about microaggressions and miniature slights towards marginalized groups that even I, a bleeding-heart liberal, think are ridiculous (a brown-furred animal is bad but then, upon losing its fur and revealing pink skin becomes good, is "unfortunate" because it's racist? SERIOUSLY?!?!), I'm a lot more attuned to potentially problematic content and books, and this one would have made any Kirkus reviewer worth their salt have an absolute conniption: white savior syndrome, the Nordic visitors having physical/technological/emotional/strategic superiority over the indigenous peoples (who are obvious analogues to Native Americans), you name it. There is an author's note at the end emphasizing the fantastical, imagined aspects of the book and making clear that no offense was meant, and it's a nice step, but yeah, I don't think Kirkus would look too kindly on this one. That said, the book itself was enjoyable despite (view spoiler)[a tragedy at the end that I saw coming from miles away (hide spoiler)] , and is a tale demonstrating what Flanagan does best: fun, funny, exciting, well-realized male adventure stories with only a microscopic handful of relevant female characters and plenty of animal suffering.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett Ploeg

    This is another series by John Flanagan that I would definitely recommend, as it’s a very good read. It’s also not too hard to read, so almost everyone is able to read it! A character in this book that I like is Lydia, as she’s the only girl in a ship’s crew of boys, but is able to stand up for herself all the same. A quote from this book that I like is when Lydia and one of the crew, Thorn, are about to go hunting. “‘I’m ready,” she said. “Are you going to wash first?’ He wrinkled his nose, rubbe This is another series by John Flanagan that I would definitely recommend, as it’s a very good read. It’s also not too hard to read, so almost everyone is able to read it! A character in this book that I like is Lydia, as she’s the only girl in a ship’s crew of boys, but is able to stand up for herself all the same. A quote from this book that I like is when Lydia and one of the crew, Thorn, are about to go hunting. “‘I’m ready,” she said. “Are you going to wash first?’ He wrinkled his nose, rubbed his hand over his face and shook his head. ‘Naah. Washing is for them that’s dirty,’ he said.” I find this amusing as a little further along in the book, Thorn repeats this line and then realises that “...he was less than dainty.”, with his shipmate showing a gesture of disgust when smelling him. One thing I thought about when reading this book is how you don’t always have to be in the ‘popular’ group to have fun, be happy or succeed in life. Everyone in this crew were outcasts, and together they achieved great things. Not everyone has to like you for you to be happy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christian Hodges

    Overall, "The Ghostfaces," by John Flanagan is another delightful episode to the brotherband series, left with a cliffhanger giving you the idea of that final glowing moment I could only relate to the ending of the J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings movie scene, where everyone is glowing and happy. Although, *Spoilers* before the that was a very very sad moment in the book. Although the ending seems stereotypical, it's a good stereotype, one that not many in this modern era will be able to experie Overall, "The Ghostfaces," by John Flanagan is another delightful episode to the brotherband series, left with a cliffhanger giving you the idea of that final glowing moment I could only relate to the ending of the J.R.R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings movie scene, where everyone is glowing and happy. Although, *Spoilers* before the that was a very very sad moment in the book. Although the ending seems stereotypical, it's a good stereotype, one that not many in this modern era will be able to experience in the same way that was described in this book, although some will still be able to. Thankyou John Flanagan, for delivering another killing blow to keep your readers, well, reading!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Isel

    I liked the book as a whole but I did not like the ending. What was the point of that? There wasn't even an explanation! A graze? Really? A GRAZE? Not even a it was coated in poison? I can accept that but NO explanation at all? Seriously?! He just wanted her to die didn't he? It was the easiest way to solve the problem. If you're looking for an easy way out just don't start it to begin with 🤦 I hated that ending for him. Absolutely hated it I liked the book as a whole but I did not like the ending. What was the point of that? There wasn't even an explanation! A graze? Really? A GRAZE? Not even a it was coated in poison? I can accept that but NO explanation at all? Seriously?! He just wanted her to die didn't he? It was the easiest way to solve the problem. If you're looking for an easy way out just don't start it to begin with 🤦 I hated that ending for him. Absolutely hated it

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I never know if I should review just the book or if I should review the series as a whole. As a whole I love the Brotherband Chronicles. I thought that this particular book was a little slow in the beginning but picked up about half way through. Overall, I enjoyed this next book in the series and will continue to read as many books as John Flanagan will write!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Hal is amazing and I love Stig too. Great books about adventure, team work, friendship and overcoming all odds.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Clayton Wilcox

    Good stuff, Flanagan delivers again. Unknown territory and peoples are what challenge the crew this time, and I loved it every second.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melenia

    So sad. So good. A little easy. I kinda wish he’d went the harder route, but it is supposed to be for a younger crowd. I still utterly adore this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eoui

    Oof. I mean it wasn't awful. The idea is sound since it is based on our own history. But it's always iffy when someone attempts to write Native Americans. Especially people not from America--which is many cases is hardly better. It ends up with... well, something like this. Which with this author I'm especially surprised since he so often does his research. The tribe is primitive, in need of outside help to solve their problems, don't know basic things about protecting themselves or using their Oof. I mean it wasn't awful. The idea is sound since it is based on our own history. But it's always iffy when someone attempts to write Native Americans. Especially people not from America--which is many cases is hardly better. It ends up with... well, something like this. Which with this author I'm especially surprised since he so often does his research. The tribe is primitive, in need of outside help to solve their problems, don't know basic things about protecting themselves or using their own land. The story is never negative towards them outright, but all the implied circumstances are just too much. Besides this there is a very under developed love story. It's not my thing, but for the later impact to at all be emotional we needed the build up of the romance. It really just felt like a way to bulk up the story since there was really no point to it. Again character development is over with. And I honestly am done with the 'can't tell twins apart' thing. Like that's just... twins aren't absolutely the same and I think throwing in a girl set really just did me in there. Also where is the editing? Information is being repeated only pages apart for no reason. It feels more like a first draft. Going into this I had reservations about the topic annddd turned out this was one of the few I really didn't like.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Phil Scott

    really good character development, extremely clever language techniques

  24. 4 out of 5

    DrMM

    Holy White Savior trope, Batman. In some ways, I’ve actually enjoyed the Brotherband books more than the Rangers Apprentice series. But this particular book was weak. Not only was the character development flat, the plot was devoted to the incredibly racist white savior trope. Will and the Herons get lost in a storm and end up on the shores of a new land (North America). They end up making friends with a particular tribe of natives. But then the tribe hears that the dreaded Ghostfaces are on thei Holy White Savior trope, Batman. In some ways, I’ve actually enjoyed the Brotherband books more than the Rangers Apprentice series. But this particular book was weak. Not only was the character development flat, the plot was devoted to the incredibly racist white savior trope. Will and the Herons get lost in a storm and end up on the shores of a new land (North America). They end up making friends with a particular tribe of natives. But then the tribe hears that the dreaded Ghostfaces are on their way to attack and plunder. But because this is the white savior trope, it’s the Herons who come up with a way to fight back and defeat the Ghostfaces while the native tribe is helpless. So, yeah, this book is very problematic.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danny L Walling

    Probably the Best I don't know where to start. Alot of action and alot of growing up. You find the Herons in a storm that nearly killed them, except Hal belief in the direction he chooses. They landed on a land that has never been explored. They became friends of a local tribe, where Stig fell in love with a local maiden. They helped the tribe defeat another bad tribe, where Stig's love was killed. It ended with all the brotherband rally around Stig to give him support. Probably the best book of Probably the Best I don't know where to start. Alot of action and alot of growing up. You find the Herons in a storm that nearly killed them, except Hal belief in the direction he chooses. They landed on a land that has never been explored. They became friends of a local tribe, where Stig fell in love with a local maiden. They helped the tribe defeat another bad tribe, where Stig's love was killed. It ended with all the brotherband rally around Stig to give him support. Probably the best book of the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Malachi Crist

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is by far the best in the series. Well besides the first one. I the ending for myself by reading the end of the book. NOTE!! Spoilers beyond this point! I loved how he put a love interest in for stig because it solved the Lydia Hal stig thing.. but then he had her killed! :-( Overall I loved this book. <^> <^> <^> <^> <^> (5 stars)

  27. 4 out of 5

    MaryBeth

    Fantastic as always!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wordy Nerd

    All the books in this series deserve five stars. Love them!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    Wow, what a story. I found less humour in this story than some of the previous Brotherband books, but it was replaced with something else... A must read book...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sokooky

    OMG! I thought it ended with the last one and I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BUT THE BROTHERBAND CONTINUES!!!!!! Hopefully there will be some Rangers in this one too...

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