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Brotherband Chronicles, Book 5
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From John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice — an all-new adventure featuring the Brotherband crew and one of our favorite Rangers! Hal, his Brotherband crew, and...
From John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice — an all-new adventure featuring the Brotherband crew and one of our favorite Rangers! Hal, his Brotherband crew, and...
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  • From John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice — an all-new adventure featuring the Brotherband crew and one of our favorite Rangers!

    Hal, his Brotherband crew, and the Ranger Gilan have freed the twelve Araluens sold into slavery. Returning to Araluen, Gilan is given a new mission by King Duncan: protect his daughter's life. Princess Evanlyn has survived one attempt on her life already, and now whispers of a second attempt have reached the kingdom. A deadly sect known as the Scorpion Cult is thought to be behind the assassination threat.

    Not waiting to see if the knife will strike true, the Brotherband again joins forces with Gilan to track down the would-be killers.

    In this fifth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, old friends reemerge to take on new enemies as the worlds of Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband join forces in battle.

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  • From the book Chapter One

    "Whoa there, Tom! Steady on, fellow!"
    Tom was a plow horse, well past middle age and resigned, like most of his placid breed, to the constant task of plodding up and down, hauling a plow that carved consecutive furrows in the rich earth of Halder farm. He wasn't accustomed to being stopped in mid-furrow and he turned his shaggy head to look at his owner, Devon Halder.
    Devon, like his horse, was well past middle age. And the smock that he was wearing was liberally daubed with patches of drying mud. Later that night, when he was asked in the local tavern what led him to stop and and turn around, he couldn't really recall. Perhaps he had heard the slight sounds of creaking leather and rope, or the rustle of a sail in the brisk wind.
    Whatever it was, it was enough for Devon to halt Tom and turn to face the river behind him. When he did, the sight that met his eyes sent a sudden jolt of panic through him.

    Barely forty meters away, gliding smoothly up the river, was a ship.

    His first thought was that she was a wolfship, and Devon was old enough to remember when the sight of a

    Skandian wolfship on the river was a prelude to a sudden, savage attack. He tensed his muscles to run and spread the alarm in the nearby village. But he paused at the last second.

    The days when Skandians used to raid the coastal and river villages of Araluen were well in the past now.

    And besides, on sec­ond glance, this was no wolfship.

    She was similar in style and shape, sure enough. She was slim waisted and had a look of speed about her.

    She didn't have the broad, capacious lines of a cargo hull. But there was no large square sail such as a wolfship would use. Instead, this ship was rigged with a triangular sail that was mounted fore and aft along the line of the ship, supported by a long, gracefully curving spar that swept up high above the hull.

    She was smaller than a wolfship. Also, at her bow post, there was no carved wolf 's head, with raised

    hackles and snarling teeth. Instead, there was a carving in the shape of a bird's head. And there was a motif of a seabird in flight on the sail—a graceful bird with wings spread wide. A heron, Devon realized.

    But the four circular wood-and-metal-reinforced shields ar­rayed down the starboard bulwark were unmistakably Skandian in design, although he noticed that a fifth shield, set level with the helmsman's position, was shaped like a triangle.
    The crew, those he could see, were dressed in Skandian fash­ion—with leather and sheepskin vests and leggings held secure by crisscross bindings. Yet he saw none of the horned helmets for which the Skandian sea wolves were well known, the sight of which would strike fear into any honest farmer's heart. Instead, several of them wore dark woolen watch caps, rolled down to cover their ears against the cold.
    As he watched, the figure at the helm raised a hand in greeting. Devon shaded his eyes to look more closely at the helmsman. He appeared to be quite young, and relatively slim for a Skandian. The person beside him was more like a typical sea wolf, Devon thought. He was bulky, with wild gray hair blowing in the wind. As Devon watched, he realized that the second man had a wooden hook in place of his right hand.
    Definitely a sea wolf type, he thought. But then the man made a similar gesture of greeting. Devon returned the wave cautiously— his suspicions were still raised. Small as she might be, this was definitely a cruiser, a raiding ship. She was fast, lean hulled and potentially dangerous. And, as the shields...

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