Beyond Belief: A New Epic Series by John Flanagan

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The first book in the Brotherband Chronicles series, "The Outcasts" by John Flanagan, is filled with action and adventure at every turn, and you won't want to put the book down until

The first book in the Brotherband Chronicles series, "The Outcasts" by John Flanagan, is filled with action and adventure at every turn, and you won't want to put the book down until the end.

 

The main character in this epic series is a boy called Hal. Hal is a teenager growing up in Skanadia, and like most boys of his age, his fondest desire is to be a Skandinavian warrior. When he turns 15, he is allowed to start Brotherband training, which is the training necessary to become a warrior.

 

In Brotherband training, all the boys are divided into teams that will compete with each other for points in contests of strength, agility and speed. Hal is elected skirl (or captain) of his team, which is called the Herons. He is stuck with all the recruits that nobody wants. Among his numbers are a short-sighted giant, a thief, a burly recruit with anger problems, identical twins, a prankster, and a boy who keeps to himself. Will this unlikely band of heroes beat the other two teams, or will they suffer bitter defeat?

 

I thought this book was an enjoyable story for kids 10- 14, and all fans of John Flanagan's other series, "Ranger's Apprentice," will love this book. It was a very exciting read, filled with suspense at every turn, and I can't wait for the future volumes in this stupendous series.