John Flanagan, author of the well known Rangers Apprentice series, recently published the third book in his companion series, The Brotherband Chronicles.
John Flanagan, author of the well known Rangers Apprentice series, recently published the third book in his companion series, The Brotherband Chronicles. As anyone who has read The Rangers Apprentice series knows, the Skandians are ferocious warriors and a seafaring community. But what if you were half Araluen, if you were small and nimble instead of the characteristic bulky figure? Hal is in this mold; and all people can see are his differences. At age sixteen all Skandian boys go through Brotherband training and Hal and his Herons are all outcasts; relentlessly mocked by Tursgud and his band of followers. To come up with this cast of characters, Mr. Flanagan “… knew each one had to have a flaw – they were all going to be outcasts, for example. I initially had Stig down as simply having an unpredictable temper and being very touchy. But it wasn’t until I hit on the idea that his father had stolen money and absconded that I knew why he was this way.” For those of you wanting to know why the series is about Skandians, Mr. Flanagan said that first and foremost he wanted to do a series about a new kind of ship but also he just has a soft spot for Skandians.
When asked about how many more books he has planned on writing, Mr. Flanagan said “I’ve signed on for four more books. I can see myself doing more after that. I like the people and I like the sailing background to the stories. That allows me to go anywhere in the world.”
This is a new series, instead of more stories about the Ranger’s Apprentice characters because, according to Mr. Flanagan, “I’ve always wanted the characters to grow and develop with each successive book and I thought that process had pretty much come to an end. It was time to move on to something new.” For someone like me, who can probably quote parts of the Ranger’s Apprentice books, it can be kind of hard to let go of Will and Halt, but Mr. Flanagan sure followed up with an impressive companion series.