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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 appearsWhen 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....

Title : The Ghostfaces
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The Ghostfaces Reviews

  • Kyle
    2018-12-15 22:58

    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!

  • Leigh
    2018-11-29 06:01

    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.

  • Kathleen
    2018-11-26 22:06

    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.

  • Erudessa Aranduriel
    2018-12-01 05:05

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

  • Emily
    2018-12-06 00:13

    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.

  • Ojo
    2018-11-24 23:01

    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!

  • Misty
    2018-12-12 03:49

    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.

  • Kevin Topolovec
    2018-12-08 23:06

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

  • Mark Buxton
    2018-11-30 05:49

    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.

  • Jemma
    2018-11-26 03:45

    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 playThe 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.

  • Kristen
    2018-12-16 01:54

    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.

  • Skip
    2018-12-11 22:00

    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.

  • Christian Hodges
    2018-11-25 05:52

    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!

  • Heather
    2018-11-21 04:47

    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!

  • Caroline
    2018-12-01 05:44

    Maar 3 sterren krijgt dit boek van mij. Het verhaal kwam maar heel traag op gang naar mijn oordeel en het einde had beter gekund. Het was een beetje teleurstellend. Ik had meer van dit boek verwacht. Toch ga ik deel 7 van de broederband in huis halen...

  • Danny L Walling
    2018-11-17 02:46

    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.

  • MaryBeth
    2018-11-30 02:05

    Fantastic as always!!

  • Malachi Crist
    2018-11-29 00:44

    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)

  • Turah
    2018-12-03 23:48

    Loved it! I read this book over a car trip to go camping with some friends with some of my family. I read the cover flap totally wrong, but the story was still really good. I was going to cry at the end beacuase of what happened to Stig. It was so sad!

  • Wordy Nerd
    2018-12-03 23:59

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

  • Rita
    2018-12-09 00:04

    Great plot. Pretty similar to the rest of the series, but great plot.

  • Glenn
    2018-11-20 02:08

    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...

  • Sokooky
    2018-12-11 04:11

    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...

  • Nur Aqilah
    2018-11-28 03:00

    Okay quick review, cause I messed up by pressing F5 after I wrote 3/4 of my review.I love this book. I really do, as I do for the other 19 other books John Flanagan has written for this world. This new book, however, has a more mature setting written. I have to admit, that I actually bought this book many, many months ago. I did not finish. TUT TUT TUT, before you curse me to die for that horrid betrayal. I was rather taken aback by the random, out-of-the-norm (view spoiler)[romance (hide spoiler)] scenes. I was never a fan of sudden incorporations of said scenes... and I just... Couldn't do it. Yes, I do stop reading a lot of books. How did you know?! HOWEVER, during my current reading spree, I got curious. I started scoping through the reviews to see how it would end up and yes I am incredibly pleased. Yes, I am a horrible person. I just couldn't see any other ways for it to end without me hating this series forever more. SO YEA, I started reading it again!It was amaaaaaaaaaazing~ I saw how some of the other reviewers complaining about the beginning, but honestly I couldn't find any other way for him to write it. I wasn't bored of it anyway, it just felt really like I was part of the Brotherband~ I liked it. (view spoiler)[Anyway, I really liked the fact that she died... and Orvik died. I wouldn't be satisfied any other way. Orvik, just doesn't seem to be the type that would have been able to be happy with how different the current Hallasholm is. He has no friends, nor family. Just no other way for John Flanagan to go about it unless he wants to divulge deeper into Orvik's mind. Which I couldn't care less honestly, so yea. Orvik's ded. WEE.AND ABOUT TECUMSA. YAAY!! she ded!~ I'm happy purely out of selfish reasons. I just don't want the Brotherband to break apart. No no no. No siree. I don't care if it's out of maturity purposes - oh you got to face the fact that it will happen one day, BLAH BLAH BLAH. NO. Though I do pity my poor Stig. He doesn't deserve such a heartbreak. Nobody does. But it makes the Brotherband stronger, so I'll take it!I sound psychotic? What? NOOO. I detest that notion. (hide spoiler)]Anyway, I digress. I've been looking out for the next book in the series - The Caldera... And it's not yet released in the stores near me.. T_T boohoo.... I've been looking out for it for WEEKS. WEEKS GAWDAMNIT. And nope. Not yet. Hais even in online bookstores it's not yet available... Other than pre-orders for the hardcover... hmm...OH WHOOPS. ANyway, the book's good. GO get it. DOn't know why you're hesitating after getting this far really. Pfft. BYE!Yes.. it's 3am. That's why I sound incredibly high. Wee running on my last fumes! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Marcel Martin
    2018-12-04 06:14

    The Brotherband Chronicles:The Ghostfaces“With a massive rumbling sound, a monstrous mound of water erupted from the surface, thirty meters across and rearing up to ten meters above the lagoon. It was white foam, shot through with an unearthly red as the bottom of the lagoon far below opened up to the gates of hell. (319) This is a quote from the book “The Brotherband Chronicles: The Ghostfaces.” It is a fictional, adventure and is the fifth book in it’s series. The people that this book is based around are the people in the ship crew called the “Herons”, a group of viking like people who are rejects that banded together and achieve great things in this book. Each Heron has a different backstory whether it’s being abandoned by their family, not having a dad, being blind, or being so poor you have to steal food every night to survive. Despite all of this, they have risen above it and become the most beloved people in their home country. So far in the series the Herons have fought pirates, slave traders, a deadly cult, and rescued countless people from royal families. Now they will have to put their wits to the test as they are lost out at sea in the “endless ocean” where no one has ever traveled before. If they don’t act soon they will die from lack of food and water. It’s a little challenging to read because this book has a lot of sailing terms used in it. Luckily, there is a guide at the start of the book that explains all the sailing terms used throughout the book. The author John Flanagan has written three incredible book series’ in his career, and they’re all connected in some way which I find absolutely fascinating. This book is my favorite one in it’s series because there are so many plot twists and moments filled with suspense that you just don’t want to stop reading it. Unfortunately, I can’t really elaborate on this because it will spoil the book for you. The book is for anybody, but if had to say an age, I would say it’s for teens around 13 or 14 because it has occasional cursing in it. I give this book a 4.5 star rating because it’s full of suspense, action, humor, adventure, and amazing characters to match, but it can be a little slow at times. I highly recommend you read this book and its series because I can guarantee that you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.

  • Elaine
    2018-12-13 23:54

    This book takes the Herons across the Endless Ocean, to essentially a Native American tribe. I always love the exploration of new cultures in this and the RA series. This one felt fresh and new, with the storm as the adversary in the first quarter of the book, and then the bear...after so many books battling people, it was nice to see the stories going a different tack. (However, I do find it hard to stomach hunting of animals, but I realize this is a 'normal' part of survival, and it's only this current time period when we are so far removed from our sources of meat, and have the luxury of just going to the store to buy meat and not seeing where and how our meat got least these wild animals that are hunted had a life outside a miserable factory farm, but still, it was hard to read about skinning and jointing). Of course, it wouldn't be the Brotherband series without some serious battles for these warriors, and we do get one of those with the Ghostfaces. The whole pacing of the book was great (as I feel most of Flanagan's books are...with the exception of maybe Halt's Peril), with just the right mix of action, internal dialogue, and relationship building. Just when things might slow down, something exciting happens. What really impressed me about this book, though, is the deeper emotional reach of this book, with the story of Stig and Tecumsa. I usually enjoy these books for their light-heartedness, with some feel-good emotional growth, but this one went deeper, and actually brought me to tears! I even suspected where the plotline was going, but it still didn't weaken the impact of it. I also liked seeing Jesper get his 15 minutes of fame! I've really enjoyed that this book doesn't just relegate the rest of the Herons to superfluous sidekicks. Yes, there are the 'big three' (Hal, Thorn, and Lydia), but still, the other characters have some depth and purpose, even if they don't always have a major storyline. It was especially satisfying to see Stig have his own storyline in this book, because even though he's First Mate, he often ends up just being well, the First Mate (a la Lt. Riker in Star Trek) or the muscle.

  • Cathy
    2018-12-04 01:07

    Book 6 of the Brotherband Chronicles. Ahh. Flanagan's humor is back. I'm not really sure why I enjoy the twins bickering. I hate bickering and put-downs, both in real life and in sit-coms, because it is so cruel and disrespectful of each other. But, the twins' bickering is actually funny. And Flanagan used the word, "good-natured," to describe it in this book, and I thought, "Yes, that is a good description of it. Good-natured, not mean-spirited." I suppose it could come across as mean if it weren't so silly, so exaggerated, and so obviously incorrect. At times.None of it in this book was enough to really make me laugh outright, but it is enough to make the read enjoyable.As an added plus, one of my teens wrote their own silliness, including poetry, pertinent to the story, on various scraps of paper, to be found at various points in the story by another teen in this household upon reading it. It included, at one point, saying, "But we're closer than brothers because we're ... and we read the same books like this."Like the rest of the series, this book is action-packed, both in the storm sequence early in the book and in the battle at the end. In the middle section, I was content to drift along, letting friendships develop, but I can guess that some people would consider that a slow pace.Yes, yes, yes, there is violence in this book, which I also usually hate, but this was a matter of defending a defenseless people group.Favorite quotes:"In such situations, panic and fear can become contagious. But this time, it was calmness and stoicism that spread among them.""Mothers were, after all, the ultimate authorities on etiquette and proper behavior.""How could someone so young bear such sadness? ... Because he has friends like that. That's how he bears it."

  • Priscilla
    2018-11-22 06:14

    Yeah I’m a sucker, I know, but yeaaaaaaah dudes, I really enjoyed this. I've been a big fan of Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice books since I was in middle school and when he started the Brotherband books I jumped at the opportunity for more of his action-packed, signature gritty-yet-funny (that's how I feel about all of his books? just ignore me) stories. And, the Brotherband books have yet to disappoint.This one was really awesome, with the characters continuing to develop into more mature figures. I think that somehow Flanagan does this so slowly, but persistently throughout his books that you don't really realize it's happening (like it's not forced), but suddenly you realize that you're reading the sixth book of this series and wait a second, the characters aren't that little anymore they're like 20 something probably?? When did that happen? And the characters are so lovable and all so different and funny and wonderful.I feel a little terrible though because my initial solution to every love interest I don't really prefer or like or one that will *cough* take a character away from his brotherband *cough* is to say "maybe they'll die" and then more often than not, they do (which is great since I just want to be rid of them) but I feel like I'm getting a little extreme and out of control–like for example: Sorscha anyone...? I needed to be a little less triumphant about that cause poor Dorian–and back to Brotherband, poor Stig.. *cringe*

  • Hattie
    2018-11-27 00:47

    Ranger's Apprentice books were my absolute childhood favourites - and 10 years later I still enjoy them :) This book was no exception. There wasn't as much action as there normally is but it allowed for plenty of character development and I loved the way all the characters were given a real depth. Jasper was n longer simply annoying, Stig grew up, Edvin had a lovely spotlight and the friendship between Stig and Hal was taken to a new level. Of course, the book wasn't particularly mentally-challenging but as a light read it's funny and smart and well thought out and it was very easy to fall back into a fun sense of familiarity with characters and a world that I know and love so well. The new land that the crew land on is clearly based on North America and I thought that John Flanagan found a nice balance between creativity and innovation of a new culture whilst borrowing certain elements and I never thought that he belittled, patronised or looked down on real-life tribes and people and simply allowed these new creations to add a new dimension to the world of RA.My one annoyance would be Kloof - who seems to disappear when not needed and then suddenly emerge when the plot requires it. It was a little distracting :/ but other than that the books was so much fun :)

  • DrMM
    2018-12-01 22:10

    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.