John Flanagan is the author of the Ranger's Apprentice adventure series.
Hal Mikkelson is Skandian on his dead father's side, and Araluen on his mother's side. That makes him an outsider in Hallasholm, where the transition to manhood depends on working in a group of contemporaries - a Brotherband. His brothers-in-training are all outsiders for different reasons - temper, intellectual ability, irascibility, clumsiness - but together with Hal (a talented inventor) they take on the other Brotherbands, who rely on old-fashioned techniques. This new series has all the things fans love about Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice books and it's just as fast-paced and addictive! Lindy