Brotherband Hal v1

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Warning! This page contains spoilers for The Outcasts.


There is only one way to become a warrior.

The Outcasts
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Author John Flanagan
Illustrator Jeremy Reston
Publication date November 1st 2011
Published by Random House (AUS, NZ) and Philomel (US)
ISBN 9780399256196 (US)

978-1-74166-449-2 (AUS & NZ)

Publication Order
Preceded by
Followed by
The Invaders

The fifteen year old boys of Hallasholm are chosen for teams called Brotherbands, and must endure months of grueling training on land, and sea. Hal finds himself the unwilling leader of a band of outcasts, the boys that no one wants. They are small and wiry (except for Ingvar a giant with bad eyesight) but what they lack in size, they make up with skill and courage. Now they must battle against the other bands in the ultimate race where there can only be one winner.

The icy waters make the sea a dangerous playing field. Especially when for some - this is anything but a game . . .


When Hal's father, Mikkel, dies, his best friend, Thorn, makes a promise to take care of Mikkel's wife and child Hal.

Six years later, when Karina, Mikkel's wife finds a drunk Thorn on her doorstep, she wakes him up by having her ten-year-old son Hal Mikkelson pour a bucket of water on "cazy old Thorn". Once Thorn wakes up, Karina talked sense into him to stop drinking and wasting his life away, then hires him to help around her eating house, teach Hal about being a warrior and to help him get prepared for brotherband training. Another six years, and Hal is almost 16 and is on his way to brotherband training. He shrugs it off and keeps walking. Thorn and Stig had become his best friends. He owns a boat, the Heron which he and Stig had continued building together with some help from Ingvar and the twins, Ulf and Wulf . When she was finally finished, they took her out to sea and was delighted that she performed wonderfully. She was even better than a typical Skandian wolfship because of the special triangular sails (shaped like a heron's wings; thus the name) he made for her.

Brotherband Training

When it is time for the boys to be sorted into Brotherbands, Tursgud and Rollond are immediately selected by their supporters and friends. Hal and a group of boys that the other teams don't want are made into a third team by the oberjarl Erak, and Brotherband training begins! Ingvar helps decide the team's name and Hal's group all agrees to name themselves the Herons after Hal's ship. After a unanimous vote, Hal becomes their team skirl. The Herons then go to win the brotherband compititions.   




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