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Title: Slaves of Socorro
Series: Brotherband Chronicles
Author: John Flanagan
Rating: of 5 Battle Axes
Hal and Crew are assigned to Araluen to be at the King's disposal. However, as soon as they arrive, they are met by Gilan, a Ranger and news that a village has been attacked by pirates and people captured.
Said pirates are some rogue Skandians and Hal feels it is their duty to end this problem once and for all.
A rescue mission is mounted to the slave town of Socorro.
I was ok with the first trilogy of the Brotherband Chronicles and was satisfied with how it ended. After my experience with Flanagan trying to continue the Ranger's Apprentice series I wasn't expecting much from this "second" trilogy and in many ways was kind of dreading it.
Thankfully, this stays faithful to the original trilogy and intent, ie, a boys adventure story. And this WAS an adventure story. Fights on the sea, fights in slave markets, Aruluen Rangers shooting the crap out of people, that tiniest hint of romance, it was just right. I really have to admire Flanagan for walking that line of writing about emerging adults/adults [because this series starts out with everyone being a kid] for kids and younger adults without crossing the line into inappropriate material for 10 year olds.
I still didn't like this as much as the original Ranger's Apprentice dekalogy, but I wasn't expecting to and hence things were good.