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The Ghostfaces: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 6

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Swashbuckling uncharted-island adventure has a few lulls.

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As reliable as Hal is as captain of the Heron, every book in the Brotherband Chronicles is a reliably good read, including this one. Here comes another high-seas, swashbuckling adventure, this time in the uncharted territory of the Endless Ocean fighting against a band of skull-painted pillagers -- well, eventually. It's not all swashbuckling. After a harrowing start where the crew almost dies of thirst, there's quite a lull as readers get acquainted with a new island and its inhabitants, friendly and not.

It stays friendly for some time, actually. There are banquets and the swapping of recipes, with an amiable village of locals. The dreaded Ghostfaces of the title take a very long time to arrive, making readers almost think the crew is getting off the island easy -- if you don't count a nasty encounter with a giant bear. As usual with the series, when the action ramps up and the axes and swords come out, there's quite a payoff. Unusual for the series, the very end takes on a somber tone.

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