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The Stern Chase: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 9

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

High seas adventure is smaller in scope but still exciting.

The Stern Chase: Brotherband, Book 9

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Fans of the long-running nautical series will enjoy another adventure with the Heron Brotherband, even if its scope is smaller than many previous outings. There's joy in the predictable here: the same stalwart characters, the same battle skills and strategic smarts on display. There's also joy in small developments for the characters, especially an engagement between Ingvar and Lydia. It's nice to see that Lydia's new status doesn't change how she's treated by the Brotherband. She even gets some surprise heartfelt support from the comical twins Ulf and Wulf. More time with the characters would have been welcome. Like when will it be Stephan's time to shine again, or Jesper's? And who else will find a love interest now that they're the right age for that kind of thing? Edvin can cook and sew -- some Hallasholm girl needs to snap him up right away.

There's little downtime in The Stern Chase for romance, however. As the title implies, it's all about the chase, and the stakes are high. The more damage the rogue wolfship does, the worse the Scandians look. These are some devious pirates, and it takes getting into their heads to figure out how to beat them, especially as outnumbered as the Herons are. As usual, it will take all of Hal's smarts and all the Herons working together to get the job done.

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