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Slaves of Socorro
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Slaves of Socorro
Brotherband Chronicles Series, Book 4
From the author of the mega-selling Ranger's Apprentice!

Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud—leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal's constant opponent—has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Araluen villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action . . . with the help of one of Araluen's finest Rangers!
In this fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, a new battle unfolds as old rivalries are renewed, peace treaties are put to the test, and the action builds to a pulse-pounding finale. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini's Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Praise for Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro:

"A sweeping novel of adventure, written with wit and a sure sense of storytelling." —Booklist

From the author of the mega-selling Ranger's Apprentice!

Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud—leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal's constant opponent—has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Araluen villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action . . . with the help of one of Araluen's finest Rangers!
In this fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, a new battle unfolds as old rivalries are renewed, peace treaties are put to the test, and the action builds to a pulse-pounding finale. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini's Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Praise for Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro:

"A sweeping novel of adventure, written with wit and a sure sense of storytelling." —Booklist

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  • From the cover Chapter One

    I think we should reset the mast about a meter farther aft," Hal said.
    He peered down into the stripped-out hull of the wolf­ship, rubbing his chin. Wolftail's innards were bare to the world. Her oars, mast, yard, sails, shrouds, stays, halyards, rowing benches, floorboards and ballast stones had been removed, leaving just the bare hull. She rested on her keel, high and dry on the grass beside Anders's shipyard, supported by timber props that kept her level.
    A plank gantry ran along either side of the denuded hull, at the height of her gunwales. Hal knelt on the starboard-side gantry, accompanied by Anders, the shipwright, and Bjarni Bentfinger, Wolftail's skirl and owner. Hal and Anders wore thoughtful, reflective expressions. Bjarni's was more anxious. No ship's captain likes to see the bones of his craft laid bare for the world to view. Bjarni was beginning to wonder whether this had been such a good idea. It wasn't too late, he thought. He could always pay Anders for his work so far and ask him to return Wolftail to her former state.
    Then he thought of the extra speed and maneuverability the new sail plan would give his ship. He shrugged and looked anx­iously at Hal. The young skirl was so . . . young, he thought. And here Bjarni was, entrusting his precious Wolftail to Hal's hands for a major refit. Of course, Anders was a highly experienced ship­builder. He ought to know what he was doing. And Bjarni had seen proof of the effectiveness of the fore-and-aft-sail plan that Hal had designed for his own ship, the Heron.
    Bjarni took a deep breath, closed his eyes and bit back the request that was trembling on his lips. Between them, these two knew what was best, he thought.
    "The mast goes where the mast support is," Anders said doubt­fully. "How do you plan to move that?"
    The mast support was a squared piece of timber, a meter long, that stood vertically at right angles to the keel. It was used to hold the mast firmly in place, and was an integral, immovable part of the keel itself. When the original shipbuilders had shaped a tree to form the keel for Wolftail, they had trimmed off all the projecting branches, save one. They left that one in place, shortening it and trimming it so that it formed a square section that projected up to support the mast. Its innate strength came from the fact that it hadn't been fastened in place. It had grown there.
    Hal shrugged. "It's not a problem." He climbed down into the hull and knelt beside the keel, indicating the existing support. "We leave this in place, so that the strength is retained, and we shape a meter-long piece to match it, and attach it behind the existing support."
    Anders chewed his lip. "Yes. I suppose that'd work."
    "But why set the mast farther astern?" Bjarni asked.
    "The new fore and aft yards will reach right to the bow," Hal explained, "and that will put more downward pressure on the bow when you're under sail. This way, we'll compensate for that pres­sure." He indicated with his hand, describing an angle behind the mast support. "We could even slope the edge of the new piece back a little toward the stern. That'd let us rake the mast back and give us even better purchase."
    "Hmmm," said Anders.
    The worried look was back on Bjarni's face. He hadn't under­stood the technical details Hal had spouted so confidently. But he understood "hmmm." "Hmmm" meant Anders wasn't convinced.
    "Never mind raking it back," Bjarni said quickly. "I want my mast to stand square. Masts are supposed to stand square. That's what masts do. They stand . . . square. Always have."
    After all, he thought, a raked mast would be a little too exotic.
    Hal...
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  • John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. John began writing The Ruins of Gorlan, the first in the mega-selling Ranger's Apprentice series, for his son, Michael, and is still hard at work on the series and its spinoff, Brotherband Chronicles. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.
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