From the writer of the worldwide phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice!

Hal and the Herons have performed the very unlikely. This crew of outsiders has crushed out the most powerful, such a lot expert younger warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband festival. yet their party involves an abrupt finish while the Skandians' so much sacred artifact, the Andomal, is stolen--and the Herons are guilty.

To locate redemption they have to song down the thief Zavac and get well the Andomal. yet that implies traversing stormy seas, surviving a sour iciness, and fighting a bunch of lethal pirates keen to guard their prize in any respect charges. Even Brotherband education and the aid of Skandia's maximum warrior is probably not adequate to make sure that Hal and his buddies go back domestic with the Andomal--or their lives.

Perfect for fanatics of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the jewelry, T.H. White’s The Sword within the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon sequence, and George R. R. Martin’s online game of Thrones/A music of Ice and hearth series.

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He acknowledged softly. Then, nonetheless smiling, he slid again the hatch and clambered out onto the deck. Andras, his first mate, greeted him with a nod as he scanned the horizon. “Any switch? ” Zavac requested, and his henchman shook his head. “Wind could have moderated a little,” he stated. Zavac nodded thoughtfully. “That’ll go well with us. ” Andras, one hand at the tiller, pointed ahead together with his loose hand. “Viper’s nonetheless on station,” he acknowledged. Zavac had obvious the smaller send while he first scanned the horizon. It were first thing he sought for, in truth. She was once part a kilometer away, emerging and falling at the waves that persevered to brush in towards them. Like Raven, she was once less than oars, together with her sail diminished to the deck, in order that she will be much less obvious to different ships. initially named the ocean Lion, she were one of many small Skandian buying and selling fleet that he had captured a few months formerly. Zavac had ordered his males to burn her with the opposite buying and selling ships. yet a couple of minutes later, he had rescinded the order. the ocean Lion, or Viper, as he had renamed her, was once a seaworthy send, with lots of shipment house for exchange items, and he concept he may possibly positioned her to reliable use. now not that Zavac meant her to hold exchange items. yet that shipment area may be used to hide fifteen to 20 males, and in contrast to the Raven, the Viper appeared particularly innocuous. so much buying and selling skippers, in the event that they have been brilliant, may flip and run on the sight of the lengthy, low Raven. however the Viper used to be a special subject. If she looked to be disabled or sinking, the possibilities have been stable send might come to her relief. when they have been along, the hid pirates could pour out in their hiding locations and weigh down their would-be rescuers. investors carried particularly small crews, as Zavac knew basically too good. and naturally the Raven, soaring simply over the horizon, may swoop in and end the activity. “No sign from her? ” Zavac requested. Andras shook his head. “Nothing to this point. yet it’s early but. ” Zavac grunted. His first mate was once correct. they'd been at sea for only part an afternoon. nonetheless, he used to be impatient. they'd spent weeks moored in a sheltered creek at the Stormwhite coast—a spot recognized in basic terms to himself and a number of other Magyaran pirate skippers—and he resented the unproductive time. His males have been dependable to him—but in basic terms as long as he may supply them with gold and silver and different booty. He knew he had a name as a fortunate skipper yet that may switch after a couple of weeks of sailing with out discovering any sufferers. Zavac used to be superstitious and he part believed that in the event that they didn’t discover a send to prey on this present day, they might have lean pickings over the following few months. He glanced down the double line of rowers, gazing them lean ahead, brace their toes, then heave again. The oars rose and fell on each side of the send like a bird’s wings, every one leaving a circle of white foam at the water because the send swept earlier. “Do you need to take her? ” Andras requested, indicating the tiller. yet Zavac shook his head. so much skippers felt an affinity for his or her ships and loved the feeling of command.

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