The Brotherband tales contain a rich array of well-rounded, slightly flawed, heroic characters whose innate values are decency, courage, humour, stoicism and good old fashioned pluck . . . John Flanagan’s deft writing style blends flawlessly accurate research (for locations, weapons, tools and lifestyles), with swift action, compassion and gruff displays of fondness between the heroes, and also with a liberal sprinkling of quirky, gutsy humour, set in deeply satisfying, highly enjoyable adventures. Slaves of Socorro is a riveting, fast-paced adventure series, highly recommended for reading in middle primary-lower secondary.
Russ Merrin, Magpies
A very engaging adventure involving a young sea-faring band of young heroic men (and one girl) who are involved in quests that use their superior sailing skills and their variety of fighting talents . . . Flanagan has definitely written a book that male and female readers will love, as the excitement, adventure, hand-to-hand combat and characterisation makes for an exciting and enjoyable read.
Carolyn Hull, readplus.com.au