Children of the Chieftain: Banished, follows the exciting adventures of a group of fearless young people whose lives have been altered by a Viking raid on their small town on the Isle of Birches, Birka, which is now in modern day Sweden. In this second story of a proposed trilogy, a young boy has been taken captive and sold into slavery in the land of the Rus. The son and daughter of the late Birka chieftain, who first appeared in Children of the Chieftain: Betrayed, embark on an intrepid journey to rescue their friend.
Firmly aimed at the young people’s book market, Banished will appeal to those readers who enjoy a well-written adventure story. Thriving on exciting historical content, this ancient world is wonderfully recreated and is filled with characters who are always believable, not always likeable, but who, collectively, add a sense of authenticity to a story which abounds with excitement, danger and adventure.
The book is professionally finished to a high standard, with dramatic cover art and good size text for ease of reading. Both the language and content is entirely appropriate for eight to thirteen year old readers and a glossary of Viking terminology found at the end of the book is especially useful.
Sitting comfortably within the historical fiction genre, I have no hesitation in recommending this book to young readers who enjoy exciting historical adventures. Although Banished can be read as a standalone story, for greater enjoyment it is better to enter the quartet from the beginning.
May 1, 2016, Review of ‘Children of the Chieftain: Banished’ by the Historical Novel Society
We really enjoyed reading the second installment of this series, and were very keen to read what would happen to Ahl and his friends in this episode. The book continues where “Betrayed” left off, but develops the characters nicely and introduces many new ones. We particularly enjoyed the voyage on the Eagle and the character of Bertil. We didn’t find this book as tense as the last one and my boys say they saw the ending coming (we won’t reveal any spoilers here!) but we found it a very enjoyable read and look forward to the release of book number 3!
Review by “Villager” 23rd February 2016