The Outcasts is the first book in the Brotherband series, from the
author of the internationally bestselling Ranger's Apprentice.
There is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for
teams called Brotherbands and must endure months of gruelling
battles in the treacherous sea. Hal finds himself the unwilling
leader of a band of outcasts, the boys that no one wants. They are
small and wiry but what they lack in size, they make up with skill
and courage. Now they must battle against the other bands in the
ultimate race where there can only be one winner. The icy waters
make the sea a dangerous playing field. Especially when - for some
- this is anything but a game . . .