Brotherband, Book 5, Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan; 2014; $18.99;451 pages; Philomel Books, New York, New York; 978-0-399-16356-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 10/31/15-11/3/15

The princess of Araulen has a contract out on her and as the duty ship the Heron and Ranger Gilan are called upon.  King Duncan tasks them with traveling to the headquarters of the cult of assassins who hold the contract.  On the way they encounter many obstacles before arriving at Scorpion Mountain.  Hal once again uses his mind to conquer the obstacles that confront the brotherband.  The assassins insists that they only way a contract can be terminated is by the death of the target, but Gilan comes up with another way to terminate it.  During the course of the story Hal comes up with a innovative way to make Ingvar an even more productive member of the crew.

Grade-A

Did I enjoy it?  Very much,  each of these books highlights various members of the crew and highlights how the mind is often mightier than the bicep.

What is with the title of the review?  Ingvar is a member of the Heron brotherband, who due to his nearsightedness has been relegated to the sidelines much of the time and only used sparingly.  Hal comes up with a way to make Ingvar an even more important member of the crew.