Banished takes up the story of Ahl Brightsword and his friends as they embark on a mission to rescue a friend they left behind in book 1. The story, told by Ahl who is now an old man, reads easy with enough action and drama to keep the reader entertained; even educated about Vikings and their way of life. This is especially true when aboard the ship and have to learn how to navigate in all sorts of conditions…weather and pirates among them. It is not any easy quest and is filled with dangers and some dire consequences but throughout, the author keeps hope kindled. 4 stars.