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The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice #8)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  18,435 ratings  ·  661 reviews
When a cult springs up in neighboring Clonmel, promising to quell the recent attacks by lawless marauders, people flock from all over to offer gold in exchange for protection. But Halt is all too familiar with this particular group, and he knows they have a less than charitable agenda. Secrets will be unveiled and battles fought to the death as Will and Horace help Halt in...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 18th 2010 (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jason Koivu
Not really sure what's going on here... I feel like I walked in on a business meeting halfway through. I've missed some important info and the CEO isn't about to stop his speech to fill me in. That's okay. Quite understandable. But there's no sense in me wasting my time finishing this thing out if I'm going to remain at sea the rest of the time. I'm out!

The Kings of Clonmel seems to be about rangers and bandits and religion and storming castles...I think. I don't know.

Not realizing it was the ei...more
Chichipio
Actually, it's more of a 2.5 rating.

For the longest time, it felt like nothing was happening. I'm tiring of the formulaic "I'm the best at everything except when it really matters."

In the first few books, the plot was fueled by external actions to which our band of merry men reacted. It didn't matter how swift or appropriate their reactions were, things would still get incredibly dangerous. Now, instead, the plot is often fueled by the main characters' mistakes or chancy failures at the worst ti...more
Eric Bingham
Everytime I read books from this series I come away thinking the same 4 things:
1- John Flanagan is really not that great of a writer
2- The story line is very predictable with no surprises or unforseen twists
3- I have a hard time believing that a character like a ranger in this book could be so smart one moment and then so dumb the next. (The same thing applies to their abilities. Sometimes they seem like superheroes who could take on a whole army by themselves, and other times they seem like the...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
I'm generally pretty stingy with 5-stars and, if I'm prefectly honest, it's probably more of a 4.5-stars but, ya know what, eff it. Reading this book just made me happy.

It picks up after Will's been a Ranger for a few years, and he's actually helping some wide-eyed apprentices at the Gathering, while Halt is off investigating rumors of a cult.

The first 100 pages or so sets up the general story line and brings our characters all together - and I had a huge grin on my face for most of the time be...more
Michelle
This was a better outing than the last one for this series, but still not as enjoyable as the earlier work. Halt, Will and Horace are called into the neighboring kingdom of Clonmel to help discredit a cult that has been working to quietly seize power. There are lots of ranger antics from Halt and Will, and feats of strength from Horace. The plot was fairly generic but it showed the characters well. Unfortunately it felt like a forgone conclusion that the characters would win out, by feats even m...more
Greyson Harness
Sep 13, 2009 Greyson Harness rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
Note: This review does contain some small spoilers, nothing you won't learn within 200 pages.

So far, this is a great book. It explores a little bit of Halt's past, something that I have always wanted to know, and revisits some old places and people you haven't seen the first two books. It also tells you for the first time about the Ranger Gathering, a quite humorous event, and about the Ranger initiation ceremony. So far, there is no book better in the series.
abby
Jun 15, 2010 abby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to abby by: my friend Em
Oh, dear. The Kings of Clonmel has presented me with a dilemma: do I like this book better, or my old favorite, The Siege of Macindaw? This book was so exciting and well-written, I literally could not put it down and I ended up finishing it in less than a day. The plot is a little more complicated than the earlier books, which for me made it only more enjoyable. Halt, Will and Horace work to discredit a cult that is stealing valuables from small villages in neighboring Hibernia under the pretens...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I have over an extended period of time read several of these books and I find them (on the whole anyway) excellent. I think that older readers (read adult) may well enjoy these as well as YA readers. I know I have.

I gifted the first 3 of these to my pastor's family as I know his daughter loves to read, he loves to read, his wife loves to read and I assume that their young son will be infected with this wonderful and enjoyable trait. Some will say these are more a "boy's" read or a "male" read bu...more
Sarah Maddaford
For me, the fact that the book starts off with a massacre of most of a village places it firmly in Young Adult or Teen rather than Juvenile. There's still no sex and only minimal language though. Some parents may also be disturbed by the fact that the main characters obviously don't follow any kind of religion and are disdainful of the idea of a god (even a false one). Several statements made in this book about religion really appealed to me, especially "A god who promises only good things wants...more
Lithography101
A rogue band of outlaws has been terrorizing five of the six regions of Hibernia, burning villages, killing farmers, and spreading mistrust for the ruling royalty. Then, by posing as a religious cult, they pretend to scare off these roving marauders (their own members in disguise) to gain the people's trust in their pretend god. Their charismatic leader, Tennyson, is a silver-tongued orator and his influence and reputation is spreading quickly. In order for his religious followers to 'protect' a...more
Karen Kaiser
Let it be known that, despite the following criticisms, I still LOVE THIS SERIES TO DEATH.

After re-reading this book, I think I've identified what it is that left me feeling slightly disappointed.

A) Clonmel isn't anywhere near as colorful as Skandia or Arrida. It's too similar to Araluen to really be interesting. I realize that Araluen and Clonmel could be compared to England and the USA in that they're similar yet completely different, but....the difference could've been more defined.

B) The pl...more
Luann
At one point in this book, Will thinks to himself: "It was good to be back on the road, heading for another adventure. It was even better to be doing so in the company of his two closest friends." I wholeheartedly agree! It was great to be back in this world with these characters going on another adventure! This has been one of my favorite series in the past couple of years, and this book is right up there with my favorites in the series. I love Halt, so I'm on board with any story that features...more
Cindy
I love, love, love this series. Seriously, I recommend it to every kid, and every parent, aunt, uncle or grannie that comes into my store looking for a book for a kid. I've been trying to figure out what it is, because honestly, most series written for this age group (8-15) just bore me after the first few books. This is book 8, and I've already got book 9 on order from the library (5th in the line . . . arghhhh) - and I still enjoy every minute.

Maybe it is Flanagan's amazing ability to really g...more
J.Elle
I coded two sentences of this review as a spoiler. I do not agree that what I wrote about was a spoiler since the fact I mentioned was "revealed" within the first fifth of the book. However, a commentor felt that it was a spoiler, so for those of you who agree with this person, I've edited the review.

These continue to be entertaining enough to keep my interest, although I am still adjusting to Will being an adult and a full-fledged Ranger. There are rumors of a fake religious sect rising up and...more
Henrik Schunk
I took me quite some time until I got into the storyline this time. The general idea of a bunch of bad guys trying to take over all of Hibernia (really?) for no reason whatsover apart from entertaining a general notion of being annoying was a tad to general and far-fetched for my taste. Also, it does not tie in to the previous novels in the series at all, which is a bit weird, considering this is already the eight installation in the series. Yet, as soon as the focus turned from fighting a rando...more
Chris
For the first time in this series there were bits in there I didn't like.

The bit with the duel at the end when Horace has the climactic scene stolen from him to give it to Will, I could never buy that Halt and even Will wouldn't have guessed what had happened before it did. I don't want to tag spoilers and all that, but you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it.

That was my main problem with it. In truth, this book was really Horace's book and in the end, Flanagan sort of took it away a...more
Yvonne Boag
Once again Halt, Will and Horace are fighting an evil force that threatens the world. This time it is a cult that is taking over the six Hiberman kingdoms. They must stop it before it reaches it's full potential. Will, no longer an apprentice is trusted with a lot more these days and Halt is about to reveal some secrets about his background.

I think this was the weakest book I have read so far in the series. There was a lot of lines repeated and quite a few jokes as well. Flanagan seems to be wr...more
Kelly
Another fun Ranger's Apprentice story. I finished just in time for the release of book 9. (it was delivered to my doorstep a day early. Yippee!)
This is a great series for young readers. Flanagan uses big words that are easily understood in context. It's a great way to build vocabulary. The story is very enjoyable with likable characters. He uses forms of humor that everyone understands. Battle scenes are not graphic, there's just enough to let you know what happened and even maybe make you cring...more
Eugenie Leung
At this point in the series, I feel like the story is starting to lose steam. I still enjoyed The Kings of Clonmel and the villains are different, which makes them interesting. I do like that Will & co. cannot just simply kill them off because then they'd be turned into a martyr. The main challenge in defeating this cult is to debunk them completely. That adds a whole new twist to the story than the battles and wars we've seen in other books.

However, with all the scouting and the observing...more
19schumacherryan
This review is on Ranger's Apprentice: The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan. This book starts when will is at the Ranger's annual gathering. He helps the first year recruits. Will will be able to help the kids with all their questions and problems they have? He receives word that Halt is not going to be able to make it. He is very disappointed. Halt is out chasing of a new religious cult that is a scam to get free gold and jewels. At the end of the Gathering Will learns he will no longer be the...more
Andreas
In this book Will and Halt go off to Clonmel. The king of clonmel is Halts younger brother. When they get there at first Halt tries to hide from his brother. The reason he does this is because as children Halts brother would try to kill him so he could have the throne. After awhile Halt relizes that he must not only reveale himselft to his brother but help him keep his throne. A cult leader that goes by the name of Tenysson is going around and concuring places, without them even knowing.
When t...more
Bobby Luke
It was captivating. I wanted to know how it would all work out. But the amount of implausibility here was just staggering. Halt, the only person with experience working with the Outsiders, the individual with the most experience period - DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! O that's right, he played dress up one time. He lets his younger, less experienced companions risk their lives over and over again, while his greatest contribution was a bit of Kingly cosplay.

And don't get me started on the whole poison...more
Celeste
I LOVE this series! I love the guy that reads for the audio book and it makes me love the story all that more. I like following all the characters throughout the series and I'm a little bit in love with Horace. I can't wait until my boys are a bit older so I can read these to them-or better yet have Jon Keting-the audio book reader, read to all of us!
Flint
The book was ok, but not a particularly good effort. It seems like Flanagan isn't really putting too much pressure on himself to write the kind of stories that made his first four books so popular to begin with. The last 4 books read very much like someone coasting on their early success. This may not be the case, but the results are the same.
Karen
Jan 23, 2014 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older fantasy fans, not younger than 14 due to violence.
Recommended to Karen by: I'm just continuing the series.
I don't know if it is because I put this series down for a while, or because the first scene in this book is about families, not soldiers, but the first chapter of this book is especially violent to me. Not a nice way to start a book. I didn't like it. This one is definitely for older eyes.

Grrr! Most of the offensive material is in the first chapter(5 pages!). If violence offends you, just skip it. You can get the gist of what happened without it. There is more violence, but most of it is "battl...more
Anthony
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Jameelah L
I forgot to add this book on but from this book I can guarantee its the book that keeps you up, John Flanagan is 1 of the most brilliant authors.
It is the book of all ages yet to come.
Kaylynn
I really loved learning more about Halt's past and the adventure/ action kept me from putting this book down. I can't wait for the next book. Can October come any faster please?
Sophie Muller
As usual the successions of breath taking actions make this book hard to put down. In terms of social intelligence, it was very enlightening to read in a fiction how a religious sect works and enslaves people. The best quote about this topic is from an old lady at a village the sect has just left and she tells Halt that she doesn't trust a religion that promises too much because it will ask a lot in return... A moment that made me laugh whole heartedly was the exchange between Halt and Horace as...more
Tirzah
This one was not as interesting as the previous one. I did not like that Evanlyn, Alyss, and my dear Gilan were not part of the adventure. Over the last few books I have grown attached to those characters and missed them. That is not to say I didn't enjoy the trio-it is always nice to read about Will's skillfuness and smarts and chuckling over Halt and Horace's bantering. I also liked learning more about the mysterious Halt's past. The plot overall was okay...a pompous man trying to lure a weak...more
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“I'll be getting you for this,' Halt had told him as he dabbed the diguisting mixture on the worst of the cuts. 'That soot is filthy. I'll probably come down with half a dozen infections.'
Probably,' Horace had replied, distracted by his task. 'But we'll only need you for today.'
Which was not a very comforting thought for Halt.”
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“So I'm an ace?' Will grinned. 'I'm flattered Halt, flattered. I had no idea you regarded me so highly.'
Halt gave him a long-suffering look. 'I might have been more accurate to say a joker.'
Whatever you say.”
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