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

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  31,966 Ratings  ·  922 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 by Random House (first published 2008)
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JB I believe he's about 22 years old, maybe 23. He spent six years apprenticing under Halt starting at 15, and "The Kings of Clonmel" happens around a…moreI believe he's about 22 years old, maybe 23. He spent six years apprenticing under Halt starting at 15, and "The Kings of Clonmel" happens around a year after his graduation to a Ranger.(less)
Vvermeire You go to the library or buy it, what do you mean?

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Moraes the Bookworm
This book is fantastic and delivers a welcoming fresh take after the whole "Macindaw arc" and kind of pointless seventh book. It starts somewhere a few years after the events from the sixth book, after Will's been a Ranger for a few years. From the start, every character is doing his own thing: Will is trying to help some young apprentices on a new Gathering while Halt is out investigating rumors of a "cult" which has been causing disturbances at the nearby villages. As a result, the first third ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice, #8), John Flanagan
عنوان: پادشاهی کلانمل - جنگاوران جوان کتاب هشتم؛ نویسنده: جان فلنگان؛ مترجم: مسعود ملکیاری؛ تهران، افق، 1394، در 416 ص؛ نقشه، شابک: 9786003531437؛ موضوع: داستانهان کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
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
Jan 17, 2011 Chichipio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 28, 2015 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
That was such a good start to the next arc in the overall series. Definitely loved learning about Halt's background! I think the ending was a bit rushed, but I'm pretty pumped to continue the series again now.
Eric Bingham
Nov 29, 2010 Eric Bingham rated it liked it
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
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Feb 22, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2016
Quite good.
Rivka Ray
I think this is one of my favorite Ranger's books I've read so far!!
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
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
Rachel Lightwood
The Kings of Clonmel wasn't my favourite book of the series, but I still, obviously, really enjoyed it. It certainly had me engaged, but I'll admit that the second half lacked the urgency and addictive quality the first half had. The first half just threw mind-blowing plot twists at me again and again, and I was a little overwhelmed - in a good way - with all the new information, especially about Halt's history.

I also really loved seeing more of Halt and Horace together. They have such an adorab
Jun 03, 2010 abby rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Greyson Harness
Apr 12, 2009 Greyson Harness rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 25, 2015 Lexie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 3-stars
6/10. This book was probably my least favourite out of the series. It was still written well and the characters were still good but it was a little slow paced and the plot just wasn't engaging enough. Not as good as a lot of the others in the series, but still good.
Tricia Mingerink
This one and book 9 are two of my favorites of the series. The cult aspect of the book might make some people uncomfortable because it plays with truth, but it doesn't bother me because it clearly shows it is a cult and that's how cults work. Distorting truth for their own ends.

Things I love about this book:
- Halt, Horace, and Will all traveling and working together. These books are best when that happens.
- The major plot twists. Like Horace, everyone assumes Halt's claim in the Icebound Land
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 23, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
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
Dec 18, 2015 Ehko rated it it was amazing
The Kings of Clonmel, the book in which Will expresses his love for Halt's hair.
Lucas N
Sep 26, 2016 Lucas N rated it it was amazing
Ranger’s Apprentice The Kings of Clonmel Review
This book review is written for Mrs. Orona 2b English IV class. The book’s title is Ranger’s Apprentice book 8 The Kings of Clonmel, Written by John Flanagan. The book is 355 pages long and is published by Puffin Books. I read this book because I have read all of the books before this one in the series and I very much enjoy the author. John Flanagan is one of my favorite authors because of how well he is at describing a person or a location, He rea
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
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
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
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
Brandon Enyeart
Apr 04, 2015 Brandon Enyeart rated it liked it
Would you ever return to the land of your birth, where your own brother tried to kill you? The legendary ranger Halt answers this very question in John Flanagan's book, The Kings of Clonmel, which is the eighth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series. In this entry to the series, the six kingdoms of Hibernia are in peril. A religious cult called the Outsiders has seized power in five of the six, and is now about to take the final kingdom, Clonmel. This poses a great danger to Araluan, since the O ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Lithography101 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 26, 2016 Lanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic fantasy lovers
I LOVE Halt!


This might just possibly be my most favorite book out of the entire series. :D halt is, of course, my favorite character, so getting a book that reveals so much -yet, in all honesty, so little- about Halt's past is just wonderful. xD who'd thunk scruffy, cranky old halt is a king?!

Also, I absolutely adore seeing Halt and Horace together again. :) their personalities just play off each other so well. And their banter is freakin' hilarious. :)

The plot/story
Mar 09, 2011 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Numaan Dogar
Nov 30, 2015 Numaan Dogar rated it liked it
Having read all the previous Ranger's Apprentice books, this book had a lot to live up to. I was expecting Will and Horace to go through an emotional journey while saving a country or fief filled with loss and hope. This book, however, disregarded Will and Horace and focused on Halt and his bitter relationship with his brother instead. At first, I found this change interesting, as John Flanagan decided to change up the focus of his novel to give the reader a new viewpoint into the world of Aral ...more
Henrik Havighorst
Jan 29, 2013 Henrik Havighorst rated it liked it
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
Oct 06, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it
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
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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.”
“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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