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

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  27,567 Ratings  ·  852 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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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 20, 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
Eric Bingham
Dec 07, 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
May 06, 2016 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.
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
Feb 22, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2016
Quite good.
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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
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
I always enjoy the exploits of Will and Horace, and it was good to learn about Halt's mysterious background. However, the plot was very predictable. Alternate history adventure. Discredit a vicious religious cult before they take control of Hibernia. Watch out for those nasty foreign assassins, Genovesans from Toscana.
Jun 15, 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
Sep 13, 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.
Dec 12, 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.
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 27, 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
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
Numaan Dogar
Dec 13, 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
Apr 16, 2015 Anwar rated it it was amazing
The kings of clonmel was probably one of the most fast-paced informational not that much action book of the series. The book is about Halt, Will, and Horace who try to get rid of this religous cult called the Outsiders who are stealing peoples money by asking for gold to create his shrine for the god of Aleissas. The leader Tennyson highers a band of cutthroats to sabotage the villages and hurt/kill epople so then the villagers will ask the religious cult for help and then Tennyson will ask for ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
This book was rather predictable, and I'm beginning to feel annoyed that John Flanagan uses the same thoughts/jokes over and over again. It seems every last book has to mention (more than once) that rangers gotta have their coffee. And then Halt is forever assuming 'a longsuffering look' whenever someone asks him a question. And Will's mandola is always being mistaken for a lute. Those ideas got old two books ago. I guess Mr. Flanagan just doesn't have the knack for recurring jokes.

That said, I
Feb 14, 2016 Lottie rated it it was amazing
The Kings of Clonmel, the book in which Will expresses his love for Halt's hair.
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
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
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
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
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
Nov 02, 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
Oct 28, 2014 Preston rated it really liked it
Like most of the Ranger's Apprentice Books, the story starts out kind of slow. But, unlike the other books, this is easily forgotten by the later fast-paced story. There are many interesting plot twists that will give you different views on the character (read the book, you'll know what I mean). This book has a much different feel to the previous books. I say this because, it has more of violent and darker sense. For example, the first scene of the book is about bandits who slaughter an entire v ...more
Henrik Schunk
Jul 31, 2013 Henrik Schunk 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
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
Yvonne Boag
Feb 27, 2012 Yvonne Boag rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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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