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

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In the neighboring kingdom of Clonmel, a mysterious cult, The Outsiders, has sprung up, promising defense against lawless marauders in exchange for people's riches. Their sermons attract audiences from miles arounf, but there's a dark side to this seemingly charitable group, prompting Halt, Will, and Horace to investigate. But what the trio uncovers could thr
Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Puffin Books (first published 2008)
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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
سری «جنگاوران جوان» مجموعه رمانی است فانتزی - حماسی نوشته جان فلنگن (فلنگان) نویسنده ی استرالیایی برای نوجوانان و جوانان. هفت کتاب پیشین این مجموعه: «ويرانه های گورلان»، «پل آتشین»، «سرزمین یخ زده»، «نبرد اسکاندیا»، «جادوگر شمال»، «محاصره
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 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
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
Dec 28, 2015 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.
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
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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
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, 2016
Quite good.
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.
The Kings of Clonmel, the book in which Will expresses his love for Halt's hair.
Rivka Ray
I think this is one of my favorite Ranger's books I've read so far!!
Jun 03, 2010 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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.
This book was a bit boring and slow. I enjoy the books more, when the books is about more characters than just the three old friends. Furhtermore I missed a strong female character in this one like Evanlyn or Alyss!
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 23, 2012 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
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
Sylvia McIvers
I picked this up because my nephew left it on table. I had started to read one Ranger's Apprentice before, and couldn't finish it. I read about 1/4, and the adventure was pretty boring, the characters were flat, and the love interest was cardboard.
Best scene - when young Will's adventure in previous books had been turned into a training exercise for his own apprentices, and he had to explain to them that they couldn't use his solution because they didn't have those resources available. LOL "the
Another great book in this series. I loved finding out more about Halt's background.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction, ebook, 2017
I still love this series!
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm realizing, I've grown increasingly disappointed with this series. Granted, this book was a lot better in terms of … being problematic in its depiction of really existing people … but still. I feel like the author is by now milking a dead cow. Nothing really changes. I basically skim read through the fight scenes because there is no tension left. Nobody really thinks Halt, Will, or Wallace will get seriously hurt let alone killed. Nothing really bad or permanent ever happens to any of the mai ...more
Niek Emm
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
weer een heerlijk spannend verhaal.
Lucas N
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The theme of this book is never give up. The characters never gave up while chasing the enemy. The enemy outsmarted them so many times but they kept going. That is why i say this books theme is never give up.
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
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Other Books in the Series

Ranger's Apprentice (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
  • The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2)
  • The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3)
  • The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4)
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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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