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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

What Was There Not to Like About This Book?

This is one of the best books in the Ranger Apprentice series. I read it slowly just so I could savor the story. I have read the series from the beginning. I loved the first 4 books, but I was a little disappointed when Will was no longer Halt's apprentice. The book...
This is one of the best books in the Ranger Apprentice series. I read it slowly just so I could savor the story. I have read the series from the beginning. I loved the first 4 books, but I was a little disappointed when Will was no longer Halt's apprentice. The books were just not as entertaining. In fact without Halt, Will, and Horace together they lacked the spark of the others in the series. I enjoyed Erak's Ransom because Halt was back. However, The Kings of Clonmel far surpassed it.

First of all only two women characters made brief appearances, the Lady Pauline, Halt's wife and Alyss, Will's love interest. Maybe women characters aren't Flanagan's strongest suit. This book is about Halt, Horace, and Will. That fact alone made the story outstanding for me.

Halt learns about a religious cult whose leader is more interested in money than helping people. The Outsiders show up in towns and offer protection against bandits. If the people follow the path of the cult's leader, Tennyson, their families are safe. If they do not, the bandits will attack and destroy them. Tennyson and his cult move into the kingdom of Hibernia which is close to Araluen. That attracks Halt's interest immediately. There is a twist about how Will joins him on this assignment and how Horace beomes involved in the plot. The twist is a delightful and clever way to keep Flanagan's three best characters in books to follow in the series.

Halt's past comes back to haunt him. It is a past he would rather forget about, but with the friendship and understanding of Will and Horace, he moves forward to accept its challenges. I cannot say any more about Halt's secret, but it is very entertaining.

The thing that makes this book so good is the friendship among these three friends. They act so human which makes the book so delightful to read. They disagree, bicker, and tease each other relentlessly, but when it comes down to loyalty and protecting each other's lives, they are the best of friends. Friendship is the key element in the story. Halt is the plotter and thinker with years of experience, Horace the warrior who's not as young and naive as he use to be, and Will is growing more clever and confident in his skills as a ranger.

The story flows quickly, the twists are delightful, the interaction of the characters is so entertaining, and the ending has a sort of sad twist. It is a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed every word. I can't wait for the book 9. I just hope Flanagan finishes it quickly.

posted by Aki on May 29, 2010

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4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Low on Action, Not the Best in Series

This Ranger’s Apprentice was my least favorite in the series. Barely anything happens in the book and the one thing that does happen doesn’t even reach completion at the end of the story. The new characters are mostly annoying and unforgettable. I found myself wanting t...
This Ranger’s Apprentice was my least favorite in the series. Barely anything happens in the book and the one thing that does happen doesn’t even reach completion at the end of the story. The new characters are mostly annoying and unforgettable. I found myself wanting to skim a lot of pages. There are about 10 pages, maximum, of actual action in the book. While I love the rest of the story, this one doesn’t have me looking forward to or excited about book 9 in the series.

Reviewed by Kole for Book Sake.

posted by BookSakeBlogspot on January 7, 2012

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    Secrets are normally hard to get from a Ranger...

    In The King of Clonmel we see the history of Will's mentor, Halt take on a new life of its own. In something that has never been seen as deeply in the early books, we get to experience a side to the relationships between Halt, Will, and Horace blossom into one of mutual respect, pride, and caring. This book contains a "lighter side" view into the between the main characters and I found myself laughing out loud in response to their conversations. If you want to more about what make a Ranger and their friends "click" then this book is for you!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Good

    Good but some parts were kinda boring. But overall it was good book

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    Posted February 18, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Nicee

    Well, Its kinda slow in the begining but it gets better after awhile when you get farther in the book. But love it sooo much!! So i will continue reading the rest. Anybody know how many books there are total? I heard there was only 11. Can someone leme know? Thanks!! P.s. Great book bro!!

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    Good book

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Good

    Good series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Good

    Do i need to say more

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Great reading story, good writing

    It does keep you on the edge and is generally well written. Overall I felt it a bit long, a little more economy is call for in the writing, but that is largely a matter of personal taste. If you like the series you will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2011

    AWESOME!

    I am in the middle of this wonderfully written story and its one of the most suspensful like the cover and ranger's apprentice is one of the best series i have ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2010

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    A good Book

    My daughter found the book was a little long and likes shorter books. She loses interest if the book has too many pages. But she like action and definitely liked this book. She is now reading a shorter, action adventure book that we are recommending below.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

    If you like the series you will like this book

    In The Kings of Clonmel, John Flanagan once again takes our hero's out of their own country and puts them in harms way helping someone else out. The best thing about this book is that he fixes the previous error in letting Will graduate and giving him his own fife to watch over. Bringing them back together to form a special task force to fight evil wherever it may exists. Yes, I know it sound contrived but the best thing about these books has been the humor between the main characters. The word play between Hult, Horace and Will if fun, enjoyable and the best thing about these books. It makes you want to hang out with these guys and enjoy horsing around with them. That makes you want to stick around and read even though the plots themselves are pedestrian at most.
    Enjoy

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