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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 23 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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Awesome book leading from character to character

    Extremely good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    The best

    I cannot wait for book 12 (will chooses an apprentice) :o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Such a great book tap here!

    This isn't a spoiler. The book was the 8th installment out of the ten books in the ranger's apprentice series. It was like the other ones amazingly written. It was suspenceful and suprising and as always keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you've read tje other seven books then this is a must read. I hifgly recomend it and aplaud mr. Flanagan for yet another amazing book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Awesome book!

    This book is action packed and well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Awesome guy

    I messsed up on the one below. Any way you know i said it was awesome. Although, to the guy 5 spaces below you're such a retard! Halt doesnt die his brother ferris did idiot also there's no such thing as the chicken curse IDIOT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Loved this book

    Best book I had read since the red pyramid series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    OMG

    OMG
    This book is amazing read the ****in series olso read the BROTHERBAND CHRONICILES




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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    In the final conclusion of rang.....

    Halt dies..... his long lost brother gets possesed (by pollos evil) and kills Halt.........................................................pollos evil means EVIL CHICKENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    .

    I have always loved the series this explains a lot about Halts past




    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Aesome

    Awseome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    This is a MUST READ

    Better than any book in the sieries

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Sex

    Lots and lots of sex in it, uh uh uh boner.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Easton webb review

    This was one of my favorite books in the series i like how John added the genoversians (you could call them assassins since i forgot how to spell it) the book was action packed and i couldnt put it down i finished in 1 and a half hours and was left wanting more. Also it was impresive how he had horace finish off the deuls. I recomend to ages 9 and up, their are many very interesting parts in the book please buy it is amazing. -Easton Webb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    The Kings of Clonmel

    Wonderful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    HELLO :):):):):):):):)

    THIS SERIES IS AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¿?¿¿¿¿€¿¿\^<_>=]~`|•??¿¿{[}}][[]{} :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Don't mind the idiots who are faggots

    Great book though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Kings uf clumnel;adugs ruveew

    Mi mastr guve me this buk.Hi saed that it wus scaery.I red it an it wus not scaery althoe it wus exiding.id wus abowt a giy naemed will and hult and horase and alcoyts.I think that meens a thug.Miy muster wus reeding tu me and he left tu ely so... Iy haev thu nuk soe I haev the power mwah hah hah mwah hah hah hah . I am soe smart thaet i cun sae miy a b cs.abcdefg hijklmnopppp qrs tuv wx w and z.Now i knoew miy a b c s so next tiem woent yue sing with mee

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    I love this series so much

    I love this series so much because its very exciting and i cannot get my eyes off the book. I always say "wait i have to finish this page" or what i do is i don't put the book down and my mom has to yell at me to get my glued eyes off the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Love this series i feel a little sorry for evelayn a.k.a priincess cassandra but i cant wait to see what this book and the next ones hold for alyss and will

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    This is going to be the best book yet!

    I have been reading John flanagan's books inthe ranger's apprentice series and the books so far are very interesting and I'm on book 7 right now so I'm so exited to see the next book when I'm done I'll get it after I'm done!

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