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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ranger's Apprentice (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book 8 in the Ranger’s Apprentice series takes Will, his mentor, Halt, and their friend Horace to the kingdom of Clonmel. There Halt confronts painful memories from his past, while the three friends work to subvert a devious plot by a cult religion that seeks to gain control by sending in bands of marauding invaders, then offering a god that can protect the people from them. Although the many references to previous adventures slow the pace at times, there’s wit as well as action here, and the revelation of Halt’s backstory adds a new dimension to the saga. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer. John began writing Ranger’s Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series and its spinoff, Brotherband Chronicles. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.


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John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John's assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting. After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years. John began writing Ranger's Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

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It will make you look forward to the next book in the series.
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From start to finish John Flanagan you have done it again, I absolutely loved the perfect amount of actions sequences as well as plot twist.
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Not a difficult read, picked up the first book after my girlfriend recommended it, have to finish reading the series now!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The ranger Halt's past has always been a mystery, even to his apprentice Will. But his past is revealed in "Ranger's Apprentice: The Kings of Clonmel," the eighth fantasy novel about the skilled and elusive Rangers and the land of Araluen. John Flanagan's smooth solid writing is in top form here, and he neatly weaves together two fascinating subplots -- one about Halt's past, and the other about a toxic cult.

While Will attends the Gathering, Halt is off investigating a cult that has recently popped up -- the Outsiders, a warm'n'fuzzy religion that uses psychology and hired bandits to fleece believers of all their gold. And though Halt is able to save the village in question, he finds that the Outsiders' next target is the kingdom of Hibernia, his own homeland. Unfortunately, King Ferris is a weak and cowardly king... and he's got a very special connection to Halt.

It doesn't take long for Will, Horace and Halt to find the Outsiders and their charismatic leader Tennyson, who are rapidly converting the Hibernian populace to his false religion. But Tennyson doesn't realize that he's being stealthily sabotaged by the Rangers, who plan to use an ancient Hibernian legend against the con-man prophet and his false god.

John Flanagan seems to be revving up the Ranger's Apprentice series for a whole new arc, this one centering on Tennyson and the insidious gold-leeching cult. "The Kings of Clonmel" is wrapped up tidily at the end, but Flanagan leaves the door open for the next book. But the big draw of this particular book is the revelation of who Halt was before he became a Ranger -- and it comes as a bit of a shock.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Aibric O'Kelley on December 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I eagerly awaited this as it arrived from Abbeys Book in Australia. It took less than a day to devour it. True to the rest of the series, Mr. Flanagan belts out another amazing edition to the Ranger's Apprentice.
This time, Will and friends find themselves in Ireland (Hibernia) chasing after religious wackos. The dialogue between Horace, Will and Halt are hilarious. This is by far the funniest book of the series.
John Flanagan covers the story well, brings out the personalities nicely, and wraps the whole story into a wonderful and enchanting end.
I look forward to book 9!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Sigwanz on January 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this as a gift for my son for Xmas & he read it in one day. My son absolutely loves all the Ranger's Apprentice books & can't wait for the next one in the series to be available.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Mazer on May 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For the last 7 books, the picture of Will in my head was of a boy--young and fresh faced and ready to ask questions and annoy Halt. Even when he became a full Ranger, I pictured him like that! But in this book, Flanagan uses amazing imagery, an endearing plot, suspense and more to really change the picture in my head. Will is all grown up now, and I couldn't be happier.
This book is extremely creative, in my opinion. The characters are one of a kind, the plot synopsis is clear and original. I love it so much.
I've been an avid reader of young adult books, like Vladimir Tod, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and this really stands out among them all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The ranger Halt's past has always been a mystery, even to his apprentice Will. We know he was born in Hibernia, and that's it.

But his past is revealed in "Ranger's Apprentice: The Kings of Clonmel," the eighth fantasy novel about the skilled and elusive Rangers and the land of Araluen. John Flanagan's smooth solid writing is in top form here, and he neatly weaves together two fascinating subplots -- one about Halt's past and background, and the other about a toxic cult.

While Will attends the Gathering, Halt is off investigating a cult that has recently popped up -- the Outsiders, a warm'n'fuzzy religion that uses psychology and hired bandits to fleece believers of all their gold. And though Halt is able to save the village in question, he finds that the Outsiders' next target is the kingdom of Hibernia, his own homeland. Unfortunately, King Ferris is a weak and cowardly king... and he's got a very special connection to Halt.

It doesn't take long for Will, Horace and Halt to find the Outsiders and their charismatic leader Tennyson, who are rapidly converting the Hibernian populace to his false religion. But Tennyson doesn't realize that he's being stealthily sabotaged by the Rangers, who plan to use an ancient Hibernian legend -- the Sunrise Warrior -- against the con-man prophet and his false god. But they can only do it with Ferris' help.

John Flanagan seems to be revving up the Ranger's Apprentice series for a whole new arc, this one centering on Tennyson and the insidious gold-leeching cult -- while "The Kings of Clonmel" is wrapped up tidily at the end, Flanagan leaves the door open for the next book or two to deal with them further.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Polar Bear on August 3, 2011
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"The Kings of Clonmel" is book 8 in John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series. This is one of the most incredible series I've read in a long time. Flanagan has an uncanny ability to make his characters come alive. So much so that I've found myself wondering what they were up to while I'm driving to and from work. Halt, Will and Horace have traveled to Hibernia to help discredit The Outsiders, a group of people preaching about a false god for their own gains. I don't want to ruin the plot, but one of the best things about this particular book is it delves into the mysterious Halt's past, providing us with more information then ever about where he comes from and who he really is. The battles sequence at the end created vivid images that were awesome, and the plot was intense. Even if you're not a fan of this genre of writing, you will truly love this book in particular and the entire series in general. I would recommend it to anyone!
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