- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Lexile Measure: 0830 (What's this?)
- Series: Ranger's Apprentice (Book 8)
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142418579
- ISBN-13: 978-0142418574
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"There's wit as well as action here, and the revelation of Halt's backstory adds a new dimension to the saga." Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In accordance with Araluen's growing prominence in world affairs, King Duncan has charged Ranger Commander Crowley with creating a Special Task Group for situations that require more than the 'one riot, one Ranger' approach. Halt and his former apprentice Will have been selected to oversee this new creation. Will's best friend Horace, one of the most skilled and accomplished warriors in the land, will also serve in the specialized force. And it seems like the Task Group has sprung to life at just the right time. Trouble is brewing on the neighboring island of Hibernia and it's the kind of trouble that could pose a serious threat to Araluen peace and prosperity.
Years ago when Halt and Crowley were young men, they faced off against a religious cult known as the Outsiders. These seemingly harmless worshippers promised the protection of their benevolent - and heretofore unheard of - god to communities threatened by murderous bandits. They merely required offerings of gold to strengthen their god's power. Unbeknownst to the villagers, the Outsiders and the bandits were in league with one another. Once they judged that a village had been stripped bare, they would steal away into the night - taking the golden offerings with them.
Now it seems that the Outsiders are back and they are stronger than ever. As their following has grown, so has their ambition. They haven't given up their hunger for gold, of course, but gold alone is no longer enough to satisfy Tennyson, the charismatic Outsider leader. Already five of the six Hibernian kingdoms are under his control. The sixth, the Kingdom of Clonmel, is poised to fall. But Halt, Will and Horace have a plan to defeat Tennyson and expose him as a fraud. All of them are determined to see this charlatan caught, but Halt has a secret, powerful reason of his own for saving Clonmel.
Once again, Mr. Flanagan delivers a stirring adventure sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. If you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, you could certainly pick this one up and enjoy it on its own. But do yourself a favor. Start at the beginning. You're going to want to once you read this and that way you'll have the whole rich history of this series before you start this one.
Anyways, "The Kings of Clonmel" is definitely another great by John Flanagan. With this book you get to see a little more of Halt's past and for a few seconds you're sort of wondering if Halt really IS related to Will until you're introduced to Sean. Regardless, this book continuously brings out the characters' personalities and I enjoyed another adventure with Halt, Horace, and Will. Best part is when Will is reintroduced to Castle Redmont when they start a new Ranger's Special Task Group. How awesome is that? You get another glimpse into the relationships in Redmont between Halt and Pauline... and the growing love of Will and Alyss. Like I said... a glimpse because the adventure begins and you're off to Hibernia, Halt's homeland.
The only thing I didn't like 100% was the angle that Mr. Flanagan puts towards religions... granted, it's not entirely negative, but he doesn't get into how religious people were for the time period he's writing in. Yes, I know it's fiction, but he does make a jab or two at religion. Regardless, he does discuss how cults can ruin a people and how easily susceptible people can be by a charismatic leader. Anyways, GREAT BOOK and I cannot wait for Book 9 to get released! :)
notice in a book store the whole series of Ranger's Apprentice and had enjoyed the books . I also noticed that I could get them from Amazon
so I order this one because it was not out when I stopped reading them. It is a very good series and I hope I can finished the whole series .