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When A Cult Springs Up In Neighboring Clonmel, Promising To Quell The Recent Attacks By Lawless Marauders, People Flock From All Over To Offer Gold In Exchange For Protection But Halt Is All Too Familiar With This Particular Group, And He Knows They Have A Less Than Charitable Agenda Secrets Will Be Unveiled And Battles Fought To The Death As Will And Horace Help Halt In Ridding The Land Of A Dangerous Enemy

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    The Kings of Clonmel Ranger s Apprentice, 8 , John FlanaganThe Kings of Clonmel is the eighth novel in the Ranger s Apprentice series by Australian author John Flanagan It was released in Australia on 4 November 2008 While at the annual Rangers Gathering, Will is informed by Crowley that Halt will not be able to attend as he is investigating things in the west of the country A mysterious group of people are going around, recruiting people and stealing gold in an unlikely fashion Meanwhile, Halt is watching the group, who are acting in a small village called Selsey, in Araluen, although not governed by any fief He manages to stop them from burning their boats Halt finds that the plot to build a golden altar is fake, they are stealing the donated gold, and making the altar out of wood, that will then be coated in a thin layer of gold He manages to capture their leader, and expel the group from the village Halt is puzzled, as when the leader sees him, he says, What are you doing here Halt is sure he and the man had never met before Back at the rangers Annual Gathering, two Ranger apprentices graduate at a ceremony, where Crowley asks Will to take care of three apprentices for a while Will does this, and Crowley tells him that he has been moved to Redmont fief to share half of it with Halt Redmont fief is where Will grew up, and where Alyss, his girlfriend currently lives Halt s wife, Pauline also lives there on Redmont fief Will rides to the fief, where he is greeted by a feast made by his childhood friend, Jenny He greets Pauline, and Crowley, then Halt arrives Crowley assigns Will, Halt, and Horace Will s current best friend, and a knight to investigate Clonmel Halt tells them he knows the king, and when they ask how, he tells them he is the King s brother They go around, investigating the Outsiders the group who is stealing gold When Halt s brother tells them he made a deal with the Outsiders, he is knocked out by Horace, and Halt takes the king s place they are twins The Outsiders leader, Tennyson, is angry, and challenges Horace to duel his two giant bodyguards Horace accepts Meanwhile, Will is investigating a camp, and he sees that Tennyson has recruited three Genovesans foreigners assassins He tells Horace and Halt this, and Halt is expecting treachery from Tennyson The duel proceeds, with Horace barely winning against the chain and mace used by the first giant Horace is then drugged by the assassins, causing his eyes to waver a lot, and he is unable to see clearly Will shoots the second giant in the arm, after which he manages to accuse Tennyson Tennyson escapes, though not before killing Halt s brother Halt abdicates the throne to his nephew, Sean, a warrior and worthy king They begin to follow Tennyson s trail to Picta, thus ending the book 2016 1394 416 9786003531437 21 46

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    Somehow I d lost momentum on this series once Will became a full Ranger, and had pretty much decided not to continue Then on a whim after taking a break for a few years, I decided to give it one chance, and was rewarded with an adventurous tale full of quiet humor and deeds of both intelligence and valor I don t know if it was me or the last couple of books before this one, but I now remember what I found endearing about this series in the first place Will and Halt are back as a team, and Horace too I have definite plans to pick up the next book, and I don t think I ll wait so long.

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    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 castlesI think I don t know.Not realizing it was the eighth book in a long running series, I made the mistake of picking this up at the library on a whim I figured why not I like rangers This sounded like it might be set in Scotland and that would be cool by me, even if it turned out to be fantasy or historical fiction Sure, it looked to be a YA book and generally I ve found that I m getting too old for those, but hey, I thought I could at least bank on this being heavy on the adventure Plus, I liked Harry Potter, so maybe this might fall into that realm Some of my assumptions played out true My other guesses fell flat or were never resolved before I gave up about a fifth of the way in I think giving a book a couple chapters to horse collar you is fair enough John Flanagan spent those chapters leading me nowhere There was a brief flash of action, but mostly it was a slog through details that might later be relevant to getting the plot finally set up I suppose he assumes at this point that all of his readers are well versed in his world It doesn t take much for a writer to make single volumes in a series self contained, but it s his sandbox, he can create whatever he wants in it however he pleases Then again, that approach might turn off potential future fans Personally, this experience hasn t made me want to rush out and read book one On the other hand, it hasn t dissuaded me from ever giving the series another shot.

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    Actually, it s 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 time possible For example, Will shoots a thousand arrows, one after the other and hits the mark every time, then when he really needs to take someone out, he fails Or Horace, the sword master, suddenly decides to lean his sword against a wall and stroll several meters away in the middle of a battle this actually happened in The Siege of Macindaw leaving himself wide open to an enemy swordsman Like this there are another myriad stupid actions that just ruin the heroes credibility for me.In this book in particular view spoiler Will s IQ seems to have dropped to Forrest Gump s level He s told Tennyson plan which is a very simple plan several times Then, when he s eavesdropping on the bad guys and they say something like we ll fake an attack in the village where Tennyson is and then, we ll execute a real attack in another village without his protection cue evil laugh So we ll take 30 guys to the first attack and 80 to the second, Will is confused by this revelation What He doesn t understand why would they take 30 to attack a big village and 80 for the smaller one It s like he never heard of Tennyson s plan at all.Then we have the Genovesans Will and Horace asked Halt about them and he told them who and what they were It wasn t a long description Mostly a few strong, clear adjectives that leave no room for doubt Mercenaries, assassins, poisoners That s right, poisoners So when Will sees someone that might have been a Genovesan walking away from the pavilion, what s the first thing he should think but doesn t I really hope that you thought poison or Forrest Gump and Will may call you to form a trio That part was actually painful to read I had to force myself to forge through Yes, the battle that followed was pretty neat, but I ask again Why should the plot be advanced by a main character s so obvious blunder hide spoiler

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    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 writer2 The story line is very predictable with no surprises or unforseen twists3 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 they struggle to take down a single character Make up your mind Flanagan Do they have super powers or not 4 For some reason, I really enjoy reading them anyway in spite of numbers 1 3.And so, I continue to read and even to enjoy this series, although I m not really sure why.

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    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.

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    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 of Halt and Horace together They have such an adorable and hilarious relationship, and I loved seeing that blossom Also Horace just really grew as a character in this book He has matured so much Overall,this was another fantastic sequel but I don t expect any less of John Flanagan now I look forward to Halt s Peril and seeing of Clonmel.

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    I m generally pretty stingy with 5 stars and, if I m prefectly honest, it s probably 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 because of the joy of slipping back into this world with these characters and their easy camaraderie Once everything gets set up we find Will, Halt, and Horace together again for an adventure and finding out about Halt s past I was spoiled about one part view spoiler Halt being the true King of Clonmel thing hide spoiler

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    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 not going to say what that is due to spoilers is a lie BUT that s not exactly the case.