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Kings of Clonmel: Book Eight (Ranger's Apprentice) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0142418579
LANGUAGE: English

" weer een heerlijk spannend verhaal. " said.

"I'm realizing, I've grown increasingly disappointed with this series. Granted, this book was a lot better in terms of … being problematic in its depiction of really existing people … but still. I feel like the author is by now milking a dead cow. Nothing really changes. I basically skim read through the fight scenes because there is no tension left. Nobody really thinks Halt, Will, or Wallace will get seriously hurt let alone killed. Nothing really bad or permanent ever happens to any of the main characters and if it does like with Will's drug addiction and enslavement … it's just brushed off and never mentioned again except in a joky manner. I know what you will say (the one person who actually reads these), this series is aimed at middle schoolers and I'm a thirty year old woman being nostalgic … and you would be right. I'm not really expecting the author to kill of a bunch of his beloved characters in a series aimed at middle schoolers. But even under these circumstances you can create stakes of some kind. Unfortunately, nothing ever seems difficult or impossible. We never really fear for the characters, not even on an emotional level. Also, it feels like the characters have just stopped developing. So, Will and Horace are now grown up and … nothing changes anymore. They are amazingly brilliant, young men and the perfection of their sex and their occupation. Great! Amazing! … and now?
Anyway, to the story of this book. A dangerous cult has been slowly but surely taking over power in a neighbouring country, and because our heros have incredible foresight, they decide to deal with those evil cultist before they reach Araluen. Also, we get a bit of a backstory for Halt thrown into the mix just to make it seem more … emotional I guess. For everyone who has read any of the previous books, it's quite clear the only time Halt ever gets emotional is when it comes to Will … so … there isn't really a lot of emotionality going on in this one either.
The evil cult thing was actually quite fun and interesting … if I had a feeling the heros would have just struggled a tiny little bit at any point but unless they are outright drugged out of their minds nothing could possibly stop these three. Three against eighty? Piece of cake, I tell you, a piece of cake!
Also, on a side note, I'm growing increasingly annoyed with the lack of decent female characters in this series. Lady Pauline and Alyss only exist to make Halt and Will look sexier in their weird tree-man-living-in-the-woods-ness. They don't seem to have any agenda of their own (besides getting the guy and keeping the guy, obviously) even if we are constantly told how amazingly brilliant they both are. I wonder if it was an accident when the author created Cassandra, a character with her own mind, her own goals, and an actual agenda … but obviously even she has to have the hots for Will. But since that's not gonna happen, I wonder if he is going to pair her of with Horace. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Horace a great deal … but he and Cassandra just make no sense together … on the other hand, neither do Pauline and Halt so maybe that works. (I'll exclude Alyss and Will here because they make at least the tiniest bit of sense even if we see absolutely no interactions of significance between them since book five and six and Alyss has since been downgraded to the 'girlfriend' position).
Anyway, I'm getting bored … I need some stakes, I need some real emotions … but I don't think this series is going to give it to me
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" I read this one on and off, not avidly - I had plenty of other stuff that needed doing, but this was still a great book to look forward to whenever I had the spare time. These last two books I’ve been reading for the first time, and despite it being the second six books it still lives up to RA standards. John Flanagan knew he had a good thing going, so who can blame him for writing more and more and more? " said.

" I really enjoyed this book, and there were plenty of plot twist! Many old secrets were discovered. It was also fun to visit another kingdom in this book as well! " said.

" Another great book in this series. I loved finding out more about Halt's background. " said.

"I picked this up because my nephew left it on table. I had started to read one Ranger's Apprentice before, and couldn't finish it. I read about 1/4, and the adventure was pretty boring, the characters were flat, and the love interest was cardboard.
Best scene - when young Will's adventure in previous books had been turned into a training exercise for his own apprentices, and he had to explain to them that they couldn't use his solution because they didn't have those resources available. LOL "the problems stay the same, but the solutions keep changing" - Lois McMaster Bujold
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"I have over an extended period of time read several of these books and I find them (on the whole anyway) excellent. I think that older readers (read adult) may well enjoy these as well as YA readers. I know I have.

I gifted the first 3 of these to my pastor's family as I know his daughter loves to read, he loves to read, his wife loves to read and I assume that their young son will be infected with this wonderful and enjoyable trait. Some will say these are more a "boy's" read or a "male" read but I think you females out there may enjoy them also.

Here to we get a great story delving a little into Halt's background while expanding our heroes and moving their story forward. With plenty of action and a bit of skulduggery the book is a nice page turner and will appeal to most readers from 12 on I'd say.

An unreserved recommendation here along with the four star rating. A great read and an excellent book.
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"At one point in this book, Will thinks to himself: "It was good to be back on the road, heading for another adventure. It was even better to be doing so in the company of his two closest friends." I wholeheartedly agree! It was great to be back in this world with these characters going on another adventure! This has been one of my favorite series in the past couple of years, and this book is right up there with my favorites in the series. I love Halt, so I'm on board with any story that features him in a big way. It was great getting to know some of Halt's past. I would love an entire series based around Halt's early years as a Ranger, and this gave just a small taste of how great that series could be!

I also love Will and Horace. I can never choose a favorite. Too many great characters! Horace really comes into his own in this one. I particularly loved the bantering between the three of them. They are so comfortable and work so well together now. This was simply a pleasure to read. I look forward to October when book 9, Halt's Peril, is released in the US!

Note: I just watched an interview with John Flanagan on Amazon and he mentions a book 10!! Yay! I looked it up and it will be out April 2011 and will be called The Emperor of Nihon-Jin.
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