Book Review: John Flanagan’s The Kings of Clonmel

Posted December 14, 2010 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Middle-Grade readers

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: John Flanagan’s The Kings of Clonmel

The Kings of Clonmel


John Flanagan

action & adventure, fantasy that was published by Random House on May 18, 2010 and has 320 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include The Sorcerer in the North, The Siege of Macindaw, Erak's Ransom, Halt's Peril, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, The Lost Stories, The Outcasts, Invaders, The Hunters, The Royal Ranger, Slaves of Socorro, Scorpion Mountain, The Tournament at Gorlan, The Ghostfaces

Eighth in the Ranger’s Apprentice fantasy action-adventure series for middle-grade readers.

My Take

It was confirming to watch Halt in action with the king. It finally sunk in that one of the things I so enjoy about Flanagan’s series is the responsibility he gives his young characters. For young readers, this has to be a confidence-booster, that adults will take young people seriously. He also promotes a humane interaction with animals which I like.

There wasn’t much to tie Hibernia in to our Ireland except for referring to Sean as O’Carrick and a cairn.

The Story

Whoa…Will and Horace learn Halt’s deep, dark secret when they charge off to rescue the King of Clonmel from a false cult.