BOOK NAME: Ranger’s Apprentice: The Kings of Clonmel
AUTHOR: John Flanagan
Welcome back, book clubbers! This week we continued reading The Kings of Clonmel. We’ll be talking about chapters 13 through 24. If you haven’t made it that far yet, you might not want to keep reading this post–we wouldn’t want to wreck anything for you!
Warning: There are spoilers ahead!
Last chance to turn back. Really!
Wow. As we get farther into The Kings of Clonmel, the mysteries keep coming. We read about Will’s visit with Alyss, Jenny, and Lady Pauline. We learned more about Halt’s past. His family background certainly was a surprise, especially finding out that his brother was the ruler of Clonmel!
Halt doesn’t have a good relationship with his twin. Do you have any brothers or sisters? Do you get along with them?
There are lots of different apprenticeships in Arulen. Would you rather train to be a Ranger like Will, a Warrior like Horace, a member of the Diplomatic Corps like Alyss, or a chef like Jenny? What other jobs might come in handy?
What is your favorite part of Will’s infiltration of the Outsiders camp?
Here are some words you might not have seen before. (All definitions
from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.)
Ford: A shallow part of a body of water that may be crossed by wading.
Infiltrate: To enter or become established in gradually or unobtrusively, usually for subversive purposes.
Mandola: A 16th and 17th century lute that is the ancestor of the smaller mandolin. A mandolin usually has a pear-shaped body and fretted neck and four to six pairs of
Pavilion: A large often sumptuous tent.
We’re loving The Kings of Clonmel so far. We’ll be busy reading chapters 25 through
35 this week. See you next Wednesday!
We’re about halfway through the book, so we should start thinking about what to read next. Should we read another book in a series, or should we read a book that stands alone?