The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain, Bk 2)
The Black Cauldron - Chronicles of Prydain, Bk 2 Author:Lloyd Alexander This second book in The Prydain Chronicles follows Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, as he and his companions set off on a quest to destroy Arawn's greatest weapon, the black cauldron. — In the imaginary Land of Prydain, Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-Keeper. But the rest of Prydain, where "evil is never distant,"... more » is threatened, and it has become imperative that the Black Cauldron, chief implement of the diabolical Arawn, be destroyed. In this cauldron Arawn has created his terrible army of deathless warriors from the stolen bodies of the slain.
The diabolical Arawn's army grows every day, and his terrible warriors never die. They are born in the Black Cauldron from the stolen bodies of slain soldiers. If evil is to be defeated, the cauldron must be destroyed.
Taran volunteers to travel to Arawn's stronghold and assist in the destruction of the dreaded cauldron. With his faithful friends reassembled, Taran marches off to face great danger with a courageous heart.
For each of those chosen to journey to Arawn's domain, the quest has a special meaning, and to Taran, the adventure becomes a glorious opportunity to wear his first sword and prove himself a man among men.« less
ISBN-13: 9780440906490 ISBN-10: 0440906490 Pages:220 Reading Level: Young Adult Rating:
This was the one and only fantasy book I ever had as an assigned reading in school. What is it about mainstream dramatic fiction that sustains its lifeblood? I am clueless. But I loved this book, loved the series, and loved having a teacher to discuss it with. This is well written and if Harry Potter strikes you as too intense for children, then this would be the alternative I would suggest.