The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain, Bk 1)
The Book of Three - Chronicles of Prydain, Bk 1 Author:Lloyd Alexander The Book of Three is the first of Lloyd Alexander's five-part novel series The Chronicles of Prydain (first published 1964). It follows the adventures of Taran, a boy in the care of the enchanter Dallben, as he enters manhood while fighting the forces of the evil Arawn Death-Lord... In the land of Prydain, evil is never far away. Arawn, Lord... more » of the Land of Death, has been building an army of dark warriors to take over Prydain, and the only way to stop him is to destroy the Black Cauldron he uses to create his dreaded soldiers. Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, dreams of adventure, but nothing exciting ever happens to an Assistant Pig-Keeper--until his pig runs away. A chase through the woods leads Taran far from home and into great danger, for evil prowls the land of Prydain. With a collection of strange and wonderful friends whom he meets on his journey, Taran finds himself fighting so that good may triumph over evil--and so that his beloved home will not fall to a diabolical fiend. Taran and his loyal companions must journey deep into Arawn's domain to destroy the Black Cauldron. For each of them, the quest has special meaning. For Taran, it is a glorious opportunity to use his first sword in battle. But war requires a sacrifice greater than he'd ever imagined... Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.« less
A book for young and old alike. It is not so indepth that a young reader cannot get into it, nor so simple that an experienced reader will not enjoy it. The Chronicles of Prydain is a great series, I enjoyed them all.
My boss told me that if I didn't read this book, she wouldn't speak to me. I read the book and enjoyed it immensely. I have the rest of the series too and I look forward to reading the entire series. Something I should have read long ago.