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Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain, Bk 4)
Taran Wanderer - Chronicles of Prydain, Bk 4
Author: Lloyd Alexander
The fourth book of the Prydain cycle tells of the adventures that befell Taran when he went in search of his birthright and the truth about himself. — Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper 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-f...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780440984832
ISBN-10: 0440984831
Publication Date: 6/15/1980
Pages: 256
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.

4.6 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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When Taran sets out to find out his parentage, he leaves the familiar behind and ventures to the far corners of Prydain. When three enchantresses tell him of the Mirror of Llunet and what it might offer, Taran is fixed on his destination. On his quest, he tangles with despicable folk, meets the honest people of the Free Commons, and comes to understand much about himself. Once again, James Langton's narration is outstanding. The earnestness of Taran in both joy and anguish, as well the liveliness of the supporting characters, is memorable. With tempo and lilt, he beckons the listener into the mists and mountains of the Welsh countryside that provides the background for this fourth book in the Prydain Chronicles. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

"There is no paucity of daring forays, wicked enchanters, tiny people, desperate fights, et cetera; there is in fact all of the color and adventure one expects in the land of fantasy." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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a continuation of the black coulron. this is a great series for kids who like intrigue and a little magic
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This is book 4 of the highly recommended 5-book Chronicles of Prydain series!
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This series by Lloyd Alexander will appeal to young and old. Adventure for the young, food for thought for the older reader.
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My family really enjoys this series, so much so that we named a child after the hero. We recently finished reading the entire series aloud; our 10 year old and 8 year old were entralled, and the 4 year old was really out of the loop. I recommend the books.
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Book 4 of the Chronicles of Prydain is the most powerful of the 5 books. The overall series follows the life of a young man who starts as an orphan aspiring to be an Assistant Pig Keeper, and who ends up as the country's High King. In this volume, he has matured enough to have taken the grandiose dreams out of his head. No longer does he wish to be a fierce fighter, or the greatest hero of all time. He does not, though, know what he is really meant to be. He travels the country looking for a place to fit in. He meets all manner of everyday people, and comes to respect them each for their own gifts. In this travel, as he becomes more certain he'll never find his true place, he is actually gaining the perspective (and connections) that will allow him to be the only one who can rule the country fairly. The reader, while joining Taran on this quest, also gets to explore the value in the everyday. A young mind often overlooks the shepherd, and focuses on the knight. In this book, one finds that the shepherd has a job that requires strength, skill, and courage. Tending life, in fact, is far more valuable than taking it.
Lloyd Alexander is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He was able to construct this story so that it is accessible to the young reader, but is also full enough to engage an older audience. This book is meant to be read in the series, but you may find yourself going back and reading it again, just for a perspective refresher! I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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If I had to pick a favorite from this series, Taran Wanderer would probably be it. It's a quintessential "finding oneself" novel in the fantasy genre. Taran goes from one interest to another and learns plenty about himself in the process, of course.
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Great kids series
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As I said in the title the book is not the best in the chronicles .It is a good book and I worlden't want to skip it .Also it is very well written book but it is not the best work I have ever read