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The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain) [Paperback]

Lloyd Alexander
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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29 Oct 2004 Chronicles of Prydain
A classic high fantasy series which already enjoys cult status in America. A must-read for all fans of Lord of the Rings. Synopsis The evil death-lord Arawn is once again threatening the peaceful land of Prydain. Taran, the pig-keeper and hero of the Chronicles, must help find and destroy the powerful black cauldron. Arawn's cauldron creates an army of warriors, who cannot be killed as they have no life. Can Taran overcome the huntsman of Annuvin and the enchantresses Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch to fulfil his mission and protect Prydain?

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746060394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746060391
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author biography Lloyd Alexander is one of America's most distinguished authors. He has won the Newbery medal and has received one Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from Parents' Choice and another from the World Fantasy Convention.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very thrilling and witty fantasy tale! 6 Jun 2000
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After seeing the Disney movie "The Black Cauldron", I became interested in the books by Lloyd Alexander, and I absolutely loved them! I have read them several times now and they still remain gripping. Even though they are traditionally written for young readers, I think they are suitable for anyone who loves adventure and imagination. The stories are very witty and also pretty exciting. Alexander combines old Welsh myth with very recognisable characters which is really very nice. "The Black Cauldron" has always been one of my favourites parts of "The Chronicles of Prydain". All I can say is that it is pure entertainment and I can recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, no matter how old you are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Book in an excellent series 15 Feb 2008
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This is the second book in the Chronicles of Prydain, the characters are a little bit older and, for the most part, a little bit wiser. Taran has found that although there is glory in being a 'hero' that there is more in taking pride in everyday tasks like Assistant Pig Keeping. The companions seek to find and destroy the Black Cauldron, thus ridding Arawn of his Cauldron Born, learning more about themselves on the way. I have just finished reading this to my oldest child and she loved it, sometimes it was a little hard for her to understand, but that encouraged questions. She loves the scatterbrained Eilonwy and little Gurgi. If you enjoy titles such as Narnia, Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter then this is definitely worth considering, not just for Children but adults alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 22 years on..... A great read! 24 Dec 2009
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I first read the Chronicles of Prydain as a child and recently refound the books at the bottom of an old storage box, which was coincidental as I'd been thinking about reading these tales again for some time. This is the second book of the quintet and picks up where The Book of Three left off with a slightly older and possibly wiser Taran and friends including the scatty Princess Eilonwy and the lovable Gurgi aiding Prince Gwydion of the House of Don in a quest to destroy the Black Cauldron and with it the undead Cauldron-born warriors. This is a well crafted but straightforward high fantasy book based in Welsh Mythology. It is in essence a 'children's book' but should appeal to open minded readers of all ages. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the chroncicles over Christmas with several munchings and crunchings and as I nurse my poor tender head!!
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