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The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain) Paperback – 29 Oct 2004


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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: 13.8 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,841 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 By A Customer on 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 By Jedi Lilly the Force Wielding GunGun on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Jonsson on 15 Dec. 2004
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The adventure continues for the pig-keepers boy, Taran, as the dreadful cauldron born warriors appear. Old warriors get new life through the magic cauldron and Taran and Coll must find it and destroy it. Taran is surprised to see that his old friend Coll was once a fearless fighter. The cauldron born cannot be killed, and they get ever more dangerous as they draw closer to the cauldron itself.

Alexander's books mix adventure, fear and humour as the story slowly unravels throughout his five books in the Prydain chronicles. The mix is a wonderful epic fantasy well-known and well-liked throughout the world. Many details are keltic and some Norse ( like the cauldron warriors, the "einherjar" of Norse mythology, which gives the stories depth.

If you haven't read the chronicles yet, I envy you, because you will then have the chance of experiencing them for the first time. I very much look forward to reading them again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Matthews on 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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