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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reissue edition (31 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440407028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440407027
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,248,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun 2000
Format: Paperback
This first book of the Prydian chronicles gripped me immediately! It's a very exciting, very witty and funny adventure. The characters are completely human, recognisable and you're bound to fall in love with Taran's best intentions for being a hero, Eilonwy's clever and never ending chattering, Fflewddur's harpstrings and "A Fflam never hesitates!"-outcries, Gurgi's braveness and "crunchings and munchings" and "poor tender head" as well as Gwydion's sincereness and heroism. The land of Prydian is both very real and very magical, but a good country doesn't always mean a good story. In the case of "The Book of Three", though, you'll have both. I am sure that readers of all ages that still love the power of imagination will enjoy this book with its fast-moving adventure, its thrilling events and wonderful characters!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Jonsson on 10 Dec 2004
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Lloyd Alexander is indeed a very productive writer, having contributed something like 50 novels, most of them Fantasy stories. This book is in the Prydain-series ( five books) about Taran, the pig keepers helper. The setting is classic, Taran being an orphan who grows up tending pigs and helping on the farm. His master is an old, withered man, rumoured to know magic.
The land Prydain ( usually spelt Prydwen) is directly taken from
keltic lore, as are many of the characters and places.
( the black cauldron, the three witches,castle of Llyr...)

Alexander writes simple and straightforward and manages to keep the stories exciting to the last page. I long to read the books again and I hope many more will discover Alexander's works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Howard on 15 Jan 2013
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I got given these books by a friend who had never read them and being a fantasy fan I thought "Why Not". I can honestly say I had never heard of this series of fantasy books, so I took the plunge.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the novels. Lets get something straight, they will never set the fantasy world alight and the similarity between these books and a certain 'J R Tolkiens' wonderful masterpieces sometimes verged on plagiarism (one of the characters is a complete ringer for Smeagle), but I did enjoy the read

I got the perception whilst reading the novels that they were perhaps written for children as they were fast paced and very brief without any real depth and the characters were written with a hint of comedy (the main characters job is 'pig assistant').

My only gripe was the ending of the first novel involving 'The Horned King', talk about anti climax.

However I do recommend these novels as they are a refreshing read especially compared to the modern 'in depth' 'heavy going' fantasy books that have been published of late. These books are easy reading and can be read in a few weeks and the storys and characters alike are extremely enjoyable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jedi Lilly the Force Wielding GunGun on 29 Sep 2007
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I read this book when I was a child and really enjoyed it. It is similar in fantasy to that of Narnia (although no talking animals) and Lord Of The Rings. The characters are fun and mature a lot during their adventures especially that of Taran. Hen Wen the pig is a fun concept for a pet as normally they are dogs or cats. I recently bought new copies of all the books in the series to read to my own child, who is 7, and we both enjoyed the story and can't wait to start the next book.

Some of the names can be difficult to pronounce being based of Welsh but there is a pronunciation guide in the back of these books which really helps.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EvilEdna on 4 Jan 2006
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If you have ever seen the Disney movie on which the first three of this series is based, then don't expect anything like the film. I first read these books when I was about 11, and they blew me away. This mixture of humour and horror scared the bejesus out of me, and still does to this day. The description of the black cauldron and the cauldron borne are some of the best horror writing ever, but the humour of Gimli and bravery of Tarryn make this a true epic. The only thing I can compare it to is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is not that deep and complex, which makes it more appealing to people who don't read much, but otherwise has all of the same ingredients thrown in with a different mixture of classical celtic fantasy.
Highly recommended for ages 10 and up.
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I first read this series as a young child and loved the stimulation given to my imagination. As an adult I have re-read them several times and I am still delighted by the quality of the story telling and the excitement of the storyline. I would recommend these books to anyone who values a quality reading experience.
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