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The Chronicles of Prydain Hardcover – 1999

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (1999)
  • ASIN: B000PGHJTE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
Following the tale of Assistant Pig-Keeper, Taran, from his boyhood dreams of adventure and heroism, to him carrying the fate of the entire land of Prydain on his shoulders as a young man, these five books are truly one of the real gems of children's literature. In a tale of valour, friendship, sacrifice, and also love, wit and charm, Taran learns what it means to be a true hero.

This boxed set is beautifully presented with all of the five books having beautifully illustrated covers, my favourite of which is the cover to Taran Wanderer which has an amazing amount of detail. The books are supplied in a sturdy box and you also get a fully illustrated map of the land of Prydain. I have uploaded a picture of the box contents so you can see for yourself just how gorgeous this set looks.

I won't go into any depth here about each of the five stories as I have reviewed them each separately under their individual titles, but what I will say is that I absolutely loved every one of them!

The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain)
The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain)
The Castle of Llyr (Chronicles of Prydain)
Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" have become a classic staple of fantasy literature, a few rungs below "Lord of the Rings" and a few inches down from "Chronicles of Narnia." In this volume, all six books in his series are brought together, showing all of Prydain's beauty, richness, humor and sorrow as one big book.

"The Book of Three" opens with Assistant Pig-Keeper Taran yearning for adventure -- and getting more than he bargains for when he chases the pig into the woods, and is nearly run down by a sinister horned rider. Soon he teams up with a wandering king-minstrel, a sharp-tongued princess and a furry creature called Gurgi to save Prydain from the power of the Horned King.

"The Black Cauldron" has Taran and the others setting out to destroy Arawn Deathlord's evil cauldron, which turns dead men into unkillable zombies. But other forces are after the cauldron, including three peculiar witches who insist on trading something for the cauldron. What is worse, the company faces treachery from someone in their own camp...

"The Castle of Llyr" ties up some loose ends from the first book, as Princess Eilonwy is sent to the isle of Mona to become a fine lady. But she has barely arrived when she is kidnapped by a minion of the evil enchantress Achren, her "aunt." Taran sets out to save her, but must team up with the young man who wishes to marry Eilonwy -- even though Taran is rapidly falling in love with her.

"Taran Wanderer" has Taran setting out to discover his past, since he feels he can't ask Eilonwy to marry him if he is lowborn. With only Gurgi at his side, he encounters evil wizards, malevolent bandits, and finally learns that his father just might be a shepherd... until a new revelation leads him to learn of his true worth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jones.martin@btopenworld.com on 5 Dec. 2012
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Having read these books as a child & having enjoyed the animated Black Cauldron when I saw this set I couldn't resist! Purchased on the pretence of being for my 2 lads they haven't even read them yet as I've been hogging them. I still love them 25 years after reading them first. I'd say any kids should read these and I'm sure mums & dads would love it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bigdaddy on 10 Feb. 2015
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Why this series isn't more popular in the UK I don't know. It has strong female and male heroes (which is rare enough), wonderful prose, a serious quest and some hilarious minor characters. Buy it for the child who can't think what to read after Harry Potter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm sure the reason why I'm so hooked on Tolkien, Feist, Donaldson and Eddings is because my mother started me off with the Prydain Chronicles when I was young. I was completely enthralled, and I wanted to be the princess Eilonwy. A brilliant way to start a budding fantasy fiction fan, with lots of intrigue, swords, magic, etc. Highly recommended, and one of the volumes won the Newbery Award for children's fiction in 1969.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vidash on 14 Jun. 2012
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A sweet and big coming-of-age tale. Each book brings something to the whole without ever tackling the same themes and without being the same as the one before. A fantastic saga, that lets the reader wonder if the story of Taran could not be is own, or the one of each and everyone of us.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 1999
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I first read the Chronicals of Prydain 10 years ago when I was 7 and I instantly fell in love with them.They are classics and should be publicised equally as much as other fantasy series such as the 'Chronicals of Narnia'and the 'Harry Potter'books.This is the first time that I have heard of a combined edition and I am very glad,even though I haven't seen the cover,I feel sure that the previous lack of popularity of the wonderful books is due to the appaling Disney adaption,'The Black Cauldron' and the subsequent editions of the chronicals with such garish covers that no self-respecting child would have been seen with them in public.Finally a version that can be related to by the over fives.
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