"the first book in the prydain chronicles. a tale of adventure, magic, first love, and the hard road to being a hero, so to speak... loosely based on welsh mythology, and rather simply (fittingly) told"
"a very nicely written tale of magic combined with science (but, thank god, not too much of the later). for adults mainly, and great if you care to learn a bit about different mythologies and such like"
"a really nice book by itself, but mainly thought of (lately at least) as an introduction to the truly great lord of the rings. it has a lot more humor than TLOTR, though, and a few REALLY nice riddles"