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

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Product details

  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Taran, the gallant Assistant Pig-keeper, and his companions once again fare forth to destroy the evil that threatens their beloved country, Prydain.... A wise and wondrous tale written in epic fashion." --"Booklist"


"The same characteristics that made the first book so rich are again present--a fine flow of words; an inticate, active plot; an admirable balance between the forces of black and white magic ... Once-in-a-lifetime reading that will assure Prydain a permanent place in geographies of fictional territories."
--"Kirkus Reviews" (Starred Review) "Taran, the gallant Assistant Pig-keeper, and his companions once again fare forth to destroy the evil that threatens their beloved country, Prydain.... A wise and wondrous tale written in epic fashion." --"Booklist"


The same characteristics that made the first book so rich are again present--a fine flow of words; an inticate, active plot; an admirable balance between the forces of black and white magic ... Once-in-a-lifetime reading that will assure Prydain a permanent place in geographies of fictional territories. "Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)"

Taran, the gallant Assistant Pig-keeper, and his companions once again fare forth to destroy the evil that threatens their beloved country, Prydain.... A wise and wondrous tale written in epic fashion. "Booklist"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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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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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Once I got into it I was hooked and want to read the rest of the books. Remembered it as my favourite Disney film as a boy and wanted to read the original. The film is obviously a combination of several books. Excellent.
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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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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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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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