The Book of Three
The Black Cauldron
The Castle of Llyr
The High King
This was the first complete fantasy series I ever completed, and I admit that I shed a few tears at the end of book five, knowing that I wouldn’t be spending more time in Prydain. The Cauldron Born, and the Evil Lord Arawn were terrible foes. The hero is a glorified Assistant Pig-Keeper named Taran. A unique point: We never get a physical description of Taran, ever. This is one reason youngsters relate so well to him. We are him, and it makes the stories that much better.
Each novel is a well rounded tale that ads to the whole series. The pace, perfect for a younger reader, yet compelling enough to hold the attention of teens and adults alike.
Best Fantasy Character Name: “Fflewddur Fflam”
Ultimately each book in the series gets 5 stars, save for book 4 – Taran Wanderer – Which, well… wandered away from the main a bit much for my taste. Taran Wanderer – Still gets 4 stars, as does the series as a whole.
This book, like the last we reviewed, is recomended for readers of all ages, anytime, anywehere.
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