Monday, June 15, 2009

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

First sentence:

"Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes."


"Taran is bored with his Assistant Pig-Keeper duties, even though his charge is none other than Hen Wen, Prydain's only oracular pig. He'd rather be doing something more heroic, like making swords and learning to use them.

When Hen Wen escapes and Taran goes after her, he finds himself farther from home than he's ever been. Soon he begins to realize that heroism is no easy task. With the dreaded Horn King on the loose and King Arawn gathering the forces of evil, Taran must look past his own dreams to warn the population of Prydain -- before it's too late." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

I enjoyed rereading this childhood favorite featuring the characters Taran, Eilonwy and Fflewddur Fflam. I especially liked how Taran learned that being a hero takes more than swinging a sword and looking handsome. I look forward to rereading the next book in the series, The Black Cauldron.

Date read: 6/14/2009
Book #: 33
Challenge: Childhood Favourites Reading Challenge
Series: Chronicles of Prydain, #1
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genres: YA/Fantasy

ISBN-10: 0805080481
ISBN-13: 9780805080483
Publisher: Henry Holt
Year: 1999
# of pages: 186
Binding: Trade Paperback
LibraryThing page

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