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What brings the tale of Taran to life is Alexander's skillful use of humor, and the way he personalizes the mythology he has so clearly studied. Taran isn't a stick figure; in fact, the author makes a point of mocking him just at the moments when he's acting the most highhanded and heroic. When he and the young girl Eilonwy flee the castle of the wicked queen Achren, Taran emotes, "'Spiral Castle has brought me only grief; I have no wish to see it again.' 'What has it brought the rest of us?' Eilonway asked. 'You make it sound as though we were just sitting around having a splendid time while you moan and take on.'" By the end, Alexander has spun a rousing hero's tale and created a compelling coming-of-age story. Readers will sigh with relief when they realize The Book of Three is only the first of the chronicles of Prydain. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Pretty fun storytelling. You will like it if you're into fantasy adventure stories. Author's sense of humor shows in his obsessive use of double Ls in character names--just like... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruth Moller
Good for children. Formulaic and boring for adults. The are one and their reactions are very predictable but it is a good story for children to get into fantasyPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I hadn't read anything by Lloyd Alexander until last month. Clearly, that was a mistake. "The Book of Three", the first in the Chronicles of Prydain, was a great read (although I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by E.J. Jones
This book is so amazing that it makes me want to read.the rest he has written in this series and more he has written too.Published 3 months ago by Bibiu
One of my favorite childhood books. Highly recommended for someone in junior high. I recommend the entire series of five books.Published 4 months ago by Jack Warner
VERY GOOD BOOK FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS, READING LEVEL 5.7 I THINK, VERY GOOD BOOK FOR ALL AGES. YES.Published 6 months ago by Michael Ni
I chose those rating because I like the middle ages and the names of the characters.
I would mention this book to my friend Jason because he really likes the middle age stuff.
This adolescent fantasy adventure novel features Taran, a young Assistant Pig-Keeper who dreams of glory, adventure and heroism. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. S. Charpentier