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A Lloyd Alexander Collection (3 Complete Novels) Hardcover – May 21, 2001
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High adventure in three marvelously mystical worlds from the master of quest fantasy, Lloyd Alexander! Together for the first time in one hefty volume are three of Alexander's best-loved novels: The Arkadians, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, and The Iron Ring. Packed with humor, details, wisdom, and even a moral or two (although Alexander is as far from sanctimonious as can be), each story follows a hero as he embarks on a quest--one through mythic Greece to escape a death sentence, another through medieval China in search of a utopian kingdom, and a third through ancient India to fulfill his duty to honor. A cast of Chaucerian characters accompanies each hero, from a bewitched poet-turned-talking-jackass to a highly principled thief to an eagle with an attitude and a scaredy-cat elephant...and always, the smart young woman who takes loving pity on our sometimes-bumbling hero. Truly epic, each novel is made up of myriad stories within stories, guaranteed to enthrall readers of all ages for hours at a time. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
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"The Arkadians" takes place in a vaguely Grecian setting, when a young boy flees evil fortunetellers and a hot-tempered king. He soon teams up with a talking donkey and a witty magical girl, to find the mysterious Lady.
"The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen" follows a young Chinese prince and his sharp-tongued servant, who travel to a beautiful land to ask the king of it how he governs so well. The result is a quest that teaches Jen a few things...
"The Iron Ring" concerns a young Indian king who recklessly gambles away his kingdom, wealth, and life to a stranger, and an iron ring appears on his finger. He must travel to a distant kingdom with his companions before his lesson is truly learned.
Alexander's casts often include similar characters: the flawed hero who needs to learn something on the way, the odd and often self-deprecating sidekick, and the girl with wit and intelligence and little patience with needless idiocy. Additionally, in these particular stories there are often old myths and legends from their respective cultures scattered through the plot.
Though for sheer pathos and scope these books do not match the Prydain Chronicles, they are nevertheless great stories by a master storyteller.