Monday, January 3, 2011

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

The Book of Three is a fantasy tale about an assistant pig-keeper named Taran. Taran sets out on a hazardous mission to save the kingdom Prydain from the forces of evil. He is joined by a bard named Fflewddur Fflam, a monkey-like creature named Gurgi, and a girl named Eilonwy. Eilonwy is later found to be a princess in Prydain. The book opens at Caer Dallben, a farm run by the enchanter Dallben, whose animals include an acclaimed oracular pig named Hen Wen. When Hen Wen disappears, Taran leaves the farm to go search for him. He goes through the journey and faces many hard tasks to try and stop evil from conquering all of Prydain.
The Book of Three is a very good book written by Lloyd Alexander. It begins the “Chronicles of Prydain” series. I’ve read all five books in the series, but this one remains my favorite. The book blends elements of a Welsh legend and all around mythology. The main character is an “underdog” of a hero who tries to prove that he can save his friends and his home. I would definitely rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

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