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Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain,…

Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 4) (original 1991; edition 2006)

by Lloyd Alexander (Author)

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Title:Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 4)
Authors:Lloyd Alexander (Author)
Info:Square Fish (2006), Edition: First, 256 pages
Tags:Juvenile, young adult, Fiction, chapter, Prydian Chronicles, fantasy, Adventures

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The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander (1991)



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This is an omnibus volume containing the five Pyrdain novels and some related other stories. I did prefer the Evangeline Walton redaction of the Mabinogion. Alexander has few characters in common with the original Welsh tales and tries to maintain the flavour of the medieval Welsh world. I don't think he succeeds, but when he began these novels the Walton redaction was incomplete. So, read them, especially if you are a voung adult or precocious child. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jun 25, 2017 |
Consisting of The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Lyr, Taran Wanderer & High King, these novels are a good first step into the fantastic. Starts with an assistant Pigkeeper and ends with him as High King of Prydain. Much about character and friendship, but interwoven thru the stories so as not to be pablum or sacchirin. Well done. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I read the yellow paperbacks endlessly in my youth. This is probably the set that launched me on my collecting career: I sold the set at a garage sale, and regretted it ever since. Have gradually become a hoarder, lol!! ( )
  browsers | Sep 7, 2016 |
This book is the basis for the Disney movie, The Black Cauldron. I enjoyed the book, but I don't think it is quite as much of a classic as some people do. Its a good book to read and enjoy, particularly for younger readers. It is sort of a kIng arthur style book, sort of a Disney fairy tale type book. ( )
  Karlstar | Sep 13, 2009 |
Alexander, Lloyd
The Prydain Chronicles
5 novels and 1 anthology -- DS
  realmjit | Jul 18, 2009 |
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Despite Alexander’s remarkable role in the history of existentialism, oddly no one has made any connection between that philosophy and his own work. This makes sense in some ways, as the disgust expressed in Sartre’s Nausea is a far cry from Alexander’s gentle humanism. [...] Yet the influence of existentialism can account for exactly what sets Alexander’s work apart from other fantasy series.
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At age 379, Dallben the wizard, master of Caer Dallben, spent much of his time meditating (an occupation so demanding that he could only do it lying down with his eyes closed.) His loyal man Coll, though centuries younger, was still old. Old, that is, as Dallben's ward, Taran, reckoned age.

Taran was sure they couldn't possibly understand his own hunger for excitement. Indeed, Dallben proved it by curtailing what little freedom the boy had - just because, he said, Pyrdain faced terrible danger.

A fearsome warlord called the Horned King had arisen, and Dallben suspected that the tide of fear he spread was, in truth, by design of the dreaded King Arawn of Annuvin - Land of the Dead.

It was no time for a foolish boy to go trying to be a hero. Yet Taran's desire for some meaningful purpose was so sincere, Coll appointed the lad Assistant Pig-Keeper, and charged him with helping tocare for Hen Wen - Prydain's only oracular pig.

Unfortunately, the truly exceptional Hen Wen never spoke to Taran. When the Horned King set his sights on Caer Dallben, she gave no warning; she just ran off. And Taran, torn between obedience to the wizard and his responsibilities as Assistant Pig-Keeper, followed after.

That's how a simple farmboy became a traveling adventurer - a career that took him into all manner of danger accompanied by staunch friends, and opposed by terrifying enemies. . .

Includes the novels The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer and The High King and, as a special bonus, a collection of stories recounting some of the characters' early years, The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain.
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Six short stories dealing with events that preceded the birth of Taran, a key figure in the author's five works on the Kingdom of Prydain.

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Six short stories dealing with events that preceded the birth of Taran, a key figure in the author's five works on the Kingdom of Prydain.

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