Prydain Cycle

The Prydain Cycle by Lloyd Alexander
High Fantasy

Series Description

The following summaries are from the Scholastic site.

Book of Three

(1964)

Taran, The Assistant Pig-Keeper , longs to be a hero.
He begins his journey with a strange assortment of companions on a dangerous mission to save his beloved land, Prydain. Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran's adventures chronicle his beloved Prydain and his battle with the forces of evil.

Black Cauldron

(1965)

In the Land of Prydain, it has become imperative that the Black Cauldron, chief implement of the diabolical Arawn, be destroyed. In this cauldron Arawn has created his terrible army of deathless warriors from the stolen bodies of the slain. For each of those chosen to journey to Arawn's domain, the quest has a special meaning, and to Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, the adventure becomes a glorious opportunity to wear his first sword and prove himself a man among men.

Castle of Llyr

(1966)

In the imaginary kingdom of Prydain, Princess Eilonwy leaves to the Isle of Mona for training as a proper princess, but is enchanted by Achren, the most evil enchantress in the land. Eilonwy's loyal friends realize her peril and set out on a mission to rescue her.

Taran Wanderer

(1967)

The fourth book of the Prydain cycle tells of the adventures that befell Taran when he went in search of his birthright and the truth about himself.

High King

(1968)

When the sword of dyrnwyn, the most powerful weapon in the Kingdom of Prydain, falls into the hands of Arawn-Death-Lord, Taran, and Prince Gwydion raise an army to march against Arawn's terrible cohorts. After a winter expedition filled with danger, Taran's army arrives at Mount Dragon, Arawn's stronghold. There, in a thrilling confrontation with Arawn and the evil enchantress Achren, Taran is forced to make the most crucial decision of his life.

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