The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain #5)
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Nothing in life is free and all things come with a price, even the price of gifts that we wish we could keep. And the gift that requires the greatest price is that of love. People change, move, and die. ...more
Aside from a couple of minor complaints, The High King was a really good ending to this series.
Arawn and his minions have stolen the magical sword Dyrnwyn from Prince Gwydion, tipping the balance ...more
This books is about war, though, and Alexander does not pull punches: many characters die, characters you did not think he would kill of ...more
The Chronicles of Prydain are children's books. Some children's books hold up well when read by an adult, but these are definitely for kids and do not carry any added depth. The adventures are amusing but flat. You might smile at Eilonwy's sass and moxie and Fflewdur Fflam's tall tales. But you're probably also going to cringe at Taran's e ...more
The war wages fiercely in this book as Gwydion's ever-dwindling army opposes traitors, Huntsman, ...more
I got weepy at several points in the book (view spoiler)[ mainly when Fflewddur Fflam sacrificed his harp for firewood and when Taran and Eilonwy were almost seperated. Oh, god, and Taran losing Gurgi! Ugh. (hide spoiler)], which makes me respect the character development even more. Well done, Lloyd Alexander. I ha ...more
Wonderful ending to an excellent series. This ties up all the loose ends and storyboard, without feeling contrived or letting that drag the story at all. Love these characters, and am very satisfied. I think the closing paragraph is one of the best ever.
The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions! Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran ...more
Taran Wanderer is still my favorite of the series.
Although I only read the last in Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, The High King has improved the genre for me.
Listening to the audio CD, I did need to start over twice to understand who—and what—the characters were and the events that were happening. Even then, I went to Wikipedia’s plot summary of the first few chapt ...more
I felt that, all together, this was half Lord of the Rings minus all the dry prose and half a story of becoming a man. In the first book of the series, I found Taran to be an annoying, prattling boy who needed a good smack upon the head. As the tales unfolded from story to story, Taran admittedly grew on me as ...more
"Greater, more disastrous, and demanding more courage are the battles into which Taran leads his followers against Arawn Death-Lord.... The book has the philosophical depth and overtones of great fantasy." --_The Horn Book_
The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions!
Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest...more
The Prydain Chronicles are about growing up, as I've stated numerous times in my reviews and as Lloyd Alexander himself wrote often in his author's notes ...more
I loved how Taran came into his own in this book, even more than he did in Taran Wanderer. I felt a little weird about how every little thing and character fr ...more
+ everything comes full circle. heroes and villains from all of the previous books return, and the denouement for all is extremely satisfying
+ the writing is more lyrical than i remember
+ for the first time in the series, the book (occasionally) jumps away from Taran's point-of-view, allowing the reader to see that which would otherwise be missed
+ the costs of victory, and th ...more
The bildungsroman (great word, and I feel completely appropriate for the Chronicles) of Taran Wanderer winds up with a story that could probably stand quite sufficiently on its own. I believe this book won the Newbery medal, and it certainly deserves it.
Every story and every character comes to a pinnacle here, in a way that is almost suspiciously good for a children's literary saga. There's plenty of glory and dram ...more
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