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Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
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Jul 17, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

This is the 4th book of the Prydain series. We continue to see Taran grow as an individual and make choices that are not usually a part of youth. In the beginning he was head strong and bent on being a hero, someone who fought with others and desired greatly to be able to use a sword. In this book, we see him once again making difficult choices and thinking through what must be done instead of what he wants to be done. He is seeking his parents. He has fallen in love with Eilonway and since she is a princess, he is hoping that his parents have some royal lineage which he feels would make a marriage more suitable with a princess. On his journey, he meets a man that claims he is his son and so Taran makes a choice to stay with him and help him repair his home and work with him. Since this man is not of royal birth, Taran is angry and upset, but continues to be the son he should, sacrificing his own dreams to help his father. When his father falls, Taran struggles with helping him and possibly dying himself or leaving him so he would be free to go. He makes a good choice and in the end learns that this man was not his father. Taran keeps wandering trying to find his place and his destiny. He learns to weave, to work with iron, and tries to become a potter. Through out his journeys he discovers many important life lessons and returns home to Car Dalben with a new found knowledge that it doesn't matter who his parents were. He has also learned some very important lessons about diplomacy and helping others without the use of a sword. Taran has met and lived with many people through out the Prydain kingdom. With every journey, he has treated people well, realized his shortcomings, and tried to do what is right. These are characteristics that are good and worth having, perhaps a good discussion for family or a high school class. Watching his character meet each danger, discussing how he handles disappointment, and making some comments on his soul searching would be an interesting topic with a group of teens.

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