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The High King by Lloyd Alexander
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Oct 19, 2011

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There are so many familiar themes/characterizations in this book when compared to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, that I had to go look up which came first. (Lord of the Rings wins by 30 years.) But it just goes to show that JRR Tolkien really looked into the mythology of the Welsh, since the Prydain series has a Welsh background.

I did appreciate the fact that Lloyd Alexander added a girl, Eilonwy, to the scrappy band of unlikely heroes.

And this is a series that can be appreciated by a younger audience than Lord of the Rings'.

Anyway, I enjoyed the last book of the series, and everything made sense to me, even though I didn't read the previous books (except for Black Cauldron). I liked the "old" language. I liked the suspense and action. And I liked the ending.

It is deserving of its Newbery Award.

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