Jan 16, 12
Read from January 09 to 16, 2012
I absolutly loved the final novel in the Chronicles of Prydain. Alexander takes us on a journey though the life of a young assistant pig keeper who dreams of going on dangerous adventures and becoming a hero. Taran learns thoughout the series that true heroes aren't defined by their battles and wars. True heroes are true friends, they are people that take care of others in need, and people who stick to their promises. Taran becomes the High King of Prydain because he is true of heart.
Alexander was obviously influenced by The Trilogy of the Ring, but his stories are perfect adventures for children. They teach important lessons of selflessness and friendship. I love that Princess Eilonwy is not the typical feminine character. Alexander makes her a hero capable of defending herself. As a huge Harry Potter freak, I see that J.K. Rowling must have read the Chronicles of Prydain before writing her novels.