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The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
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Oct 05, 07

bookshelves: fantasy
Recommended for: Fantasy fans
Read in October, 2007

This book is better than the first one, in my opinion. The story has a more definite goal and the characters are less at the whims of chance, accomplishing more because of their abilities, rather than sheer luck.

I really liked the characters that were added in this book, especially Adaon and the various warlords of Prydain. I also liked Lloyd's handling of the various side characters who were not among the adventurers, but helped them along the way, such as the three witches.

The story of the Black Cauldron is more defined and makes slightly more sense than the story in the Book of Three. It is much less driven by random occurances and Taran and co. actually do things to drive the story along, rather than just going along.

If you liked the first book, you will like this one as much if not more.
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