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The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
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Mar 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, juvenile

This was a fun read. The characters are imperfect, quirky, and entertaining. There's abundant humor despite a serious enemy and conflict. I agree with Kimball's review that it did have several striking similarities to Lord-of-the-Rings, but I didn't find that as annoying as he did. It was published about 10 years after LOTR, and perhaps it was influenced by the trilogy. But I think this story also stands on its own - many of the elements so common in this genre crop up time and time again as different authors make their stab at creating a mystical, magical world.

One thing that did get to me was some of the pronunciations - there's a pronunciation guide at the back but I had a hard time keeping the proper pronunciation in my head. I had to keep looking things up. That could say more about me than about the book... :)

The thing that pushes this to four stars to me is that it's a book I read when I was young and I have fond memories of the story. I'm enjoying reading it again and will continue with the series and the adventures of Taran, Eilonwy, and company.

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