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Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
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Sep 15, 2009

it was amazing

Having long wondered about his parentage (and hoping that he is of noble birth) Taran goes to seek the truth. Traveling through Prydain with the faithful Gurgi, he once again encounters the fate-like Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch, as well as Fflewddur the harpist, and Doli the dwarf. Eventually though, he must face his destiny alone.

Though The Black Cauldron was a Newbery Honor Book, and The High King a Newbery Medal winner, Taran Wanderer has always been a personal favorite, for its strong arguments about the nature of nobility, honor, and identity itself. Though the reader misses the lightening voice of Princess Eilonwy, Alexander makes up for her loss by providing a haunting mournfulness, even as the events and adventures add up.

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