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Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
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Apr 12, 2010

really liked it

Like with the other books in this series, straightforward storylines and developments are at once to be admired and resisted. Taking on the task of discovering the nature of his heritage, Taran sets out to find an answer from the witches and then gropes the landscape in pursuit of clues. Predictably, the issue of class struggle is raised, but portrayals of noble serfs and childish royalty are painfully simplistic.

Taran's character evolves rapidly during his travails here, making me think he would finally learn enough to accept himself without the cultural necessity of a birthright. Alas, that continues to elude him. Coming to an understanding of himself is certainly a lengthy and detailed process, one facilitated by the beautiful rendition of his experience with the three master crafters.

Setting the stage for the final confrontation with Arawn, the alliances Taran forges with the folk of Prydain take on increased significance.

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