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Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
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The first and final parts of the book, where Taran wanders about Prydain seeking an identity for himself and to do some right by the world, are uneven at best. The parts where he wanders the Free Commots seeking a profession feel like a fable, where there isn't that much emotionally on the line but you can feel a purpose in Alexander's writing; the parts where Taran witnesses and helps resolve squabbles between two cantrev lords feel irrelevant, like a side tale, fleshing out Prydain but not contributing that much to Taran's development.

All that said, the meat of the book, where Taran searches out his parents, is the most emotionally resonant part of the entire series. If only there were more to this and less of the rest.
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