The High King
The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions! Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of... show more
The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions! Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain. Released over a period of five years, Lloyd Alexander's beautifully written tales not only captured children's imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise. The Black Cauldron was a Newbery Honor Book, and the final volume in the chronicles, The High King, crowned the series by winning the Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."Henry Holt is proud to present this classic series in a new, redesigned paperback format. The jackets feature stunning art by acclaimed fantasy artist David Wyatt, giving the books a fresh look for today's generation of young fantasy lovers. The companion book of short stories, The Foundling is also available in paperback at this time. In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children.
Publish date: May 16th 2006
Publisher: Square Fish
Pages no: 253
Edition language: English
Series: The Chronicles of Prydain (#5)
Series Review The Chronicles of Prydain is a classic fantasy series that has been sitting on my virtual "books-I'm-embarrassed-to-say-I've-never-read" shelf for too long. No longer. Done and done. There was a point right after reading the 2nd book, The Black Cauldron, where I nearly stopped read...
Okay, I finally, in this last volume, see where the comparisons to Lord of the Rings come from. I don't agree, but I can see where they come from.This is the sort of book that's frustrating in the best way. Things are difficult, and only get more difficult. What happy endings can be found are largel...
Taran Wanderer has always been my favorite, but it in no way eclipses the glory of this culmination story. So much laughter and oh so many tears. It doesn't matter how many times I read it, my heart breaks fresh each time. And each time I finish with tears in my eyes and a grin on my face.
Full of the tropes we've all grown accustomed to at this point, but a fitting conclusion to a story I'd not read since I was a kid.
I kept pointing out that each previous book was missing a certain "something" that kept them from five stars. Whatever that something is, The High King has it.I'm afraid I haven't the time for a full review, but man does the series go out with a bang. I didn't know a Newbury Winner could be so viole...