The Book of Three - Prydain Chronicles 1 Book Review Summary

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This is the first book in the magical Chronicles of Prydain. As the book begins, the mythical kingdom of Prydain is in trouble. Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, must set out on a dangerous journey to save Prydain from the evil doings of the Horned King.

Taran who has never been satisfied with his farm life has always longed to be a brave warrior. So when one day Hen Wen, the oracular pig he cares for, runs off in fright, he chases her through the forest and meets Gwydion, a valiant warrior. Together they fall into the clutches of the evil sorceress Achren. In his dungeon Taran befriends a talkative girl named Eilonwy who helps him escape. He also makes friends with a bard named Fflewddur Fflam whose magic harp always breaks a string whenever he tells a lie, a wild man named Gurgi and also a dwarf named Doli who is very grouchy because he can't figure out how to make himself invisible.
With his collection of strange and wonderful friends, Taran finds himself fighting so that good may triumph over evil.
This report prepared by Lovely Wolff

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper of Caer Dallben, wants to be a hero more than anything. When, Hen Wen, the oracular pig he cares for, runs off in fright, he goes off to look for her and meets his idol, Prince Gwydion of Don. Taran soon finds himself journeying all over Prydain, looking for Hen Wen and trying to elude Prince Gwydion's enemies.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   great warrior Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   farmer Age:    -   a kid    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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