High King

High King

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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.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish/Henry Holt and Company, 2011
New York :, Square Fish/Henry Holt and Company,, 2011
ISBN: 9781439533130
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Ale
Characteristics: 253 pages

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IndyPL_TiaJahW Oct 27, 2018

The concluding book the the Prydain Chronicles, this book caused me to realize that authors were real, living people. 50 years ago, I blew through the first four books of the series (starting with THE BOOK OF THREE) and asked the librarian where the next book was. She told me the author was still writing it and it hadn't been published yet!! I've loved these books for 50 years, and was fortunate enough to tell Mr. Alexander about my epiphany at a library conference 20 years ago.

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shortstoprampager
Apr 08, 2015

Quite a bit sad, the ending, and the Taran/Eilonwy thing isn't as deep as I would have liked (he never looks her in the eyes or whatever) but I can't complain...overall good read, esp. if you like the series. I was sad when a few characters died which is a sign of a good book.

Sad the series is over for me :(

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julia_sedai
Jul 21, 2014

This was a nice ending to the series, with characters appearing that were introduced in the earlier books. I was glad Eilonwy was in it again because she's one of the best characters and was mostly missing from 3 and 4. The ending is bittersweet and a bit rushed. Still, I recommend finishing the whole series.

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jhirdler24
Apr 22, 2013

The last book in the series. Everything comes together in a final battle of good vs. evil. Draws from all previous books and brings back both old friends and enemies in one great tale of fantasy. More fighting than in previous books but without being too graphic in the details.

brontelit87 Sep 01, 2012

A good conclusion to the series. This series could have used a sixth volume just to tie up various loose ends throughout the series. The flow from book 3 to books 4 & 5 was not as smooth as it could have been. I was a little disappointed with certain parts of this particular book, but it's worth the read anyway.

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whiteshadow13 Jan 29, 2012

In this final part of the chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil in an ultimate confrontation, which determines the fate of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper who wanted to be a hero.

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