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The Black Cauldron

By Lloyd Alexander
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander digital book - Fable

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The Newbery Medal-winning second book in Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain series, The Black Cauldron—the inspiration for Disney's 1985 cult animated film.

In the land of Prydain, evil is never far away. Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, has been building an army of dark warriors to take over Prydain, and the only way to stop him is to destroy the Black Cauldron he uses to create his dreaded soldiers.

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his loyal companions must journey deep into Arawn's domain to destroy the Black Cauldron. For each of them, the quest has special meaning. For Taran, it is a glorious opportunity to use his first sword in battle. But war requires a sacrifice greater than he'd ever imagined. . . .

Includes a new pronunciation guide. This title has Common Core connections.

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Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readImmersive setting
“This is a near perfect sequel. Right from the first chapter, it feels no different than the original and yet expands so much more by adding many characters to the mix. These characters serve the story very well, and although the new characters might do better to serve themselves more in the future, it is welcome and done well. Halfway through the book, I thought it was going to end poorly. It seemed like Alexander wanted to expand but changed his mind halfway through. Even though there is still an argument for this, the third act made up for it. Very well written.”
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Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readBeautiful settingMagical settingComing of age

About Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of more than forty books for children and adults, including the beloved children's fantasy series, the Chronicles of Prydain, one of the most widely read series in the history of fantasy and the inspiration for the animated Disney film, The Black Cauldron. His books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, and the National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

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