Book 2 of the Chronicles of Prydain series, which I sort of worshipped as a kid I really wish that my copy of the book features the cover pictured with this review, as it seems to ignore Taran completely and just features Eilonwy doing something badass, which is pretty cool Also, I will repeat a warning I made in my review of The Book of Three The Walt Disney Corporation, in a well intended but disasterous move, decided to make an animated movie called The Black Cauldron several years ago The plot is a bastardization of the first two books in the series, and under no circumstances should anyone watch it, ever Everything is wrong, but what I remember most of all was that they made Eilonwy a fucking blonde NO She gets called Eilonwy of the red gold hair at least once in every single book, and the fact that Disney decide This book is the one that gave the Disney film from the 80s its name you know, the one nobody saw that was a complete box office disaster right before The Little Mermaid came out and ushered in Disney s Golden Age I saw the film once and wasn t impressed with it It bears almost no resemblance, aside from its characters sharing the same names and a few select characteristics, to the books.
As stated in my review for The Book of Three, I was not very impressed with this series to start off with, but about a third of the way in to The Black Cauldron, it became clear that Alexander had turned his storytelling around a little Instead of focusing on plot movement and having things happen to the characters all the time, The Black Cauldron is i The Assistant Pig Keeper, And His Friends Are Led Into A Mortal Struggle With Arawn And His Deathless Warriors Taran Must Wrest The Black Cauldron From Them, For It Is The Cauldron That Gives Them Their Evil Strength But Can He Withstand The Three Enchantresses, Who Are Determined To Turn Him And His Companions Into Toads Taran Has Not Foreseen The Awful Price He Will Have To Pay In His Defence Of ✓ The Black Cauldron Î Download by À Lloyd Alexander Prydain I loved this book It s definitely the kind of fantasy novel that anybody can enjoy, simple without being dry or boring, sentimental without being saccharine, and it has lots of likeable characters It does differ from its Disney film adaptation counterpart, and it s actually not the first in its series although arguably it s the most well known book of that series , and that makes it really fun to read, because so much of it is unexpected It s not a particularly deep work of fiction, but its universal themes of friendship and adventure really make it stand out It even has some elements of spookiness, giving it a darker edge than some other similar books in its genre.
I loved the developed world in the story, and how the characters and their abilities all compliment each In 4th grade all I wanted to be was Princess Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron.
Old Shit I m Revisiting The Prequel Part 2Aw this islike it As I said I was a bit disappointed reading The Book Of Three this islike The Prydain I remember There are still flaws, writing at times can be a bit flat, and the exposition a bit heavy But the moral universe of the characters has grown nicely adding shades of grey to what was starkly black and white before, there s room for some apt and surprisingly lovely metaphor The broach that causes everything to look different is as good a metaphor for loss of innocence as I can think of and the characters have deepened, though I can still see a bit of the stockness blah blah blah classic archetypes yada yada yada collective unconscious, what I can I say I calls them like I see them.
Once again though the heart of the book comes from Alexander s fertile and surprisingly dark imagination He plays for keeps Ñ The Black Cauldron Ü On of my all time favorites as a kid Recommended for those who like Diana Wynne Jones and Susan Cooper wondering why all my reviews are five stars Because I m only reviewing my favorite books not every book I read Consider a novel s presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement I can t believe I just said hearty It sounds like a stew.
The first book in the Prydain series didn t exactly impress me I was afraid the whole lot of them would be stories where this motley crew of adventurers makes one mistake after another because they re silly and self righteous but somehow manages to magically win in the end The Black Cauldron changed my mind While the characters didn t get too much smarter, they matured quite a bit Their bumbling isn t quite as tiresome, and they seem to learn a lot quicker and think less about themselves So there go all the problems I had with the first book I finally felt as though these characters deserved to get to the end of their story.
But don t worry, Eilonwy is just as snarky, but not quite so obnoxious.
Some of Alexander s propensity for coincidences and Deus ex machina remains, but it s not really a fault It s a style What he s created in The Black Cauldron is an elegant story about trust, honor

A slight retread of book 1, but with a sharper driving quest, higher stakes, and bigger character moments for almost everyone Except for the looming shadow of the big bad villain, the smaller villains are farnuanced and morally interesting.
There areof the lovely thoughtful moments that I prize, where people have to consider the price of heroism and reflect on what makes for a good life Looking forward to the next book.
Heavier than the first novel The Book of Three with a loton the ball teaching wise and lesson wise This includes lessons on everything up to self sacrifice.

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