Title: The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)
Author: Lloyd Alexander
Genre: Middle Grade / Fantasy
Publication Date: March 12th, 1964
“Taran wanted to be a hero, and looking after a pig wasn’t exactly heroic, even though Hen Wen was an oracular pig. But the day that Hen Wen vanished, Taran was led into an enchanting and perilous world. With his band of followers, he confronted the Horned King and his terrible Cauldron-Born. These were the forces of evil, and only Hen Wen knew the secret of keeping the kingdom of Prydain safe from them. But who would find her first?” (Goodreads)
I picked this one up for two reasons. 1.) It is a very short audiobook 2.) I own The Black Cauldron with the cool movie cover. I figured it was time to start the series. Unfortunately, it was rather dull and I kind of just wanted it to be over with.
The book is told from a third person narrative. It follows the journey of Taran, a pig, and banishing evil. I can understand why there are those who have said it has similarities to Lord of the Rings. I would say that it is just a watered down version for kids. I’m sure that my younger self would have enjoyed this one a lot and I can see my daughter reading it in the future.
In no way is this a bad book per say, it just didn’t work for me and that’s fine. The writing was nice but the characters just didn’t have the depth I like.
Overall, it wasn’t for me and that’s fine. The narration of the audiobook was good though.