Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander

The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain, #3)This book is the third in The Chronicles of Prydain series, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Princess Eilonwy is sent away to learn how to act like a princess. Needless to say, she's not happy about it. Taran accompanies her on the journey, but the conflict heats up when Eilonwy is kidnapped by someone working in the castle. It turns out that the evil queen, Achren, wants the power hidden within Eilonwy. The keys to unleashing the power are a lost book of spells, and Eilonwy's bauble. Taran is accompanied by his usual band of characters, but he's joined by an inept prince. Taran is distracted a number of times as he tries to keep the prince alive, but will it cost Eilonwy her life?

The plot moves along nicely as Taran strives to fulfill his quest. The dangers faced along the way help keep it interesting.There's not as much funny interaction between characters as in the previous books, but the prince is an interesting addition to the cast.

You must read the books in the series in order, so use the search box in the top-left corner of the screen to find them. The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron are the first two books in the series.

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