Castle of Llyr Paperback – Nov 13 1995
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Grade 5-8 - Lloyd Alexander's third book in the five-volume Prydain Chronicles (BBD, pap. 1969) is a tale of adventure, mystery, enchantment, and sacrifice. Taran, an assistant pig-keeper, who cares for Princess Eilonwy deeply and is just beginning to realize the impossibility of it, and Prince Rhun, Eilonwy's betrothed-to-be, set aside their differences and work together to find Princess Eilonwy who has been captured by an evil enchantress. Along with the bard Fflewddur, shaggy Gurgi, and Lord Gwydion, the Prince of Don, they make a loyal band that meets several obstacles on the way. The author reads a brief introduction to acquaint listeners with the characters and scope of the tale. The narrator, James Langton, gives voice to the numerous characters using a variety of accents and tones, and the interesting names and places in the story come alive with his erudite pronunciation. Listeners may be tempted to read or listen to the entire series: The Book of Three (2004), The Black Cauldron (2004), Taran Wanderer (2004), and The High King (2005, all Listening Library). - Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI
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That doesn't mean this isn't a fun and humorous book. It is. Consider it something of a side adventure.
One of the great joys of this series is the steady progression from lighthearted children's fantasy to more adult themes and a grimmer tone, allowing the reader to grow along with the characters. What begins as a light fantasy becomes very serious, and it works well. By the end, you feel as if the characters have taken a life's worth of journeys, learning from them as they went.
The five wonderful books in this series feature an interesting cast of characters. Most of the action centers on Taran, a pig keeper destined for great things. Others, including a stereotypical spoiled princess, a crazed Gollum-like creature, and a hapless bard, take part in a series of increasingly epic adventures.
In this volume, the cast find themselves in another kingdom, where Eilonwy is busy learning to be a lady. A conspiracy of sorts appears, and our hapless heroes find themselves caught up in it. They encounter another batch of odd and interesting creatures, including a giant stuck in a cave too small for him and a giant cat, and grapple with corrupt (or simply irritating) nobles. By the end, we have some new and welcome cast members.
While on the surface this volume is not wholly essential for the broader Prydain story, "The Castle of Llyr" advances Taran and Eilonwy's relationship and introduces some characters who will appear again later.Read more ›
Taran escorts her there with the loyal creature Gurgi and the foolish Prince Rhun as company. Once on the island Taran learns that Eilonwy's alleged aunt, Achren, has intentions for Eilonwy's magical powers that would be disastrous for all, and when one of Achren's sinister agents kidnaps the princess Taran leads a rescue mission to save her.
Along the way they meet a harp-fancying cat in the forest and a midget named Glew in a cave, though both cat and midget have become giant-sized from Glew's magical meddlings, and the delays they cause make Eilonwy's plight all the more urgent.
The themes of the book become ever more mature, as Taran sees in Rhun some of himself at a younger age--much to his irritation. And though I missed it as a child, the romantic tension between Achren and Gwydion is very much there (as it is in the first and last book, as well), adding greater nuance to a story in which Taran can't quite express his feelings for Eilonwy the way he'd like her to understand them. Not unlike most people in love, actually.
The locations and plot may suggest that this story is a sideshow from the rest of the books, though the observant won't fail to notice certain characters and plot elements that lead directly up to the conclusion of the series.
A welcome new twist, however, is the focus on Eilonwy, whose character undergoes further development. In this novel, Eilonwy has to make tough choices of her own, having to do with her magical heritage and its potentiality for both good and evil (especially the latter, as Eilonwy's former mistress, the sorceress Achren, reappears quite literally with a vengeance). Throw in a giant cat and a tiny (well, tiny in spirit) giant called Glew, and you have a thoroughly enjoyable entry in this excellent series.
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I beleve that the book could have been better but unfortuneatly the author decited not to make it quite so exicting and have eilonwy fight and defete the dark enchantiss. Read morePublished on March 8 2004
Eilonwy is coming of age and ready to accept her full powers but Archen has other ideas. Join Taran, Fflewdur Flam, Gurgi & others as they battle to save both Eilonwy & Prydain... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by Kim F.
This is my least favorite of the chronicles, but I still like it a lot and still give it 5 stars! The feckless Price Rhun is hilarious, the cat Llyan is frightening, and the giant... Read morePublished on April 12 2003
"The Castle of Llyr" is the third in the "Chronicles of Prydain". It is the first in the series to focus on Taran and Eilonwy's relationship from a romantic angle. Read morePublished on March 7 2003
A slight break from the thunderous intensity of Prydain's battles, Book 3 features our favorite characters from the previous two books. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by Amazon Customer
FAST PACED......VERY ECITEING, a must read for any fan of Tolkien. My favorite out of the Prydaid chronicles. the most action packed. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2002
This book is an exiciting tale for the third book of the chr. of Prydain. It's about Taran realizing much care for the witful princess Eilonwy. Read morePublished on March 15 2002
Castle of Llyr is one of the coolest books I've ever read. It may not make sense if you haven't read the first two books in this incredible series, but even still its awsome. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002
The Castle of Llyr is the third of the Prydain Chronicles. In this exciting adventure, Taran and Eilonwy are sepparated. Read morePublished on May 21 2001