This series is a treat for youth and adult alike! Being an adult now, with young children, I'm at the phase of life where I'm back to reading children's and young adult books. For whatever reason, I missed out on reading the Chronicles of Prydain when I was younger, and I'm sorry I did!
Alexander's fantastical world of Prydain -- more-or-less Wales, but more magical-- jumps to life off the page. The character arc of development of the main character Taran is powerful and profound throughout the pentalogy. The writing is top-notch, as one would expect from a series in which the second and final books were rewarded with Newbery finalist and Newbery medal, respectively. And getting the entire series in a nice (if tight) box with a full-colour map of Prydain is a good way to have the entire set handy at once.
Having read through the series now, I am eagerly anticipating my children being old enough to share this series with them... and I might just read it through a couple more times before they are! Recommended for fans of Arthurian legend and Tolkien's writings; not as heavy or weighty, but a fun and brisk read.
- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks; 1 edition (Sept. 27 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805082743
- ISBN-13: 978-0805082746
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 503 g
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,286,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)