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The Book of Three

Series: The Chronicles of Prydain: Book 1
By Lloyd Alexander

The Book of Three


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Taran is desperate for adventure. Being a lowly Assistant Pig-Keeper just isn't exciting. That is, until the magical pig, Hen Wen, disappears and Taran embarks on a death-defying quest to save her from the evil Horned King.

His perilous adventures bring Taran many new friends: an irritable dwarf, an impulsive bard, a strange hairy beast and the hot-headed Princess Eilonwy. Together, they face many dangers, from the deathless Cauldron-Born warriors, dragons, witches and the terrifying Horned King himself.

Taran learns much about his identity, but the mysterious Book of Three is yet to reveal his true destiny. Book One in the Chronicles of Prydain, a classic epic full of breathtaking action, humour, valour and excitement. Written by one of America’s most distinguished authors, Lloyd Alexander has received two Lifetime Achievement Awards for Children’s Literature. A must-read for all Lord of The Rings fans.

Book information

Key Stage
KS2/3 E
Alison Read

Author information

Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander is one of the most respected and best-loved of American authors, with a huge following worldwide. He has written over forty books for adults and children. The Chronicles of Prydain have won many awards, including the highly prestigious Newbery Medal for The High King, as well as the Newbery Honour for The Black Cauldron and the ALA Notable Book for The Book of Three. He is best known for his tales of high fantasy and adventure, and in 2003 he was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the World Fantasy Convention. Lloyd was born in Pennsylvania and lived, until he died in 2007, a few blocks away from his childhood home. He met his future wife, Janine, in Paris while attending the University of Paris. After they married, Lloyd wrote novel after novel and it was seven years before his first novel was published. His magical stories have now sold millions of copies and have been translated into thirteen languages. “I never became a world traveller, an explorer, an adventurer. But I did become a writer, which is pretty much the same thing.” Lloyd Alexander

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“An Exciting Book”
A fictional book full of magical creatures.....full of suspense and excitement...a lot of thought put in by Lloyd Alexander.

Press reviews

“A very fine fantasy adventure with ... a quite compelling magic of its own.”
“I love these books...Long Live Prydain!”


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