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Princess Eilonwy hates to leave her friend Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and her beloved home, Caer Dallben. Why does she have to go to the Isle of Mona to train as a proper lady when she's already a princess? But Eilonwy soon faces much more than the ordeal of becoming a dignified young maiden, for she possesses magical powers sought by the evil enchantress Queen Achren. WPrincess Eilonwy hates to leave her friend Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and her beloved home, Caer Dallben. Why does she have to go to the Isle of Mona to train as a proper lady when she's already a princess? But Eilonwy soon faces much more than the ordeal of becoming a dignified young maiden, for she possesses magical powers sought by the evil enchantress Queen Achren. When Eilonwy is put under a deep spell, Taran and his companions set out on a dangerous quest to rescue her. Yet how can a lowly Assistant Pig-Keeper hope to stand against the most evil enchantress in all of Prydain?...

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The Castle of Llyr Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-02-23 16:59

    The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain #3), Lloyd Alexander, Maryam Siyādat (Translator)عنوان: افسانه های پریداین - کتاب 3 : تاران و قصر قدیمی؛ نوشته: لوید الکساندر؛ مترجم: مریم سیادت؛ تهران، تندیس، 1385؛ در 199 ص؛ جلد 3؛ قرن 20 معنوان اصلی کتاب سوم «قلعه ی لیر» بوده، که عنوان: «تاران و قصر قدیمی»، برگزیده شده، سری پنج جلدی «افسانه‌ های پرید‌این» د‌ر د‌هه‌ ی شصت سده ی بیستم میلاد‌ی، برای نخستین بار در ایالات متحده امریکا به چاپ رسید‌. به نوشته: مهتاب روشنگران: «لین کارتر»، منتقد‌ مهم اد‌بیات فانتزی، از قول نویسنده ی سری: «ماجراهای پریداین» بازگو می‌کند‌، که: جد‌ا از اثرپذیری ایشان از «تالکین»، کار او ملهم از کتابِ مهم د‌یگری د‌ر اد‌بیات فانتزیِ قرن بیستم، یعنی «شمشیر د‌ر سنگ» نیز هست (کتابی که به افسانه‌ های «آرتورشاه» می‌پرد‌ازد‌). و ... «ایلونوی»، پرنس جوان، دوست دارد همان که هست بماند، اما «دالبن» میاندیشد: «زن بودن رموزی دارد، که حتی یک افسونگر پیر نیز از درک آن عاجز است». ملکه ی جادوگر برای به دست آوردن قدرت افسونی که پرنسس به ارث برده، او را میرباید. همراهان در راه مبارزه برای نجات دخترک، با خطرات گوناگون رو به رو میشوند؛ و درمییابد که: حتی جثه ی عظیم و توانایی فراوان یک غول هم، در برابر نیروی فکر و همیاری انسانها بسیار ناچیز است؛ تا آنجا که غول نادان را همچون کرمی کوچک و بی ارزش میبینند. دخترک نیز پس از پشت سر گذاشتن ماجراهایی بسیار هیجان انگیز، به این نتیجه ی مهم میرسد که: باید خود راه زندگی خویش را پیدا کند، و بفهمد کدام یک برایش مهمتر است: یک زن جوان بودن، یا افسونگر بودن؟ و ... گزینش بس دشوار است. احمد شربیانی

  • [Name Redacted]
    2019-03-19 15:59

    When I was a boy this was my favorite book in the series, largely because of Taran's developing feelings for Eilonwy. I was a sucker for romance in those days, and Taran's struggle is as much with his deepening love for her as with the machinations of Achren and her conspirators. The potential for romance has been there since the first novel, but it seems as though the two of them have not been forced to acknowledge it simply because there has never been a need to do so. Their lives at Caer Dallben are generally simple and peaceful, they see each other every day, and until she is sent away to learn how to be a proper Princess, it seems to them as though they have all the time in the world to grow up together. This subtlety, this sense of things happening in the background, is part of what makes Lloyd Alexander such a fantastic author. The great deeds of the protagonists are important, yes, but there are always GREATER deeds going on somewhere else -- really his books focus on the growth and change of the characters as individuals and as a group of friends.Prince Rhun deserves special note, because he may be one of Alexander's most unique creations! He is a romantic rival to Taran, yet neither the Prince nor Eilonwy truly know it, and Rhun is actually thoroughly likeable -- a rare quality in romantic rivals, and an element of the story for which Lloyd Alexander should be celebrated. Rhun reminds me of Bertie Wooster in a way, foolish and scatterbrained, but well-meaning and loveable, and just like Taran we are left confused as to whether or not he might not be the best match for the Princess. He rubs Taran the wrong way because he is so foolish and naive, yet if Taran were not so stubborn and hotheaded Rhun might not provoke as strong of a reaction as he does; in the end, even Taran acknowledges the goodness and bravery in the Prince, and though he still proves vexing, Taran counts him as a friend.Such a great book!

  • Daniel
    2019-02-25 21:20

    Jos jedna simpaticna knjizica ali iskreno dosta slabija nego prethodne. Nekako je sve suvise zbrzano, likovi jesu zabavni ali malo onoga sto ih cini specijalnim plus princeza se skoro uopste ne pojavljuje ovde.Ali opet opustajuce je i lako za citanje tako da ne smeta previse.

  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    2019-02-28 13:10

    In the third part of the series, our heroes have to complete a rescue mission in which they enter with all their will as their beloved princess is in danger. First of course our heroic big keeper who by feeling the danger that threatens his good friend realises that the feelings he have for her are very strong, which naturally gives a romantic tone in our history. These are happening in this book, in which the author puts our heroes in a state of consciousness of their feelings and their destination in this world. This is a serious matter, but it is treated with humour, as it creates some funny situations. This, however, does not prevent the author from creating the most emotionally charged finale so far in the series. So the continuation of the series is very good and I am very very pleased.Στο τρίτο μέρος της σειράς οι ήρωες μας πρέπει να φέρουν σε πέρας μία αποστολή διάσωσης, στην οποία μπαίνουν με όλη τους την ψυχή καθώς κινδυνεύει η αγαπητή τους πριγκίπισσα. Πρώτος φυσικά ο ηρωικός μας χοιροβοσκός που αισθανόμενος τον κίνδυνο που διατρέχει η καλή του φίλη συνειδητοποιεί ότι τα αισθήματα που έχει για αυτή είναι πολύ ισχυρά, κάτι που φυσικά δίνει και έναν ρομαντικό τόνο στην ιστορία μας. Αυτά περίπου συμβαίνουν σε αυτό το βιβλίο, στο οποίο ο συγγραφέας βάζει τους ήρωες μας σε μία κατάσταση συνειδητοποίησης των συναισθημάτων και του προορισμού τους σε αυτό τον κόσμο. Σοβαρό το θέμα δηλαδή αλλά αντιμετωπίζεται με ιδιαίτερο χιούμορ καθώς από μόνο του δημιουργεί κάποιες αστείες καταστάσεις. Αυτό, όμως, δεν εμποδίζει το συγγραφέα στη δημιουργία του πιο συγκινησιακά φορτισμένου φινάλε ως τώρα στη σειρά. Οπότε πολύ καλά συνεχίζεται η σειρά και είμαι ιδιαίτερα ευχαριστημένος.

  • Becky
    2019-03-10 14:19

    This was incredibly frustrating. The first two books in this series build Eilonwy up as strong-willed, independent, and intrinsically valuable. In this book, her will is overcome, she needs to be rescued by a bunch of men, and she's valuable because of her heritage.But the worst part is that her one, single act of independent power in this book is to break her power forever. In order to save herself and her friends, the only thing to be done is to destroy her heritage and surrender her future. She'll never be an enchantress. She mourns this by saying, "I'll only be just a girl," and Gwydion says, "That is more than enough cause for pride." And, while yes it is, fuck you, you're still a goddamned prince! Your power remains completely in tact here! In fact, all told we've got two princes, a king-who-would-rather-be-a-bard (must be nice to have that kind of freedom), an assistant pig-keeper-cum-hero, and a host of magical creatures, and the ONLY one who must surrender their power is the one and only female character. So now she gets to go back to the place she doesn't want to be and learn how to be a young lady, a thing she never wanted to do, because all hope for any other future is lost to her. And while she's still declaring that no one else gets to chose who she will marry, she still has to be TAUGHT(!!!!) to be a woman before that choice can be realized because an old man told her she had to.And all the male characters (and to be clear, that's everyone else because there are no other female characters) are wandering around shrugging sadly for her while making plans to go back to their realms (!!!) and get back to ruling. And all of this is made especially frustrating because everything else is really, really good. I love what these books say about heroism, I love the ongoing themes of humility, service, and honour, and I adore these characters. So why, why, WHY the fuck is Eilonwy suddenly treated like this?!This is my new disappointed gif:siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh

  • Paul Christensen
    2019-03-09 16:12

    The Castle of LlyrAn attempt to find a princessStolen by a cold enchantressTurns into a gruelling contestWith giant cats who take an instantTo devour one (giant or infant);And Prince Rhun, inept assistant,Finds a book to hold the interest,Though it won’t submit to inquestAs the pages have no index,No, nor contents nor appendix;But its secrets draw them in lessThan the outcome of their dim quest.

  • mina✧
    2019-03-09 20:55

    not as good as the previous two, boring to be honest with you. however, it is still a great story.

  • Gillian Brownlee
    2019-03-19 20:20

    Extra star for nostalgia. I wish the princess had more of a role here, but otherwise this story continues to be wonderful.

  • Moira Fogarty
    2019-03-11 12:59

    “For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are.”A delightful story of adventure, The Castle of Llyr is supposed to be a romantic entry in the Prydain Chronicles, despite the fact that there are few tender scenes at all, and not a single kiss. For me, the lack of a kiss was a delight; Princess Eilonwy leaves Caer Dalben with an escort to go to the Isle of Mona and be trained in the ways of a lady, gets into a spot of trouble with a bad guy (because of Gwydion's poor decision to leave her oblivious to known danger), and is sought by her male friends in the age-old manner of Jumpman/Lady/Donkey Kong or Mario/Peach/King Koopa. Despite all the men's bold ridings and stridings, in the end Eilonwy has to save herself. She is a noble and self-sacrificing figure, not some hapless prize to be plucked from the enemy's grasp. For me, the romance came from the realization that I had, over the last four books, developed a deep fictional character crush on Fflewddur Fflam, son of Godo. I can't believe how hideously unflattering a portrayal Disney drew of him in the animated "Black Cauldron". Potbellied and old? No! He is a King. A strong, vital, musical man in the prime of life; young enough to relate well to the boy Taran, but old enough to speak wisdom tempered with humour and an edge of sarcasm. Not so earnest as to tell the truth without embroidery; not so dishonest as to waver in his loyalty. A Fflam is always bold in a fight, quick to play music, and kind to animals (even big ones). Yes: it's officially a crush.There was comedy and magic in good amounts, although I found the feckless and incompetent Prince Rhun with his endless “Hullo, hullo!” and simple tomfoolery hard to swallow. As usual, James Langton voiced him perfectly, and he did a superb job with the grating, evil voice of Magg and the soft, villainous tones of Achren as well. I was impressed by the squawkings of Kaw the Crow - masterfully done. Queen Teleria and King Rhuddlum’s voices were regal but not exceptional, which was fitting as they are not major characters. I also really enjoyed the audiobook's introduction, read by the author Lloyd Alexander (may he rest in peace), who had a wonderful voice. To me, he sounds like Spock, or rather, like an older Leonard Nimoy. Full of sense and insight, just like his writing. I enjoyed hearing the proper nouns read aloud in this book - Dinas Rhydnant and Caer Colur sound like proper Tolkien-esque strongholds; Glew and Llyan were well-dubbed, and the object we have formerly known only as "Eilonwy's bauble" or the golden ball or golden sphere, now given the illustrious name of "Golden Pelydryn". What magical sounding places and people and things!On next to Taran Wanderer. Excuse me while I sign off, and dream of a handsome, harping Fflam.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-16 16:55

    I liked The Castle of Llyr better than book one, but not as much as book two. At first, it seemed like another case where all the main happenings would be physical. Eilonwy is sent away to learn how to be a proper princess (a thing which she despises--she'd much rather stay in Caer Dallben with Taran and act the scullery maid than learn to sew things and wear dresses and chat with ladies all day). But soon after the companions arrive at the Isle of Mona (they escorted her there by ship, accompanied by her betrothed, the incompetent but well-meaning Prince Rhun), Eilonwy is kidnapped by a treacherous Steward named Magg. He does so on behalf of the sorceress, Achren, who had kidnapped Eilonwy as a child, and who Taran and she had believed dead ever since they brought her castle down in ruins in book one.Eilonwy is the only known heir to the House of Llyr, a noble house known for birthing enchantresses, and Achren wants to use Eilonwy to gain access to those long-hidden powers. All of this happens while Taran deals with his newfound feelings for Eilonwy, which are compounded by the fact that he's nothing more than an Assistant Pig-keeper. Taran, Rhun, Gurgi and Fflewddur set off to rescue Eilonwy, and have adventures in caves with giants and a giant mountain cat named Llyan who apparently wants to eat them, but also loves Fflewddur's harp-playing.A lot of the character growth in this one happens to Rhun and not Taran. The silly boy (whose trademark "Hello! Hello!" never failed to make me laugh) recognizes that his princely title does not contribute anything to their group, and he ends up offering himself up as a sacrifice, which in turn prompts Taran to feel really bad about disliking him. The whole thing ends up in a confrontation with the companions, Achren, and a bewitched Eilonwy, who does not remember the companions. This was the most heartbreaking part of the story, the way Taran felt when his friend didn't even recognize him, and him realizing in turn how much she means to him. It was just really well done. The ending is pretty great, also, but I won't spoil it.All in all, a fluffy but not worthless break from the main action of the series.

  • X
    2019-02-16 19:01

    A nice continuation of the series. It was fun to finally get to some characters that I had heard about for some time, and I am curious to read the next two books.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-09 14:57

    As charming as ever! My only beef with this sequel is the fact that Eilowny is reduced to nothing more than a damsel in distress here. She is kidnapped by evil doers in the very beginning and our brave companions must go through all the adventures without her witticisms in order to rescue her. Humph, I much preferred her to be part of the action. But it was still a sweet, fun, charming tale as ever. I can't stay mad at Lloyd Alexander for too long. I must say that the strongest part of the series so far has been the characterization. The plot is wonderful, mind you, but the characters really stick with you. I love Fflewddur Fflam who occasionally refers to himself in third person, possesses a magical harp, and tends to overstate his own bravery which the aforementioned harp gives away. Gurgi is absolutely adorable, and nothing like I've ever encountered before. And Eilowny is a very clever, self-aware kind of princess, that has a mean streak of feminism written all over her.Once in a while these books also contain great advise on bravery, growing up, responsibility, and hard decisions. If I had kids, I would definitely put this series on their shortlist.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-17 13:15

    Somewhat for older readers now the feelings of the characters are coming to the fore. Birth status being a problem (an assistant pig keeper has trouble if he falls in love with a princess after all). Of course even in youth novels the course of true love never runs smoothly. Envy, magic spells, abduction, amnesia, it's as bad as anything Wessly and Buttercup faced...Oops, sorry I left a spoiler to change that. Give me a second...(view spoiler)[The book ends with the possibility that Eilonwy (the princess) reciprocates Taran's (the assistant pig keeper) love. (hide spoiler)]Okay, safe now...sheesh, that was close.

  • Mi
    2019-02-28 20:16

    “It seems to me that if an Assistant Pig-Keeper does the best he can, and a prince does the best he can, there’s no difference between them.”Princess Eilonwy is sent to the Isle of Mona to learn to become a proper lady. Whatever that may mean, Eilonwy leaves very reluctantly. But unknownst to her, the King and Queen of Mona have designs for her to wed their son, Prince Ruhn, while the evil enchantress Achren is plotting to take her captive. The Prydain books are becoming more and more fun as they come! This one was great fun and included several of my favourite elements. Taran still shows that he has grown quite a lot during the previous two volumes - I love him as a main character. With Eilonwy's departure and the news of a potential betrothal to the Prince Ruhn, Taran also finally wakes up to seeing Eilonwy in a different light and slowly admits his feelings for her. Although Eilonwy is not present for most of the chapters, this book delves into her history and heritage and it is great to learn more about her. It is almost sad, I feel as though I would have loved to have known even more - perhaps in a later instalment? Prince Ruhn was quite a fun character. Perhaps, for my taste, a little too bumbling at times, but it did make him rather loveable. I would be keen on meeting him again in other volumes as he proves to be a good friend and with lots of potential of improving his ways. Fflewddur the bard was as fun as ever. I love the way he speaks and comments and this book was no exception. In fact, this book made me love him even more - for it is thanks to him that they gain a new companion: Llyan. Oh my, Llyan! What is not to love about a horse-sized fluffy ginger cat? Although she first appears as a vicious predator, it is soon clear that her reason for hunting down the companions is non-other than being in love with Fflewddur's music. The plot is mostly a rescue mission but it explores various new places and is very fast paced. Just like the previous volumes, it is both fun and quick to read!One more thing;I see several people complaining that Eilonwy is nothing more than a damsel in distress in this volume. Sometimes, it seems to me that some people have got the wrong idea of 'feminism' and that any female who isn't tough around the clock is an unworthy character. Yes, Eilowny is captured and needs to be rescued - what else is she supposed to do? Almost every other character in this series has been in the same spot before - but no one complains because they are guys. So guys in distress are ok? Just... Please, think it through before raising the feminist flag.

  • Tristan
    2019-03-15 19:10

    I wasn't too impressed by the first book in this series. I thought the series was going to be a bit boring but WOW did I miss the mark. I was approaching it all wrong and I know I'll have to reread it to see if I appreciate Alexander's work more. I think what confused me was that this series, like The Lord of the Rings, is meant to be approached as one large story, in other words, if you want to get past the superficialities, the important character developments happen as the series progresses as a whole, not novel by novel, which perhaps takes The Chronicles of Prydain away from the simplicity of the fable and magnetizes it to a more realistic tone. One truly sympathizes with Taran's struggles.Anyway, it's obviously the antithesis of the Knights of the Round Table. Glory and personal honor are shown in an almost adverse fashion with humility instead taking the seat of honor. Time and again the main character Taran is forced to pass on opportunities at world-renown and glory, to make sure that the events in the story drive to a more happy ending. It's a very good story of the hero we all have inside us and how the opportunity to do good is always there. Don't fool yourself into thinking the only good way to do something is one that will be recognized or give immediate satisfaction. Taran is not a hero in the common sense, he is the common man and woman in a heroic sense. He is the epitome of the inherent valor in all of us and he shows that the greatest struggle may be against the taboo that a hero is someone who goes down in history. We can't all be Frodo. He's lucky to have had the chance to bear the Ring. His greatness was shown to the world and he was rewarded majestically. Taran, however, is a boy with the same struggles we all face, yet is forced to accept his faith in the moral right as his reward, as real people are so often forced to accept.Doing good for goodness' sake is the greatest contribution any man can make to the world. Anyone willing to try it will know the truth in it and learn of the moral strength of Taran's character and the human touch in these books.

  • Rhea
    2019-03-13 17:23

    3.5 starsTropes are used because they work, and in The Castle of Llyr this is no exception.This is a typical children's high fantasy written with energy and spirit, and cast with typical but endearing characters. There's Taran, your noble hero from humble beginnings; Eilonwy, your feisty princess who doesn't want to be a lady; Rhun, your foppish but kind-hearted prince; and your typical Evil Villians Who Want To Take Over the World.This is a series, so this book is a smaller arc that fits into a much larger arc, but it stands alone pretty well. (Although a Wikipedia summary of the backstory is needed for a few backstory details to make sense.) The defeat-the-bad-guys plot is familiar but never becomes too predictable, and the story is spiced up with some meaningful character interactions (such as Taran's jelousy that nevertheless turns into admiration for Rhun) that make it a memorable read.It isn't a perfect story - for example, I couldn't help but feel some of the events were contrived. Taran can't tell Eilonwy (who is apparently his highly trusted companion) about some secret information, but then blabs it to the whole court after she goes missing. Not to mention, telling her the information would have PREVENTED her from going missing! Why couldn't he just have sworn her to secrecy?? But if you're willing to go along for the ride, you'll find a delightful adventure set in a world of excitement and mystery. It's certainly worth a read!

  • Ren the Unclean
    2019-03-03 14:18

    The castle of Llyr is probably as well done as the first book in the series, but does not quite compare to The Black Cauldron.Eilonwy leaves Caer Dallben to learn to be a lady, and Taran goes with her as an escort. This leads to adventures on the Isle of Mona, rather than continental Prydain which reveal more about Eilonwy's background and give Taran, Gurgi, and Fflewdur more opportunities for adventures.I may have liked this book more if it had more impact on the land of Prydain, since it sort of reads like a side story. None of the main adventuring party really has much character development, as it seems to all be spent on the young prince of Mona, who turns from a bumbling but well meaning prince into someone more heroic, with Taran's help and example.

  • Joan
    2019-02-20 14:07

    I first read this as a kid and have reread many times since. I love the entire series but this one is probably my favorite. Taran discovers that he is definitely in love with Eilonwy. Talk about feisty characters! I still don't know who I enjoyed mroe: The girl or the cat! Glew the giant was also fun, if only because he was so utterly a failure in being despicable, even though he tried his best. Or is that worst? Taran is really beginning to grow up in this story and it is a delight to see him mature. He is far beyond doing thigs impulsively. Well, mostly beyond it!

  • Kris
    2019-02-25 14:56

    Another fast-paced, action-packed tale. I was expecting it to be much worse (based on other reviews), and once again very LotR-esque, so I was pleasantly surprised with this one.Probably not as good as the last, but I am looking forward to Taran Wanderer. Though, for being a book about Eilonwy, there's not much character development in here for her. It's still all about Taran, which I like.

  • Meredith
    2019-03-17 16:01

    I'm sure I read this when I was younger, since I read the entire series, but for some reason, the Castle of Llyr didn't make much of an impression on me. I didn't remember it at all. This time around, however, I loved it. I enjoyed it even more than the first two books in the series. The audio has really grown on me as well. I'm excited for the last two books!

  • Cristi-Lael
    2019-02-17 16:20

    This series ha kept up its high standards well so far. This middle book was just as enjoyable as the first two and it's really nice to watch the characters develop and grow.

  • Marty Reeder
    2019-02-22 16:07

    I had not expected to reread the Prydain Chronicles in its entirety. But after reading The Book of Three to my kids, and then feeling compelled to read The Black Cauldron before they would inevitably borrow the movie from their grandma … well, it didn’t take much for my 6-year-old to convince me to read the next in the series as her own, “special” book with Dad.So far, The Black Cauldron is the best in the group, but if you want the best of Lloyd Alexander, then head over to his non-magical fantasy series, Westmark--a fantastic example of concise and impacting storytelling. On the other hand, the Chronicles of Prydain--up through this point--has some sloppy magic and erratic pacing. Just when we have a place to go and something to accomplish, Lloyd Alexander gets fascinated with non-fascinating places or people. In this case, the whole subplot of Glew the Giant is good enough for one chapter or two at the most … but a fourth of the book? There is a lot going on and this is one of the least important of them. Boy, I was simply ready to get to the next leg of the journey.Having said that, The Castle of Llyr is not unreadable. In fact, it is still worthwhile, mainly because Lloyd Alexander has a knack for making characters and character-situations that ring both true and have depth.It was fun having The Castle of Llyr be a shared, daddy-daughter story-reading experience. But I think most of the fun was the daddy-daughter part of that, not the story-reading part. Still, the story-reading didn’t ruin it either! While my daughter isn’t pushing people over to get to the next book in the series, I’m toying with the idea of finishing the series on my own … just because it would be a waste to get halfway through and quit. How’s that for an endorsement?!

  • Liz
    2019-02-23 21:00

    I certainly loved the change of pace in this book! Great new characters and dynamic and interesting plot lines. One of my favorites so far! I have to say that a feminist critique of this leaves much to be desired. Eilonwy, while the subject of the story in name, is quite absent both in agency and in a literal sense. She plays the stereotypical damsel in distress. Just when she could be of help, we see that her mental capacities have been altered so that her male friends can save her. She ultimately saves the day, with little appreciation from her cohorts. I really wish Alexander would have shown us the ending instead of once again explaining it after the fact. All in all, lovely book.

  • Judy Hall
    2019-02-18 14:59

    Eilonwy is being sent away to learn to be a young lady. She doesn't like it. She doesn't understand why she has to learn how to be something she already is. Taran just doesn't understand why she has to leave.This gets 2 starts because of Taran's emotional development. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother. It's actually a good story, which means I want to like it, but as a feminist, I can't accept the fact that Eilonwy went from fighter and rescuer to victim in 0-60. It was very disheartening.

  • Ingrid
    2019-02-19 17:05

    Más que una forma de escapar de la realidad, la fantasía es una forma de entenderla

  • Drew Graham
    2019-02-19 14:08

    Reread > 27 March 2016 - 30 March 2016This one was great this time around too. I wished there had been more of Eilonwy, but her presence is definitely felt throughout, and when she does appear she certainly makes her mark. I love how the characters are really growing up and changing, the author doesn't just tell you that they do, he shows it in what they say and do and think and feel.------------------------------------------------I more or less devoured this book. Unlike the first two, where there's a well-defined quest to find some object or defeat some foe, this book is a little bit of a mystery, more of a rescue mission, so the stakes are even higher. Adding to the previously established history and drama, this book more prominently ushers in the element of magic, increasing understanding of previously introduced plot points and characters. There's still a lot to learn about this world and its inhabitants, and the way it's presented is totally credible. It's interesting that very little mention is made in these books of measured passage of time, or exactly how old the central characters are, but you still get the idea through the writing. Some inevitable changes of character begin to come into play, and it's a delight to watch these characters blossom as the story progresses and the scope of Prydain expands. The new settings are varied and interesting, as are the new characters, most notably the hapless Prince Rhun, the ambitious Chief Steward Magg, and the misguided Glew and his former pet Llyan. There are reappearances of old faces, and some new treacherous figures, as expected. Taran is becoming a real, driven hero (though he still finds himself being humbled on occasion), and Eilonwy is still as fierce as ever, but also fiercely loyal. There comes a point when the relationship between the two is challenged after a fashion, and it's at once thrilling and heartbreaking.This is definitely the high point in the series so far, the characters are really at their best and the relationships their strongest. The previous two books are wonderful, but this is where real feelings are confronted and the emotional attachment is keenly noticed. I rated this one five stars, because really the first two should have been higher, but I didn't quite feel like giving them full five, so this way it sort of offsets where I lacked in my previous ratings. Also, the way I tore through these pages should count for an extra star at least. In high school when I first read these, a friend remarked that The Castle of Llyr is the "steamiest" (thus, her go-to chronicle when she felt like reading one of them), and that's essentially true, but that's definitely based on a curve, since the romance is subtle and innocent throughout. I have a feeling, based on vague memory and reputation, that the next volume is going to be a little slower, but I'm still really looking forward to it.

  • Rob Brock
    2019-02-23 15:09

    An enjoyable story in the Chronicles of Prydain. Characters we've come to know well continue their adventures, though only a few gain any more depth in this book. This is not a stand-alone book, but as a part of the Chronicles, it's adds rich textures to the fantasy world of Lloyd Alexander.

  • Michelle Isenhoff
    2019-03-06 19:02

    The wonderful group of companions that overcame danger and evil in book one of the Chronicles of Prydain return for a second bold adventure in The Black Cauldron. This time, Taran is called away by Prince Gwydion on a quest to seize the cauldron that belongs to the evil Lord Arawn. Within this vessel the Dark Lord creates his cauldron-born, those “mute and deathless warriors who serve the Lord of Annuvin. These are the bodies of the slain, steeped in Arawn’s cauldron to give them life again.” To diminish the evil that threatens all of Prydain, the cauldron MUST be destroyed.Taran, ever ready to prove his budding manhood, leaps at the opportunity. So, too, does the ever-faithful Gurgi with his poor tender head and Princess Eilonwy whose mouth never does stop running, even though the two have been commanded to stay behind. They join Fflewddur Flam, who is still having a great deal of trouble with snapping harp strings, and the dwarf, Doli, who has at last mastered the art of becoming invisible, though it does make his ears buzz something terrible. (“Hornets! Wasps! A whole swarm of bees!”) Yet our companions soon learn the Black Cauldron can only be destroyed at the highest cost, that of a life willingly given.And so, Taran Pig-Keeper’s second adventure proves as dangerous, fun and rewarding as the last. Maybe it’s even meant to be, “for there is a destiny laid on everything; on big, ugly Crochans as well as poor ugly ducklings, and a destiny laid even on us.” And through it Taran learns some valuable lessons about friendship, honor, betrayal and forgiveness. “It is easy to judge evil unmixed,” Gwydion tells him, “but alas, in most of us good and bad are closely woven as the threads on a loom; greater wisdom than mine is needed for the judging.” Wisdom, perhaps, that we all need to keep in mind when we’re wronged.The Chronicles of Prydain is turning out to be absolutely remarkable and worthy of its legendary status. (And they’re all newly on Kindle!) This volume won Newbery Honors in 1966. This series is highly, highly recommended – my very highest recommendation – for middle readers 8-13.

  • Paola (A Novel Idea)
    2019-02-27 16:02

    Originally posted at A Novel Idea ReviewsRating: 4/5The third book in the Prydain Chronicles focuses a lot more on the Princess Eilonwy than any of the others so far. In this book, our hero Taran begins to realize he is much fonder of Eilonwy than he is willing to admit. He realizes this sharply when the Princess, who has been living at Caer Dallben as scullery maid and one of the wizard Dallben’s wards, must depart to learn how to become a Queen. Taran escorts Eilonwy to the island palace where she will learn this fine art straight from a Queen herself, and while he is dismayed that she is leaving, he is even more dismayed to find that she will have a Prince to keep her company. Jealously, he parts from Eilonwy, but hasn’t gotten far when news of her kidnapping reaches him. Immediately, Taran leaves to find her and rescue her, and is joined by his usual valiant crew and the bumbling Prince Rhun. Their search leads them to the Castle of Llyr, where Eilonwy can trace her heritage as a Princess of a once powerful clan of sorceresses, and where she is being held prisoner by none other than her former keeper, Queen Achren.The beauty of this book is the contrast shown between two different kinds of hero: Taran, who is impulsive but talented as a leader, even when he makes mistakes, and Prince Rhun, who is clumsy and the very antithesis of a Prince. You can be a hero in more than one way, Taran learns, and the reader will learn it along with him. Prince Rhun may not have skill in battle, and he isn’t the kind of leader an army would follow without flinching, but he has a heart of gold. I think his main problem is that his heart is more courageous than he is able to keep up with. As for Taran, this is another step to his growing up. His feelings for Eilonwy and his encounter with the Prince eventually lead him to what he truly wants: to become a man worthy of the Princess, to become a hero worthy of his land, and to come to terms with who he is. And Eilonwy? As feisty as ever, and I loved it!

  • Mr. Graham
    2019-02-23 20:17

    The Castle of Llyr is the third chapter in Prydain Chronicles. Our old favorite characters are developed, as much is learned about Eilonwy. It is enjoyable to learn the background of the main characters even as the story moves forward. In this book we learn a little more of Gwydion, the Prince of Don, who is idolized by our hero, Taran. We learn more of Achren, who was introduced in book #1 as an evil enchantress. In addition, some new and fascinating characters are introduced. It builds the anticipation of seeing these characters again as the series continues, and questions of what we will learn about the characters we know and love. And when will we see Doli again?At this point in Taran's coming of age, he realizes that his bond with Eilonwy is more than neighborly and friendly. He struggles as he tries to protect and serve the man to whom she is to be betrothed. He shows great character in all this, while also showing us occasional glimpses of the old, hotheaded Taran. Lloyd Alexander gives us great characters. They are flawed characters, but every one of the companions on the quest are courageous beyond measure, and utterly selfless. Taran learns to appreciate the good character in his rival whom he swore to protect. Gwydion continues to be the bigger than life idol of Taran. Gurgi and Fflewddur continue to be loyal to Taran and Eilonwy to the point of death if necessary.Coll: "It may be we know least what we treasure most."Coll: "There is nothing like work to put the heart at rest."Gwydion: "The destinies of men are woven one with the other, and you can turn aside from them no more than you can turn aside from your own."And so Taran grows and learns more of his place and responsibility, leaving you wanting to see where he goes next.