The Black Cauldron [NOOK Book]

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Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good ...
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Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.

Released over a period of five years, Lloyd Alexander's beautifully written tales not only captured children's imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise. The Black Cauldron was a Newbery Honor Book, and the final volume in the chronicles, The High King, crowned the series by winning the Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Henry Holt is proud to present this classic series to a new generation of young readers. Jackets have been handsomely redesigned while retaining the original art of Caldecott Medal-winning artist Evaline Ness. Each retypeset volume now includes a pronunciation guide prepared by Lloyd Alexander. A companion book of short stories, The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain, is also available in hardcover for the first time in twenty years.

In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. The Black Cauldron is a 1966 Newbery Honor Book.


Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper of Prydain, faces even more dangers as he seeks the magical Black Cauldron, the chief implement of the evil powers of Arawn, lord of the Land of Death.

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Children's Literature - Sonya Goldman
Five enchanting books comprise the "Chronicles of Prydain" by Alexander. Prydain is a land with heroes and legends drawn from Welsh mythology. In TheBlack Cauldron, book 2 of the series, Taran takes further steps toward manhood. He must help destroy the vessel from which the fearsome Cauldron Born warriors spring to march with the evil lord Awren. The companions join with him again on this new adventure. Wondrous magic and a very arrogant young nobleman punctuate this gripping tale. The princess Eilonwy has been growing like a weed. Other books in the Chronicles include The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King and The Book of Three.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429961929
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/16/2006
  • Series: Chronicles of Prydain , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 137,488
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 239 KB

Meet the Author


Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of more than forty books for children and adults, including the beloved children’s fantasy series, the Chronicles of Prydain, one of the most widely read series in the history of fantasy and the inspiration for the animated Disney film, The Black Cauldron. His books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, and the National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

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Black Cauldron


By Lloyd Alexander

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Copyright © 2006 Lloyd Alexander
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4299-6192-9


Black Cauldron, The
CHAPTER ONEThe Council at Caer DallbenAutumn had come too swiftly. In the northernmost realms of Prydain many trees were already leafless, and among the branches clung the ragged shapes of empty nests. To the south, across the river Great Avren, the hills shielded Caer Dallben from the winds, but even here the little farm was drawing in on itself.For Taran, the summer was ending before it had begun. That morning Dallben had given him the task of washing the oracular pig. Had the old enchanter ordered him to capture a full-grown gwythaint, Taran would gladly have set out after one of the vicious winged creatures. As it was, he filled the bucket at the well and trudged reluctantly to Hen Wen's enclosure. The white pig, usually eager for a bath, now squealed nervously and rolled on her back in the mud. Busy struggling to raise Hen Wen to her feet, Taran did not notice the horseman until he had reined up at the pen."You, there! Pig-boy!" The rider looking down at him was a youth only a few years older than Taran. His hair was tawny, his eyes black and deep-set in a pale, arrogant face. Though of excellent quality, his garments had seen much wear, and his cloak was purposely draped to hide his threadbare attire. The cloak itself, Taran saw, had been neatly and painstakingly mended. He sat astride a roan mare, a lean and nervous steed speckled red and yellow, with a long, narrow head, whose expression was as ill-tempered as her master's."You, pig-boy," he repeated, "is this Caer Dallben?"The horseman's tone and bearing nettled Taran, but he curbed his temper and bowed courteously. "It is," he replied. "But I am not a pig-boy," he added. "I am Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper.""A pig is a pig," said the stranger, "and a pig-boy is a pig-boy. Run and tell your master I am here," he ordered. "Tell him that Prince Ellidyr Son of Pen-Llarcau ..."Hen Wen seized this opportunity to roll into another puddle. "Stop that, Hen!" Taran cried, hurrying after her."Leave off with that sow," Ellidyr commanded. "Did you not hear me? Do as I say, and be quick about it.""Tell Dallben yourself!" Taran called over his shoulder, trying to keep Hen Wen from the mud. "Or wait until I've done with my own work!""Mind your impudence," Ellidyr answered, "or you shall have a good beating for it."Taran flushed. Leaving Hen Wen to do as she pleased, he strode quickly to the railing and climbed over. "If I do," he answered hotly, throwing back his head and looking Ellidyr full in the face, "it will not be at your hands."Ellidyr gave a scornful laugh. Before Taran could spring aside, the roan plunged forward. Ellidyr, leaning from the saddle, seized Taran by the front of the jacket. Taran flailed his arms and legs vainly. Strong as he was, he could not break free. He was pummeled and shaken until his teeth rattled. Ellidyr then urged the roan into a gallop, hauled Taran across the turf to the cottage, and there, while chickens scattered in every direction, tossed him roughly to the ground.The commotion brought Dallben and Coll outdoors. The Princess Eilonwy hurried from the scullery, her apron flying and a cook-pot still in her hand. With a cry of alarm she ran to Taran's side.Ellidyr, without troubling to dismount, called to the white-bearded enchanter. "Are you Dallben? I have brought your pig-boy to be thrashed for his insolence.""Tut!" said Dallben, unperturbed by Ellidyr's furious expression. "Whether he is insolent is one thing, and whether he should be thrashed is another. In either case, I need no suggestions from you.""I am a Prince of Pen-Llarcau!" cried Ellidyr."Yes, yes, yes," Dallben interrupted with a wave of his brittle hand. "I am quite aware of all that and too busy to be concerned with it. Go, water your horse and your temper at the same time. You shall be called when you are wanted."Ellidyr was about to reply, but the enchanter's stern glance made him hold his tongue. He turned the roan and urged her toward the stable.Princess Eilonwy and the stout, baldheaded Coll, meantime, had been helping Taran pick himself up."You should know better, my boy, than to quarrel with strangers," said Coll good-naturedly."That's true enough," Eilonwy added. "Especially if they're on horseback and you're on foot.""Next time I meet him," Taran began."When you meet again," said Dallben, "you, at least, shall conduct yourself with as much restraint and dignity as possible--which, I allow, may not be very great, but you shall have to make do with it. Be off, now. The Princess Eilonwy can help you to be a little more presentable than you are at the moment."In the lowest of spirits, Taran followed the golden-haired girl to the scullery. He still smarted, more from Ellidyr's words than from the drubbing; and he was hardly pleased that Eilonwy had seen him sprawled at the feet of the arrogant Prince."However did it happen?" Eilonwy asked, picking up a damp cloth and applying it to Taran's face.Taran did not answer, but glumly submitted to her care.Before Eilonwy had finished, a hairy figure, covered with leaves and twigs, popped up at the window, and with great agility clambered over the sill."Woe and sadness!" the creature wailed, loping anxiously to Taran. "Gurgi sees smackings and whackings by strengthful lord! Poor, kindly master! Gurgi is sorry for him."But there is news!" Gurgi hurried on. "Good news! Gurgi also sees mightiest of princes riding! Yes, yes, with great gallopings on white horse with black sword, what joy!""What's that?" cried Taran. "Do you mean Prince Gwydion? It can't be ...""It is," said a voice behind him.Gwydion stood in the doorway.With a shout of amazement, Taran ran forward and clasped his hand. Eilonwy threw her arms about the tall warrior, while Gurgi joyfully pounded the floor. The last time Taran had seen him, Gwydion wore the raiment of a prince of the royal House of Don. Now he was dressed simply in a hooded cloak of gray and a coarse, unadorned jacket. The black sword, Dyrnwyn, hung at his side."Well met, all of you," said Gwydion. "Gurgi looks as hungry as ever, Eilonwy prettier than ever. And you, Assistant Pig-Keeper," he added, his lined and weathered face breaking into a smile, "a little the worse for wear. Dallben has mentioned how you came by those bruises.""I sought no quarrel," Taran declared."But one found you, nonetheless," Gwydion said. "I think that must be the way of it with you, Taran of Caer Dallben. No matter," he said, stepping back and studying Taran closely through green-flecked eyes. "Let me look at you. You have grown since last we met." Gwydion nodded his shaggy, wolf-gray head in approval. "I hope you have gained as much wisdom as height. We shall see. Now I must make ready for the council.""Council?" Taran cried. "Dallben said nothing of a council. He did not even say you were coming here.""The truth is," Eilonwy put in, "Dallben hasn't been saying much of anything to anybody.""You should understand by now," said Gwydion, "that of what he knows, Dallben tells little. Yes, there is to be a council, and I have summoned others to meet us here.""I am old enough to sit in a council of men," Taran interrupted excitedly. "I have learned much; I have fought at your side, I have ...""Gently, gently," Gwydion said. "We have agreed you shall have a place. Though manhood," he added softly, with a trace of sadness, "may not be all that you believe." Gwydion put his hands on Taran's shoulders. "Meanwhile, stand ready. Your task will be given soon enough."
 
 As Gwydion had foretold, the rest of the morning brought many new arrivals. A company of horsemen soon appeared and began to make camp in the stubble field beyond the orchard. The warriors, Taran saw, were armed for battle. His heart leaped. Surely this, too, had to do with Gwydion's council. His head spun with questions and he hurried toward the field. He had not gone halfway when he stopped short in great surprise. Two familiar figures were riding up the pathway. Taran raced to meet them."Fflewddur!" he called, while the bard, his beautiful harp slung over his shoulder, raised a hand in greeting. "And Doli! Is that really you?"The crimson-haired dwarf swung down from his pony. He grinned broadly for an instant, then assumed his customary scowl. He did not, however, conceal the glint of pleasure in his round, red eyes."Doli!" Taran clapped the dwarf on the back. "I never thought I'd see you again. That is, really see you. Not after you gained the power to be invisible.""Humph!" snorted the leather-jacketed dwarf. "Invisible! I've had all I want of that. Do you realize the effort it takes? Terrible! It makes my ears ring. And that's not the worst of it. Nobody can see you, so you get your toes stepped on, or an elbow jabbed in your eye. No, no, not for me. I can't stand it any more!""And you, Fflewddur," Taran cried, as the bard dismounted, "I've missed you. Do you know what the council is about? That's why you're here, isn't it? And Doli, too?""I know nothing about councils," muttered Doli. "King Eiddileg commanded me to come here. A special favor to Gwydion. But I can tell you right now I'd rather be back home in the realm of the Fair Folk, minding my own business.""In my case," said the bard, "Gwydion happened to be passing through my kingdom--purely by chance, it seemed--though now I'm beginning to think it wasn't. He suggested I might enjoy stopping down at Caer Dallben. He said good old Doli was going to be there, so of course I set out immediately."I'd given up being a bard," Fflewddur continued, "and had settled quite happily as a king again. Really, it was only to oblige Gwydion."At this, two strings of his harp snapped with a resounding twang. Fflewddur stopped immediately and cleared his throat. "Yes, well," he added, "the truth of it is: I was perfectly miserable. I'd have taken any excuse to get out of that damp, dismal castle for a while. A council, you say? I was hoping it might be a harvest festival and I'd be needed to provide the entertainment.""Whatever it is," Taran said, "I'm glad you're both here.""I'm not," grumbled the dwarf. "When they start talking about good old Doli this, and good old Doli that, watch out! It's for something disagreeable."As they made their way to the cottage, Fflewddur looked around with interest. "Well, well, do I see King Smoit's banner over there? He's here at Gwydion's request, too, I've no doubt."Just then a horseman cantered up and called to Fflewddur by name. The bard gave a cry of pleasure. "That's Adaon, son of the Chief Bard Taliesin," he told Taran. "Caer Dallben is indeed honored today!"The rider dismounted and Fflewddur hastened to present his companions to him.Adaon, Taran saw, was tall, with straight black hair that fell to his shoulders. Though of noble bearing, he wore the garb of an ordinary warrior, with no ornament save a curiously shaped iron brooch at his collar. His eyes were gray, strangely deep, clear as a flame, and Taran sensed that little was hidden from Adaon's thoughtful and searching glance."Well met, Taran of Caer Dallben and Doli of the Fair Folk," said Adaon, clasping their hands in turn. "Your names are not unknown among the bards of the north.""Then you, too, are a bard?" asked Taran, bowing with great respect.Adaon smiled and shook his head. "Many times my father has asked me to present myself for initiation, but I choose to wait. There is still much I hope to learn, and in my own heart I do not feel myself ready. One day, perhaps, I shall be."Adaon turned to Fflewddur. "My father sends greetings and asks how you fare with the harp he gave you. I can see it wants repair," he added, with a friendly laugh."Yes," admitted Fflewddur, "I do have trouble with it now and again. I can't help, ah, adding a little color to the facts--most facts need it so badly. But every time I do," he sighed, looking at the two broken strings, "this is the result.""Be of good cheer," said Adaon, laughing wholeheartedly. "Your gallant tales are worth all the harp strings in Prydain. And you, Taran and Doli, must promise to tell me more of your famous deeds. But first, I must find Lord Gwydion."Taking leave of the companions, Adaon mounted and rode on ahead.Fflewddur looked after him with affection and admiration. "It can be no small matter if Adaon is here," he said. "He is one of the bravest men I know. That and more, for he has the heart of a true bard. Someday he will surely be our greatest, you can mark my words.""And our names are indeed known to him?" Taran asked. "And there have been songs about us?"Fflewddur beamed. "After our battle with the Horned King--yes, I did compose a little something. A modest offering. But it's gratifying to know it has spread. As soon as I fix these wretched strings I'll be delighted to let you hear it."
 
 Soon after midday, when all had refreshed themselves, Coll summoned them to Dallben's chamber. There, a long table had been placed, with seats on either side. Taran noticed the enchanter had even made some attempt at straightening up the disorder of ancient volumes crowding the room. The Book of Three, the heavy tome filled with Dallben's deepest secrets, had been set carefully at the top of a shelf. Taran glanced up at it, almost fearfully, sure that it held far more than Dallben ever chose to reveal.The rest of the company had begun to enter when Fflewddur took Taran's arm and drew him aside as a dark-bearded warrior swept by."One thing you can be sure of," the bard said under his breath, "Gwydion isn't planning a harvest festival. Do you see who's here?"The dark warrior was more richly attired than any of the company. His high-bridged nose was falconlike, his eyes heavy-lidded but keen. Only to Gwydion did he bow; then, taking a seat at the table, he cast a cool glance of appraisal on those around him."Who is he?" whispered Taran, not daring to stare at this proud and regal figure."King Morgant of Madoc," answered the bard, "the boldest war leader in Prydain, second only to Gwydion himself. He owes allegiance to the House of Don." He shook his head in admiration. "They say he once saved Gwydion's life. I believe it. I've seen that fellow in battle. All ice! Absolutely fearless! If Morgant's to have a hand in this, something interesting must be stirring. Oh, listen. It's King Smoit. You can always hear him before you can see him."A bellow of laughter resounded beyond the chamber, and in another moment a giant, red-headed warrior rolled in at the side of Adaon. He towered above all in the chamber and his beard flamed around a face so scarred with old wounds it was impossible to tell where one began and another ended. His nose had been battered to his cheekbones; his heavy forehead was nearly lost in a fierce tangle of eyebrows; and his neck seemed as thick as Taran's waist."What a bear!" said Fflewddur with an affectionate chuckle. "But there's not a grain of harm in him. When the lords of the southern cantrevs rose against the Sons of Don, Smoit was one of the few who stayed loyal. His kingdom is Cantrev Cadiffor."Smoit stopped in the middle of the chamber, threw back his cloak, and hooked his thumbs into the enormous bronze belt which strained to bursting about his middle. "Hullo, Morgant!" he roared. "So they've called you in, have they?" He sniffed ferociously. "I smell blood-letting in the wind!" He strode up to the stern war leader and fetched him a heavy clout on the shoulder."Have a care," said Morgant, with a lean smile that showed only the tips of his teeth, "that it will not be yours.""Ho! Oho!" King Smoit bellowed and slapped his massive thighs. "Very good! Have a care it will not be mine! Never fear, you icicle! I have enough to spare!" He caught sight of Fflewddur. "And another old comrade!" he roared, hurrying to the bard and flinging his arms about him with such enthusiasm that Taran heard Fflewddur's ribs creak. "My pulse!" cried Smoit. "My body and bones! Give us a tune to make us merry, you butter-headed harp-scraper!"His eye fell on Taran. "What's this, what's this?" He seized Taran with a mighty, red-furred hand. "A skinned rabbit? A plucked chicken?""He is Taran, Dallben's Assistant Pig-Keeper," said the bard."I wish he were Dallben's cook!" cried Smoit. "I've hardly lined my belly!"Dallben began to rap for silence. Smoit strode to his place after giving Fflewddur another hug."There may not be any harm in him," said Taran to the bard, "but I think it's safer to have him for a friend."All the company now gathered at the table, with Dallben and Gwydion at one end, Coll at the other. King Smoit, overflowing his chair, sat on the enchanter's left across from King Morgant. Taran squeezed in between the bard and Doli, who grumbled bitterly about the table being too high. To the right of Morgant sat Adaon, and beside him Ellidyr, whom Taran had not seen since morning.Dallben rose and stood quietly a moment. All turned toward him. The enchanter pulled on a wisp of beard. "I am much too old to be polite," Dallben said, "and I have no intention of making a speech of welcome. Our business here is urgent and we shall get down to it immediately."Little more than a year ago, as some of you have good cause to remember," Dallben went on, glancing at Taran and his companions, "Arawn, Lord of Annuvin suffered grave defeat when the Horned King, his champion, was slain. For a time the power of the Land of Death was checked. But in Prydain evil is never distant."None of us is foolish enough to believe Arawn would accept a defeat without a challenge," Dallben continued. "I had hoped for a little more time to ponder the new threat of Annuvin. Time, alas, will not be granted. Arawn's plans have become all too clear. Of them, I ask Lord Gwydion to speak."Gwydion rose in turn. His face was grave. "Who has not heard of the Cauldron-Born, the mute and deathless warriors who serve the Lord of Annuvin? These are the stolen bodies of the slain, steeped in Arawn's cauldron to give them life again. They emerge implacable as death itself, their humanity forgotten. Indeed, they are no longer men but weapons of murder, in thrall to Arawn forever."In this loathsome work," Gwydion went on, "Arawn has sought to despoil the graves and barrows of fallen warriors. Now, throughout Prydain, there have been strange disappearances, men suddenly vanishing to be seen no more; and Cauldron-Born appear where none has ever before been sighted. Arawn has not been idle. As I have now learned, his servants dare to strike down the living and bear them to Annuvin to swell the ranks of his deathless host. Thus, death begets death; evil begets evil."Taran shuddered. Outdoors the forest burned crimson and yellow. The air was gentle as though a summer day had lingered beyond its season, but Gwydion's words chilled him like a sudden cold wind. Too well he remembered the lifeless eyes and livid faces of the Cauldron-Born, their ghastly silence and ruthless swords."To the meat of it!" cried Smoit. "Are we rabbits? Are we to fear those Cauldron slaves?""There will be meat enough for you to chew on," answered Gwydion with a grim smile. "I tell you now, none of us has ever set on a more perilous task. I ask your help, for I mean to attack Annuvin itself to seize Arawn's cauldron and destroy it."Copyright © 1965 by Lloyd Alexander. Renewed 1993.
(Continues...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

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    It is totally tubulor. like so totally frying my bacon. I like the movie too. The Cauldron Born rock like ACDC. Oh mr. lloyd alexander, thank you for this great book you bestowed upon us. i yield my bacon to you.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

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    Classic fantasy fiction

    The Black Cauldron is the second book of the Chronicles of Prydain. In it, the hero Taran once again needs to leave home and have adventures-this time to regain the powerful zombifying Black Cauldron from the Death Lord. Very cute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2010

    A must read-very exciting

    I used to watch the Disney movie The Black Cauldron all of the time. It wasn't till recently that I discovered it was an actual book series. The series is five books, and so far this is my favorite one. Lloyd Alexander vividly gives the reader an up close and personal view of all of the characters personality. By giving such a clear description of everything and everyone's personality you can easily vision everyone's expressions, and the tone of the environment. I believe the plot was excellent. I am not necessarily a fan of books where there is travel or a journey, they somewhat bore me. The black cauldron did have a journey however Lloyd Alexander kept it short and sweet and very exciting. The battle sequences were intense and you just imagined the force and desire for victory. One thing that frustrated me about the book was all of the betrayal. It got me mad and I almost wanted to shred the book sometimes. However all of the betrayal did bring forth a lot of lessons, such as when people have too much power they tend to abuse it. I can really relate that to some of today's issues all across the world. I immediately thought about how easy it is too loose a good person if they fall off the curb. The witches in the story were undoubtedly my favorite characters. They were funny and did not necessarily take sides. The setting is in a land named Prydain. It obviously has a setting similar to northern Europe. Most all of the characters along with most of the objects in the story are based off of Welsh mythology, such as Arwan, Gwydion, the black Cauldron, and the kingdom of Llyr. I sometimes find it difficult to pronounce the names, but have no fear there is a convenient pronunciation guide in the back. The great thing I think about this book series is the fact that it leaves a lot of unanswered questions, which we may or may not find out. And Alexander clearly loves cliff hangers. At the end of the book he doesn't really end it; he just seems to take a pause. I have also begun to read the Castle of Llyr and it started up right where the Black Cauldron left off. You will constantly find yourself hoping and praying for all of the characters safety. And you just want them to be alright. You really begin to bond with them almost as though you were there.I respect Lloyd Alexander a lot. He brings the world of Prydain to life. He has written a review even for the book Wicked, it is right there on the back if you are curious. I definitely plan to finish this sires and will continue to read Lloyd Alexander's books. All in all, I strongly recommend this book for people who are looking for a good leisurely read about valor and honor. You may just find yourself looking for an adventure of your own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    Growing Up

    Each of us must grow up and transition between childhood and adulthood. Taran, an assistant pig-keeper, wants to grow up, but hardships he never expected come flying into his life. He must make decisions that will determine his future, if he survives. I really enjoyed reading this book that is filled with a tangled web of character opinions of what is right and wrong. It is a fast paced book that addresses some of the hardships teenagers face in today¿s world while keeping a magical setting. Throughout the course of the story, Taran must make decisions that affect not only his life, but the lives of his friends as well. He must choose between right and wrong, good and evil, and must face the consequences of his actions, sometimes at a very great price to him and his friends. It is a very well written book that addresses some of life¿s most serious issues, such as right and wrong, good and evil, and accepting responsibility and consequences for ones actions. It shows the consequences of evil and what can happen if it is allowed to thrive in a community. Another reason I really enjoyed this book is there is no offensive language or extremely graphic scenes. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys suspenseful fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    Worthy To Be Praised

    I grew up reading the books in my mother's collection, of which the Prydain Chronicles were a favorite. When Disney made a movie with the same name I was wary, for good reason. Other than the main characters, little else is the same. Do not pre-judge this series if you saw the movie, as they are nothing alike. Simply, this series is amazing, and you really see Taran develop from boyhood into a mature adult. Lloyd Alexander writes with honesty, humor, and seriousness about the failings and triumphs of the characters. Every emotion is something real people feel, and none are exaggerated or 'airbrushed' into something false. The action is exciting, the emotional scenes heart-rending. I adore this series and think that everyone should give it a try. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 21, 2015

    Introduction I am going to tell you about my book report. My boo

    Introduction
    I am going to tell you about my book report. My book report will be on “The Black Cauldron.” I gave the book four out of five stars, because I’m very interested in this book. The author of the story is Lloyd Alexander.

    Description and summary of content
    Now, let’s talk about the description summary of the content. The story was more like a fake story with imaginary characters, places, etc. The book was actually a Newbery honor book because of how great it is. The book was published in 1964. In this short book review, I will be talking a little about the main character, Taran. She was an assistant pig keeper, and wanted to be a hero. The book had a lot of action in it, and actually a couple characters actually died in the book. Lastly, some people were wanting to be cauldron born.

    Evaluation
    Now, let’s talk about the evaluation of the book. Again, I gave the Black Cauldron 4 out of 5 stars. Why? Overall it was a satisfying book. We had to read it in reading class, and I enjoyed every minute of the book. Mr. Alexander is a great author. I believe he has many other books out there, I think at least 4 more. There is about 150 pages in each of the book, so you have to be an overall good reader.

    Conclusion
    Finally, we are going to discuss the conclusion of my book report. Again, I was very pleased with the Black Cauldron overall. If you ever have time to check out the book, I would check out the book for sure. You would not be disappointed at all! There probably have been a lot of good reviews for the Black Cauldron, but I just added one more review. I hope you enjoyed my book report!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Introduction I am going to tell you about my book report. My boo

    Introduction
    I am going to tell you about my book report. My book report will be on “The Black Cauldron.” I gave the book four out of five stars, because I’m very interested in this book. The author of the story is Lloyd Alexander.

    Description and summary of content
    Now, let’s talk about the description summary of the content. The story was more like a fake story with imaginary characters, places, etc. The book was actually a Newbery honor book because of how great it is. The book was published in 1964. In this short book review, I will be talking a little about the main character, Taran. She was an assistant pig keeper, and wanted to be a hero. The book had a lot of action in it, and actually a couple characters actually died in the book. Lastly, some people were wanting to be cauldron born.

    Evaluation
    Now, let’s talk about the evaluation of the book. Again, I gave the Black Cauldron 4 out of 5 stars. Why? Overall it was a satisfying book. We had to read it in reading class, and I enjoyed every minute of the book. Mr. Alexander is a great author. I believe he has many other books out there, I think at least 4 more. There is about 150 pages in each of the book, so you have to be an overall good reader.

    Conclusion
    Finally, we are going to discuss the conclusion of my book report. Again, I was very pleased with the Black Cauldron overall. If you ever have time to check out the book, I would check out the book for sure. You would not be disappointed at all! There probably have been a lot of good reviews for the Black Cauldron, but I just added one more review. I hope you enjoyed my book report!

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    My Book Review Book title and author: Lloyd alexander the black

    My Book Review
    Book title and author: Lloyd alexander the black cauldron
    Title of review: best ever
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 4

    Introduction
    It is about a cauldron and it is black it is a bad cauldron a bad guy made it if u throw a dead body in it turns something like zombie that are hard to kill

    Description and summary of content
    The huntsman are the bad guys and if one dies it get divided up and the other get it so they get more power

    Evaluation
    It is good because it has a good story line it was bad because of the ending a couple die morgant dies in it at the end

    Conclusion
    It was a very good book but the ending is bad I don’t think you should read it some people die in the story someone dies at the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Book title and author: The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander Tit

    Book title and author: The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
    Title of review: The Dolphin Cauldron
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 out of 5, would read again

    Introduction: A group of good guys find themselves in between a rock and a hard place.

    Description and summary of content: The main characters have to seek out a cauldron that has caused lots of trouble.

    Evaluation: I believe this book has a lot of strong points, but also many weak points.

    Conclusion: In my opinion, I think it is a very fantastic book. The way everything plays out is really good.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    The Book Review to End All Book Reviews Book title and author: T

    The Book Review to End All Book Reviews
    Book title and author: The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
    Tittle of Review: The BEST Book Review Ever
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 out of 5 would read again

    Introduction This is the second book in a series of five books. It is called the black cauldron.

    Description and summary of content this is a story of an assistant pig keeper named Taran and a cauldron that is in the hands of an evil power by the name of Arwan. Lord Gwydion calls in everyone from the surrounding lands to help gain control of the cauldron.


    Evaluation Overall this book has a very good plot line and is very action packed, and suspenseful. The whole book in itself is honestly one of the better books I have read. I would recommend it to friends and I would even read it again. This book has a visual picture and the cover helps explain some of the things that are in the book and some of the characters.

    Conclusion In conclusion, this book is very good and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. Even though the ending is kind of predictable and abrupt. Overall this book is good so is the rest of the series.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    In the beginning of the Black Cauldron it was very confusing. It

    In the beginning of the Black Cauldron it was very confusing. It really stared with too many main characters. And also I feel like they kinda rushed the story.
    The story was about this group of heroes that try to stop evil. But they go through many difficulties along the way. The true leader of the story even though it doesn’t seem like is Taran the Assistant Pig Keeper. They split up into two groups and try to steal the Black Cauldron so that the evil will do no more. Many people as the story goes on may get lost or pass away. While trying to avoid all the danger of just trying to steal the caldron or chrocan they have to deal with the Huntsman.
    Now if you are wondering what the heck does this Cauldron do any ways. The cauldron makes these Cauldron-Born immortal creatures that are very hard to kill. Towards the end of the book a hero turns on the and tries to take over the world. I will let you figure out the rest when you read this book.
    I found this a good book but not the best book I have ever read but that is just my opinion. I really just didn’t care for it. I don’t think it was my type of book though.

    In conclusion, I did learn from this book. It thought how to be trustworthy and how to take charge. If you are looking to get this book just buy it I think you might enjoy it!

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    My Book Review Book title and author: The Black Cauldron By: Llo

    My Book Review
    Book title and author: The Black Cauldron By: Lloyd Alexander
    Title of review: The book review
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 4

    Introduction: This book is about Taran an assistant pig keeper; and his many loyal friends to get and destroy The Black Cauldron. The Black Cauldron is an amazing book but it could have been better. The book is most likely enjoyable to read to all ages over thirteen.

    Description and summary of content Taran and his loyal friends tried to complete a quest to get the Black Caldron. Eliowny is a brave girl; and tries to help Taran; she would almost be considered the most loyal to her friends. Ellidyr is the air head but things could change about him. There are many more characters but I’d sit here all day explaining.

    Evaluation I like this book because it teaches you something good could come out of all bad. It is inspiring because the author shows that the best thing you could have is friends. And loyalty is the best thing you could possible show.

    Conclusion Overall this book should be really popular; I suggest this book to many of my friends it’s wonderful. But sometimes people really can’t get into it. The book is good to read and comprehend. This should you a lesson this book is very legit and awesome.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    The black cauldron is a good book for many different peoples int

    The black cauldron is a good book for many different peoples interest.
    Description and summary of content
    This fits folk that like books about back in the old times like the renaissance. Also for readers that like mystery or books about traveling. Taran the pig keeper is chosen to go on amission with honored men to get back the black cauldron from the dangerous folk. Taran and his fellow mates encounter many troubles along the way. While being chased by huntsman and gwyhiants, they meet many new and strange “people.” It gives a good description of how it would have been during that period of time
    Evaluation
    So this book is just a good all around book for the average reader looking for a good book to enjoy.
    Conclusion
    So, read this book if you like this kind of stuff, you will not regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    My Book Review Book title and author: The Black Cauldron: Lloyd

    My Book Review
    Book title and author: The Black Cauldron: Lloyd Alexander
    Title of review: an alright book
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 4

    Introduction: the book I am going to give my opinion on The Black Cauldron.

    Description and summary of content: The story is good but I like the way it explains things. It had a few parts that made me really confused me. It doesn’t really just point out things in the story. It takes a little bit of context clues to figure out some things. It is only for like people who like dungeons and dragons of that sort. But it has a few really strange parts and a few fighting scenes.

    Evaluation: The book makes you think if you try you hardest you can be whatever you want. It can inspire you in some parts. It makes you think am I this kind of person or not. And not to think too highly of yourself.

    Conclusion: But the book overall is an alright book. It might want to read the rest of the series. I personally have only read this book of the series. I haven’t had a chance to read the other books. But I recommend this book to most people.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    My Book Review Book title and author: The Black Cauldron by Lloy

    My Book Review
    Book title and author: The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
    Title of review: Required Reading Review
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 2

    Introduction: This book is about an assistant pig-keeper who tries to be a hero. I guess his purpose was to show that a nobody can turn into something great. This book was long and boring, in my opinion.

    Description and summary of content: In the story, Taran goes on a journey to try and prove he deserves a better title than an assistant pig-keeper. He goes on and leads a trek to save this cauldron from making evil, immortal creatures. He and his clan get the cauldron and find out there is only one way to destroy it: one must willingly sacrifice himself in it. Instead of being a hero, he asks someone else to do it. Someone else does and the world is saved. Taran gets all the recognition, but he really did nothing.

    Evaluation: All Lloyd did in writing this book was told that kids can get recognition for nothing if they have the right name. In my opinion, it was long, boring, and it was hard to understand.

    Conclusion: I only read this book because my teacher made me. I am entitled to my opinion. That is the great thing about America. I would recommend this for a college grad.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    Book title and author: The Black Cauldron Lloyd Alexander Title

    Book title and author: The Black Cauldron Lloyd Alexander
    Title of review: A book review.
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 2

    Introduction
    Taran and other characters go on a journey to find the black cauldron. The author wanted to right it because he liked fairies. I personally hate the book. It was one of the worse books I have ever read.
    Description and summary of content
    They book is about fairies, I don’t like fairies. It’s also about some people going on journey to find the cauldron and get it away from Arawn. They need to get it back to the Gwydion. The cauldron will create zombies if an alive body is thrown in without resisting. That is the only way to destroy the book. Arawn is the one who created the book and held on to it for years.
    Evaluation
    It’s plot is to get the cauldron back before it gets into the wrong hands. It has a lot of characters like Gwydion, Gwystyl, and other characters. The setting is in a castle near Dalben. The theme of the story is an action books, but it really don’t have a lot of action. People that believe in fairies will love this book, but people that don’t will hate it. The book did achieve its purpose it did receive some medals, but it still sucked.
    Conclusion
    This book really sucked I would never read this book. The book is about fairies and a magic book that can create basically zombies that will never die. This book really sucked I think some people like it but I don’t.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    My Book Review Book title and author: The Giver Louis Lowry Titl

    My Book Review
    Book title and author: The Giver Louis Lowry
    Title of review:
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 5

    Introduction
    In the beginning there was a boy his name was Jonah. He grew up in a horrible society. Where they pick everything for you. A miserable society. Jonah lived this way for a very long time. Clear up till he was twelve years old
    Description and summary of content
    I thought the book was a great book. The giver had a lot of meaning behind it. It is literally the best book I ever read. I was actually interested in the giver, and I hate reading. So if you hate reading I think you would like this book
    Evaluation
    There was a lot of things good in the book. I liked everything about it. There was a part in the giver that I did not like. The ook the giver is the best book I ever read.
    Conclusion
    The giver was a great book. I could read that book over again tons of times. The giver had a great meaning. Jonah had a guy named the giver to tell help him things. The book the giver is amazing. Im more than glad I read that book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Introduction: The main idea was to break or destroy the cauldron

    Introduction: The main idea was to break or destroy the cauldron before Arwan can use it. The Authors propose was to show the too much pride can be deadly or very bad to the soul. I liked the book but it can do better as in more suspense.

    Description and summary of content: The friends set off to find the cauldron. The cauldron was not a Arwans castle. They travel off to the Marshes of Morva to find it. They do and they trade Adaon’s brooch. Morgant trapes them and was going to throw them in the cauldron. They fought back and Ellidyr sacrifice himself in the cauldron to break its spell. It’s the third book of six. Lloyd Alexander is very famous for the books and the mystical land.

    Evaluation: It’s a good book because it had much fantasy fiction. There is many parts in the book that you know its fiction. It has wizards, future seeing pigs and the living dead. But, I wanted more fights and suspense. All arond good book.

    Conclusion: Ok what I don’t like about this book is there’s too much going on and I can’t understand. It’s a good book. I like it. You should read this book its very good. My final statement about this book is, that its very good book for little children because of the lessons in the book. Its show loyalty and how power and pride can take over mankind very quickly. READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Press here if you want to see what its realy about

    Best book read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Nothing like the movie (thank goodness)

    The second book in the Chronicles of Prydain, The Black Cauldron takes Taran and his companions on a dangerous mission- to steal the cauldron from Arawn and destroy his ability to create the zombie-like Cauldron Born.

    This book is full of adventure, but also has a deeper vein running through it. Taran faces some difficult choices and deals with tragic events.

    The book is nothing like the Disney movie- I hated the movie and how it changed everything!

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