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In this final part of the chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in an ultimate confrontation, which determines the fate of Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper who wanted to be a hero.
Posted November 27, 2010
In the fifth, and final, novel in the Chronicles of Prydain, the final battle with the Death Lord takes place-and all the old buddies from previous books come out to play war. In many ways, this book is darker than the earlier ones. Although it is still appropriate for any child who is capable of reading it (fourth or fifth grade), it may be scary for very young kids who are being read to. Despite this, The High King was the best of the Prydain books. It taught good moral values, was cute and sweet, and never crossed the level of violence that some more recent children's books achieve. Definitely a classic of children's fantasy!
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Posted February 12, 2014
This book is about a man named Taran. When Taran was a baby, Dallben (a wizard) saved him from a war. The story takes place in the land named Prydain. After a huntsman from the land of the dead kills a king and takes the sword named Dyrnwyn Taran and his friends build an army to battle the death lord. The army travels through rough terrain and arrives at the land of the dead. Taran finds Dyrnwyn and kills the deathless cauldron born. After that he slays the Lord of Death and becomes High King of Prydain. Tarans friends from the house of don have to move back to their homeland. Princess Eilonwy stays with Taran though.
I give this book four stars. It doesn’t tell you the background of the characters and how they met. Also the characters talk a lot so it’s mostly dialogue. I recommend you read the previous books in the series so you can know the characters better.
Posted August 24, 2013
The final book in the Chronicles of Prydain brings together all of the characters we've grown to know and love over the entire series. Arawn is on the move and ready to take back the sword Dyrnwyn. Taran and his band must make sure this doesn't happen.
This volume is much darker and sadder than the rest of the series, but I found it to be necessary. It is a truly a wonderful book on its own, encapsulating all that I loved about the entire series.
Posted July 20, 2013
Posted May 16, 2013
Definetely one of the best authors ever! He is timeless and ageless and anyone who does not like even one of his books (but you really should like all of them) should go and get their head examined! Llyod Alexander is..... THE HIGH KING OF FANTASY!!!!!!!
See what I did there!!
P.S. Do not get me wrong Tolkien is a HIGH KING to!!!!!!
Posted March 4, 2013
i thought the book was an epic conclusion to the series.
the books are, by the way for the younger reader,
4-6 grade about.
very good books
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Posted March 31, 2009
The Prydain series makes one fall in love with Wales and all its myths. I read this as a child and still loved it after rereading it with my kids (the 2006 publishing date is not when it was first published). That gold seal on the cover still means something.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2008
The High King is the best book I have ever read by the best author ever and in the best series ever. If you love a good book with lots of action, adventure, and a little bit of tragedy, read this book. I highly recommend The High King. Highly!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2006
Posted May 20, 2006
The High King is arguably one of the most fascinating end books in any fantasy series I have yet to read. After reading book after book, bibliophiles find that it is easy to predict the endings. And, after finishing the previous four books in the series, I admit, I thought I had it. Surprising, moving, and powerful, the ending is something that not every average person can appreciate. Some readers, especially children, will want the ending to turn out the way they want it to turn out, but this is not the book for them. The book is so powerful and unique for this very reason: it does not follow the typical path and does run the risk of disappointing certain readers, yet it is ultimately true to the story. The only disappointment I suffered at the end of this series was the fact that it was over and I had nothing more to read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2006
The High King by Lloyd Alexander is an amazing story about a teenager named Taran in medieval times. While Taran is an assistant-pig keeper, he is in love with a princess/ witch. Her name is Elonwy. Elonwy decides to become a princess though she does have the choice in the matter. In this book, Taran asks a prophetical white pig named Wig Fen what disaster is about to happen. When the magical sticks break, everyone present knows that the prophecy is such a horrible disaster that the sticks break. When an evil sorcerer comes back, Taran uses a sword to break an evil spell. While, that is happening, the Evil Sorcerer captures Elonwy. I liked this book a lot. I do recommend it to people who like to read about damsels in distress and the hero is a mere person of no importance. What I liked about this book is that it goes right to the point but it skips around to one person to another when the chapter is over. When you finally are done, you will want to know what happens when they get to their final destination. Read this book to find out all of the details that are giving a tug at your heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2005
This book is a very good ending to the adventures of Taran and the companions. However, it's sad at parts, but that only adds to the adventure. Prepare yourself, anything can (and does) happen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2005
I read this series several years ago and loved it. A wonderful story, excellent characters (even though pronouncing their names can be tricky) and a satisfying ending. The Pydrain books are great for young people just getting into fantasy, and is readable for adults to, so you can connect with your kids.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2005
This book rocked! It was the perfact companion to the other books in the series. I dont know what your reading Keven because this book was simply remarkable. If you ever see it on the shelf buy it and buy the other books in the series. It is symply a masterpiece that will be treasured for ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2005
I first learned of Taran and his wonderful adventures in Prydain when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, about 22 years ago. Now, at the ripe 'old' age of 30, I continue to pick up the five volumes of the Prydain Chronicles at least once a year, to remind myself of what it means to grow, learn, and succeed, even when times seem darkest. I recommend this book... but read the other four first!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2004
I strongly suggest that you never read this book because it was absolutly boring and the characters are confusing, like Gwydion. So if you ever see this book on the shelf don't pick it up.
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