The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain Series #2)

The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain Series #2)

by Lloyd Alexander
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The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the top says
braden_ More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
gageS More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kevinmarie1234 More than 1 year ago
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.
Ajm662001 More than 1 year ago
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.
bone1978 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
That-One_Chick More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
_murica1776 More than 1 year ago
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.
BigbirdLaden More than 1 year ago
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.
lil-brian109 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You mean from the hunger games?
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Ok
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I like this bk a lot. Eilleen is my fave charecter.