The High King (Chronicles of Prydain Series #5)

The High King (Chronicles of Prydain Series #5)

by Lloyd Alexander
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The High King (Chronicles of Prydain Series #5) by Lloyd Alexander

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440801917
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/28/1990
Series: Chronicles of Prydain Series , #5
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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The High King (Chronicles of Prydain Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read series
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Hello1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for the mysterious and adventurous person
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
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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.
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