Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain Series #4)

Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain Series #4)

by Lloyd Alexander
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Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain Series #4) by Lloyd Alexander

Taran has been both Assistant Pig-Keeper and warrior, but his heart is troubled. Who are his parents? Where does he come from? In a quest to learn who he truly is, Taran travels Prydain seeking secrets long buried by time and silence. Accompanied by his loyal friends, Taran begins his search. Maybe, if his parents are as noble as he hopes, Princess Eilonwy with the red-gold hair will think as often and as fondly of Taran as he finds himself thinking of her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440984832
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/15/1980
Series: Chronicles of Prydain Series , #4
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.33(w) x 6.69(h) x (d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
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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Taran Wanderer (Chronicles of Prydain Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
In Taran Wanderer, Taran sets out to find out exactly who he is. It has less action than the earlier three books (or the fifth book), but it's still fun to adventure through Prydain and let Taran develop into a man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taran Wanderer is seriously and honestly one of my favorite books ever. I honestly missed Eilonwy but her name was written all over it. I liked Taran Wanderer because it's where Taran did the most changing the most growing up and the most 'questing' (Is that a word?)I think it really shows Taran's sensitive side but also his strong side. I can't wait till I buy it! MR.ALEXANDER YOU ROCK YOU ARE MY VERY VERY VERY VERY FAVORITE AUTHOR!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fourth book in the Chronicles of Prydain, Taran Wanderer is a departure from the previous books. Eilonwy doesn't appear in this book and there is no set adventure. Instead, we follow Taran as he tries to discover who his parents were. He has many adventures along the way, some good and some bad. Although different from the other books in the series, Taran Wanderer actually sets the stage for the fifth book. I really enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hard for me to find a book or series that I really enjoy. So I think these books are awesome. The first couple chapters are pretty boring in every book but in the middle of the book I can't stop reading I'm attached to the book Like a bee is attached to a flower. I think these books are amazing.
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SamClemence More than 1 year ago
Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander Taran bowed courteously. “My name – my name is Taran.” “No more than that?” said Llonio… “Shall I call you Taran Son of Nobody? Taran of Nowhere? Since you’re alive and breathing, obviously you’re the son of two parents. And you’ve surely ridden here from somewhere else.” “Call me, then, a wanderer,” Taran replied. This is the fourth book in the Prydain Chronicles. Taran, the main character has always been the humble assistant pig-keeper who constantly wins the hearts of the good people of Prydain. Taran’s lineage is uknown and he’s taken in by a wise sorcerer. He goes through countless adventures with a consistent group. Eilonwy, the beautiful, golden-haired princess, Fflewddur Fflam a king who wishes he was a bard, Doli, a grumpy dwarf, and a furry creature named Gurgi. As the reader goes through these experiences with the characters they truly develop a relationship. They find themselves secretly hoping Taran a mere pig-keeper marry Eilonwy the loyal princess. In order for Taran to make this possible he needs to know of his birth parents. He begins the trek with faithful Gurgi. Never has a book been so exciting yet heart-wrenching. Alexander draws his readers in with simple, but incredible characters and wisdom applicable to every-day life. I found myself wanting to adopt characteristics likes his humble hero Taran. There is a not a book in the world I would find of worth without some type of spark that inspires the reader, and this book did just that. Taran had numerous opportunities in his wanderings to do the easy thing, but no matter what the circumstances, he fought to always do the right thing. As Taran is met with adversity seemingly everywhere he goes, he never ceases to find ways to help others along his way. Of all the books so far, the depth this book reached was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. It could be a rival of the hobbit and trust me, that’s my favorite book. Alexander constantly hits home with his storyline in that we are all wanderers trying to understand our lineage.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Taran has finally admitted his feeling for the Princess Eilonwy. The problem now is that he doesn't believe that his bloodlines are worthy of her. She is a princess after all, and he is but a lowly assistant pig keeper, a orphan that does not know where he really came from. So he sets of with the ever faithful Gurgi as his companion in a quest to find out who he is. We are visited by several old friends from previous books in the series and introduced to a handful of new bad guys. I have to say the bad guys are getting better - or more badder? - as the series progresses and more and more inventive plans are needed to foil their plots. Taran learns much about himself through his journey and learns some very important lessons along the way, with one of the most important being about who he really is. I loved the sorcerer, Morda. It seems all of man's faults are wrapped up quite nicely in one little package. Fflewddur returns with Llyan, such a wonderful friend that manages to save the day at least once. Kaw, the pesky crow shows us that help comes from the least likely places. And of course the faithful Gurgi, the best friend Taran could ever have is along for the ride. I think this will have to be my favorite so far in the series. With just one more left, The High King, I can't wait to see how everything ends. 4/5
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Birchfall More than 1 year ago
Taran's quest was amazing. Out of the first four books of the series, this one was the best. It did not have the most action. However, Taran journeyed far across Prydain and was oftentimes heartbroken, which resulted in the reader being heartbroken too. Llod Alexander triumphed with this one, and I can't wait to read the High King.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to say I was a little bored during much of the book. For the most part it was unadventuous, unlike most of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the most surprising stories I've ever followed, 'Taran Wanderer' shifts from the epic battles in Books 1-3 and 5 to another old way of story telling, the epic journey. With the presence of Eilonwy only in mind, Taran journeys with the faithful Gurgi alone to find his parents, hoping he is of noble birth so he can win the right of the Princess Eilonwy's hand. A touching story of the different classes and views of the world, 'Taran Wanderer' really stuns you. Instead of being drawn out and irrelevant to the overall series, it really becomes one of the most amazing pieces of the tale. This book is not about heroism or destiny or even love, but about self-actualization and finding yourself amongst a world so vast and full of evil and good 'mixed' (as Alexander would say). They call 'Harry Potter' a coming of age story but to me it seems a more literal sense (He goes from 12 to 13 to 14, etc). This story is a true, raw coming of age story in which Taran grows not in years but in experience, perspective and, most of all, heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of the series. I always thought it should have gotten the Newbery. In Taran Wanderer, Taran comes of age, passing through a series of choices in his quest for identity. He emerges a man, with some hard lessons learned along the way (and a lot of humor!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lloyd Alexander has quickly become one of my favorite authors. My brother really enjoyed the series and caught me up in his excitement. Mr. Alexander is truely one of the greats.