The High King, by Lloyd Alexander, 1968, Book Review

I’ve so enjoyed this series. If you’ve never read it, check out my other reviews (scroll to bottom) then get thee to a library and check out book one. These are among the cream of the crop in children’s literature, and all five books are chock full of fantastic adventure and fabulous writing. They relate … Continue reading The High King, by Lloyd Alexander, 1968, Book Review

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, 2003, Book Review

If ever there was a credit to homeschooling, Christopher Paolini would be it. Graduated from high school at age 15, he began working on what would become Eragon, book one of the Inheritance Cycle, a four-book fantasy series. I admit I went into this book skeptically, and it took several chapters before I warmed to … Continue reading Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, 2003, Book Review

Taran Wanderer, Lloyd Alexander,1967, Book Review

“Who am I?” That is the question Taran seeks to answer in book four of the Chronicles of Prydain. Taran has already had many adventures, fought many foes, won several battles, and fallen in love with Princess Eilonwy. He is held in high esteem by all who know him, yet he is still an Assistant … Continue reading Taran Wanderer, Lloyd Alexander,1967, Book Review

The Castle of Llyr (Chronicles of Prydain, book three), by Lloyd Alexander, 1966, Book Review

The Castle of Llyr didn’t win any awards, unlike several other books in the series, but it is my favorite one yet. Within, Taran Assistant Pig-Keeper fights not for kingdoms but for the life of his friend, Princess Eilonwy. Containing all the wisdom and adventure of the first two books, this one attains a depth greater … Continue reading The Castle of Llyr (Chronicles of Prydain, book three), by Lloyd Alexander, 1966, Book Review

The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain, book two), by Lloyd Alexander, 1965, Book Review

The wonderful group of companions that overcame danger and evil in book one of the Chronicles of Prydain return for a second bold adventure in The Black Cauldron. This time, Taran is called away by Prince Gwydion on a quest to seize the cauldron that belongs to the evil Lord Arawn. Within this vessel the … Continue reading The Black Cauldron (Chronicles of Prydain, book two), by Lloyd Alexander, 1965, Book Review

The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien, 1936, Book Review

Bilbo Baggins was a respectable hobbit. He “never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.” Until the wizard Gandalf and an unexpected party of 13 dwarves arrived one day on his doorstep. Suddenly, he found himself off to the Lonely Mountain to retrieve the dwarves’ stolen treasure from Smaug the dragon. The Hobbit is a year-long … Continue reading The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien, 1936, Book Review

The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain), by Lloyd Alexander, 1964, Book Review

Though I have heard of the Chronicles of Prydain, and over the years have even gleaned some knowledge of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and Hen Wen, his oracular sow, I’ve never had occasion to delve into the series until this winter. I was hugely impressed. The prose is gorgeous, the characters unique and well-developed and the … Continue reading The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain), by Lloyd Alexander, 1964, Book Review