My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m giving this series to one of my nephews for his birthday this week. I can’t remember how many times I read Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles when I was young. Dozens of times, I think. I re-read them later when I was an adult and found them just as good as I had remembered. While they are definitely written for children, Alexander’s writing is superb, clean, concise and certainly good and enjoyable enough for adults. Alexander has a spare, lyrical quality to his stories that is deceptive in how powerfully he can communicate them.
The Book of Three is a splendid beginning to the Chronicles. Taran is the hot-headed, lovable younger brother I always wished I had had. Gurgi is, well…Gurgi. One of the best side-kick characters ever written. The land of Prydain itself is like another whole character in and of itself – complex, mysterious, fascinating, the sort of place you’d love to visit, to wander through with a picnic basket in one hand and a shotgun in the other.
Anyway, if you haven’t read this series, I’d heartily recommend it. Yes, it’s in the so-called (bogus) YA category, but it’s a polished gem. If you try it and don’t like it, let me know and I’ll make it up to you somehow.