The Book of Three | Lloyd Alexander | Review

“Every little thing deserves our respect, be it humble or proud, ugly or beautiful.”





Taran wanted to be a hero, and looking after a pig wasn’t exactly herioc, even though Hen Wen was an oracular pig. But the day that Hen Wen vanished, Taran was led into an enchanting and perilous world. With his band of followers, he confronted the Horned King and his terrible Cauldron-Born. These were the forces of evil, and only Hen Wen knew the secret of keeping the kingdom of Prydian sage from them. But who would find her first?


Now, I am going to address the elephant in the room … I have never watched The Black Cauldron nor had I heard of these books until around a week ago. There, I said it. Crap, poor childhood, I know – blame my parents! I was advised to read these by a friend on instagram as I was looking for a light read in-between all the heavy fantasy I was reading. I just wanted a bit of a break, this is exactly what this book did and I really enjoyed it.

This was such a fun read which I enjoyed from start to finish. I absolutely love Gurgi. I think other people find him annoying but I like annoying. He is hands down my favourite character in the book. I loved his plea for “crunching and munchings” all the time, that is definitely me! I wish I had read these as a child and now revisiting them as an adult but this is not the case.  I want to follow these characters more and find out what they get up to next. I have already downloaded the next book and am eager to begin.

What was really noticeable in this book was the humour, I absolutely loved the humour it definitely had me laughing throughout and just generally made me love the characters and the story more.

I don’t have much to say apart from I loved the writing style, I loved the world and the characters were excellent. This is such a light hearted fun read that I think all children and adults should read at some point in their lives. I will definitely be recommending it to my children.


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