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The Black CauldronMuch better than ‘The Book of Three’;Deepening the mysteryWith shades of lore and historyAnd urgent electricity(And sometimes added duplicityWhen characters dabble in trickery),As three Crones with their witcheryComplete the synchronicity. Heavier than the first novel (The Book of Three) with a loton the ball teaching wise and lesson wise This includes lessons on everything up to self sacrifice. A slight retread of book 1, but with a sharper driving quest, higher stakes, and bigger character moments for almost everyone Except for the looming shadow of the big bad villain, the smaller villains are farnuanced and morally interesting.There areof the lovely thoughtful moments that I prize, where people have to consider the price of heroism and reflect on what makes for a good life Looking forward to the next book. It’s delightful for me to revisit, 40 or so years later, the adventures of Taran and his companions in this, the second novel in Lloyd Alexander’s classic Chronicles of Prydain In these uncertain, fraught times, I am comforted by the wisdom, warmth, wit, and courage depicted in these pages Simply delightful. [ DOWNLOAD BOOK ] ♔ The Black Cauldron ⚈ Taran, the Assistant PigKeeper, and his friends are led into a mortal struggle with Arawn and his deathless warriors Taran must wrest the black cauldron from them, for it is the cauldron that gives them their evil strength But can he withstand the three enchantresses, who are determined to turn him and his companions into toads? Taran has not foreseen the awful price he will have to pay in his defence of Prydain I loved this book It's definitely the kind of fantasy novel that anybody can enjoy, simple without being dry or boring, sentimental without being saccharine, and it has lots of likeable characters It does differ from its Disney film adaptation counterpart, and it's actually not the first in its series (although arguably it's the most wellknown book of that series), and that makes it really fun to read, because so much of it is unexpected It's not a particularly deep work of fiction, but its universal themes of friendship and adventure really make it stand out It even has some elements of spookiness, giving it a darker edge than some other similar books in its genre.I loved the developed world in the story, and how the characters and their abilities all compliment each other No character is just thrown in at random for filler, and they all rely on each other to succeed It's a very characterdriven story, really It also breaks some of thecommon and overused tropes in the fantasy genre, which was great to see. This book is the one that gave the Disney film from the 80s its nameyou know, the one nobody saw that was a complete box office disasterright before The Little Mermaid came out and ushered in Disney's Golden Age I saw the film once and wasn't impressed with it It bears almost no resemblance, aside from its characters sharing the same names and a few select characteristics, to the books.As stated in my review for The Book of Three, I was not very impressed with this series to start off with, but about a third of the way in to The Black Cauldron, it became clear that Alexander had turned his storytelling around a little Instead of focusing on plot movement and having things happen to the characters all the time, The Black Cauldron is instead a very charactermotivated story Most of the conflict doesn't come from fighting bad guys, but instead from the difficult choices the characters must make.Although, yes, there is a plot Taran and his friends join the massive effort to retake the titular Black Cauldron from Arawn, Death Lord of Annuven, so that he may not make anyof his Cauldron Born warriors (basically magical deathless zombies) Only one problem: when they get to Annuven, the Cauldron has already been stolen, so the companions set off again in search of it, to prevent Arawn from makingCauldron Born, so that when the final inevitable confrontation that is sure to come does occur, they may at least have a chance in defeating him This search leads Taran to the the three enchantresses in the Marshes of Morva, Orddu, Orgach, and Orwen They are honestly delightful (a great example of Alexander's skill at combining humor and actual pathos) andimportantly, they pose Taran his greatest challenge yet Taran, who wants to be a hero, but doesn't actually know what that means.This was probably my favorite of the five books, mostly because the enchantresses were so sassy, but also probably because it was such an unexpected improvement over its predecessor. Old Shit I'm Revisiting: The Prequel: Part 2Aw this islike it As I said I was a bit disappointed reading The Book Of Three this islike The Prydain I remember There are still flaws, writing at times can be a bit flat, and the exposition a bit heavy But the moral universe of the characters has grown nicely adding shades of grey to what was starkly black and white before, there's room for some apt and surprisingly lovely metaphor (The broach that causes everything to look different is as good a metaphor for loss of innocence as I can think of) and the characters have deepened, though I can still see a bit of the stockness (blah blah blah classic archetypes yada yada yada collective unconscious, what I can I say I calls them like I see them).Once again though the heart of the book comes from Alexander's fertile and surprisingly dark imagination He plays for keeps and he can play mean, the Cauldron Born themselves are a skin crawlingly creepy concept (It's always bothered me how they don't even bleed), The Huntsmen blew my God Damned mind when I was twelve, and the Cauldron itself is creepy as hell It's a clever idea really, Tolkien always did the thing with the ring where it would purposely hinder transportation or put itself in someone's hand Well that all well and good, but Alexander does the same thing here with a several hundred pound cauldron, which believe me can do some damage when it doesn't want to be moved Even the allies are creepy as hell, the three sisters who control the cauldron have the same strange elliptical menace as Gaiman's Kindly Ones from Sandman In fact I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that this was a major influence on Gaiman's portrayal (blah blah blah classic archetypes yada yada yada collective unconscious, what I can I say I calls them like I see them).Anyway it was a significant step up from The Book Of Three I might see some cracks a bitclearly now, but I can still appreciate a ripping good yarn. In 4th grade all I wanted to be was Princess Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron. On of my all time favorites as a kid Recommended for those who like Diana Wynne Jones and Susan Cooper.***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books not every book I read Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement I can't believe I just said hearty It sounds like a stew.****