High King

High King

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This is the 50th Anniversary Edition of Lloyd Alexander's classic The High King, the final book in the Chronicles of Prydain. Whether readers are already familiar with the series or new to it, they won't be able to resist this beautiful special edition filled with bonus material and a new introduction.

In this riveting conclusion to the classic series from Lloyd Alexander, three faithful friends face the ultimate war between good and evil.

When the most powerful weapon in the land of Prydain falls into the hands of Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, Taran and Prince Gwydion rally an army to stand up to the dark forces.

The companions' last and greatest quest is also their most perilous. The biting cold of winter is upon them, adding to the danger they already face. Their journey, fraught with battle and bloodshed, ends at the very portal of Arawn's stronghold. There, Taran is faced with the most crucial decision of his life.

Winne r of the 1969 Newbery Medal

About The Chronicles of Prydain :

Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.

Released over a period of five years, Lloyd Alexander's beautifully written tales not only captured children's imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise. The Black Cauldron was a Newbery Honor Book, and the final volume in the chronicles, The High King , crowned the series by winning the Newbery Medal for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Henry Holt is proud to present this classic series to a new generation of young readers. Jackets have been handsomely redesigned while retaining the original art of Caldecott Medal-winning artist Evaline Ness. Each retypeset volume now includes a pronunciation guide prepared by Lloyd Alexander. A companion book of short stories, The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain , is also available in hardcover for the first time in twenty years.

In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, c1968.
ISBN: 9781250072740
Branch Call Number: J ALE


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Apr 08, 2015

Quite a bit sad, the ending, and the Taran/Eilonwy thing isn't as deep as I would have liked (he never looks her in the eyes or whatever) but I can't complain...overall good read, esp. if you like the series. I was sad when a few characters died which is a sign of a good book.

Sad the series is over for me :(

Jul 21, 2014

This was a nice ending to the series, with characters appearing that were introduced in the earlier books. I was glad Eilonwy was in it again because she's one of the best characters and was mostly missing from 3 and 4. The ending is bittersweet and a bit rushed. Still, I recommend finishing the whole series.

Apr 22, 2013

The last book in the series. Everything comes together in a final battle of good vs. evil. Draws from all previous books and brings back both old friends and enemies in one great tale of fantasy. More fighting than in previous books but without being too graphic in the details.

brontelit87 Sep 01, 2012

A good conclusion to the series. This series could have used a sixth volume just to tie up various loose ends throughout the series. The flow from book 3 to books 4 & 5 was not as smooth as it could have been. I was a little disappointed with certain parts of this particular book, but it's worth the read anyway.

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whiteshadow13 Jan 29, 2012

In this final part of the chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil in an ultimate confrontation, which determines the fate of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper who wanted to be a hero.


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