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The Black Cauldron 50th Anniversary Edition

The Black Cauldron 50th Anniversary Edition

The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 2

The Chronicles of Prydain (Volume 2)

Lloyd Alexander; foreword by Rebecca Stead

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is proud to publish this 50th Anniversary Edition of Lloyd Alexander's classic Newbery Honor winner The Black Cauldron, the second book in the Chronicles of Prydain, with a new introduction by fellow Newbery Honor winner Rebecca Stead.

In the land of Prydain, evil is never far away. Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, has been building an army of dark warriors to take over Prydain, and the only way to stop him is to destroy the Black Cauldron he uses to create his dreaded soldiers. Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his loyal companions must journey deep into Arawn's domain to destroy the Black Cauldron. For each of them, the quest has a special meaning. For Taran, it is the glorious opportunity to use his first sword in battle. But war requires a sacrifice greater than he'd ever imagined. . . .


The Council at Caer Dallben

Autumn had come too swiftly. In the northernmost realms of Prydain many trees were already leafless, and among the branches clung the ragged shapes of empty nests. To the south,...

Praise for The Black Cauldron 50th Anniversary Edition

“* The same characteristics that made the first book so rich are again present--a fine flow of words; an intricate, active plot; an admirable balance between the forces of black and white magic. . . . Once-in-a-lifetime reading that will assure Prydain a permanent place in geographies of fictional territories. ” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Taran, the gallant Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his companions once again fare forth to destroy the evil that threatens their beloved country, Prydain. . . . A wise and wondrous tale written in epic fashion.” —Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads

Lloyd Alexander; foreword by Rebecca Stead

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) is the author of many magical books for young readers. Among them are the Prydain Chronicles, which include the Newbery Medal winner The High King and the Newbery Honor book The Black Cauldron. Time Cat, originally published in 1963, was his first fantasy for young readers. Mr. Alexander's work has inspired a loyal following of readers of all ages.

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Lloyd Alexander


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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