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Taran Wanderer

Taran Wanderer

The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 4 (50th Anniversary Edition)

The Chronicles of Prydain (Volume 4)

Lloyd Alexander

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This is the 50th anniversary edition of Lloyd Alexander's classic Taran Wanderer, the fourth 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 an introduction by #1 New York Times–bestselling author and Newbery Honor winner Holly Black.

In the fourth book in Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain, Taran must go on yet another journey—to find out who he really is.

Taran is an Assistant Pig-Keeper no longer—he has become a hero. Now he dreams of winning the hand of Princess Eilonwy, but how can someone who has spent his whole life caring for a pig hope to marry royalty? Eager to learn his origins and hoping to discover noble roots, Taran sets off with the faithful Gurgi.

The journey takes the companions to the three witches in the Marshes of Morva and through the many realms of Prydain. At last they reach the mystical Mirror of Llunet, which reveals a person's true identity. Yet Taran may not be ready to face the truth. . . .

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. 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.

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

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Taran Wanderer

CHAPTER ONE
Who Am I?
It was full springtime, with promise of the richest summer the farm had ever seen. The orchard was white with fragrant blossoms; the newly planted fields lay light as green mist....

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Praise for Taran Wanderer

“There is no paucity of daring forays, wicked enchanters, tiny people, desperate fights, et cetera; there is in fact all of the color and adventure one expects in the land of fantasy.” —The Bulletin

“Through fantasy, that struggle for self-knowledge becomes clear.” —School Library Journal

“Alexander's books remain my sentimental favorites.... And "Taran Wanderer" is the volume that thrilled me the most.” —Greg Pak, NewsARama.com

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About the author

Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of more than forty books for children and adults, including the beloved children's fantasy series, the Chronicles of Prydain, one of the most widely read series in the history of fantasy and the inspiration for the animated Disney film, The Black Cauldron. His books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, and the National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

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