The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like many others, I gave in to nostalgia and decided to read Lloyd Alexander’s five-book series all over again. As a child I loved escaping to Prydain, so concerns grew that my thirty years of adulthood would corrupt my fond memories if I should dare to read them again. With the Lord of the Rings and other great book series turned into mega-million-dollar profit machines, would my mind be tainted? Letting go of my concerns, I bought the series and gambled my memories away – and won big. I just completed the Book of Three and thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing felt rougher and the moments a bit choppier, but the story and world were still just as inviting. Having read the other five I can see that this isn’t the best in the five-book series, but being an author myself I can understand that it takes some warming up to get a series going. Should I ding for that? Nope. Sometimes I feel you should get past a little roughness and enjoy the story as a whole. I’m going with a four-star rating since it’s a great book, but not the best in the series.
Trayner Bane

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