The Black Cauldron eBook ✓ The Black ePUB Ò

The Black Cauldron eBook ✓ The Black ePUB Ò

  • Paperback
  • 182 pages
  • The Black Cauldron
  • Lloyd Alexander
  • English
  • 16 August 2019
  • 9780805080490

10 thoughts on “The Black Cauldron

  1. Luffy Luffy says:

    Reading this book was like eating a big bowl of ice cream. Its innocent chivalry and intrepid heroism bear the signature of a genius Fantasy writer.

    I thought about the Cauldron long and hard. The reasoning by which the characters travel is childish and not really reasonable. But the story is so good.

    The other 4 books in the series are ordinary. This one, is not. I really want to reread it again. Don't we all wish that Disney had stuck to the original book? This too applies. Sigh. At least I'm not lactose intolerant to great stories.

  2. Paul Christensen Paul Christensen says:

    The Black Cauldron

    Much better than ‘The Book of Three’;
    Deepening the mystery
    With shades of lore and history
    And urgent electricity
    (And sometimes added duplicity
    When characters dabble in trickery),
    As three Crones with their witchery
    Complete the synchronicity.

  3. Spencer Orey Spencer Orey says:

    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 far more nuanced and morally interesting.

    There are more of 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.

  4. Anthony Anthony says:

    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.

  5. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    Heavier than the first novel (The Book of Three) with a lot more on the ball teaching wise and lesson wise. This includes lessons on everything up to self sacrifice.

  6. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    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 well-known 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 character-driven story, really. It also breaks some of the more common and overused tropes in the fantasy genre, which was great to see.

  7. Ashley Ashley says:

    This book is the one that gave the Disney film from the 80s its name--you know, the one nobody saw that was a complete box office disaster--right 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 character-motivated 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 any more of 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 making more Cauldron 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) and more importantly, 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.

  8. Bryce Wilson Bryce Wilson says:

    Old Shit I'm Revisiting: The Prequel: Part 2

    Aw this is more like it. As I said I was a bit disappointed reading The Book Of Three this is more like 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 bit more clearly now, but I can still appreciate a ripping good yarn.

  9. Meg Cabot Meg Cabot says:

    In 4th grade all I wanted to be was Princess Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron.

  10. Maggie Stiefvater Maggie Stiefvater says:

    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.****

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The Black Cauldron[Epub] ➝ The Black Cauldron Author Lloyd Alexander – 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 th 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 The Black ePUB Ò 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.

About the Author: Lloyd Alexander

The Chronicles of Prydain The concluding book of the series,.