Taran Wanderer, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


"Lloyd Alexander is the true High King of fantasy" Garth Nix The fourth novel in this classic high-fantasy series, which already enjoys cult status in America.

A must-read for all fans of Lord of the Rings. Synopsis Assistant pig-keeper Taran's many adventures have seen him become a hero and fall in love with a princess, but he is yet to discover the truth about himself.

Determined to prove himself worthy in the eyes of Princess Eilonwy, he sets off on a quest for knowledge of his birthright.

Accompanied by his loyal friends, Taran meets three enchantresses of the Marshes of Morva, who send him to consult the mysterious Mirror of Llunet.

With the help of the people of Prydain, he must learn the secret of the Mirror to find the truth about himself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: Illustrations, map
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780746068397


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Having been taken in as a foundling by the sorcerer Dallben, and now missing his childhood friend,the Princess Eilonwy, Taran sets off on a quest (with the ever faithful Gurgi in tow) to discover his heritage before he can act on his feelings for her. But will he be as satisfied if he finds he comes of common stock rather than noble, as he dreams?This is book 4 of the Chronicles of Prydain. I feel the story flows more smoothly this time, with some nice details and descriptions. However, the passage of time is somewhat glossed over, such as when Taran is hard at work learning the intricacies of a craft from basics through to the finished product. This is a nicely written children's book about the magical land of Prydain.

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I have been re-reading his classic series aloud to my son. It has been many years since I read them so it is also a pleasurable rediscovery for myself. 'Taran Wanderer' is in some ways the most difficult of the series, especially for children. It has fewer adventurous and fantastic elements than the other books. Taran does not have many of his companions around him (except for the faithful Gurgi) and spends the book searching for himself and his parentage in lands far from those familar to him. The book has several emotional low points for Taran, one of which<spoiler class=""> (Craddoc falsely claiming Taran as his son and puncturing all of his high-born dreams)</spoiler> is so depressing that my son didn't want to read on for quite a while; the mood of the whole book is serious and heavy-hearted. Taran persists, however, and comes to some mature realisations about himself.

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