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The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron

The Chronicles of Prydain: Book 2
The Black Cauldron

  • Book Two in the Chronicles of Prydain, a classic epic full of breathtaking action, humour, valour and excitement.
  • The evil death-lord Arawn is once again threatening the peaceful land of Prydain. Can Taran overcome the challenges to protect Prydain?
  • Written by one of America’s most distinguished authors, Lloyd Alexander has received two Lifetime Achievement Awards for Children’s Literature.
  • A must-read for all Lord of The Rings fans.
  • A Newbery Honour Book (1966).
“Lloyd Alexander is the true High King of fantasy.”
Garth Nix
“The strongest high fantasy written for children in our times.”
School Library Journal

Extra information

Key Stage: KS2/3 E; Age 10+

BIC: D3N79

Illustrator: Alison Read

Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander is one of the most respected and best-loved of American authors, with a huge following worldwide. He has written over forty books for adults and children. The Chronicles of Prydain have won many awards, including the highly prestigious Newbery Medal for The High King, as well as the Newbery Honour for The Black Cauldron and the ALA Notable Book for The Book of Three. He is best known for his tales of high fantasy and adventure, and in 2003 he was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the World Fantasy Convention.

Lloyd was born in Pennsylvania and lived, until he died in 2007, a few blocks away from his childhood home. He met his future wife, Janine, in Paris while attending the University of Paris. After they married, Lloyd wrote novel after novel and it was seven years before his first novel was published. His magical stories have now sold millions of copies and have been translated into thirteen languages.

“I never became a world traveller, an explorer, an adventurer. But I did become a writer, which is pretty much the same thing.”
Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander

Awards

Newbery Honor Award

Press reviews

I love these books...Love Live Prydain!
Meg Rosoff, Award-winning author of How I Live Now
A very fine fantasy adventure with a quite compelling magic of its own. It is rare that high excitement yields such quiet wisdom.

New York Times

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