The Black Cauldron 50th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 2

By Lloyd Alexander

Square Fish, 9781250067593, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

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Hardcover (9/1/2015)

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Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is proud to publish this 50th Anniversary Edition of Lloyd Alexander's classic Newbery Honor winner The Black Cauldron, the second book in the Chronicles of Prydain, with a new introduction by fellow Newbery Honor winner Rebecca Stead.

In the land of Prydain, evil is never far away. Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, has been building an army of dark warriors to take over Prydain, and the only way to stop him is to destroy the Black Cauldron he uses to create his dreaded soldiers. Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his loyal companions must journey deep into Arawn's domain to destroy the Black Cauldron. For each of them, the quest has a special meaning. For Taran, it is the glorious opportunity to use his first sword in battle. But war requires a sacrifice greater than he'd ever imagined. . . .

About the Author

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.

Praise For The Black Cauldron 50th Anniversary Edition: The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 2

“The same characteristics that made the first book so rich are again present--a fine flow of words; an intricate, active plot; an admirable balance between the forces of black and white magic. . . . Once-in-a-lifetime reading that will assure Prydain a permanent place in geographies of fictional territories.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Taran, the gallant Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his companions once again fare forth to destroy the evil that threatens their beloved country, Prydain. . . . A wise and wondrous tale written in epic fashion.” —Booklist