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The Black Cauldron is the second book of five written by author Lloyd Alexander.
The author does mention in the beginning that the book in a standalone book and can be read on its own.
The series follows a young man by the name of Taran who is also known as The assistant Pig Keeper. He gets the name from the job he is given by his master.
In my opinion this book is an improvement from the last as it has more action.
An Evil Death Lord is trying to take over the world by creating an army of dead warriors known as the cauldron born. They are created from an evil black magic cauldren hence their name.
Taran and his strange band of friends are brought back together by Prince Gwydion to find a way to destroy the black cauldron.
On their journey they meet three witches Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch who seam to have multiple personality disorder. I found this part of the book confusing and just felt as if it was used to slow down the storyline more than anything. Lots more could have been done here. The author could have had more action and the author could have without the muliple personalities.
Taran's character seems to be more grown up in this book and is and improvement from the last book. He has to make decisions that clearly show he is growing up.
I like the way the author has Taran turn the other cheek and not be bated into anger by other characters.
Plays more of a support role in this book and makes less remarks about Taran. Although I am glad to see a more supportive role from her I miss some her character from the first book. The author's change in her character makes me not like her as much as the first book.
Fflewddur Flam has a magical harp where its strings break every time he tells a lie. This book does not really focus on him as much as the first book. It also does not really expand on his character. I found this to be sad as he seems to be the most interesting characters of the series.
I found this book good enough to recommend to you all. It is suitable for all ages and story will appeal to all ages.
Although published in June 1965 the way the author writes the book does not age it in any way.
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