“ Author: Lloyd Alexander / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 01 July 2011 / Genre: Children's Fantasy & Magical Realism / Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd / Title: The Book of Three / ISBN 13: 9781409515050 / ISBN 10: 1409515050 „
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The book of three is the first book in a series of five books written by author Lloyd Alexander.
The author mentions in his author notes that these books are based loosely on Celtic legends. He does not go any further than that which is a shame because it would have been helpful reading some of the storyline.
In the beginning of this book we meet two characters Taran and Coll who are leading very ordinary lives. Taran wishes for more action in his life and gets it.
Taran gets given the job of being an assistant pig keeper after complaining of being very bored with his life.
The story begins when Taran lose the pig after it runs away after being scared. He must find it at all costs before the evil horned king finds it and kills it.
The actual part in which he loses the pig reminds me a bit of Alice in Wonderland. It is the part of the book where she chases after the rabbit.
The book although not written for Disney has that sort of feel to it and is suitable for all ages.
It has a very annoying character in it by the name of Gurgi ( a talking wolf) who is always going on about wanting food. I feel the author could have left him out of the story as he does not in my opinion really add to the story.
My favorite character goes by the name of Eilonwy who is a wise cracking sorceress who always makes comments at the expense of Taran.
Taran is the sort of character that always has good intentions in all he does but sometimes offends when he is not really trying.
And finally to add to company we meet Fflewddur Fflam who has a magic harp in which its strings break when he lies.
As you can see the book has some very enjoyable characters which make the book unique.
If I had a complaint about the book is it does not have as much action as I would have liked and is a bit predictable in some parts.
If it were not for the characters I would not have recommend this book.
if you looking for something different I would highly recommend.