I have been reading so many other books this past month, that I haven’t made a big dent in my YA novels. So, I only have two reviews for today’s Project Read Your Classroom Shelves!
The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
I had originally bought this book at a library $1 sale and immediately grabbed it when I saw two obvious Welsh words: “Lloyd” and “Llyr.” I thought it’d be cool to have a Welsh magic and knights story. Well, it turns out that this is the third installment in the Chronicles of Prydain, the most famous of which is the second: The Black Cauldron. After realizing that, names and events fell into place as Disney made a version of The Black Cauldron.
This book is the developing/discovering of the love between Assistant Pig-Keeper turned knight Taran and the tom boyish princess with magical properties Eilonwy. Eilonwy is sent to Dinas Rhydant to learn how to become a Lady and to be betrothed to the clumsy Prince Rhun. But, Magg, the steward of the castle captures Eilonwy and takes her to the evil witch, Achren. So, Taran, Kaw, Gurgi, Flewddur, and Gwydion embark on a quest to rescue her as Taran realized his deeper feelings towards Eilonwy.
It was a fun read, but some characters’ relationships as well as allured events were a bit confusing because it is the third installment in the series. But I had so much fun pronouncing the Welsh names and places correctly and learning more about the epic tale of Welsh lore.