The Book of Three

The Book of Three

Book - 1999
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Since "The Book of Three" was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli--all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, c1999.
Edition: 50th Anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780805061321
Call Number: ALEXANDER
Characteristics: ix, 190 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Taran (Fictitious character : Alexander) -- Juvenile fiction.
Prydain (Imaginary place) -- Juvenile fiction.
Good and evil -- Juvenile fiction.
Quests (Expeditions) -- Juvenile fiction.
Alternative Title: Book of 3


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

This book is my faverate book ever I keep telling my mom to read it . Thank you so much for writing this book 🙏🤗From :Tristan Duncan

I thought I wouldn't like but I decided to give it shot anyway. I was a little sceptical that it would be "To kiddy" but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sure, Taran is a bit of a brat at first, Eilonwy was annoying sometimes, and Gurgi was a little irritating, but then you got see them grow into less bratty, annoying, and irritating characters and it was so much fun. Gwydion was awesome, Fflewddur Fflam was the best, and oh boy those villains are so good. Achren is scary and the Horned King is intimidating as heck. It was a blast to read and I can't wait to read the next book.

DBRL_KrisA May 23, 2019

Chronicles of Prydain, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Wrinkle in Time - I didn't read all of these adventure/fantasy series when I was a kid. Don't know why - maybe my parents didn't approve of the magic and fairy tale creatures and all. Maybe I just didn't know these series existed? Or maybe I thought I was too mature for simple adventure? At any rate, I'm glad I've finally gone back and read a lot of these.
This first book in the Prydain series has a lot of the things that are common to many of these series - a regular kid (or kids) that turns out to be the crucial person to the story; an experienced fighter that is actually a prince in disguise; a Gurgi/Gollum character; dwarves and fair folk; a band of compatriots who have joined together to accomplish a mission. Yes, Taran is a bit whiny; yes, Eilonwy is (more than a bit) annoying. But Fflewdurr Flamm and his magic harp are fun, and the Horned King is scary, and the story as a whole is really enjoyable.

Aug 30, 2017

This book was a really delightful fantasy romp; it had just enough fantasy language (or, y'know, Welsh,) to make it seem unfamiliar without being wholly alienating (though it was a little rough to get into at the beginning, but that's something I experience a lot so ymmv.) I found the characters to be fun, especially Eilonwy and Fflewddur Fflam, and Taran's growth was good to watch. It made me want to read the other books in the series!

(People have said this is just watered down LOTR for kids and yeah to a large extent that might be true but also it's more fun and significantly shorter than LOTR so there.)

DonnaN_KCMO Nov 15, 2016

This is the first book in the Prydain Chronicles. I enjoyed the fantasy, Welsh mythology, and humor. Boys and girls will enjoy the wide variety of characters. The book is also a great read-aloud.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Based on Welsh mythology, this first book in the Chronicles of Prydain introduces Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, who longs to be a great hero. His chance comes when a hunt for his pig Hen Wen turns into an adventure involving a crown prince, a feisty princess and a storytelling king in which they must defeat an army of the undead.

Jun 11, 2015

This series is a rung lower than Lord of the Rings and maybe a few notches under Chronicles of Narnia; think of it as a light epic fantasy geared specifically to kids. These books were first published over 30 years ago and won buckets full of awards. The novels set a standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. The best way to explain this series is to take Lord of the Rings, toss in a shade more comedy, inject a bit of Welsh mythology into the story, throw in a coming-of-age theme and aim the whole thing at kids. And while the series targets kids, adults will also quite enjoy the series too.
Like all good literature, it's a story that can appeal to all ages. There's a cast of interestingly quirky characters and a fast-paced plot that will keep you turning the pages without pause.

May 30, 2015

I love this series, but The High King is my favorite.

Red_Dog_1544 Jan 13, 2015

This book is filled with action! Just like Lord of the rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia! it is very entertaining. I highly suggest that you read the the tales of the prydian first so that you can get a little bit of a back story and introduce some of the characters

Carnation_Teens Dec 10, 2014

Discover (or rediscover) the Prydain series if you love the Rick Riordan "Percy Jackson" series. It's got the same three qualities: Based on mythology (Welsh) a guy who seems to have nothing going for him, gets thrown into the middle of a life-changing, incredibly exciting adventure. And it's funny, in the same way (only without the very amusing chapter titles: nothing's perfect).

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Mar 07, 2020

NicePerson_290 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Jul 14, 2019

indigo_wombat_83 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

RobertELPL Mar 06, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Apr 06, 2016

blue_falcon_948 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

Mar 02, 2016

Green_Alligator_24 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

whiteshadow13 Mar 07, 2012

whiteshadow13 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


Add a Summary
whiteshadow13 Jan 29, 2012

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at GCPL

To Top