Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander (1966)

The Castle of Llyr is just downright good storytelling, plain and simple.  It's a better book than The Book of Three, but I'm not sure why it's better - I think for me, probably because I owned this and The Black Cauldron long before I owned or even read the other four in the series.  It suffers from a lack of Eilonwy, but I like Prince Rhun.  And there's the wonderful Llyan.  And Achren too - I love those female villainesses!  Glew, though, I always found annoying.

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Quite simply, great storytelling.  Alexander builds on the plot and characters of the earlier two novels, adding layers to the personalities of Taran, Flewddur and Eilonwy, while adding new characters like Prince Rhun.  There is a touch of romance to the book, but that never overshadows the rollicking adventure.  What's really amazing about Alexander is that there is simplicity to his novels, particularly the middle three (books 1 and 5 feel a little like bookends), that allows the reader to use his imagination to "fill in the gaps."  For example, Achren, the villainous enchantress, has a major back story that Alexander only hints at (in both this book and in The Book of Three).  The details of her previous relationship with Arawn the Death Lord are left to our imagination, which is far more engaging and interesting than having every last detail spelled out for us. 



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