Title: The Castle of Llyr
Author: Lloyd Alexander
Pages: 192 pages
Year Published: 1966
New or Repeat: repeated several times
Opening Line: Eilonwy of the red-gold hair, the Princess Eilonwy Daughter of Angharad Daughter of Regat of the Royal House of Llyr, was leaving Caer Dallben.
Quick Summary: The third book in the Chronicles of Prydain takes Taran, Gurgi and Eilonwy to the Isle of Mona, where Eilonwy is to stay and learn how to be a proper lady. They meet up with Fflewddur Fflam and discover that everything is not as it seems. Eilonwy soon goes missing and Taran and his companions must find her.
My Opinion: This book is the turning point in the series- Taran and Eilonwy are growing up and leaving behind their childhood wishes. The series starts addressing more adult issues and I think it's better for it. I really love how the characters interact in this book. I especially like how jealous Taran is of Prince Rhun and how Rhun acts like Taran did in the Book of Three. I really wish, though, that Eilonwy was more present in the book. However, it’s still awesome!
Favorite Character: Fflewddur Flam in this one- especially with Llyon
Least Favorite Character: Glew- he really, really annoys me
Favorite Quote: “That would seem to be one of its secrets, at least,” replied Fflewddur. “Once you've discovered that, you've discovered a great secret indeed--with or without the bauble.”
Ending Line: “At least,” Eilonwy added quickly, “not for a little while.”
Would I See the Movie? There isn’t one, but I would if it was done right.
Did I Like It? Loved it!
Final Grade: 5 stars