The High King by Lloyd Alexander
Review by Fallon D, Northwest Branch
Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper has come a long way since the beginning of the Prydain Chronicles. After arriving home at Caer Dallben, Taran is at peace...but only for a little while. Soon, a couple of old friends come bringing devastating news: the powerful sword of Dyrnwyn has been stolen by none other than Arwn, the Death Lord of Annuvin. Prince Gwydion, the war leader of Prydain, must now journey to take back the sword. But after only a little while the adventure turns into to something that concerns everyone in Prydain, with Taran and his companions playing a large and dangerous part in.
Being the fifth and final book of the Prydain Chronicles, which stated with The Book of Three, The High King is definitely the best! This novel was noticeably darker than the earlier books, and the storyline was more complicated and interesting. "You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." is a great quote by Paul Sweeney, and that was exactly how I felt when i finished this book! It made me really sad to think of the decisions that Taran made and the knowledge that the Prydain Chronicles are over. Fantasy fans will love this series and its characters.