Author: Lloyd Alexander
Genre: Juvenile Fiction; Fantasy
The Recipe: "The Black Cauldron" continues the story of Taran, an assistant pig-keeper, whose latest adventure is to join his friends and warriors to destroy a magical cauldron that is being used for evil. Arawn, an evil Lord, is using the cauldron to build an army of deathless zombie-warriors from his dead enemies. The task becomes even more difficult than expected as Taran and his friends learn lessons about friendship, betrayal, courage, and redemption.
The Frosting and Sprinkles: I enjoyed reading The Black Cauldron more than The Book of Three-it is much more of a page-turner and it further (and better) develops Taran's character. We see all the lovable, unique characters return and there are good redemptive themes in this novel, which I always appreciate.
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: Eilonwy, the main female character, was super annoying in this book! But, I am told she gets much better as she grows up through the series.
3 1/2 Cupcakes!