(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

The Newbery-Award winning The High King is the final, and most complex, novel of the Prydain Chronicles, a series which follows the life of Taran, an assistant pig-keeper. A climactic battle between good and evil is fought, and Taran's identity as heir to the throne is finally revealed. For readers who have followed the rest of Taran's adventures, the book is a fitting conclusion, for it brings together all of the characters from the Chronicles in a final attempt to destroy the evil forces of Arawn. For those who have not read the other books, it is a rousing fantasy adventure in its own right. With The High King, the age of magic has come to an end, and Taran must assume his position as king.

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