If you’ve already read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and are looking for something similar, try: Lloyd Alexander’s, The Prydain Chronicles:
The Book of Three
The Black Cauldron
The Castle of Llyr
The High King
This series is classified as “Young Adult” but it’s great for adults too. I couldn’t put the books down and felt bummed when I finished the last book because I wanted more.
You can start with any of the books but I recommend starting with the first (The Book of Three) and working your way through. The series chronicles the life of Taran, a boy growing into a man, and his quest for purpose and identity. It’s set in a medieval, king/queen type format. The author himself comments on his love of Welsh folklore and weaves his passion within these stories. There is a good versus evil theme and many learning lessons about life.
The books were written in the 1960’s and some received awards including the John Newberry Medal.
The first book begins in a farming/cultural community where Taran was raised and he feels bored with his life. The series takes you through several exciting and well-written adventures that incorporate interesting characters such as Fflewddur the Flam who also is on a quest to discover his purpose and identity in life. There’s also the strange-looking Gurgi who first appears as a foe, but Taran soon realizes, with the help of a good king, that Gurgi is actually a faithful friend and they soon become lifelong companions.
There are also characters often found in medieval tales, such as dwarves and wizards and enchantresses. There’s also, those born by unnatural means such as the cauldron-born, fierce fighters for the Death Lord, Arawn. Defeating the Death Lord is Taran’s final quest that gives him more than victory.
I found this book to be less scary than Lord of the Rings if that is a concern of yours. While there is some suspense and sadness, the stories do not dwell on these things and the adventures flow well. There was plenty of humor weaved into the stories too. These books should be available at your local library.
I recommend this book for youth and adults alike and I may even look into having my own set for my personal library.
For more information on Lloyd Alexander I found this website: