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Prydain: next two

The Black Cauldron: Gwydion decides to steal the Black Cauldron, as Arawn's abusing it more and more. Arawn's security seems, uh, poor. By a remarkable coincidence, the Cauldron's true owners decide to take it back at almost the exact time. They *are* the Fates (obvious to me even as a kid, I knew my mythology) so I guess "coincidence" is suspect, but still. And if I were Taran, I'd have decided the Cauldron was perfectly safe where it was and kept the magical brooch. One *does* simply walk into Mordor Annuvin if you're the frigging Triple Goddess.

I wonder if the way they swapped identities was original, and a precursor to Gaiman's version.

Prydain seems really small again. They go from Caer Dallben through Smoot's kingdom straight up to Annuvin. A few days, I think.

The Castle of Llyr: my copy is physically bigger than the first two, though the font is also bigger and more spaced. It felt more grown up, with less of Taran being an idiot, and the wacky tour of Mona was interesting. In general I had less of a feeling that people needed a good slap. And like Taran I had to smile at Glew's brilliance in improvised chemical engineering. Reminded me of Aerin in her invalid period in Hero and the Crown, researching the ointment of fire resistance.

I wonder what the time scale is. Achren used to rule Prydain, but Arawn feels like he's been around for quite a while, and Dallben's over 300 years old so Achren can be nigh-immortal too.

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