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The Book of Three
fan adaptation of the first novel in The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
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Comic language: English
Genre: Fantasy
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Last update: 17th Jun 2017
Number of comics: 160
Number of subscribers: 117
Visitors: 47366 visitors (272562 pages viewed)
Rating: 5 (427 votes)

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Fancomic adaptation of The Book of Three, the first book in Lloyd Alexander's kidlit classic series The Chronicles of Prydain. A young Assistant Pig-Keeper who dreams of heroism is thrust into adventure and a journey of discovery. Updates on Mondays and sometimes Thursdays.

Prydain and its characters are the creation of Lloyd Alexander. Artist profits in no way from this fanwork, and highly recommends anyone who enjoys this comic check out the books: The Chronicles of Prydain, easily available in trade paperback on amazon.

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Saeriellyn
Saeriellyn
Saeriellyn has been drawing longer than most people on this site have been alive, but only delved into comics a few years ago. She loves children's literature, celtic fantasy, Wales, and Assistant Pig-Keepers. She will wax verbose with anyone who interacts with her regarding all these topics, and her related work especially.

She's happily married to a fellow fantasy nerd and costume designer, and homeschools three kids, which means in her spare time she likes to go to the bathroom alone.

She enjoys singing, art, pretending she can dance, sarcasm, 80s nostalgia, Jim Henson, mountains, castles, and costumes. She does not like politicians, internet trolls, and when people clear-cut woods to build ugly housing developments.


Most recent comments left on The Book of Three

LMS (Guest)
20th Jul 2017
I love your posts. Well thought out and articulate. I agree with most of what you've said here, but I'm not sure I agree that Eilonwy has romantic feelings for Taran this early--or at least that they are her primary motivation. I'm not sure she understands the nature of her attraction to Taran at this point. She latches onto him, yes, and very strongly. Even when she wants to rip his face off, she is determined that no one's going to make her leave him. But at least in this first book, I've always imagined that had more to do with her upbringing and her loneliness.

Taran isn't always very nice to her--at least not nice the way she instinctively feels that he should be. He's got a lot to learn. But for all that, he's still nicer than anyone else she can remember has been, and he's the first person she's met at or around her age. Then you go back to "nowhere else to go," and you can see how that might be her primary motivation in not only helping Taran but in staying with him as well. Like many neglected or abused children, Eilonwy doesn't know how to treat her new friend (any more than the kid Dallben and Coll raised knows how to treat a girl), but clings to him tightly all the same. He's all she has. When Eilonwy chooses to help him escape from Achren and Spiral Castle collapses, of course she goes with Taran.

In my head, once this first book closes, Eilonwy could have had a couple options. They probably could have contacted her distant kinsmen on Mona at that point and sent her home. She would have been welcome in Fflewddur's cantrev or in Caer Dathyl. Or she could go to Caer Dallben with Taran. Since it was decided before Taran asks Dallben at the end of the book, I'm assuming someone intervened on her behalf before he did. Fflewddur would be my guess--he observes the children, notes the strength of Eilonwy's attachment to Taran, and probably thinks both kids would be better off for growing up together for a bit. They have a lot they can teach one another, whether they start a romance or not.

If I had to guess as to when Eilonwy realizes she's developed romantic feelings for Taran, it's probably either at the very end of this book or in between this one and the opening of BC. But I'm firmly convinced that by the time Taran does everything he does in *that* book, Eilonwy's made up her mind she's going to marry him someday. And even if he hasn't put words to it (because he probably wouldn't think to do so), Fflewddur has as good as sworn loyalty to Taran, too.
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mantis
17th Jul 2017
mantis
True, the motivation behind the statement makes more sense than the statement itself. You can see why Taran was frustrated, though, since he had been trying to protect her -- he was ready to make a suicidal stand against two Cauldron-Born in an effort to buy time for her and the others to escape. Just as well Fflewddur advised him to drop it; there was nothing to be gained in arguing the point right then.

Both that interaction and Taran's botched attempt to apologize underscore the fact that Eilonwy develops romantic feelings for him faster than he does for her. Part of it, of course, is that the mission to warn Caer Dathyl of the Horned King's impending attack is a higher priority for him than it is for her; he traveled with Gwydion, blames himself for the Prince of Don's apparent death, and his upbringing by Coll and Dallben has given him a patriot's loyalty to the House of Don and the idea of Caer Dathyl, even though he's never been there. Eilonwy, on the other hand, is on this journey partly in defiance of Achren and her own upbringing, partly because she has nowhere else to go, but mostly because Taran is both the first real friend she's ever had and a young man she finds attractive and intriguing. Her tension between wanting him to care about her for her own sake and not wanting him to know how important that is to her shows clearly in scenes like this.
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CM (Guest)
13th Jul 2017
Hah! I'm honored to receive such a mention above!

I agree that Eilonwy's response to Taran's comment about the web isn't simply "irrational" (in one sense of the word). It's almost calculated. 1) She's really still mad at him and doesn't want to open up to much or let her guard down. 2) She doesn't want to show that she is really is very much in need of affirmation and approval and affection. 3) So she pretends as if Taran is in the wrong when he clearly WAS concerned about her safety (this is the whole reason he chased after her in the first place) and even gave her a compliment to boot. 4) She also tells him *exactly* what her problem is (or at least part of it) with how he is failing her, but tells him in a way that allows her to pretend as if she isn't goading him to say, "Hey, no, I was concerned about *you*."

So it's not simply irrational.

Of course, one could read Taran's comment about her magical abilities as being directed to affirming her value to the mission (which she seemed eager to show earlier), and so her anger might seem particularly strange. But, really, I don't think she fully understands what it is she wants from him at this point (though she does by the end of the novel, at least).
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Rob S. (Guest)
10th Jul 2017
Mark me down as another who enjoys the Westmark Trilogy, particularly The Kestrel. I hadn't read them until last summer, and was completely engrossed by the darker turn the second book takes. The novel Westmark itself is an exciting kid's adventure...but its sequel gets downright harrowing.
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mantis
10th Jul 2017
mantis
Wow, that last line is just heartbreaking when you stop to think about it. I imagine her voice dropping to a near whisper when she says that, so that it won't crack. That expression, the way she's turned her face so that her hair obscures it from his view, the eyes cutting away from him... this is the first moment where the hurt underlying her affected cheeriness and quick temper breaks through to the surface. And yeah, Taran's expression makes clear he's not oblivious to that, but of course he's understandably preoccupied at the moment... and really, what would you say to an almost complete stranger in response to an admission like that?

Well, I can think of one thing, but it would take a wiser, more experienced Taran to come up with it. There's a salient question implied by the things she's stated as facts on this page, that might go like this: "Um, Eilonwy, please don't take this wrong, but if you've lived here as long as you can remember, then how do you know that your relatives sent you here after your parents died? Because if that's what Achren told you... well, I wouldn't trust her as far as I could kick her, would you?"
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