Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of numerous books for children and adults, including highly acclaimed, classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain and The Westmark Trilogy. His books have won numerous awards and accolades including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor and the National Book Award.
"The wisdom of this book lies in its difficult solution: Good does not triumph over evil simply because it is good... Lloyd Alexander does not answer questions; he raises them... He keeps his adventures spinning and in the end we are happy in how it all turns out." --The New York Times
"As always, Alexander peoples his tale with a marvelous cast of individuals, and weaves an intricate story of high adventure that climaxes in a superbly conceived conclusion, which... is reached through carefully built tension and subtly added comic relief." --Booklist, starred review