Because I like beautiful things (and my old paperbacks have ugly spines, because I bought them when I was 12 and frequently reread them).
As someone who actually enjoyed the movie The Black Cauldron, I jumped on the opportunity to read the books the movie was based on. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander is a series of five Fantasy novels for children and a collection of short stories. I got the box set with the five novels for Christmas, and finally had the chance to dive into the first book: The Book of Three.
Taran is Assistant Pig-Keeper at Caer Dallben, though he dreams of being a hero and going on adventures. When Hen Wen, the oracular pig he’s in charge of, runs away in a panic because of the Horned King’s presence close by, Taran goes after her, and leaves the one place he calls home.