I recently started this series, and I've been gobbling it down like popcorn. Lloyd Alexander had a true gift for dialogue, and even if the stories weren't as great as they are, it would be a treat just to watch these characters chat with each other. It's also quite fun to see how obviously Star Wars was inspired by these guys even if AFAIK Lucas has never cited it as such. I mean, you've got the farm boy, the more experienced fighter, the wise old master, the princess, the snooty complainer, the really hairy thing, and the smaller one who doesn't speak normally and carries important secrets. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn't read them, and I very much look forward to Disney's upcoming live action adaptations after their first attempt The Black Cauldron was such a disaster three decades ago.