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The Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter, Adventure Tale | Hero’s Journey - Alder & Alouette

The Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter | Mythology for Children | Padraic Colum

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The Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter is an adventure book for kids filled with intrigue, mystery and adventure. This middle grade book tells the mythological fiction tale of Eean, the fisherman's son, who vanquishes the evil Zabulun with the aide of Merlin the Magician, Bird-of-Gold and the King's horses. 

Eean's quest takes Eean to the Tower of Babylon where he defies his master, and he and Bird-of-Gold flee to Chiron the Centaur and Hermes in a desperate search of a helpmeet.

Finally they come to the magical Island of the White Tower which rises into sight out of the western ocean on midsummer's day, there to meet Merlin and to confront Zabulun in a final battle.



This is the classic Hero's Journey that makes literature great and worth reading again and again. 

As an assist for grade school children and middle school children, this edition has been freshly typeset in a contemporary font and complemented with footnotes for rare words, references to mythological personalities, and countries past and present. Illustrations have been updated by Reg Down

Included in the addendum is a map showing the cities and countries referred to, a brief biography of the author, Padraic Colum, and an illustration of an uncommon bird mentioned in the text.



  • The Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter
  • Written by Padraic Colum and illustrated by Reg Down.
  • Published by Pied Piper Press, February 18, 2013.
  • Grades 4th through 7th
  • 0.25" H x 9.02" L x 5.98" W (0.38 lbs) 120 pages
  • Softcover
  • Hero’s Quest, Adventure, Mythology, Historical Fiction, Suspenseful Drama