I'm not even going to mention how long ago 'twas that I wrote my review for The Horse and His Boy . . . :P
Let it be firmly stated right here and right now that my opinions on this book and the movie of the same name are two very different things. The book is just as amazing as the rest in Lewis' series. The movie . . . is a different story. It's a relatively good movie, I think, but as far as a book adaption goes, I do have my complaints. But those belong in a movie review post. :)
By C.S. Lewis
*Summary taken from the back of the book.
NARNIA . . . the land between the lamp-post and the castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen . . . and where the adventure begins
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia--the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.
My Thoughts: LWW was the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series that I read, and after that, it was only natural to go on to PC. The Horse and His Boy did not appeal to me at the time, since I was too consumed with the Pevensies and could think of nothing but them and their adventures. I think that's also why the movie makers made Prince Caspian right after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe because it just makes more sense.
This is a new Narnia we're seeing, a Narnia inhabited by the Telmarines. They have taken over, and the talking beasts of old have either returned to their dumb ways or gone into hiding. And that is why the Pevensies are needed. I love how C.S. Lewis manages to create a completely new plot (this time it's human Telmarine men they're battling, not mythical creatures) and yet not lose our interest in the Narnia of old. When I first read Prince Caspian, I thought, "What's happened to Narnia?!" Everything was so much harsher, so much more bitter than before. But that only furthered my resolve to see Narnia returned to what it once was . . . and Prince Caspian did not disappoint.
Pros: Strength of character, loyalty, and bravery are all praised. Right and wrong are shown clearly. Caspian, Trufflehunter, and Doctor Cornelius are tempted in one part, but they do not give in. Lucy also learns a very valuable lesson that teaches her that what is right is not necessarily what everyone else is doing, and sometimes we as Christians need to stand alone in order to follow God. It isn't easy or comfortable, but it's what we need to do.
Cons: Some battle scenes, but not too much blood.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
A Bit O' Reading for the Day:
“To know that would have happened, child? No. Nobody is ever told that. But anyone can find out what will happen. If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell that you have seen me again; and that you mst all get up at once and follow me—what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.” –Aslan in Prince Caspian
Blessings on your Wednesday, dear ladies!
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