Book Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis {rewrite}

12 June 2012

Sometimes you are forced to continue pushing a post off, simply because every time you sit down to type, the words come out all crumpled and queer and not at all the way you want. This review is infamous in my mind for that very reason. I can never get the words to sound right, so I put it on pause and turn my attention to something else. 'Twas not until last night that it came to me that I have been delaying my VDT review for a month at the least. So I determined to review it immediately, whether I "felt like it" or not. And I'm so glad I didn't wait any longer, because reviewing VDT today has reminded me how very much I love this dear tale. I hope this post will make you love it, too.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
By C.S. Lewis
*Summary from

NARNIA . . . the world of wicked dragons and magic spells, where the very best is brought out of even the worst people, where anything can happen (and most often does) . . . and where the adventure begins. 

The Dawn Treader is the first ship Narnia has seen in centuries. King Caspian has built it for his voyage to find the seven lords, good men whom his evil uncle Miraz banished when he usurped the throne. The journey takes Edmund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustace to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan's country at the End of the World.

My Thoughts: I consider this book to be one of the most exciting in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Nearly every island the Pevensies, Caspian, Eustace, and the rest of the Dawn Treader crew visit warrants a grand adventure. Whether they are discovering a pool that turns things to gold, an island where your worst nightmares become reality, or a retired star who grows younger each day, not one chapter of this book is dull. Some might consider it to be a rambling sort of read with little in the way of a plot, but the theme of Caspian trying to find the seven lords, as well as Reepicheep's ambition to find Aslan's Country, strings all the little gems of adventure together into a beautiful necklace of a plot. I couldn't put it down the first time I read it, and still will pick it up and read it from time to time.

Pros: Like I mentioned before, the plot is engaging and exciting. My brother, Ethan, loved this book for that very reason. Standards of morality are strong, as is the case with the entire seven-book series, and it's not hard to find parallels between the plot in this book and Scripture accounts (i.e. Aslan turning into a lamb and offering them fish for breakfast). I especially like the quote near the end when, after Edmund asks if Aslan is in England too, Aslan answers, "I am . . . But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there."

Cons: Some violence, such as when the characters battle a sea serpent, but nothing is too bloody or detailed as to make it inappropriate for young readers.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I recommend this book for ages 8+

A Bit O' Reading for the Day:
“Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon's lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons.” — The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
What are some of your favorite childhood books?

2 epistles:

  1. Ahh, I love that book so much! Your review makes me want to go back and read the series once again this summer. :-)


  2. Thanks for reminding me how much I love this book!


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