Saturday, September 5, 2015

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis


The Pevensie siblings travel back to Narnia to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.
Prince Caspian is the fourth book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land where animals talk and trees walk for over sixty years.
Review by Patrick:

 This is yet another installment in the Chronicles of Narnia, and another good magical book. The prince (Prince Caspian) grows up without his parents, under the rule of his uncle and tyrant King Miraz. With some help, he escaped and found the magic horn that belonged to Susan. Upon blowing the horn, the four Pevensie children are drawn into the world to help save Caspian and all the talking animals from annihilation.

This story seems to me mostly about trust. Caspian trusted his advisor and teacher, who helped save his life. He also trusted a dwarf, who he hadn't know well and heard bad things about. The dwarf trusted his leader and headed to a place that was suspected to be haunted. The children all trusted (eventually) Lucy, who knew where Aslan was trying to tell them to go. And ultimately the children had to trust Aslan himself, and the fact that (spoiler alert) Peter and Susan would never return to Narnia.

This was a good book. I liked how it all kind of came together. It wasn't your typical must-take-the-ring-to-Mount-Doom-or-the-world-will-be-destroyed kind of thriller, but it was exciting. You got to see what Caspian was like and how he learned, and even who he trusted. It wasn't all battles and gore, but it was more the real (or fantasy) journey to get there. And of course, the ending was the best. It wasn't just a simple decisive victory, but a lesson in humility.

Maybe not the best book in the series, but still good. This one gets four books out of five from me. Keep reading the series.