Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Review: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Prince Caspian opens a year after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ended. Or, at least, it opens one earth year after Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund all found themselves transported back to earth via the wardrobe. In Narnia, much time has passed. Lucy and her siblings have been reduced to the stuff of legends and an impostor sits on the throne of a different--and much more miserable--Narnia, while the rightful heir, Prince Caspian has only just discovered who he truly is. When he finds Queen Susan's horn and blows it, the four Pensive children find themselves transported back to Narnia--which is quite a pleasant surprise, really, considering that they were all at the railway station on their way to boarding school. Lucy and the others must all work together to ensure that the rightful King of Narnia finds his way to the throne ...

I enjoyed reading this one, and perhaps more so because I skipped The Horse and His Boy and was able to be reacquainted with the Lucy (my favourite of all the characters,) and discover what life had in store for her and the others after they left Narnia. I'm really becoming convinced that it is better to read the books in the order they were published, rather than the reading order suggested by the publisher. Once again, it was interesting to look at the religious symbolism and to see how the author used Narnia as a metaphor for children. 

Next up, I'm hoping to read and review The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.