Title: The Horse and His Boy
Author: C.S. Lewis
Series: Chronicles of Narnia #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Easy reading, Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: As the moon was behind it, it looked quite black, and Shasta did not know what it was, except that it had a very big, shaggy head and went on four legs.
“How ever did you learn to talk?” asked Shasta in amazement.
“Where I come from, nearly all the animals talk,” replied the Horse. “The happy land of Narnia.” His whinny sounded very like a sigh.
Bree, the horse, has been kidnapped from Narnia and longs to return there. Shasta, on the verge of being sold into slavery, decides to run away with him in search of the home he’s always dreamed of. But the journey is full of surprises and fraught with dangers, and when the companions uncover a treasonous plot, it also becomes a race against time…
I feel like this is sort of a forgotten part of The Chronicles of Narnia series. It takes place when the four are still in power, but follows a different boy from a country across the desert. Shasta’s upbringing is less than ideal and he struggles to find compassion and love in his daily life. Yet, when he meets the Narnian Bree, they both embark on a journey across the land to save not only the four, but the land of Shasta’s birth.
Although I love revisiting Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund throughout many of the other books, this is a nice way to build upon the world of Narnia. The multi layering of a beloved world is brilliant and helps to expand on the structured reality that Lewis has so carefully created.
Where The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is about morals and sacrifice, The Horse and his Boy is about fate, trust and bravery. Not just for Shasta, but for the rest of his companions as well.
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