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Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Overview

Prince CaspianTitle: Prince Caspian
Author: C.S. Lewis
Series: Chronicles of Narnia #4
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: ClassicsEasy readingFantasy
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Grafton
Year: 1951
5th sentence, 74th page: Then he thought it was only a dream and turned over again; but as soon as his ear touched the ground he felt or heard (it was hard to tell which) a faint beating or drumming.

Buy The Book Now at The Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide Synopsis

“Look sharp!” shouted Edmund. “All catch hands and keep together. This is magic – I can tell by the feeling. Quick!”

The evil King Miraz and his army can only mean trouble for Narnia and Prince Caspian, rightful heir to the throne, fears for the future of his country. He blows the Great Horn in desperation, summoning Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy to help with his difficult task – that of saving Narnia before its freedom is lost forever.

Thoughts

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia, and it is exactly as good as I had expected and hoped. Instead of repeating the same battles and triumphing over similar evils, they attempt to help restore the rightful king to the throne. This time, their foray into Narnia is so much shorter and their tale isn’t as long. Most of this story is, in fact, taken up by the tale of Prince Caspian, his blossoming knowledge of the “Old Narnia” and fleeing to the forests.

Prince Caspian shows what happens to legends and tales as time passes. Hundreds, if not thousands of years have passed in Narnia since the adventures of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the four return to find out that nothing is what it was. So much tradition and so many people / species have been lost with the passage of time. Yet, the core values of the people / creatures remain the same. It is only because of this and the legend that surrounds them that the four are able to help Caspian to triumph.

This is also Peter and Susan’s last trip to Narnia. The passage of time changes us all, and as we get older, sometimes we have to say goodbye to the favourite parts of our childhood. For Peter and Susan, this is it. There’s a promise in the air of more adventures of Lucy and Edmund, but in so many ways, this feels like saying goodbye to the past and childhood and welcoming a grown-up life.

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