Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Review: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #4) Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4.0/5.0

My Review:

While this one was a little slow at the start, once it got going, it really got going. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book and loved seeing another look into the world of Narnia with Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy. My 8-year-old son, Logan was a different story. We started listening to this one about a month ago. It's only 4 CD's, but as we started, I could tell that Logan just couldn't get into it. He kept wanting to listen to music instead (I was giving him a choice). Then as we kept trying it suddenly got interesting to him and we plowed through the next 2 CDs. After a certain point his interest dropped off again. I attribute this more to him and listening to longer books like this than the actual book. He does get bored easy. He will sit and read a book he is interested in for awhile though so I almost think if he was reading it instead of being read to, he would have enjoyed it more.

Though it is definitely slower than The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, it is well worth reading. We learn what has happened in the time since Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy were last in Narnia and how it is in serious trouble with only a few to try and recover the old days. Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy are also brought back to Narnia to help Caspian and the animals defend their lovely country from the enemy. Aslan also makes an appearance as the ultimate savior and again is likened to Christ in subtle and not overbearing ways. It's really a beautiful story that focuses on belief in the unbelievable and child-like faith. The world of Narnia is wondrous and full of very interesting characters and they are all fun to learn about.

A wonderful fantasy story for the young and old alike. I am ready to move on to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader now. Not sure about Logan, but hopefully in the next few days we will start it.

About the Book:
The four Pevensies help Caspian battle Miraz and ascend his rightful throne.

Narnia . . . the land between the lamp-post and the castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen . . . and where the adventure begins.

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia—the land where they had ruled as Kings and Queens and where their help is desperately needed.

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Katy said...

Oh, this is one of my favorite series. I remember doing a book report and watercolor poster on Prince Caspian in the 4th grade. :D I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

Cym Lowell said...

Thanks for linking this up and thanks for always visiting the other blogs and leaving such great comments :) You are a class act!


Stephanie said...

I absolutely loved the Narnia books when I was a kid -- I was a few years older than your son, though. My son listens to a fair number of audiobooks (he can't sit still long enough to read a print book *LOL*), and you've inspired me to listen with him more often. Love your blog, by the way. I'm a new follower.

Enbrethiliel said...


Prince Caspian is, for me, the saddest of the Chronicles of Narnia--not just because of what Aslan says to two of the children at the end, but because of all the centuries we "lost" while Narnia grew and thrived without us. "We" refers to the readers, of course. I think every fan of this series feels like a native Narnian, at least once in a while.

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