Review: Prince Caspian By C.S. Lewis


In the hour of greatest need the Pevensie’s are recalled to Narnia to save the day once again.

Book CoverPrince Caspian
(The Chronicles Of Narnia, Book 4)

C.S. Lewis

Genre: Children’s, Juvenile Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 224 Pages
Date: 1st February 2009 (First Published 1951)

ISBN-10: 0007323115
ISBN-13: 978-0007323111

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Let’s get the trivia out of the way first. Prince Caspian was the second book of The Chronicles Of Narnia to be published, in 1951, though the events narrated therein make it chronologically the fourth story of the series. So being, effectively, the direct sequel to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, the book marks the inevitable return to Narnia of the four Pevensie siblings; Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. After all, once a king (or queen) in Narnia, always a king (or queen) in Narnia.

Prince Caspian’s plot, though not a complete rehash of its predecessor does have one or two obvious parallels and similarities. Narnia is once again a land in peril; so once again, in its hour of greatest need, the Pevensie’s are inexplicably plucked from our world to find themselves back in Narnia. But it is not Narnia as they remember it. Several centuries have elapsed since the golden age of their reign as kings and queens. Narnia is now ruled by the descendants of human invaders from Telmar who have driven the indigenous population of mythological beings and talking animals into hiding.

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Quotable: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, “Once A King In Narnia…”


A memorable and timeless quote that the child within you will never be able to forget.


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“Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it. And don’t talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don’t mention it to anyone else unless you find that they’ve had adventures of the same sort themselves. What’s that? How will you know? Oh, you’ll know all right. Odd things, they say-even their looks-will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open…”

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Review: The Horse And His Boy By C.S. Lewis


A gripping journey of self discovery for two young heroes in a race against time to thwart a terrible conspiracy.


Book CoverThe Horse And His Boy
(The Chronicles Of Narnia, Book 3)

C.S. Lewis

Genre: Children’s, High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Kindle Edition, 252 Pages
Date: 6th October 2009 (First Published 1954)


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If anyone were to ask me which of the seven books of The Chronicles Of Narnia is the best, without hesitation I would reply, The Horse And His Boy; although I would have no argument with anyone who considered Prince Caspian to be the better book. While they are both excellent reads, what elevates the former over the latter, as well as the other Narnia books, is its unique status within the series. It is the only instalment whose premise doesn’t involve young protagonists from our world being transported to the world of Narnia at a time of great need. In fact, though the story takes place during the reign of the Pevensie siblings, and features cameo appearances by them, Narnia only plays a small part in the book’s setting and plot. The story unfolds mostly in the land of Calormen, far to the south, before moving to Archenland and Narnia, much later on.

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Trivia: The Genesis Of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe


This is how The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe came to be, in C.S. Lewis’ own words.


You are no doubt aware that C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is one of the most beloved and successful children’s fantasy books in history. But have you ever wondered what inspired Lewis to write the story? Well it’s a question that has been answered in the book, Of Other Worlds: Essays And Stories, a posthumously published anthology of essays and unpublished stories by Lewis.

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The Top Ten Most Influential Fantasy Authors


We will never have unanimous agreement on this matter, but here is one list of the ten most influential fantasy authors to date.


Earlier this year I wrote a post in which I compiled a list of who I felt were the ten most influential science fiction authors to date. To my surprise this post is far and away the most viewed post on this blog, responsible for about a third of all the traffic to the site. In light of that, I’ve decided it is about time I compiled a list of the most influential fantasy authors to date, in my opinion.

Now, before anyone gets their underwear in a bunch about my choices, I want to make it clear what my criteria for including these authors on this list is. My judgement is based solely on how much influence the authors have exerted on the genre in terms of inspiring readers and other authors, as well as in influencing the various directions in which fantasy literature has moved in. I have not taken into account how successful any given author has been, nor their abilities as writers and storytellers. I haven’t even been swayed by how much I like or dislike any of my choices or their body of work.

Without further ado, here in reverse order, are the ten most influential fantasy authors of all time. And please keep in mind that this is just one person’s opinion; you are free to disagree with any or all of the selections.


10: Robert Jordan

ImageHistory will forever remember Robert Jordan as the creative force behind, The Wheel Of Time series, one of the most successful and popular fantasy book series of the past quarter of a century. The epic, multi-volume series has sold literally tens of millions of copies worldwide, and has proved to be one of the most influential of recent times.

Famously, Jordan passed away before completing what was intended to be the final instalment of The Wheel Of Time. However, he had the foresight to leave extensive notes to allow another author to complete the book in the event of his passing away. Brandon Sanderson, who is a fan of the series was eventually brought in to write what became the final three volumes.

The success that The Wheel Of Time has attained has helped to revitalise the appeal and popularity of long running, epic fantasy sagas, and will ensure that Jordan’s influence will continue to be felt for many years to come.


The Eye Of The World (The Wheel Of Time, Book 1)
The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel Of Time, Book 3)
Lord Of Chaos (The Wheel Of Time, Book 6)

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Review: The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe By C.S. Lewis


C.S. Lewis’ timeless tale of good overcoming evil in a magical land, is a must read book for readers, young and old.


Book CoverThe Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
(The Chronicles Of Narnia, Book 2)

C.S. Lewis

Genre: Children’s, High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Kindle Edition, 220 Pages
Date: 6th October 2009 (First Published 1950)


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To say that C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe has a very special place in my heart would be a major understatement. It was the first novel that I ever read, when I was just seven years old, igniting a lifelong interest in fantasy literature. It is perhaps the most influential children’s fantasy book ever written, and its enduring popularity has ensured that it has never been out of print since it was first published, six decades ago.

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Review: The Magician’s Nephew By C.S. Lewis


Regardless of whether it’s book one or book six, The Magician’s Nephew is an enjoyable but redundant tale.


Book CoverThe Magician’s Nephew
(The Chronicles Of Narnia, Book 1)

C.S. Lewis

Genre: Children’s, High Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Kindle Edition, 192 Pages
Date: 5th May 2009


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The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis is a book that requires little introduction. This children’s classic was the sixth book published in The Chronicles Of Narnia series in 1955, and is chronologically the first Narnia tale, pre-dating the events of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. It is arguably the weakest of the seven Narnia stories, and I believe this is principally due to its status as a prequel novel.

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The Enduring Appeal Of The Chronicles Of Narnia


So what is the secret of The Chronicles Of Narnia’s seemingly never-ending success?


ImageSince the publication of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, in 1950, and the subsequent releases of the following six books of The Chronicles Of Narnia between then and 1956, C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s fantasy series has remained in print continuously.

It is a testament to the popularity of the series, that if you were to stop a hundred random people on the street today and ask them to name any children’s fantasy book series, chances are good that most would mention The Chronicles Of Narnia.

So what is the reason for the enduring popularity of C.S. Lewis’ most famous work?

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