Review: Prince Caspian By C.S. Lewis


THE RETURN TO NARNIA

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…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

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


THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CHILDREN’S FANTASY STORY EVER TOLD.

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)

ASIN: B001I45UFC
 

 
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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


MARKING THE BEGINNING OF THE ADVENTURES IN THE MAGICAL LAND OF NARNIA.

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

ASIN: B002UZ5J7W
 

 
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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


IT HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF MANY CHILDHOODS

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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