Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) by C.S. Lewis

Title: The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
Author: C.S. Lewis
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Paperback, 241 pages
Date Published: July 8, 2002 (Originally 1955)

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Shasta is a young boy living in Calormene with a cruel man who claims to be his father. One night he overhears his "father" offering to sell him as a slave, so Shasta makes a break and sets out for the North. He meets Bree, a talking horse who becomes his companion. On their way they encounter Aravis, a high-born girl escaping an arranged marriage, and her talking horse. Despite their differences the children and horses learn to work together to reach the freedom they long for. In the meantime, they uncover a Calormene plot to conquer Narnia.

Much like The Magician's Nephew, this installment in the series follows around a new set of characters who journey to Narnia. The magic that opened the series and continued in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe seems to be lacking this time around. I wasn't completely absorbed by the world of Narnia because Shasta, Aravis, Bree, and Hwin took so long to get there. The journey isn't quite as exciting as that of the Pevensie's through the wardrobe and I never felt a strong connection to the characters. I was curious as to what would happen, but there was never a burning desire to venture through the woods or cross the barren desert with the characters.

The magic that I was so used to and even expected just wasn't there. The Horse and His Boy is an interesting installment, if only for the brief glimpses at more adult Pevensie's and an older Narnia, but certainly not my favorite book in the series.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.


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