Friday, July 23, 2010

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

Title: Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
Author: C.S. Lewis
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Paperback, 221 pages
Date Published: July 8, 2002 (Originally 1955)

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
A prince fights for his crown. Narnia... where animals talk... where trees walk... here a battle is about to begin. A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.
The magic returns in this fourth installment in the Chronicles of Narnia. The Pevensie children return to Narnia and with them come the magic that I have grown accustomed to. The characters are already established, so I was able to instantly feel that connection and care for them, which  just didn't occur with the previous novel. The politics between different lands was not as large a role here either, so the story never felt weighed down by more boring plotlines. The focus remained on the characters and that works so much better.

The entire time I was reading Prince Caspian, I couldn't help but compare it to the film version. The two are quite different and should really be viewed as two entirely unique interpretations of a similar story. My feelings towards the book are hindered a bit by having seen the movie, but I still enjoyed the book. Edmund is by far my favorite character (as he is in the movies), but I enjoyed this version of Caspian and many of the Narnians grabbed my attention. Lewis has a unique skill of being able to imbue magic into the most seemingly mundane subjects and he does it so well. This installment brought Narnia back to life and gave me that magic I was searching for. 

Not my favorite, but still magical
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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