Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Exciting, more straightforward Narnia sequel.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence

Murder, beheading, battles with swords.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pipe smoking, a reference to drinking and drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some violence here, with battles and beheadings with swords.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written bydjwb April 9, 2008

All of the Narnia Books are Amazing

The Narnia books have been my favorites ever since I was a preteen. I have lost myself in their magic multiple times, and now, at the age of 35, I plan on doing... Continue reading
Adult Written byhappy girl April 9, 2008
Kid, 9 years old April 10, 2012

This is the book for you.

This book was fantastic!!!! I would recommend it for anyone aged 8 & up. Whether you have a sense of adventure, or you think every book needs a little b... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCaroline.Pevenzie May 29, 2014

Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian is a very fun book written by C S Lewis. I think he does a very good job showing you Christian values through fiction. One of my all time favori... Continue reading

What's the story?

The four Pevensie children from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are called back to Narnia when Caspian, the nephew of the evil usurping ruler, sides with the true Narnians to oppose him. There they find that centuries have passed since their last visit, and that, once again, they face a battle against overwhelming odds.

Is it any good?

PRINCE CASPIAN is an altogether simpler and more straightforward adventure tale than its predecessor, and far simpler than most modern fantasies. Once again Lucy is the heroine of heart and spirit, while Peter is the hero of the sword. Edmund has learned his lessons well, and is stalwart and kind, while Susan -- well, Susan mostly grumbles, and one can see Lewis already setting up her fall from grace, which occurs in the last book. The novel is structured as two parallel, and eventually intersecting, stories: one of Caspian escaping from, and rebelling against, his evil uncle; the other of the Pevensies rediscovering a Narnia that has changed a great deal in the centuries since their last visit.

Gone, for the most part, is the heavy dose of Christian symbolism, replaced by a hodgepodge of mythological elements, including Bacchus and his Maenads, nature spirits, and a river god. The plain but very literary writing and simplicity of storytelling, combined exciting adventures and a moderate length make this book well-suited to middle-grade readers.

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