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Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Exciting, more straightforward Narnia sequel.

Book C.S. Lewis Fantasy 1951
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Fantastic and exciting!

An incredible follow up to C.S. Lewis' classic The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. This one is one of my favorites of the series. It's magical, interesting and exciting while still maintaining Lewis' wonderful, sly voice throughout. There are a few scenes of violence, but nothing too scary.

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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.

Book Details

  • Author: C.S. Lewis
  • Illustrator: Pauline Baynes
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy
  • Publication date: October 15, 1951
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 238
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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