Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2

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Exciting, more straightforward Narnia sequel.





What parents need to know


Murder, beheading, battles with swords.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Pipe smoking, a reference to drinking and drunkenness.

Parents Need to Know

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

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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?


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.

Second in the series, though fourth chronologically, PRINCE CASPIAN is an altogether simpler and more straightforward adventure tale than its predecessor, and far simpler than most modern fantasies. 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the symbolism of the story. What is the author trying to say about humans and government? About animals and nature? About the environment?

Book details

Author:C.S. Lewis
Illustrator:Pauline Baynes
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:October 15, 1951
Number of pages:238
Publisher's recommended age(s):10 - 14
Read aloud:9
Read alone:10

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Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written bydjwb April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

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 it again. I absolutely adore this book and the entire series.
Teen, 13 years old Written byGunnarman February 15, 2010

Great sequel!

I love all of the Narnia books. This is probably the 3rd or 4th best. This one is a classic, like all the other narnia books. It is a great sequel to one of the best novels ever. I highly recommend any of the narnia books. Don't pass this one up.
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Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Adult Written byhappy girl April 9, 2008
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