Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2

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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 12 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.

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Parent of a 1 and 11-year-old Written byZoethustra January 23, 2018

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, int... Continue reading
Parent Written byJohnCalvin December 20, 2013

Different roles and times for kids at different ages with different personalities

Every book in the series is great for family share time, lessons, good and smiles.
Teen, 13 years old Written byEliea Zehra July 22, 2019

"Narnia, Prince Caspian a SUCCESS or a FLOP..."

Narnia, is a miraculous series that showcases fantasy, magic,adventure and much more... It hooks the reader the moment it starts reading it. There are certain p... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 13, 2019

Great Adventure book about morals and courage.

In the 1900’s during the war four children go to a magical land called Narnia. Narnia is a place where an evil King called Miraz he rules over the land, people,... 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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  • 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?

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