Though it was published second, this is actually the fourth book in the Narnia series. Most of the Narnia books have pretty blatant Christian allegory. This one still has Christian content, but it is much subtler than it is in the other ones. This one has a theme of religious corruption and restoration. In the other ones, it is pretty easy to spot Christian allegory. It is very hard to in this story. (I didn't even notice it until I looked it up). This theme also does not have to apply to Christianity. If you want a less Christian story about Narnia, this is the book for you. The lack of blatant allegory does not make this book any worse (or any better) than the other ones. The story here is a lot simpler than that of the others. Those expecting a richer and more layered story will be disappointed in the Narnia series, especially this one. There is a twist at the end (not a major twist, and not a stupid twist either). As this was the second one to be written, the lore is still messy, and a lot of elements of it are borrowed from ancient mythology. However, it is less messy than the lore of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. However, it is not messy in a bad way. By The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (third to be written), the Narnia lore is much less messy than this volume or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The only overtly sexist comment was made by the main antagonist to one of his followers (something like "stop talking like an old woman"). The gender roles are still outdated (girls stay out of battle). *SPOILERS* There is some violence here. A dwarf, a hag, and a werewolf (all bad) are killed in a fight with three boys with swords, two good dwarves, and a badger. The hag was beheaded. This scene was very short and non-graphic, and takes place with the lights out. Caspian gets caught in a brutal storm where trees are falling, and is knocked unconscious. Peter beheads an antagonist. A talking mouse loses his tail, but it is grown back. *SPOILERS END HERE* There is no sexual content. The only language is Nikabrik's constant threats to kill Caspian. Trumpkin smokes a pipe. Overall, this is a less Christian-themed Narnia story with a simple storyline.