Thursday, March 17, 2011
Book Review: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
When Shasta discovers he is not Arsheesh's son and therefore does not belong in the cruel land of Calormen, he joins forces with Bree the talking horse and flees north towards Narnia, where freedom reigns.
And so begins their hazardous journey, fraught with mystery and danger. Calormen's capital city of Tashbaan must be crossed, a harsh desert endured, the high mountains of Archenland climbed, their enemies overcome. For the young Shasta it is an adventure beyond his wildest dreams and one destined to change his life forever. (Image and synopsis from goodreads.com)
This series keeps getting better and better! The Horse and His Boy is the third book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Narnia is a magical land that can be accessed from our world only occasionally, and only by a few. While 4 children become kings and queens in Narnia, another boy's story in the land near Narnia begins. Shasta was found by a peasant man when he was an infant and raised by him, but he finds himself as a child being urged by a talking horse to leave his life and head for Narnia- the free land.
Shasta meets up with others on his journey and the adventure begins! The Horse and His Boy has more action and adventure than the first two books in the series. I enjoyed the action and Shasta's story. My favorite character though, which has been true through all of the books so far, is the narrator. I love the openness of the narrator, especially as he interjects his own thoughts and ideas. The omnipresent narrator is his own character and will always remind the reader that the story is being told through him, which I find enjoyable... and funny.
Once again, these books are great for children since they're not long, written simply, and full of strong children characters that display good morals for living anywhere.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars