Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Review: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis


King Caspian has grown old and sad in the ten years since the disappearance of his only son. With time running out, Jill and Eustace embark on a perilous quest to find the Prince and bring back tranquility to the magical land of Narnia.

Journeying to the wild lands of the north, the friends and their companion Puddleglum battle mighty storms and encounter a race of giants who like nothing better than a tasty snack of human children. Searching deep underground in the grim land of the Earthmen, they encounter the wicked Green Lady who has evil plans to overthrow King Caspian and become Queen of Narnia.

My Review:

The Silver Chair is the sixth out of seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series. While I had been getting bored with Narnia in the fifth book, due to a lackluster plot, that changed with this book. I found The Silver Chair to be highly enjoyable with a great plot and more developed characters.

In The Silver Chair, Eustace, from book the fifth book, and his schoolmate Jill are pulled out of their world in a progressive boarding school, to the magical world of Narnia. Jill is given specific instructions from Aslan, the lion god of Narnia, and the children's mission is assigned- they must find the son of the King of Narnia who disappeared ten years ago.

Along the way, Eustace and Jill meet a new character, Puddleglum, a Marsh-wiggle. Puddleglum is my favorite character in this book, I love his downcast thoughts and sayings which contrast to his brave and optimistic actions. I found him to be very enjoyable and funny.

Eustace, Jill, and Puddleglum also explore a new part of  Narnia that the reader has not known before. Unlike the end of the world, which was a rather mediocre place in the last book, the Underworld north of Narnia was much compelling.

As with the rest of the series, Christian morals abound in The Silver Chair. This book expounds the importance of following the Lord's edicts to the best of your ability and even if you fail early on, you must keep trying and the pervasiveness and everlasting role of evil, as shown through the capture of the King's son. Narnia cannot be free of all evil, but it should be resisted and fought with all of your ability.

The Silver Chair brought me back into the land of Narnia and I look forward to reading the final installment in the Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Loved the Silver Chair. And Puddleglum was also my fav!! I can't remember the funny thing he said right when they first met him, but I remember laughing out loud at it haha. I love the Christian allegory, totally the added bonus!

    I actually really liked Voyage of the Dawn Treader (that's book 5)! Did you see the movie? I thought it was brilliant, you might not think so if you didn't dig the book hehe :)