May 11, 2008

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Book Review --

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

By C.S. Lewis

HarperCollins Publishers

5 out of 5 kiwis!

If you loved The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, you’re sure to love the next installment, Prince Caspian, coming out in movie theatres May 16th. But I suggest you stop by the bookstore before heading to the theater. The beloved Narnia series by C.S. Lewis has sold over 100 million copies and been translated in 41 languages, which means its obviously good reading, and movie versions of books are famous for leaving out juicy plot details (see: Harry Potter).

Prince Caspian begins a year and a half after the Pevensies (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) had last left Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They are awaiting their train back to school at the train station, when Lucy feels a “magical tug.” Suddenly, they are all transported to a place they’ve never seen before that’s definitely no part of a train station or, for that matter, England.

After some surveying and an important discovery, they rescue a Red Dwarf named Trumpkin, who tells them the story of Caspian the Tenth, the true king of Narnia, and how the true Narnians have been in hiding since the rule of the Telmarines. Their ruler, King Miraz, is an evil, under-handed, mother-shut your mouth and Caspian’s uncle. But family meant nothing to him the moment Miraz had a son of his own to inherit the throne. Caspian had to flee because he found out Miraz was going to have him killed. The Pevensies help Caspian take Miraz down in Narnia’s civil war and restore him rightfully to his throne.

(Most of) the Narnian creatures are fun and will pull on your heart strings, especially mighty Reepicheep. Lewis created a world of characters that generations and generations will continue to enjoy. Its an easy read and a page turner. This edition of the book contains scenes of the movie, so you’ll get a sneak preview before the actual movie comes out.