Author: C.S. Lewis
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Series: The Chronicles Of Narnia #4
A prince fights for his crown.
Narnia... where animals talk... where trees walk... where a battle is about to begin.
A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honour between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world...
Another return to Narnia, this time alongside the Pevensie's. I loved being back in Narnia with these characters, and being introduced to a newer world and new characters.
Over 1000 years have passed since Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy entered Narnia and become Kings and Queens, even though, it's only been a year. Now, as they prepare to board their trains to boarding school, they are pulled back into the world, and find it very different from what they had known. Cair Pararvel is destroyed and the Telmarines and now ruling Narnia, having invaded and oppressed the magical community, turning the once magical country into a dark place where 'Old' Narnian's must hide in order to survive. When Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the Narnian throne is about to be disposed of by his uncle, Miraz, he flees the Telmarine castle and finds refuge with Old Narnians, using Susan's horn to call for the Old Kings and Queens. Together, they must bring down Miraz and the Telmarines, restore Narnia to it's rightful state, and help Caspian, a son of Adam, take his place on the throne.
I've been really enjoying the series, and Prince Caspian was no exception. As the original sequel to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, is was a strong second novel. After The Horse and His Boy, it was great to be back with the Pevensie's in Narnia, even if it is such a different world since the last visit.
I loved that we got a glimpse of what the Kings and Queens got up to during their reign, although I do wish that C.S. Lewis had written a book set during the Golden Age of Narnia, following them on one of their many adventures.
While it's sad that all the characters we grew to love in book two are gone, it was great to be introduced to some new Naranians, and to the Telmarines. Despite the Telmarines oppressing the magical community, their presence in Narnia is really interesting, and I enjoyed the historical recap of the people of Telmar. C.S. Lewis had created such a vast world and I'm glad that he developed it with a vast history to match.
Like all of the Narnian books, I found that C.S. Lewis packed a lot of action and climax into the final chapters, when really they should have had more time to be told. While his world building and setting descriptions are really well written, he rushes through important battles and confrontations, and ends the book really quickly.
It's somewhat sad to see Peter and Susan grow up, on the verge of adulthood, and unable to see the magic. It's also sad to see that they won't be returning to Narnia, as I love how the four of them work together and their relationship. Knowing how the story plays out from here, it's sad to know that one of them will never to return to Narnia, while the other will.
Overall, I'm loving the world of Narnia and can't wait to continue to story in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Caspian is a really interesting character, so it will be good to see him as King.