Author: C.S. Lewis
Released: 1 January 1954
Series: The Chronicles Of Narnia #3
Narnia... where horses talk... where treachery is brewing... where destiny awaits.
On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the centre of a terrible battler. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.
Having not known anything about this book, I was really intrigued as to what would be happening and C.S. Lewis delivered another fun trip to Narnia, filled with magic and talking animals.
The Horse & His Boy takes place during the Golden Era of Narnia when the Pevensie's are Kings and Queens [before the hunt of the white stag at the end of the second book]. In the land of Calmoren, a boy, Shasta, overhears his master negotiating a price for his sale to a nobleman, and begins to dream about the glory and adventures he will go on with a new master. To his surprise, the nobleman's horse, Bree, tells him that his master is a terrible man, and they agree to run away together to the land of Narnia, where Talking Horses roam freely and boys aren't treated as servants. On their journey to Archenland, they come across a Calmorene noblewoman, Aravis, who is also escaping to Narnia with her Talking Horse Hwin. Trouble arises when they must cross the desert between Calmoren and Archenland before the Prince of Tashbaan, Rabadash, in order to worn the King of Archenland about the impending invasion and battle.
I really enjoyed this instalment in the Narnia series, and it was very interesting to see what the lands around Narnia are like - very surprising to see that they are not like Narnia, and that the further south you go, the less similarities are.
It's also great to have another glimpse of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as adults. Preferably, I would have loved to see more of their time as rulers of Narnia during the Golden Era of Narnia, but beggars can't be choosers!
What I really enjoy about C.S. Lewis' writing is that he is telling the story directly to the reader and essentially breaking the fourth wall when he references The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It's as though he is actually there telling you the story.
For some reason, I did feel this story a little lacking in some parts, but I can't really put my finger on what it was. I think overall it's maybe because it wasn't set in Narnia and it was a Narnian story I knew nothing about. It was still a great part of the overall series and I can't wait to continue on with the next books.
Overall, I really enjoyed this instalment and it continued bringing the Narnian magic. I love being in this world and spending time with these characters, so I highly recommend this book and series to those who haven't read them yet. Bring on Prince Caspian!