“Things never happen the same way twice.” -C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
Reading this classic book again for the umpteenth time, I had a new appreciation for it, reading with my kids, reading it with fresh eyes. C.S. Lewis’ “Prince Caspian,” the fourth book in the chronological order of his beloved series, The Chronicles of Narnia, tells the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy’s return to the world of Narnia.
Lewis does a masterful job in depicting the rising skepticism in fantasy as Peter and Susan both have trouble “seeing” in Narnia on their return to the enchanted land, especially seeing its king, Aslan the Lion. A major theme throughout the book is the restoration of Narnia, that has been overrun by the Telmarines, led by a treacherous king, Miraz, who has usurped the throne from his nephew, Prince Caspian.
Despite being summoned by a magic horn, the Pevensie children, former high-kings and queens of Narnia, face a perilous journey to aid Prince Caspian and his rag-tag army, on the run from the evil Miraz. The journey is a tale of them re-discovering who they are and who they became in their previous days in Narnia.
All in all, the story was a rousing read to encourage children and adults alike to always stand up for what is right and to join the cause of the good and noble. It is also a reminder of the power that each individual person has inside and that together we can all make a difference.