Prince Caspian #BookReview #CSLewis

Prince Caspian

“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.

– Jason

8 comments

  1. I remember enjoying Prince Caspian. It wasn’t as good as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or The Silver Chair, but I still enjoyed it.

    What do you think of Lewis’ insistence on Narnia having a human ruler? A recent online discussion talked about how strange it was that the rightful king of Narnia in Prince Caspian was also the nephew of the evil king who’d been committing genocide on the Narnians for so long. What was stopping the Narnians from rebelling completely against the Telmarine monarchy completely, and making Trumpkin or Trufflehunter the new king?

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    • Julia, I loved all the books. I have never thought about why Narnia always had a human king… Caspian was a character in contrast to his brutal uncle. He was the true king of Narnia and there was goodness in his heart recognized by Aslan, who appointed him as king.

      There is a telling quote of how he valued the human race above the others of Narnia, such as the dwarfs and magical creatures of the forest.

      “You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.”

      I believe it was his belief in God and the Genesis account where the God of the Bible set mankind above all other creatures. My guess is that he believes that this would apply to other worlds as well, such as Narnia. In that account, God puts his image in mankind, which imparts his and her true sense of worth because of that image man and woman bear.

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