Monday, May 21, 2018

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

The Silver Chair
by C.S. Lewis [j Lewis]

This is the second to last book in the Narnia series chronologically speaking, and was the fourth out of seven to be published. The four children, Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy are not in this story but their cousin Eutice who was with Lucy and Edmond in the ‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ is, along with a girl he knows from school named Jill. Euctice and Jill commonly call each other by their last names Scrub and Pole respectively because it seems to be what they do at school. They both get summoned to Narnia from school and are told by Aslan to find and rescue the prince (son of King Caspian from the ‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’) who has been missing for many years and believed to be dead. As before in the Narnia books more time passes in Narnia than in our world, so each visit is sort of a time travel forward into Narnia. Aslan gives specific yet vague instructions for completing the quest which the two do their best to follow but don’t always. They still end up finding him with the help of a non-human character named Puddleglum. The prince has been under a spell of a wicked witch who straps him to a silver chair each day to re-administer the spell, which is where the title comes from. I thought it was a good moral filled story with a number of different side tracks along the main story. You could read this as a standalone if you wanted without too much confusion but I would suggest you read ‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ before this one, and ‘Prince Caspian’ before ‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’. Compared to others in the series this is I’d say is a bit darker but still has its lighter moments. Recommended for all ages of readers who enjoy classic fantasy.

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Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

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