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Having watched the movie Prince Caspian, I thought I knew what to expect when I started to read this book. Then again, I really should know better when it comes to movie adaptations of books! To be honest, not much was changed with the movie, except a bit of the order and some bits were added in to the movie that didn't appear in the book. This really didn't bother me as it meant that the book was like a fresh new experience, rather than something I've seen before - and when entering the world of Narnia, it makes it all the more magical when you don't know what to expect!
The story starts off with the four Pevensie children (Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy) waiting at the train platform, but as it arrives they get whisked away to the ruins of an old castle, rather than school. Once they realise they are in Narnia, where they once were King and Queens, they begin to learn how much it has changed in their absence. After rescuing Trumpkin the Dwarf from soldiers, he tells them of an evil race of men known as Telmarines that invaded Narnia and tried to wipe out all the Talking Animals and other creatures. The four children team together with the Narnians and Prince Caspian, a young Telmarine, in an attempt to rescue Narnia from the evil rule of King Miraz, and return Caspian to his throne - and restore Narnia to what it once was.
It is in this book that you get more of an idea of how magical Narnia is - or at least how time lapses differently there. Not only does no time pass in our world at all, but in the year since the Pevensies went to Narnia, many, many more years have passed in Narnia itself. At first I was disappointed that many of the characters I'd come to love in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe weren't in this book, but the disappointment did not last long. The passage of time allowed the introduction of fresh new characters, such as Trumpkin the Dwarf, and Reepicheep the Mouse (these are probably my favourites by the way), some of which are probably as good as characters such as Mr Tumnus and the Beavers. It also allowed for new alliances and elements to be brought in - unlike the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, the Narnians are all on each other's side, and there are definitely a lot more humans in the mix! At first I was disappointed that there were far more humans in the story than previous ones (the most has been four), but I think overall that it wasn't too much of a problem. Like with the Horse and his Boy, it was nice to see there was more to the world Narnia belonged to than just Narnia, it allowed the story and the world to become more developed and detailed than previously.
Four books in and I'm still in love with how they are written. It really reminds me of being little and reading a lot of Enid Blyton books, and it really is a nice change from reading all the grown up type books. Oddly, what I also find refreshing is that there is no real romance going on in these books, just a lot of magic and adventure. I really find that there is no need for the romance in Prince Caspian, although then again, as a book intended for children I imagine Lewis also thought there was no need for any romance! This book is really well written, there's a perfect balance of humour and adventure and a little danger, enough to keep anyone reading it (or being read to) interested - and maybe even a little disappointed when they reach they end of the book (I know I was!). I think this is definitely one of my favourite of the seven books, due to both the story and the wonderful new characters that have been introduced - and would give it a very strong recommendation!
As some people probably know, I'm currently reading all the Narnia novels in order. The reason why I'm doing this is because I want to read them and then compare them to the films. I know that as of now, the Narnia films are going in order of publication date, however this isn't always the chronological order, as the 1st book in the series is "The Magician's Nephew" which I fully enjoyed, and helped me identify why there's a witch, a wardrobe and a lion, along with the reason why a lamppost is in the middle of Narnia.
For those of you who have not read my previous Narnia review, I highly suggest that you do, as I may be referring to them without realising. This is the order of the books I've read so far, and I have read reviews on all of them!
"The Magician's Nephew"
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
"The Horse and His Boy"
Are you back now? Well then I must continue.
C. S. Lewis is a well known author, mostly famous for his Narnia series of books, although he has written many others that are not as well known. He died in 1963, so please do not expect any more books to be released by him, if there is, I'll be very surprised, and would presume that it'll be a gothic novel based on the aspects of afterlife, however I doubt that will happen!
This book goes back to the children we read about in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe", which are Susan, Peter, Edmund and Lucy. We first read about them being on a platform, getting ready to go back to school, when all of a sudden they are transported to Narnia; however it is no longer the Narnia they knew, and now, where they used to rule, are just mere ruins.
They find a dwarf, who is called Trumpkin, and rescue him from some soldiers. Trumpkin, after finally believing the children are the high king and queens, reluctantly tells the story of what has recently happened in Narnia, since they disappeared from Narnia.
After being told what has happened over the years, they go on a trek, to find Prince Caspian and help him defeat the Telmarines, who have taken over Narnia. They also meet an old, long lost friend, who helps them along the way.
I believe there is a message behind this book, which is a constant theme in most children's books and I believe the hidden message is that, no matter what you believe in as long as you believe it yourself, it doesn't matter what others think. This is quite possibly the same message that pops up in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" as the other children do not believe Lucy when she says the Wardrobe opens to a land called Narnia.
The Narnia books, in my opinion, is in a league of themselves, and I feel that there is no other book I can compare them with, as they are for everyone, even though they are a children's book, adults also enjoy these books. So I cannot possibly try to compare it with a similar book as there are no other books that are roughly the same as the Narnia books.
I found this book interesting and compelling, however it was a little boring at times, and a little simple, basically I knew what was coming round the corner. I didn't think much of the ending, it felt rushed and too quick, and I was surprised that it ended that way. I didn't feel the emotions from the book run through me, and so I felt pushed to read the book, rather than reading it for fun. However Narnia books are good as they make you think of a imaginary world and makes you visualise that world, which makes me enjoy the books a little more, as C.S. Lewis can be very imaginative and you don't have a clue which way the story would turn, which is always a good thing.
This book, most obviously appeals to children, however, as I've already mentioned, many adults quite enjoy this story too. Now what about the Young Adults? (the 16-24 year-olds) well I'm currently classed in that year group, and I think that the Narnia books overall appeal to us as well, however regarding this book in particular, I felt pushed to read on and didn't enjoy it as much, and if I wanted to I could of put it back on the shelf and not read it for another few years. But I didn't and kept on reading not for my own reason, but for you lot, so that you could know what I felt about the book. However, maybe I should read all the Narnia books sometime when I'm 10-20 years older, maybe I'll enjoy them all much better, but unfortunately, and as much as I'd like to, I am unable to see into the future, and so I cannot possibly predict how I would feel about these books when I'm older.
well that's all, it feels too short, but then again it's quality not quantity, thank you very much for reading, and I hope I haven't put people off from reading the Narnia books, as I have to admit, I fully loved the first book, as you probably know by my review on it!
This book, also known as Prince Caspian: Return to Narnia, is just that. We are reintroduced to the Pevensie children as they are brought back to Narnia by Aslan, just when they are needed. Unfortunately Narnia isn't how they remembered, their friends have long since passed on and peace no longer reins in the magical land.
We meet up with the Pevensie children as they wait for the train to arrive to take them to school for the first time after the summer holidays, however they are magically whisked off to Narnia, a place that they must have begun to wonder if it was actually real or just a dream.
Despite only a year having passed in England it has been many centuries since High King Peter and his royal siblings ruled over Narnia in the Golden Age. The children discover that a race of people called the Telmarines have invaded Narnia in their absence and taken the throne, however Miraz who currently reins is not the rightful ruler; his nephew, Prince Caspian, is.
Caspian is only tolerated by his Uncle, and his wife Queen Prunaprismia, until a son is born to Miraz, now Caspian is threatening his royal inheritance so the young prince must flee his home to avoid death.
The prince meets the old Narnians, those who live in secret and are believed either extinct or just myth by the Telmarines. He befriends them and agrees to fight for their cause.
It is the prince and his friends who summoned the 'kings and queens' of old using Susan's horn, but will four children really help their cause?
This story has more action and excitement in it than some of the others, and it is the second biggest role for everybody's favourite lion.
I did quite like this book as it brought back familiar characters; the Pevensie children, although their friends of old, like Mr. Tumnus and the Beavers, had now passed on, and they had to relearn some modesty and maturity. Just a year ago they had been not only adults but Kings and Queens, now they are young children again and, on finding themselves back in Narnia, most may be in awe of them but there are some, mostly dwarves like Trumpkin, who frankly find them a bit of a disappointment, but this allows for their characters to grow again, making them even more enjoyable second time round.
The action in this book is different; a little darker, as not only is there more of it and more victories to the enemy, but this time their friends are not just being turned to stone, which Aslan can easily reverse, but they are actually killed, something that children may find a little harder.
This book also differs from The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe in that the children are left more on their own; in their previous journey to Narnia they had been guided and protected by Aslan more than they realised, but as he explains things can't happen the same way twice, so he leaves them to make the decisions and actions that he knows they are capable of even if they don't themselves. Although I miss the involvement of Aslan I do like the effect this independence has on the children as their responsibility makes them mature.
Peter seems most able to understand that they are back to being children again; when Lucy points out that they could all swim and ride horses he explains that that was back when they were adults and had learned these things over years of ruling Narnia. His decision in this book is always final, which is first noticed in the chapter 'How they left the island' when he suggests they give the dwarf some armour and as Edmund protests Lucy reminds him that Peter is the High King.
Susan is a little more vain in this book; she feels insulted when they think she may have missed the two men who were trying to drown Trumpkin, and she enjoys showing off her archery skills when pitted against the dwarf in a challenge. However she is still the voice of common sense.
Edmund is very different from his first appearance in the Narnian Chronicles, this time he is the only one to trust Lucy when she claims she has seen Aslan, clearly having learnt his lesson and is almost protective towards his younger sister. He is much more accommodating in this book and loyal, which makes him a much more likeable character.
Lucy, like Peter, particularly struggles with seeing Narnia in its current state and struggles with the change to the new age, which is shown when she patronisingly calls Trumpkin 'our DLF' short for dear little friend. Lucy is still the closest to Aslan and this book shows than the most when he makes himself visible only to her, testing her siblings belief in her.
The young prince has a lot to go through, he is still young and has to deal with his own flesh and blood wanting him dead, then being on the run and living with Narnians, not all of whom welcome him. He also has the responsibility of running and army and possibly ruling a country and is not sure he's ready for that.
This book is the fourth in the series following the recommended reading order, but was the second to be written which is probably the reason for the return of the Pevensie children. This is certainly a great story, almost able to rival The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Prince Caspian by C.S Lewis is another fantatsic novel by the great C.S Lewis and really is beautifully written. It was originally published in 1951 and it is the second novel in the Chronicles of Narnia. It really is a wonderful book in every way an it is like the other novels in the Chronicles of Narnia a children's fantasy book. If you have read any other novels from the Chronicles of Narnia or seen the film and enjoyed it I would really recommend it because it really is fantastic.
The story is about a four children called Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan who return to the world of Narnia. Since when they were last there, hundreds of years haev now gone past and things have really changed. The world of Narnia is now run by the fierce General Miraz, who is the uncle of the Prince Caspian. It is up to these four children in a whole new exciting adventure to find Prince Caspian and get him to get rid of the wretched General Miraz who is currently in power. It is also up to th children to find their way back home once again and stay safe, if it is possible.
I really found the story line to be superb and like the other novels in the Chronicles of Narnia it does feature some wonderful writing. It has some excellent characters throughout and it is sure to keep you entertained thoughout. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading.
The fourth book in the series of C.S.Lewis' Narnia books is Prince Caspian. Lewis did not write the books in order, indeed it was only after he wrote them all that he jiggled them around a little, placing book 3, The Horse And His Boy, where it lies now. Book 3 takes a break from the adventures of the Pevensie children in Narnia, and we see a welcome return to their saga in Prince Caspian.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe left Narnia in a peaceful state, with the Lion Aslan having saved the land with the help of the Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. Not long has passed in our world, but time in Narnia has gone quicker, and many years on, the children are summoned to the land of Narnia by the horn of Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne of the land. Caspian needs the children's help: Narnia is at Civil War and the days of peace are long gone. Caspian wants to reunite Narnia and stop its inevitable destruction, but he cannot do it alone.....
Lewis injects a bit more adventure and action into this book than the others so far. The Narnian Civil War provides a good setting for conflict, and this lets Caspian be a worthy hero calling on the four Pevensie children. Lewis gives us a clever concept, explaining how time in Narnia gfoes much quicker than in our world, and how many, many years have passed in Narnia, but hardly any time at all has gone in our world, that of the Pevensies. This is to become even more relevant in later books.
The book is just shy of 190 pages long, and it is a very suitable length for the younger reader. This is the target audience, although it can be enjoyed by adults, too. I was lucky enough to have the whole set of these when I was younger and had a more vivid imagination. It is reading these as a kid that they had the biggest impact. Recently, this has been made into a film, following on from the film of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and although I have not yet seen it, I can imagine it will be high in action and adventure, as is the book.
I recommend this book. Currently, amazon.co.uk are selling a complete set of Lewis' seven Narnia books for £25.15, which is a decent price. You could have a trawl of the internet or charity shops to find cheap copies. Either way, I recommend reading all seven of them, and Prince Caspian is one of my favourites.
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are mysteriously transported back to Narnia where they discover that it has been hundred's of years since their reign as Kings and Queens of the land ended. Cair Paravel, the castle where they lived, is in ruins and the evil King Miraz has taken charge. Along with their old friend Prince Caspian they race to overthrow the King, calling on the help of Aslan and his trusty follower, Reepicheep the mouse.