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The Beginning of the End,
This review is from: The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 6) (Kindle Edition)
It's true that this was only the fourth book to be written. The Magician's Nephew and The Horse and His Boy were both written after this but the first is a prequel to the entire series and the second runs parallel to the last chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so they both lie outside the timeline and story of the "main" series, of which this is the fourth and penultimate book.
In The Silver Chair we find that the creativity of C.S.Lewis is far from running dry. Once again he fills the book with magical people and places. We meet many memorable characters like Puddleglum the marsh-wiggle, the earthmen and a new lead female named Jill Pole. The adventures come thick and fast as Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum face many dangers as they set out to find Prince Rilian. It has the same "epic quest" feeling as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and is full of the same balance of terror, humour and beauty.
The beauty comes in two main forms. One is in the descriptions of the lands C.S.Lewis has created and the other is the behaviour of the Narnians. Celebrations and funerals alike are written in very moving language and the reader may find themselves laughing or crying alternatively throughout the novel.
The book is fairly frightening at some points but most younger readers will cope, especially as the book ends on a very hopeful note.
An absolutely beautiful book.