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The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3) Paperback – 1 Oct 2009
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"The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades,"
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Narnia ... where horses talk and hermits like company, where evil men turn into donkeys, where boys go into battle ... where the adventure begins. During the Golden Age of Narnia, when Peter is High King, a boy named Shasta discovers he is not the son of Arsheesh, the Calormene fisherman, and decides to run far away to the North -- to Narnia. When he is mistaken for another runaway, Shasta is led to discover who he really is and even finds his real father. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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For readers who have already read the two books, especially "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (arguably the most popular of the series), they would already have been familiar with how the four Pevensie children stumbled into Narnia through an old Wardrobe in the English countryside during the Blitz of WWII, discovering their destinies as the rightful Kings and Queens of Narnia, after overthrowing the White Witch, who had been keeping the free creatures under her oppressive rule.
While in that book, the real world connects with Narnia, in "The Horse and His Boy", the Lewis sets his story squarely in the fantasy universe. It centres on Shasta, an adopted son/slave of a fisherman from Calormen, one of the neighbouring lands of Narnia, who escapes with a talking horse in search of the free land of Narnia, when he discovers he was about to be sold to a Calormene nobleman. In their journey, they come across a young Calormene aristocrat Aravis, who was also escaping on her mare from an arranged marriage.
Without being preachy, Lewis doles out nuggets of wisdom about pride, courage, and what it means to be a friend. When Bree feels discouraged about entering Narnia, an old hermit who helps them escape their enemies tells him: "Of course you were braver and cleverer than (the rest of the regular horses). You could hardly help being that. It doesn't follow that you'll be anyone very special in Narnia.Read more ›
I love this book! I gather that there is some disagreement as to the order in which you should read the Chronicles of Narnia, but this one is well placed at #3, falling as it does during the later stages of the High-Kingship of Peter. This book has a wonderful Arabian Nights feel to most of it, and it is filled with adventure and suspense. I enjoyed reading this book to my children, and they enjoyed hearing it. We all recommend this book to you!
Printed on heavy paper so heavy to hold
This story is sort of an in between books of the story takes place during the time Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy rule Narnia, however the story is set in the nabghouring countries to Narnia. In one of these counties a young boy called Shaster, is raised in a fishing village. Then one day his life changes when he meets a talking horse, that he has only heard of in the Legendary small country of Narnia. Escaping his village he and the horse decide to make a break for the magical land, meeting like minded allies and foiling dangerous enemies. A great story, with many Christian parallels in it. A very enjoyable read.
That's not all that's sub-par in the book. Whilst The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe managed to contain an epic sweep in its compact length by showing the story through children's eyes, The Horse and His Boy manages to invert that triumph. Hence monarchs talk political strategy and viziers discuss coup d'etat, with the Narnian kings adopting a Shakespeare-like dialect to little apparent effect. If the potboiling goes over children's heads, however, the story is simple enough that it remains easy to follow. With any luck, the more predictable elements, like twins separated at birth, should be new and surprising to its juvenile readers.
A disappointment then, especially considering the calibre of the tale that precedes it, but at least The Horse and His Boy helps expand the geography of Narnia and works towards building the world that accommodates some iconic characters and stories.
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I grew up reading,watching and listening to the chronicles of narnia, however never read the horse and the boy because for some unknown reason I presumed it was the dullest of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harley 84
I would recommend this book to people who like a great adventure story. I liked this book because I like adventure story's !Published 9 months ago by Manjit Smith
Great story, probably better if you've read the previous Narnia books.Published 17 months ago by JS
Thrilling, exiting and incredible are the only words I can use to describe this book. The Chronicles of Narnia re a must read!Published 17 months ago by Mutate
I am reading these books in published order so this was the fifth book I read in the series. This is the first book that I have read in my reading order were I have had to think... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Matthew Atkinson