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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Age Range: 7 years and up
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007323085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007323081
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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"The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades,"
The Times

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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.

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I enjoyed the Narnia Chronicles as a child many, many years ago, and still find the series as magical today. I revisited the first two books in the series (at least in the order that Harper Collins recommends) and only picked up this third book.

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.
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Young Shasta grew up in Calormen, but always felt a drawing towards the north. When a nobleman rides up one day, and begins negotiating with Shasta's father to buy him, he learns that he is really a foundling from Narnia. Shasta wants to escape, and opportunity presents itself, when the nobleman's horse begins to talk to him! It seems that Bree was also stolen away from Narnia, so the two form an alliance and head north. But there are many adventures and surprises along the way. Plus, it seems that somebody has their eye on Shasta!
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!
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I remember this book being the worst book of all the Narina books when I read them at the age of twelve but re reading it makes all the difference. The book was both interesting and the characters were very captivating I think that its one definitely for the older reader rather than the younger readers because the magic of Narnia is captured in a different and unique way which it is not in the others book. I would question the portrayals from the book a little bit but it's not racist rather it has a subtle dig at some non - Christians but it does not in anyway flood the book with them. It is all in all a good book which I would highly recommend it.
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a good read, lots of suprises, links in with The Lion, the Witch & the wardrobe.. good at any age.
Printed on heavy paper so heavy to hold
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Another great trip to Narnia. My kids and me love it. Re-reading this now that I know so much more just made the story even better for me. Reading it as a boy there is so much of the story I did not get. My boys look forward to their nightly chapter. The grasp the complexities of the story a lot faster than I did at their age. That is most gratifying thing that they understand and like the story they are listening to. Full credit to C S Lewis that after the story they always eat more.

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.
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The Horse and His Boy is something of a departure from the Narnian formula. While Lewis resumes his homely, comfortable, very English style of narration, his story is a world away from the pastoral welcome of Narnia itself. Set instead in the land of Calormen, a pastiche of various Turkish, Arab and near eastern cultures, the characters driving the story are natives, not visitors from Earth. It's an ill-fitting match of tone and content and one that emphasises the stereotypes lurking in the characterisation of the Calormene people whilst depriving the reader of an easy connection to the world.

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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