S-BOMB warning. That’s SPOILER-ALERT, for those less crude than I.
We’re back again to beautiful Narnia loves, with one more jaunt after this! Only, this journey, like the last, takes place beyond the borders of the fair country. This time, we’re heading north, beyond the Ettinsmoor. We’ve heard mention of these lands from time to time. Mostly, the north is referred to as the land of giants. This novel in particular is The Silver Chair.
This is a return to the basics for a Narnian tale, in all but one aspect–it lacks the Pevensies. But it features their cousin, Eustace, in much better form than the previous book’s start, and his friend, Jill Pole, on a long journey to find the lost prince of Narnia, King Caspian’s son (yes, that Caspian), Rilian.
Unlike other Narnian adventures, this one almost immediately involves Aslan after a rather scary moment for Eustace. Jill is tasked with remembering several key details for the success of their journey, and along the way (depending on her mood), she recites them dutifully or completely forgets them. Still, the Lion’s plans never fail, and Eustace and Jill, with the help of reluctant Puddleglum, brave the subterranean world to find the enchanted prince and free him from the green witch’s spell.
Very Narnian, yes? Despite not taking place in Narnia, or featuring the golden children, and an usually early appearance from the good Lion… Very Narnian, indeed. It is probably my least favorite of the series, not for any major failing in its storytelling–just because I always did adore the Pevensies and any book without them is a little bit dimmer! It is still a very good tale about overcoming personal faults and the light at the end of a long dark journey and so many more little things.
Only one more to go… As sad as that may be folks, we’re nearing the end.
Interested in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair? It can be purchased here.