Mini Review: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
Author: C.S. Lewis
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia #2/#4*
Publisher: Collier Books, a division of Macmillan
Publication Date: August 28, 1970 (First published 1951)
Age Group/Genre: All Ages/Classics, Fantasy
A prince fights for his crown. Narnia… where animals talk… where trees walk… here a battle is about to begin. A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads)
*Warning: This is the second book in a series. While I really don’t like spoilers, you might find some slight Book 1 spoilers in this review.*
I really liked Prince Caspian a lot more than I enjoyed rereading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Prince Caspian sucked me into the story of Narnia, and I found myself wanting to read the next book in the series right away.
I wasn’t really sure what to say in this review, however, because it’s such a short story and I hardly took any notes. So I thought I’d just list the things I really liked:
- The Pevensies return to Narnia right away in this story, and I was glad there wasn’t a lot of narration before they do so. I was ready to jump right into that magical land.
- I enjoyed the story of Prince Caspian growing up.
- I LOVED Reepicheep! He’s definitely my favorite character of the series so far.
- For some reason I like the word “bivouac” and I was happy every time Lewis used it (which was at least three times in this story).
- I liked that this book seemed to have more humor than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
- I liked a few of the things that were revealed at the end of the book about Reepicheep and the Telmarines (I won’t go into detail because they’re spoilers).
*Most of my copies of The Chronicles of Narnia series are numbered in the published order, although some are numbered so that the story moves chronologically. I’ve decided to read them all in the order they were originally published.
I read this as part of the C.S. Lewis Read-Along, hosted by Pages Unbound.
Lola ReadingFebruary 14, 2013 at 7:34 am
Wow! What a fun blast from the past! I remember reading this series! It would be worth it to re-read! :)
pagesunboundFebruary 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm
I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Reepicheep is one of my favorite characters, as well. I want to be like Lucy and just hug him, but I understand it's a bit against his dignity. ;)
Sarah ElizabethFebruary 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm
I read the lion the witch and the wardrobe but never read the rest of the series. Glad you enjoyed this :)
fakestephFebruary 16, 2013 at 1:32 am
My college roommie always told me how much she loves Reepicheep. I think I want to reread these… mostly to get more of the references in The Magicians. I am so weird.