Mini Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Title:  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Author:  C.S. Lewis
Series:  The Chronicles of Narnia #3/#5*
Publisher:  Collier Books, a division of Macmillan
Publication Date:  January 1, 1970 (First published 1952)
Pages:  216
Format/Source:  Paperback/Purchased
Age Group/Genre:  All Ages/Classics, Fantasy

Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world. Their adventures include being captured by slave traders, a much-too-close encounter with a dragon, and visits to many enchanted islands, including the place where dreams come true. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads)

*Warning:  This is the third book in a series.  While I really don’t like spoilers, you might find some slight spoilers for the first two books in this review.*

Once again, I didn’t really know what all to say about this book because it’s pretty short and I didn’t take many notes.  So I decided to do a mini review.

What I liked:

  • The first line is AWESOME. “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”  Definitely one of my favorite first lines.
  • I liked how, as in Prince Caspian, the characters go to Narnia right away. There’s not much info about what’s going on in our world, but just enough to start the story.
  • I was so excited to see Reepicheep again!  He’s definitely my favorite character in this series so far.
  • I wasn’t really into this story until they got to Dragon Island.  Then it started getting interesting for me.
  • I loved the magician’s spell book on The Island of the Voices, with all its pictures that seemed to come to life.

My rating for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis:

Actually 4.5 stars.  I really enjoyed this one, probably just as much as I liked Prince Caspian.  I’m hoping to read the rest of the series soon! 

Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.

*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.


  1. Kami

    March 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This isn't my favorite in the series, but it is interesting! I love that first line too. It cracks me up every time!

  2. fakesteph

    March 30, 2013 at 2:44 am

    I think I started this in 5th grade, but never finished it. I have a vague recollection of watching the movie though…

  3. Bittner

    April 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Well I am glad that you liked this one. But I am also noticing that this review is from the end of March and I don't recall if you have started the next in the series yet. Just curious though, I'm not trying to rush you!

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