Wednesday, July 13, 2011

REVIEW: The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

book cover of The Horse and His Boy by C. S. LewisTitle: The Horse and His Boy
Author: C. S. Lewis
Date Published: First published in 1954
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Page Count: 224 pages
Challenge: E-Book Challenge

Quite honestly, I think this might be my least favorite of all of the Narnia series.  It's not that it was bad, it was just a little slow.

The story follows Shasta, a boy from a small fishing village in Carlomen  When he overhears his 'father' negotiating to sell him, he runs away with another man's horse, not realizing that Bree, the horse was really a talking horse, from Narnia.  Along the way, Shasta meets Aravis, who's also running away with her own talking Horse, Hwin, but she's escaping an arranged marriage.  Both children face situations in which great bravery is required and Shasta manages to save Archenland and find out who is really is and where he came from.

I loved the characters in this.  Bree and Hwin were wonderful talking horses, even though Bree was a rather proud horse.  The story itself might have dragged just a little, but it was still a good story.  I liked Aslan in this too, it seemed like he was more apt to help, rather than scold the characters, which made him a little more likable I think.

One thing that I love about this series is how Lewis writes to us.  He really writes as though he's telling you a story, and comments on books you might have read, or how you know certain things that the characters do, and how you may have had some similar experiences.  To me, it makes it feel much more real, like the things actually happened.

As much as this was my least favorite, its still a classic, and it still deserves 5 out of 5 stars!

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