The Horse and His Boy [Book Review]
Shasta on the run from his homeland with the talking horse, Bree. When the pair
discover a deadly plot by the Calormen people to conquer the land of Narnia,
the race is on to warn the inhabitants of the impending danger and to rescue
them all from certain death.
eager to read this one after having enjoyed the previous book a lot. For some
reason I haven’t posted those reviews yet but have decided to post this one. I
know, I don’t understand my reasoning either. But oh well.
and featured an entirely different set of characters, which wasn’t what I was
expecting after having read and loved The
Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Different to all the action in the first
book, this one was more of a slow adventure. The pace was slow and steady.
Sometimes a little too much on the slow side for my liking, but it was all
were going to be following the main four for the whole series, but apparently
not! Shasta was the main character in this story, and I found him to be okay. I
couldn’t love him or hate him. It wasn’t that he was unlikeable or anything –
he just wasn’t the best person either. Most of all, which made him seem very human, and I believe that is exactly what
C.S. Lewis was aiming to get at.
boy relationship. As is in the world of Narnia, the animals can speak and have
their own minds. The action of riding a horse changed, because of this. Shasta
had to ask permission to ride Bree, and treat Bree right. It would epic if all
animals could be like that. I bet mistreatment would disappear as well. It was
also interesting to see the human personality traits that Lewis gave the horses,
such as pride and nervousness. It was entertaining, but then I also felt a
little weird realising how much I was relating to a talking horse.
novel. A lot of people seem to be slaves to others. I was more so surprised
because of how much of it was included, and that it is a children’s novel. I’m
not exactly sure why I was so unprepared for it, but there it was nonetheless.
It doesn’t get into a moral debate about it, but it’s just present in the novel
as numerous people have a slave status.
mention of Narnia for all that I am complaining about it being absent. We get
to see Lucy, Edmund and Susan all grown up and ruling their kingdom, which was
shocking to see. It was so different, and yet also intriguing to see the
characters I had come to love through the eyes of someone else. It put a new
perspective on their position in the world Lewis has created.
practically drooling while reading about them. The landscape description was
character who represents God returning again in this short little novel. In
this scenario, He is presented in a different way, and brought a new
perspective on the way in which God fit into Shasta’s story. Even as a
Christian, there was one element to something which was a metaphor to religion
that I didn’t agree with. However, just like before, you could read this one
without looking at the Christian literature meaning behind it. Otherwise, it’s
just another Narnia story. You get to choose what you’re looking for in the
characters, all in the same world?