REVIEW OF:  Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis

Reviewed by:  Jake

Run, run, run.  In Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, the rightful king of Narnia , Prince Caspian, can only run from his royal uncle, Miraz, who is trying to kill him because he wants his son to be king instead of Caspian.  He also wants Narnia to stay under his control.   He has actually managed to erase the knowledge of Old Narnia from most in his kingdom – a time when animals and trees could talk.   Months later, the young Prince Caspian teams up with the few remaining talking animals to battle his Uncle Miraz; they want Narnia to change for the better and be free again.  After multiple battles are lost and many soldiers are wounded, Caspian blows on Susan’s horn which takes the Pevensies (Susan, Lucy, Edmund and Peter) out of their world and back to Narnia to help Caspian fight Miraz. There also is a one-on-one combat with Peter and Miraz, but he and his men cheat. It is nephew vs. uncle, Caspian vs. Miraz, justice vs. tyranny, light vs. dark.

This novel is very exciting due to the many adventures and trials, including many conflicts and battles. I enjoyed how the author made Caspian’s relative the villain and Caspian the hero.  It made the story feel more personal.  However, I was not head-over-heels about the chapters describing Caspian’s past.   I didn’t enjoy it because it was too long; it dragged so long it felt like it took 7 pages to tell where, when and how Caspian blew his nose; it took up about half of the book just to tell of his past.  However, I noticed that Caspian becomes more hopeful throughout the story, looking on the bright side. I loved how CS Lewis put in the main characters from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe because it makes everything in the series connect. Overall, this book is one of my favorite books in the Narnia series.

I would recommend this novel to people who like thrilling and adventurous books and are 9 or older.  Prince Caspian is one of C.S. Lewis’ greatest novels.