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

Grade: B

The Horse and His Boy is book three in The Chronicles of Narnia, which means the events which transpire in this book occur after The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (book two) and before Prince Caspian (book four). I liked being able to read a book that took place during the original reign of Lucy, Susan, Edward and Peter and learn more about the world surrounding Narnia. I liked that while this book told its own separate story, it also featured a lot of the characters that anyone whose seen the two Narnia movies would recognize.

It was interesting to read the way that the neighboring countries viewed Aslan and Narnia and how different their societies lived. As a child reading this, I think it would be an excellent introduction to the idea that other countries lead very different lives but are made up of essentially similar people and how our view of other places can be skewed by our own upbringing and culture.

These books are small, quick reads but full of a lot of information and a lot of crossing plots. I really liked the story of Shasta, the central character in this story, and thought it was well told. I liked reading about the talking horses compared to non-talking ones and all the drama surrounding the small story. That said, it was certainly not the best book I’ve ever read – but it was an enjoyable story and as ever, I’m looking forward to the next installment in this series.

2 responses to “Review: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis”

  1. mommablogsalot Avatar

    @ Jean : No that makes sense – you kind of have to come full circle to really get the whole thing. At first it’s like, “How is this related to Narnia at all?”


  2. Jean M. Avatar

    I really feel like such a tool for saying yesterday, that the first Narnia book wasn’t good. I have to retract my statement on that. I finally am getting into the part where Narnia is created. I guess I wasn’t “getting” what the beginning stuff had to do with it. I’m getting it now. 🙂