The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) - C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes From what I've gathered reading up on The Chronicles of Narnia it seems that most fans of the series don't care too much for 'The Horse and His Boy'. It seems to be among the least favorite of the 'Chronicles' as a whole (along with the final installment 'The Last Battle'). I, on the other hand, enjoyed this story quite a bit. At least just as much as 'The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe' but not quite as much as 'The Magician's Nephew'. It has a kind of 'adventurous quest' feel to it, and despite the always present christian subtext and the sometimes jarring racial typecasting, the story in itself retains it's magic and fun.

The Horse and His Boy is the third story; chronologically speaking. It takes place during the Golden Age where the Pevensie brothers and sisters ruled Narnia; but the story's protagonist is actually a boy from far beyond Narnia, called Shasta and the adventure he sets off on with the help of a talking horse named Bree. TH&HB has everything you want out of a children's story. An mistreated protagonist who sets off for freedom in a better land. On the way, there are stops in a palace within a huge kingdom, a trek across the desert, a quest to save Narnia and a battle! Shasta is a very likeable hero and I enjoyed his adventures with Bree, Hwin and Aravis (and Aslan) and was especially pleased when his true identity is finally revealed.

Lewis has an enjoyable style of storytelling. Unlike his fellow author Tolkien's sometimes long-winded descriptions of scenery, Lewis has a more child oriented and therefore simpler and a bit more magical style. You almost can't help approaching the story as such, and enjoying it as such! Maybe thats the reason I've been able to pass over the bits that are a bit offensive, or insensitive. If the book had come out last year though? This would be a far different review. All in all another interesting chapter in the Chronicles!