TITLE: PRINCE CASPIAN
AUTHOR: C S LEWIS
PUBLISHER: HARPER COLLINS
GENRE: FANTASY / CHILDREN’S FICTION
COVER TYPE: PAPER BACK
BLURB FROM THE COVER
Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures and epic battles between good and evil – what more could any reader ask for in one book? That book was The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, written in 1949 by C S Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.
For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a world where magic meets reality and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.
This edition presents all seven unabridged books in one impressive volume. The books are presented according to Lewis’s preferred order, each chapter graced with illustrations by the books’ original artist, Pauline Baynes. Deceptively simple and direct, The Chronicles of Narnia continue to captivate fans with adventures, characters and truths that speak to readers of all ages, even fifty years after they were first published…
PLOT SUMMARY: Hundreds of years have passed in Narnia since the four children ruled the land. Narnia is now controlled by neighbouring Telmarines and thanks to ruthless King Miraz, the talking animals and creatures of Narnia are in hiding. Miraz’s nephew, Prince Caspian, the true King of Narnia joins forces with Old Narnia to defeat Miraz with a little help from Aslan and the four children.
HIGHLIGHTS: The kindly old grand-father telling a bedtime story vibe is back, though not as strong as it was in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Lewis chats to his readers like a dear old friend. Every scene with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy was great. This made up for their lack in The Horse & His Boy. One of the best bits in Prince Caspian is when Lucy can see Aslan and no one else can and everyone refuses to believe her and they waste several days trudging about the mountains until Aslan and Lucy force them to see reality. There were some great scenes when Caspian visited the hidden remnants of Old Narnia who declared him King and spent many nights dancing and celebrating. The battle between Peter and Miraz was good. I got all teary-eyed when the children arrived at the ruins of Cair Paravel and realised centuries had passed since their reign.
LOWLIGHTS: There weren’t any. Prince Caspian is a well written, well-rounded novel.
THE OPENING LINE
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, and it had been told in another booked called ‘The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’ how they had a remarkable adventure…
Prince Caspian was adapted for screen by the BBC in 1989 along with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. They’re separate novels but the BBC combined them into one movie called Prince Caspian & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096681/). I have it on DVD and have seen it loads of times.
Prince Caspian was also adapted for the screen by Walden Media / Disney in 2008 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia:_Prince_Caspian). This version has Prince Caspian as a full grown adult. In the book he’s only 9 or 10 years old.