by C.S. Lewis.
My son, who is an avid writer of gory mythological stories (yes, he's written more pages than I have, and he's illustrated them, as well), asked me if C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien ever battled it out over their respective pieces of work. I had never considered that, and together we found that both writers were in the same writing group. Talking trees indeed!
In the Narnia series, The Horse and His Boy can easily be overlooked. It tells about the reigns of King Edmund and Queens Susan and Lucy, but it feels like Lewis wrote it simply to make sure readers knew they had powerful adventures in Narnia before slipping back into the wardrobe.
Which brings us to Prince Caspian. I had to read this since the movie comes out in May, and I'm sure to have a 9-year-old dragging me to the theater... not too difficult - have you seen the actor who plays Prince Caspian?
The four royalty are back in England, but Prince Caspian, fighting for the throne of Narnia, calls them back to help him. You can imagine the rest, but it's still a charming read. And for those of you who missed the Christianity symbolism in the LWaW, it is plastered all over this one.
The Horse and His Boy - 1.25 out of 5.0 Bay Horses.
Prince Caspian - 3.0 out of 5.0 Non-Alcoholic Wassails.