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The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #4)

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Jill and Eustace must rescue the Prince from the evil Witch.

NARNIA...where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell...and where the adventure begins.

Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor...or does it? Onc
Paperback, 243 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 1953)
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I'm just going to give a generic opinion of the whole series.

We love them.

The end.

Okay, so maybe I'll tell you that we read them outloud to the kids almost 2 years ago. So they were 5 going on 6 and 2. They all loved them and followed the plot and talked about the characters during their play.

We're re-reading them again (now ages 8, 4 and 2) and they're loving them even more than the first time. All I hear, all day long is "For Narnia" and then they rush through the house, swords drawn. They hav
Apr 13, 2013 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
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Sep 16, 2010 Daniella rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy and lovers of a good Quest story.
Finally, a proper novel! Thank you, Mr. Lewis. Sixth time's the charm, eh?

The Silver Chair is my favorite out of all the Narnia books. Not only does it have all the usual elements of this wonderful, rich fantasy world Lewis created, but the characters are better, at least in my opinion, the story feels less contrived, and it has the added benefit of being a proper novel. That is to say, it has: a) an actual plot; b) an identifiable climactic point; and c) a clear, concise denouement. For once, I
I felt that The Silver Chair gave better character arcs to the "son and daughter of Adam and Eve" than some of the other Narnia books. The focus of the book seemed to be shared between the children, Eustace and Jill, as well as the quest - instead of focusing on the quest alone. Also, the Marsh-wiggle is a well drawn character and pretty unique from Lewis' other personalities in Narnia.
Like the other books in the series, this one continues to touch the surface of the adventures and explanations
Deborah Markus
Ah, the strange joys of Narnia! How is a middle-aged feminist nonbeliever supposed to feel about this contradictory volume?

Pro: Jill Pole is a strong, active, fun, funny, vigorous girl that any reader, male or female, will be happy to have as a protagonist.

Con: Jill's old enough to be active, but young enough not to be a sexual being. Which is clearly the only reason Lewis is comfortable having her around, because:

Con: Once again, Lewis only allows grown women as characters when they're scary,
Narnia is a magical place... a land you wish you would get to visit at least once in your lifetime! And meet the great Aslan as well... And this book starts with the same idea, wherein Eustace wants to visit this world in the other realm again after his adventures in the previous tale makes him hungry for more. I found The Silver Chair to be one of my favourite stories in these masterpieces of C.S. Lewis. This tale gave me an adventurous feeling none other than the ones I felt while reading The ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 22, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious Narnia-niks
C.S. LewisThe Silver Chair isn’t nearly as successful as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian; even so, that leaves plenty of possibility for this book, which relates the return of the reformed prig Eustace Stubbs to Narnia, this time with a new companion, Jill Pole. The pair, with the help of the great lion Aslan, set out on a quest to find the missing Price Rilian, son of that very same Caspian.

The novel starts a bit slowly, but both the storyline and the underlying Chris
The last two books are definitely not in line for my favourites. There are various factors -- one of which is simply that I don't like seeing Narnia come to an end! But the main one is that I don't find Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum that compelling as main characters. Or Rillian, for that matter, even though he's Caspian's son. They're quite realistic and human, and lack the nobility that Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy have, I think. Perhaps too realistic. I want to kick Jill a lot of the time for ...more
Anne Hamilton
Once upon a time, about forty years ago, I read the entire series of The Chronicles of Narnia in a single week. Way back then, I would probably given The Silver Chair two stars. But only because I was feeling generous and I was still in the halo of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Some time in the interim, The Silver Chair moved from the bottom of my ratings to the top. And I do mean the very top. Today I'd give it more than five stars, if I could. Its rise has been steady; modest at first, it eve
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 09, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children and Fans of Fantasy
I started the series with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, making this the fifth book I've read in the series, and so far it's my least favorite. I wasn't going to proceed with the series after the first book I read, because I found the blatant Christian Allegory annoying, but friends told me that, except for The Last Battle, that aspect of the books becomes less evident--and I pretty much found that to be the case, including in this book, although it's hard not to see it when Aslan the Lio ...more
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is one of the books in his series, the Chronicles of Narnia in which Christianity is portrayed through various fantasy creatures. God, for instance is portrayed as a talking Lion. What a wonderful series! What child hasn’t climbed into a closet and explored the back cracks in hope of finding an entrance to a new and exciting world after reading this book? I used to sit in a closet with the door closed and a flashlight reading my favorite books aft ...more
John Yelverton
A great addition to the book series, though I still can't wrap my mind around the Emerald Witch and the White Witch and their role with each other.
Over and Under Narnia
(A Book Review of C. S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair)

The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis is considered the penultimate book in The Chronicles of Narnia, and I have no contention why readers said that it’s an all together different book (though I had taken a much different tack in reading the series for reasons stated on this post). At the outset it is the first book in the series that does not have anything to do with the Pevensie siblings; instead it features Eustace Scrubb (who fi
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I remember talking to my friend who's the biggest C.S. Lewis fan, asking him if there will be a next Narnia movie. I caught The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on the plane on my way to Europe last August, and as usual, I shed some tears with Repicheep's scene and whenever Aslan comes out. To my dismay, he told me it might take a while years before the next movie will be made because the license expired. And that just made me sad.

But that doesn't really excuse me from c
Despite what the title implies, a silver chair is not the star of The Silver Chair. The seat in question isn't a grand MacGuffin or a legendary artifact; it's just a prop of moderate prominence present in a single scene. If it weren't for the book's heading, I doubt most readers would remember the chair, much less what color it was. And this got me wondering; what would it be like if the rest of The Chronicles of Naria were named in a similar fashion? (i.e. for an somewhat important but potentia ...more

Pretty good.
Eustace and his classmate, Jill, are sent to Narnia to find Caspian's missing son, prince Rilian. I enjoyed the storyline even though it was tropey and mostly predictable. The characters and worldbuilding made up for the unremarkable plot — the Narnia world is just plain fun to read about, and most of the characters are engaging and likeable enough. I was disappointed with the evul witch/bad guy — she was really cliched and underwhelming. I absolutely loved Puddleglum though
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
I felt this is better than the voyage part but not so good as lion witch.. And price caspian!!

Started off very interestingly, lost its pace in the middle, again got back and ended a bit disappointingly!!

One the whole not a very great book but quite interesting!!If taken a good care, this could be made a good film!! I think ppl lost interest in the narnia series cos of this previous installment, but it may be revived with this!!

Personally I felt this book is too childish!! May be I amm too old e

The Chronicles of Narnia are my favourite book series and The Silver Chair stands as my favourite book within that series. There are several clear reasons for this in a story about redemption, belief and magical adventure and I shall attempt to explain them to you.

I particularly love the plot and characters of The Silver Chair. The idea of a quest to find a missing prince is rather old hat, but the twist Lewis offers on that quest with Aslan providing new character Jill Pole several signs to rec
Chad Warner
This is one of my favorite books in The Chronicles of Narnia series. It follows the formula of many medieval quests: the heroes land in a predicament, set out to make things right, and encounter adventure along the way. Lewis fits many lessons about the Christian life into the story. Like the other Narnian tales, the visitors from our world (Jill and Eustace) become better prepared for facing life in our world because of their experience in Narnia.

This book introduces one of my favorite Narnians
Jun 23, 2008 Arya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Arya by: My Father
Although not my all time favorite (that honored place belongs to Prince Caspian)the Silver Chair is next in line. According to Douglas Gresham, Lewis had a peticularly rough time choosing a title for this book that the publishers would except. He went through, Knight's under Narnia, Nomes under Narnia, News nder Narnia, and then breaking with his, "under Narnia" theme, the Silver Chair. This title is perfect for this story. Puddleglum, is a great character. He's, probably the reason this is one ...more
Probably my second-least favourite of the lot. Puddleglum is a fantastic character, but Jill was such a latecomer, and paired only with Eustace -- also a latecomer, and not the most sympathetic of them either... It doesn't really work for me in that sense. And of course, Caspian is old, and that's just... ugh. It doesn't have the delightful magic of Narnia, for the most part, not until the gnomes are talking about Bism, which is pretty darn late in the game.

Still fun to reread, I suppose, but...
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
At the start of the story I was generally enjoying it - despite the constant little digs at the school which show Lewis' political leanings and whatnot, it was generally a nice adventure story without quite as much preachiness as some of the last stories, especially Dawn Treader.

Sure, there were some moments - but I liked that the kids were allowed to make mistakes and had to deal with the consequences of them, as opposed to Dawn Treader where (view spoiler)
Bobby Luke
This book was quite good. In the previous book we sailed to the end of the world, and you would think that everywhere in the land of Narnia that could be explored had been. Yet again, however, we get to explore an exciting new place: The Northern Lands of the Giants and witches. On top of that, we get to discover an even new and exciting place. (I still wish they could have gone even further, as some desired - but what can you do?)

There were some excellent parts of this book, most especially the
Alison Looney
Remind me not to vote CS Lewis for school board. In his mind, a school is corrupt if a) there is a female headmistress, b) the children don't learn Latin and read the Bible every day, c) girls and boys are allowed to interact, d) girls are not taught to curtsey or e) children are not beaten for misbehaving.

All that is beside the point of the plot, but Lewis just can't control his parenthetical asides. Whenever something goes wrong for the children, he jumps into the narrative to blame their Exp
Sean Higgins
I absolutely loved this book. It wasn't because of Puddleglum.

This is still my first time through Narnia and, though three books in the series remain, The Silver Chair has pushed the Wardrobe to the side. Maybe it's because I'm more into Lewis' flow after four adventures. Maybe I'm in a better position to appreciate fiction. Or maybe it was the story itself. No matter, I eagerly read this to the kids. Some nights I read two chapters (time permitting) because I wanted to know what happened next!

Some of the things I loved about this read through of the Silver Chair, one of my favorites in the Narnia series:

- "Remember the signs." Aslan's warning that when on his mountain things seem so clear, but once you get into your adventure, things will not be so clear as before, and the signs might not be as you expect them to appear, so remember the signs. Repeat them to yourself in morning and at night. How this thread plays out in this story is moving and powerful, and has many fruitful implica
Imagine an edition that looks like this, but instead of Puddleglum on the cover it's the chair. Imagine the book on one of the little display easels in an elementary school library in a tiny town in rural Wisconsin. Now imagine a young girl, an avid reader who is going through the library with no guidance coming upon that. Well, I was that little girl. And I intrigued enough to pick it up and dive right in. Only well into the book did I realize it was part of a series. My first thought was one o ...more
I think this was my favourite of the Narnia stories. I was slightly apprehensive before I began reading as C.S. Lewis did a very good job of making Eustace difficult to like at the start of the last book. Thankfully, neither he nor Jill Pole were particularly irritating and I did actually grow to like them by the end of the book. I think Puddleglum, the pessimistic marsh-wiggle, has to be my favourite character though right from his opening line. "Puddleglum's my name. But it doesn't matter if y ...more
This was one of my favorites in the series. Maybe it was the state of mind I was in while reading it, but for some reason the symbolism just popped out so clearly to me, and I felt like I could relate so well. I loved the symbolism of the "signs" and how easy it is to forget or put them off for a while. Parts of this book reminded me a lot of the Screwtape Letters, getting an inside view of how the adversary really distorts things and confuses truth until it is so hard to figure out what is real ...more
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than th ...more
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