The Silver Chair brings Eustace, the Pevensies' cousin, back to Narnia with a school friend to carry out a task from Aslan. Only a short time has passThe Silver Chair brings Eustace, the Pevensies' cousin, back to Narnia with a school friend to carry out a task from Aslan. Only a short time has passed since Eustace's last adventure but in Narnia many years have gone by. Caspian is an old man and his son, Rilian, has been missing for ten years. Eustace and his friend Jill, accompanied by Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle, set out to find him with only Aslan's directions to guide them.
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. This is one of the few books of the series that I could not remember in full, and I enjoyed the adventure. Lewis again draws some interesting parallels to the Christian faith, especially ideas of divine intervention, guidance, and sovereignty as well as insights to the afterlife that I know are explored more in the next and final book of the series. I think I liked this for the same reason I enjoyed The Horse and His Boy. We are taken to the lands surrounding Narnia and Lewis makes his readers feel like they are exploring a new world, which is always nice in a series....more
I am really not a fan of this series thus far and Cooper will have to have done a lot to get me to even like it. In this fourth installment of The DarI am really not a fan of this series thus far and Cooper will have to have done a lot to get me to even like it. In this fourth installment of The Dark is Rising series, Will Stanton heads to Wales after surviving a life-threatening illness so he can recover his strength. Of course, a quest is built in, and with the help of a mysterious young boy, Will works to awaken the Sleepers as the ultimate battle with the Dark draws near.
I think one of the biggest things that drives me crazy about this series is the amount of explanation that is left out or just thrown at you in one big mass. For instance, in Will's first quest, he has to go through a series of "tests," and Cooper hints that if he wasn't an Old One things could be much worse, but there's no sense of discovery here as there was in Over Sea, Under Stone, the first book in the series which I'm starting to think was the best. As I finished the last page I was again left with a sense of wondering what just happened. It was thrown together and there's no sense of closure whatsoever. I'll be glad to be done with the series and highly doubt that I'll recommend it to any young readers....more
I first heard about this series when I was teaching middle school. I had many students that read and enjoyed it, so I thought it would be worth a readI first heard about this series when I was teaching middle school. I had many students that read and enjoyed it, so I thought it would be worth a read, even though I'm no longer teaching. I was a little apprehensive that I would find something similar to the Boxcar Children books, which I tired of early when I was a young reader. I was happy to find a fast-paced, serious adventure that kept me reading and made me interested in reading more of the series to see how everything is connected.
The Drew children are vacationing with their parents in the Cornish seaside. A family friend, Great-Uncle Merry, has invited them to stay with him in a house he has rented. In a scene that reminded me of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the children are confined on a rainy day and set out to explore the house. They find a manuscript that turns out to be a very valuable clue to finding a grail that is important in an age-old battle between good and evil, and they are quickly drawn into danger as they seek the grail.
Although I found this book in the children's section of the library, I did not find that Cooper withheld a sense of danger. To be sure, I never felt that there was mortal danger for the children, but there is a very real sense that no one is quite trustworthy, no matter how nice they appear. Perhaps that can help children learn an early lesson in not trusting strangers or even people that are acquaintances. I suppose that the only reason that I gave the book 3 stars was that I found the book rather unremarkable. In a world of really excellent children's literature, it's hard for a book that's easily 50 years old to compete. As I said earlier, though, I'm interested in seeing where the story goes and will continue the series....more
For some reason, I wanted to read this book again, so I did and was able to finish it rather quickly. I still enjoy the story and the world that McKinFor some reason, I wanted to read this book again, so I did and was able to finish it rather quickly. I still enjoy the story and the world that McKinley created, but I found myself laughing sometimes at juvenile situations and how predictable it is. I guess that's what makes it a great YA fiction, though. ...more