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The four Pevensies help Caspian battle Miraz and ascend his rightful throne

NARNIA... the land between the lamp-post and the castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen... and where the adventure begins.

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia—the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

240 pages, Hardcover

First published October 15, 1951

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C.S. Lewis

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Clive Staples Lewis 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 thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Lewis was married to poet Joy Davidman.
W.H. Lewis was his elder brother]

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Author 65 books231k followers
January 13, 2016
I read this aloud to my older boy, age 6.

It's a good book, and he enjoyed it, but didn't ring the bell in the same way Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe did. I think the biggest reason for this, was that it wasn't as accessible to him.

The first issue was the non-linear story. Which has the potential to confuse. Later, Lewis splits the party in a way that divides the action in the story.

But the biggest issue is that the characters lapse into archaic, courtly English when the a bunch of the people are talking at the end of the book. (Because the siblings used to be kings and queens, and they're talking with the nobility of the Telemarines.)

It's not just unfamiliar language to children. It's unfamiliar and archaic language. (Doubly archaic now, as Lewis wrote these 50 years ago.) My boy couldn't follow it at all, as there were 2-4 unfamiliar terms used in every sentence, and context can only stretch so far.) Because of that, Oot couldn't understand whole sections of the climax of the book, when the Telmarines were talking among themselves, and planning on betraying their king. (A vital plot point he couldn't get because it was only made explicit in this dialogue.)

As a result, I had to skim, skip, or summarize big chunks of the book so he could get it. Maybe in a year or two, he would have been fine. (Also, keep in mind that my boy is extremely vocabulary. We've been reading to him since he was six months old. Results with your own child may vary.)

Sexism a little more present here, but not oppressive or malicious. Still, you can't deny that the boys go off to duel and do battle stuff, while the girls hang out with Aslan and go wake the trees.

This book had better characters that the first book of the series. Nikabrik is a great example of a good guy gone bad. Trumpkin and Trufflehunter are great as well.

But Reepicheep is the real star here. Perhaps the best character in all of Narnia, excepting Aslan himself.

Lastly, and mostly as a side note, Lewis really knocked it out of the park in terms of names. Nikabrik is a great name for a venomous black dwarf. Glenstorm the proud centaur. Wimbleweather the dim but kind giant.

And Reepicheep, of course. I don't know if a name has ever fit a character better than "Reepicheep" does....
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389 reviews3,143 followers
February 11, 2023
Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy are back!

Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy are on their way back to school in the normal world when they are suddenly pulled back into the world of Narnia. But things aren't as they were when they left Narnia! And why are the children back in Narnia?

Prince Caspian is my second favorite Narnia book so far just behind The Magician's Nephew. This book had all of the magic and excitement. Lewis dived right into the action in the very first chapter. No 200 page warm up here. There was one section of the book which I thought a bit unbelievable. It was when the children wanted to cross the stream and magically a boat came into view at that very moment. At first, this was quite off-putting to me because it wasn't realistic. However, when considering all things, I was quite happy to let it go. The book is 223 pages, and it was better to have a little bit of unbelievable than to spend 50 pages just trying to find a boat. Personally, I would prefer some action than dragging a story along just to be believable.

Overall, this was an action packed short book that gives the reader some food for thought.

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9,566 reviews55.9k followers
November 10, 2021
Prince Caspian: the return to Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #2), C.S. Lewis

Prince Caspian (originally published as Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia) is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1951. It was the second published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956), and Lewis had finished writing it in 1949, before the first book was out.

Prince Caspian features "return to Narnia" by the four children of the first novel, about a year later in England but 1300 years later in Narnia. It is the only book of The Chronicles with men dominating Narnia.

The talking animals and mythical beings are oppressed, and some may be endangered. The English siblings are legendary Kings and Queens of Narnia and are magically recalled once again as children by the refugee Prince Caspian.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال2002میلادی

عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب دوم: شاهزاده کاسپین؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس (از سال1898میلادی تا سال1963میلادی) مترجم: امید اقتداری؛ منوچهر کریم زاده؛ تهران، سال1379؛ در208ص؛ شابک9647100043؛ چاپ سوم سال1384؛ هفت جلد در1368صفحه؛ موضوع داستانهای خیال انگیز برای نوجوانان از نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده 20م

مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ تهران، قدیانی، سال1386؛ در284ص؛ شابک9644178521؛

مترجم: مهناز داوودی؛ تهران، پنجره، سال1387؛ در200ص؛ شابک9789648890877؛

این کتاب دومین قسمت از سری هفتگانه ی «ماجراهای نارینا»، اثر «سی.اس لوییس» است؛ در این داستان، قهرمانان اصلی و ثابت آن، که چهار نوجوان به نام‌های «پیتر»، «سوزان»، «ادموند» و «لوسی» هستند، در ایستگاه قطار، منتظر رسیدن قطار هستند، اما ناگهان به سویی کشیده می‌شوند، و در پی آن، خود را در سرزمین «نارینا» می‌بینند؛ آن‌ها وارد جنگلی می‌شوند، و سپس به ویرانه قصری می‌رسند؛ قصری که پیش از این در آن فرمانروایی کرده بودند (شرح این ماجرا در کتاب نخست آمده است)؛ در قصر مخروبه، وسایلی را که «شیر»، در سفر پیشین به آنها داده بود را پیدا می‌کنند؛ سپس با کوتوله‌ ای آشنا می‌شوند؛ که از شاهزاده‌ ای گرفتار، به نام «کاسپین» سخن می‌گوید؛ بچه‌ ها به این ترتیب وارد ماجرایی پرحادثه می‌شوند، تا «کاسپین» را نجات دهند؛ آنها در پی ماجراهایی عموی «کاسپین» را، شکست می‌دهند، و شاهزاده «کاسپین» را بر تخت پادشاهی می‌نشانند، و پس از آن به دنیای واقعی باز می‌گردند

نقل از متن: (خرسهای شکم گنده، خیلی مشتاق بودند که، اول ضیافت برگزار شود، و گردهمایی بماند برای بعد؛ شاید برای فردا)؛ ص79؛ سطر 17کتاب

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 18/10/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 18/08/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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1,589 reviews154k followers
December 10, 2020
You doubt your value. Don't run from who you are.
The Pevensie siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) spent the last year daydreaming about Narnia. Despite the horrors of the White Witch, but they constantly think about returning to Narnia for they are only truly themselves when they are with Aslan.
Feeling like the voice she liked best in all the world was calling her name.
And when they suddenly find themselves thrust back into Narnia, they discover one very, very important thing:
Things never happen the same way twice.
The siblings soon realize that time moves far differently in Narnia than it does in the real world. A thousand years have passed and everyone they once knew have long since passed. It's up to them to put the one, true prince on Narnia's throne and right the world that has gone so far astray.

I did appreciate how C. S. Lewis wrote his female characters with a bit of spunk and sass in them:
“That's the worst of girls," said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. "They never can carry a map in their heads."
"That's because our heads have something inside them," said Lucy.
Though, I did notice that the gals never got to do any sword-fighting and did spend a lot of time being protected by their brothers. Ah well. It was a sign of the times.

And while I really enjoyed catching up with Lucy and co., I was hugely disappointed to learn about the time-jump. I just couldn't believe that C. S. Lewis wrote off the Beaver family and Mr. Tumnus so quickly. We still have Aslan but I missed the side-characters I fell in love with.

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3,525 reviews785 followers
February 6, 2022
The classic sequel to The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, sees the four children find themselves away from home again, in a place that looks suspiciously familiar! Includes the debuts of classic characters like Reepicheep, Trufflehunter and Prince Caspian himself. Timeless and truly wonderful storytelling.

The pacing of this sequel is superb and the reveals are just as startling for the cast as they are for the reader. A joy to read :) 8 out of 12.
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March 22, 2023
What a wealth of sensible Goodness there is in a Lewis novel!

The kids are back in Narnia. Their presence is so urgently required - they just know their inner feelings are amiss! And already we have picked up two of the most telling features of Lewis' faith -

The primacy to religion of intuition and serendipity.

If we don't have one we can't have the other. We must become like a little child to see.

And with that conclusion we will start to see things in Caspian that we've never seen. Like the difference between little kids and teens in our everyday world. And here, in Prince Caspian...

Take young Edmund - old enough to think and act as sensibly as his older siblings, he still nevertheless feels his way through life like a kid. For he is the first one to see Aslan when Lucy points out the obvious.

You see, in Lion, Witch and Wardrobe he was roundly Convicted for his underhanded actions. He has learned again to be self-attentive!

Unless you become a little child... for yes, Lucy showed the obvious childhood magic in life to Edmund and the others. She has the Gift.

The doubting Peter would never have helped reinstate Narnia's fallen glory by defeating Miraz otherwise. For NOW they can all put their adult quick reactions to good use.

Lucy made them SEE Aslan - as Don Juan made Carlos Castaneda SEE his visions - through the White Magic of Childhood.

Magic's a rum thing.

At our coming of age we LOSE it.

But we can all RE-LEARN it -

By paying Close, INTUITIVE Attention to the wonderful world around us...

Like an Sensitively Self-Attentive Adult.
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3,525 reviews785 followers
August 26, 2021
The Pevensies are pulled and tugged by invisible forces from a train station platform to another reality again, this time they find a world of overgrown lands with acres and acres of nature gone wild; they also find the ancient ruins of a palace... and the longer they are marooned in this strange land, the more familiar it gets!

Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter are back on a magical adventure, but where are they? And what does their appearance have to do with the runaway Prince Caspian in Narnia? Another wonderful high fantasy tale written in the more innocent age of the 1950s and classically drawn by Pauline Baynes - I can't imagine reading these books with illustrations by anyone else! C.S. Lewis' second offering and sequel to his first The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is just as spellbinding but with more mysteries and multiple sub-plots. As ever, with this series that I know that I adore it so much because I first read it as a child, and I remember my first read of this book being such a thrill with the early big plot-twist that a first-time child reader may not see coming! 8 out of 12.
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687 reviews318 followers
February 27, 2017
“Things never happen the same way twice.”

Admittedly Prince Caspian was boring at first for I didn't like the symbolic meaning of the whole book. It was hard to read and that incredible ending nearly shut me out from enjoying, it's abrupt and unsatisfied at all. Although I quie liked the movie, the book is so much different. The pace is excruciatingly slow. I didn't like the over-descriptive narration talking about everything including flowers, sky, and trees.

“Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like men, so that you'd never know which were which.”

The first part of this book was acceptable, especially when Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy comes back to Narnia, the vibes of the book is nearly the same as the previous one. But around the middle, the story was a downfall, there're so many subtle meanings between the pages, it gave me such a headache that I had to think about it many times.

However, this book isn't awful. It has the enjoyable parts to keep my attention until the last page. Prince Caspian is as intriguing as always, so much alike his character in the movie.

“Feeling like the voice she liked best in all the world was calling her name.”

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1,821 reviews45.4k followers
October 29, 2021
i hate endings more than anything in the world.

i know that's not a hot take, but the sheer extent to which i will self-destruct / break down entirely / rain hellfire upon this earth to avoid them might be a little unique. i will undo breakups, perpetuate terrible friendships, and, worst of all, refuse to watch the final episode of TV shows. i will do anything and everything i can think of.

and that's why i only read the first two books in this series, in spite of owning (very cute!) copies of all of them.

i read that it was the two eldest kids' last time in narnia, and, as both an eldest and an avoidant, i said GOODBYE FOREVER hid the series away and moved on with my life in an attempt to avoid ever thinking about how peter and susan must feel.

look. i even remember their names. that's how traumatic this was for me.

good book, though.

this is part of a series i'm doing in which i review books i read a long time ago, revealing my psyche bit by frightening bit
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909 reviews13.8k followers
March 27, 2017
I'm mad at myself because I wanted to read the first of the Narnia series before reading this one for class, but I didn't quite make it.

I loved this story because I love Lucy and Aslan and Caspian, but there were a lot of side characters who I didn't care much about and the villain in this book wasn't so interesting. Nevertheless, a muuuuch easier read than Lord of the Rings!!
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552 reviews196 followers
August 27, 2018
Now unlike The Horse and His Boy I remembered this novel in the Narnia chronicles. That said it was still enjoyable and a wild ride from railway station to Cair Paravel to King Miraz’s castle to the Fords of Beruna to Aslan’s Howe to a railway station. Along the way we meet some new characters in the form of questionable dwarves (rightly so in my opinion), loyal badgers, chattering squirrels and courtly mice, oh and dozy giants.
An enjoyable novel that gives yet more insight into the Narnian world and reinforces the messages of understanding and tolerance, always a good thing.
Again it has to be 4⭐️ without doubt.
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1,267 reviews338 followers
August 21, 2020
This book was an excellent read! I just loved how the story pulled me in. It helped that the characters were well liked and their adventures were exciting. I like Prince Caspian and his curiosities. The stories about the animals were fantastic. It boggled my mind that the time difference between Narnia and real life was so vast! It's also interesting that different people came and took over in the centuries that passed.

The story continued where The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe left off. It's a year later and they are at the train station heading back to boarding school. When one moment they felt something pulled them and the next they found themselves in the woods and on an island. They went swimming for awhile and then they explored looking for fresh water to drink. As they explored, they found an apple orchard and an old broken down castle. Peter solved the mystery of the castle and it surprised them all. Somewhere in Narnia a Prince needed help and it explained why the children were brought back to Narnia. The author again narrated the story.

Prince Caspian was well written and a fast paced read! I enjoyed the siblings' relationship. It's also clear there were different personalities in this story. I like the ending because there was mentioned of a portal. I love portals to a parallel universe! That's too bad the siblings didn't stay as long this time as they did their first trip to Narnia. It's cool that their memory was still intact of all their adventures. I enjoyed the humor in this book. I recommend this classic to everyone.

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1,219 reviews8,735 followers
November 3, 2020
Evening reading time with the kids continued with Prince Caspian. Last year we read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and then we watched both the old cartoon and the recent live action version. The kids frequently asked for the next one, so it was time. Now, I know there is some debate as to the order of the books in The Chronicles of Narnia, but we choose to go with these two first as it seemed like the most cohesive storyline to keep the kid’s attention.

We all enjoyed family time together with this book, which was a reread for me. We had to break the chapters up because they were kind of long to hold the attention of a 6 and 8-year-old. Also, the language is a bit complex at times and I found myself getting all turned around while reading it out loud. Several times we had to stop and go back over a section to make sure we all understood what just happened (not just the kids!) Also, Lewis loves his run on, comma-delineated sentences!

This is a great series for some classic fantasy. It is especially nice if you don’t want to commit to some of the larger classic fantasy tomes. And, while they don’t stick exactly to the plot, a few of the Chronicles have movies to watch afterwards – which is always a bonus for the kids! However, the Prince Caspian movie is over two and a half hours long, so we had to take it in chunks.

Next stop – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!
February 15, 2020
“Lucy buried her head in his mane to hide from his face. But there must have been some magic in his mane. She could feel lion-strength going into her. Quite suddenly she sat up. "I'm sorry, Aslan," she said. "I'm ready now."
"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan. "And now all Narnia will be renewed.”

*note: a review of this whole series is up on my channel!

It's not easy to review a book so treasured by many readers who have it as a childhood memory, when you read it for the first time as an adult, with the mind and the heart of a grown-up. I started reading this series in publication order, knowing only the main plot of the first one (because, alas of having seen the movie first), and I was very curious of knowing the rest of the story. Unfortunately, I cannot feel the same love and attachment to these characters as I do, for example, to Harry Potter; but I still like them all, especially Susan. And Aslan, of course.

The plot of this volume was not extremely interesting for me, I guess I find these books to be a little too short for a fantasy book - I like to have a more immersive experience when I read this genre - even though I understand very much that is because of the target age. I liked very much the character of Caspian, and his story was my favourite part of the book. And of course, the whole metaphor of the coming of Aslan, very moving. Anyway, I surely will go on with the series, but maybe not right now. I am still curious to know what happens in the other books!

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2,239 reviews3,435 followers
December 28, 2017
One year has passed since Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy went to Narnia through an old Wardrobe and met the bad white witch and the righteous lion. Now they are sitting on a seat at a railway station with trunks and playboxes piled up round them on their way to school.

But Narnia needs them back.
More precisely PRINCE CASPIAN, the true king of Narnia needs them back.

And the children are ready for a new adventure in the land that thousand - years ago they used to be Kings and Queens themselves.

Because time passes at different speeds in Narnia.

And now the landscape has changed and the men are ruling the fairytale land. The talking animals and the mythical creatures are hiding trying to survive. Everyone remembers Narnia's golden age and everyone is hoping that a just King will appear and will bring prosperity and safety again to the rightful population of Narnia.

There two stories in this book that mingle: The story of the prince Caspian and how he claims this throne and the story of the four children’s return to Narnia. It may look confusing when you read it, but everything will make sense after a certain point in the book.

Then begin a new paragraph…..

Sometimes The Chronicles of Narnia remind me the Neverending Story.
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319 reviews172 followers
November 30, 2016
Ahhh!! I just love these books so much!! ^_^ They make you feel like you are watching a movie in your head while you are reading every word! (If that makes any sense lol) I love the little bits of humor that C.S. Lewis through in every once and a while like this quote,

“That's the worst of girls," said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. "They never can carry a map in their heads."
"That's because our heads have something inside them," said Lucy.”

I don't know why I love that quote so much, but I do :p I definitely recommend this series and of course, the movies are amazing as well! :) I really hope that they make a movie for the Silver Chair soon! Now onto the Voyage of the Dawn Treader next! :D
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2,010 reviews1,400 followers
January 10, 2017
This is my fourth journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.

From the very first line I knew I was sure to love this book as it details the return of the Pevensie children from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the most famous and my most beloved Narnia tale. Only one year later in the human world, and centuries later in Narnian time, the children return to find their beloved castle an ivy-clad ruin and the land they knew and loved altered beyond all recognition. Another form of evil has taken control of the lands and the children must once again work with the magical Narnian beasts to free it from the tyrant's control.

Whilst I adored the actual story, some elements of it did make me wince a little. Referring to some little girls as 'plump' and mentioning their 'fat legs' seemed like an unnecessary addition to the text but I also need to remember that these books weren't penned in this century, where such writing is unacceptable.

This entire series touches me on such a deep emotional level, despite the simplicity of the tales. It is such a wonderful feeling to read something that ends with such purity and goodness. I think this is the magic of reading stories aimed at children: in the adult genre this suspended belief would not be tolerated and the 'happily ever afters' would not be believed. We often look for more complex conclusions, but it is so refreshing to read something where good is sure to conquer evil and be content that all that is wrong will be rightfully restored.
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1,341 reviews115 followers
April 13, 2020
By jove it was so nice to be back in Narnia after the Horse and his Boy almost bored me to tears im happy that book 4 got back on track.

Narnia is such a special place, I know people talk about the religious overtones in this series but I'm not seeing them. I see giants, talking lions and how humans whether we mean to or not we ruin every single world we have access too.

Solid 3 stars.
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593 reviews1,381 followers
January 5, 2021
What an imaginative read! Love these characters, the story, the morals ... It's a wonderful series for children and adults who are looking for their magical fix. ✨
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336 reviews64 followers
November 19, 2008
November 19, 2008. I've read these books a zillion and one times and surely I shall read them a zillion more. Because every single time, I realize new truths and find more honor in their pages.

Today, I've read a passage that I find disturbing and quite out of character for CS Lewis:

p.72 "Shall we go farther up for you, up to the crags? There's an Ogre or two and a Hag that we could introduce you to, up there." "Certainly not," said Caspian. "I should think not, indeed," said Trufflehunter. "We want none of that sort on our side."

Seems a bit racist, if you ask me. It really makes me wonder exactly what CS Lewis is getting at here. It's totally the opposite of what happens in The Last Battle when Aslan sorts the good guys from the bad guys by whether they're good oir evil in their hearts. So anyway, it seems weird and I don't like it. The Hag does ends up being a bad guy in the end, but still... I dunno.

I'll keep reading and blame the racism on the 1950s for now.

Oh yeah, as a side note, whenever I read British literature, I talk to myself in a British accent and rhythm for a while afterward. It's so dorky!!!

I've read a bit more now. The race issue didn't come up again.

The battle scenes are not the same as you might see these days. There's something more frank and quick about them. Lewis doesn't explain every little move and maneuver, so in fact, if you're reading too fast, you might even miss a fight going on. Here's an example of a battle overview without much in the way of specifics:
P. 187
But the new bout went well. Peter now seemed to be able to make some use of his shield, and he certainly made good use of his feet. He was almost playing Tig with Miraz now, keeping out of range shifting his ground, making the enemy work.

I think if this book had been written today by a different author, it might be about 500 pages of battle scenes. I'm glad its not. Instead, the book is more about people standing on the side of good. Here's a passage that I just love which describes Edmund who may be a boy, but is also a king:
P.174An hour later two great lords in the army of Miraz, the Lord Glozelle and the Lord Sopespian, strolling along their lines and picking their teeth after breakfast, looked up and saw coming down to them from the wood the Centaur and Giant Wembleweather, whom they had seen before in battle, and between them a figure they could not recognise. Nor indeed would the other boys at Edmund's school have recognised him if they could have seen him at that moment. For Aslan had breathed on him at their meeting and a kind of greatness hung about him.

Ahhhhh... See? For Narnia and the North!

Also, you Tolkien fans will recognize the onslaught of trees which comes in at the end of the battle--Two Towers--and the river emerging (with the help of Bacchus and his grapevines) to take out the bridge and thwart the enemy in its path--Fellowship. Who came up with it first, I wonder... :)

Later still...
As I finish reading this lovely little novel, allow me to drop off to sleep with feet towards the fire and good friends on either side... Thank you, Mr. Lewis. I have had a time.
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105 reviews92 followers
May 26, 2020
The second book in The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian does not disappoint. The story has a slow start and isn't as gripping as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but I was just glad to read a new Pevensie siblings adventure.

A number of new characters were introduced, each having incredibly peculiar names that I loved but find hard to recollect now. Half the story focussed on Prince Caspian and how Narnia transformed from being a land of free, talking, magical creatures to a land of stubborn men who refused to believe in the existence of said creatures, while the other half dealt with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy's quest to lend help to Prince Caspian.

Some plot points did annoy me a bit—one of them being that the boys were sent to make battle plans and do the important stuff while the girls pranced around with Aslan. Given how old this book is and the fact that apart from this, Lewis has never hinted at the girls in the story being any less capable than the boys, I chose to not let this affect how I rated this book.

And now, on to the next one!
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3,802 reviews31.2k followers
April 3, 2018
I read this several times as a kid. It was never high up in the series for me. I have to admit that the movie Disney made did such a great job with it that I now appreciate this book more. I didn't much care for Prince Caspian until I saw the movie (Yes, maybe it had something to do with the actor). Still, this is part of a great series and I'm glad another generation has the chance to enjoy them.

Men from Earth have oppressed Narnia. Of course they have. The children are called back to help put Prince Caspian back on the thrown. The weird part for me is that C. S. has Peter and Susan too old to come back. They were there for only 2 books and he has ditched them as characters until book 7. Very odd, but it works in the end.
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508 reviews389 followers
July 20, 2020
This book in the chronicles takes us back to a "new" Narnia where the tyrant Miraz is reining. The old Narnia is disappeared and with it the talking beasts, dwarfs, centaurs, dryads and naiads. It is the time for a new and true king for Narnia. To secure this end, the Pevensie children return to Narnia. And with the power, aid and guidance of Alsan, Narnia is rescued from the clutches of Miraz and handed back to the true owners and the true king - Caspian.

This is the most beautifully written book in the chronicles so far. The beautiful and colourful description of "old" Narnia and its inhabitants (talking beasts, dwarfs, centaurs, dryads and naiads) makes the reader yearns to be there, among them in peace and bliss. It is an adventure story like all others in the chronicles, but all the same it is more than an adventure story. It is also story of equality, justice and righteousness.

To me, this is where the characters of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are at their best. They are fully developed and there is a perfect balance in their ideas of right and wrong. The introductory characters of Prince Caspian and Dr. Cornelius were likable and interesting. They represent bravery, courage and determination. And of course if there is no betrayer, then there is something amiss and incomplete in the story. This is why we meet the traitor and conniver, Nikabrik who tries to take advantage of the hostility between Miraz and Caspian to awaken the white witch. I also like the new characters of talking beasts, especially Reepicheep, the mouse.  And of course, as always, Aslan was the most loved character above all.

It was really a fascinating read and I enjoyed it immensely. I've read four books in the chronicles now and so far, Prince Caspian and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are my favourites. I hope the rest of the series too would be engaging and interesting reads.
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908 reviews1,583 followers
August 9, 2020

Prince Caspian is kinda a hottie. Okay, onto the actual review -

This one was definitely NOT my favorite. It honestly sucks. It's exactly the worst type of fantasy. War fantasy. I couldn't care less about people fighting and stabbing other people. Sigh.

I did enjoy the Pevensies coming back to Narnia though. That was such a fun bunch of chapters. Seeing them whisked into Narnia and re-exploring everything.

I'm not quite sure what the biblical parallel is. I think it might be Gideon fighting the Midianites. Or maybe David and Goliath? I honestly don't know.

Overall, this was the least fun Narnia book.

The Magician's Nephew - ★★★★★
The Lion, The WItch, and the Wardrobe - ★★★★☆
The Horse and His Boy - ★★★★☆
Prince Caspian - ★★★☆☆
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - ★★★★☆
The Silver Chair - ★★★★☆
The Last Battle - ★★★★★

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Profile Image for Lee  (the Book Butcher).
244 reviews64 followers
February 23, 2021
My favorite narnia book so far rivaling the lion, witch, and the wardrobe if not surpassing it in my mind if for no other reason than I didn't remember as much of it from my childhood.

All four Pevensie children are back. A narnian tale is not the same without all four siblings. I actually like the petty sibling rivalries in the books I had plenty growing up and relate to them. The kids always seem to put those behind them and make up. Good lesson for children to learn. They return to narnia after a year back in England. But it appears to be hundreds of years have passed in narnia. Aslan and even themselves are considered legend. Their palace at Cair Pavaral is ruins and Narnia is under the control of the Telmarines a kingdom to the west. All the magic is out of Narnia talking animal in hiding. The children must dispose Miraz the usurper king from Telmar. And put the rightful king caspian on the throne. Prince Caspian has a very generic background but was a decent character. But caspian wants to go back to the ways of "old narnia". Peter ends up having a duel with king Miraz for the fate of Narnia. But don't think it will go exactly the way you expect.

Sort of a resurrection of Narnia. Enjoyed throughly. On to the next tale of Narnia!
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231 reviews310 followers
June 25, 2019
When you re-read a book you didn't like in your childhood, and realize your past self was a dumbass.
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387 reviews949 followers
April 18, 2018
I think I may like this story even better than The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Is that heresy to say? Nothing can replace that first step through the wardrobe into Narnia...but in terms of plot, I think I like Prince Caspian better.
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674 reviews529 followers
October 1, 2015
What can you say. Another fantastic adventure in Narnia! And of course,
I cried at the end.
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