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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.
Paperback, 268 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1953)
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Jane Stout It is pronounced RILL-ee-in (similar to the pronunciations of Caspian and Tirian [from The Last Battle])
Debbie The Silver Chair was the fourth book in the series to originally be published, as they were not written in the chronological reading order which was…moreThe Silver Chair was the fourth book in the series to originally be published, as they were not written in the chronological reading order which was afterwards intended. The reading order places this book sixth out of the seven books. Goodreads is obviously going with the publication order.(less)

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Britt☮
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Heather
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
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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,
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Daniella
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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P
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, classics
4.5 stars

Such an epic ending ! In this book, Eustace and Jill travel back to Narnia. Jill meets Aslan and she's assigned to find the long-lost prince, there're signs to remember while they're wandering into the dangerous land. But Jill forgets all things Aslan tells her, that makes they lost themself in the giant city. They must find a way out.

I found out that this book has the slow beginning, but when Eustace, Jill and Puddleglum travel to the Underworld, it gets better. IMO, The Silver Chair i
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Dannii Elle
This is my sixth journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.

Eustace Stubb and Jill Pole manage to escape the bullies of their own world and enter into the fantastical lands of Narnia. Borne on a lion's breath they descend and discover that the lands are once again in turmoil. Young Prince Rilian is missing and old King Caspian is on his death bed, with no heir to precede him. It is up to the duo, along with the
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Peter
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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artemis ✧
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
— 5 out of 5 stars

“Suppose... suppose we have only dreamed and made up these things like sun, sky, stars, and moon, and Aslan himself. I

n that case, it seems to me that the made-up things are a good deal better than the real ones. And if this black pits of a kingdom is the best you can make, then it's a poor world.

And we four can make a dream world to lick your real one hollow.”



actually, i didn't read the other six books of the chronicles of narnia since i haven't got the time to. but i have
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Nikki
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
Ann
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anne Hamilton
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e, christian, threshold
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
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Ms. Smartarse
C.S. Lewis and I are never going to see eye to eye. First, because I've yet to feel any desire to participate in a seance, and second, I prefer my manipulative (religious) propaganda to be much more subtle in nature.

And yet, despite all the above, I can't help but keep coming back to these books. What can I say? The appeal of a magical world in a wardrobe is irresistible. Yes, I knooooow it's not actually inside the wardrobe, yadda yadda yadda...

Narnia business

I loved reading about the latest developments in
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Neda
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنوز هم معتقد نیستم که نویسنده عنوان خوبی برای این جلدش انتخاب کرده باشه.. شاید تنها یک کمی از یک فصل به این صندلی نقره ای می پردازه که در واقع شاهزاده لیرین رو طلسم کرده و وقتی شاهزاده با کمک یوستس و جیل و باتلاقی موفق میشن که شاهزاده رو از طلسم آزاد کنن، شاهزاده اون صندلی نقره ای رو با شمشیرش تکه تکه میکنه. همین..
شاید اگه نام خود شاهزاده گمشده عنوان میشد بهتر می بود.
به هر حال به نظرم جلدهای قبلی نارنیا بهتر بودن اگر چه از ماجراجویی هم این جلد کم نداشت.

اینا همه به کنار چند تا جمله آخرهای رما
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Jesica
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another one year in London and about 50 years in Narnia. Eustace Scrubb was comforting his friend, Jill Pole when the kid that bullied Jill came. They ran to hide and stumbled into another world where Eustace fell to a cliff but saved by Aslan. The two of them were then sent to Narnia to find the missing Prince Rillian, son of Caspian X and the heir of Narnia throne.

Eustace and Jill is my favorite pair in Narnia series. I especially love their adventures in this book because their innocence. Whi
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David Sarkies
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Journey to the Depths
22 June 2017

Well, here we have another C.S. Lewis book which suggests that this post might actually be quite long. The reason for this is that C.S. Lewis is one of the most considered writers that I know and when he wrote, and published, a book he never did it by halves. As such we have, like the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia, a book that while it has been written for children, and generally aimed at children (which is impressive for somebody who never had children o
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Denisse
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe Narnia is not for me. I mean, I loved the first one but, it had a sparkle I haven't found in the others so far. This one was even slow pace wich is stupid cause the letter is huge and the number of pages a piece of cake for a normal reader. It is adventurous as all the other books I've read so far but the new characters lack something the originals had. Anyway, it helps when you just read something very long and challenging.



Sigo leyendo las continuaciones porque quiero saber como acaba la
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Abhishek
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joe
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Evan Leach
My memories of The Silver Chair from childhood are mixed. As a youngster, I read the series in chronological order (the same way I'm re-reading them as an adult), and so this was my penultimate journey through Narnia. The fact that I was on the second to last book, combined with the fact that by this entry, all of the Pevensie children had outgrown Narnia, left me with an uneasy sense of the passage of time and an awareness that all things must end. The effect was bittersweet, and I still rememb ...more
midnightfaerie
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
Jonathan

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
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Nikki
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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...
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Shannon (leaninglights)
Actual Rating 4.25 stars -
This was one of the only book I never read as a kid from the Narnia series. I really enjoyed it - not as much as others, but once again, CS Lewis pulled me in with a spectacular ending. I never read the rest of Caspian's story, so it was nice to see that all play out.
Alissa Patrick
Meh, not my favorite. I didn't like how none of the 4 original children are in this one, although Aslan is as majestic as always. There just wasn't enough adventure for me, although the hard of hearing dwarf was hilarious.
Nick
This book only gets better with rereading! I first read it in middle school, but, sadly, I don't remember the year.
Karina
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
3.5 Stars - fun but not my favorite
Yani
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neverland
Aviso: cierta información puede ser spoiler para quien no haya leído nada nada nada de esta saga.

A ver. Tengo que renunciar a convicciones propias para ponerle cuatro estrellas a este libro. Estoy usando ese método desde que empecé a leer la saga y seguiré usándolo en el próximo volumen, pero no por eso dejaré de insistir en esto: Lewis y su anticuada repartición de roles me tienen harta. Ya estábamos en la mitad del siglo XX cuando se escribió esto. Es un libro infantil y sostengo lo mismo
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Brian
Eustace and Jill find themselves called to the realms around Narnia by Aslan. He has work for them, and he introduces himself to Jill, and gives here four important points to remember for the journey. They go in search of King Caspian’s son, who once journeyed to avenge his mother on the Serpent for biting and killing her. He has been gone and all who search for him never return. Eustace and Jill go through the land of giants searching for the King’s son, Prince Rilian, and find horrors awaitin ...more
Nikki
One of the least magical Narnia books, for my money. Puddleglum is a delight, but Jill and Eustace aren’t the best of the protagonists, particularly in their continued selfishness and quarrelsomeness. And Rillian never really gets over his terrible first impression, for all that you know he’s enchanted. And the antagonist, well. She’s more of the same type as Jadis, if more the seductress type. Actually, that point is what makes her less pleasant — her power is in seduction and sensuality, and t ...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
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
  • Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
  • The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
  • The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)

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