09/05/2004

The Silver Chair

Sixth in the 'Narnia' series of books for children, written by CS Lewis.

Jill and Eustace are taken from their most unpleasant boarding school to meet Aslan the lion, who gives them a quest. They must find the missing Prince Rilian. To do so, they must follow four signs that Aslan gives them. With the delightful Puddleglum the gloomy Marshwiggle, they venture to the city of giants, often missing their way as they fail to remember the signs.

Exciting, well-written, and even humorous in places. Underlying the adventure is a low-key message about obedience, and not getting distracted from one's purpose. There's also an obvious good vs evil theme. Could be a little frightening for sensitive younger children, but excellent for anyone of about eight or nine upwards. See 'Eustace, Jill and Puddleglum the Marshwiggle' for my longer review.

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