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Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
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Title:Prince Caspian
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Other authors:C. S. Lewis, Lynn Redgrave (Narrator)
Info:HarperFestival (2003), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (1951)


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While standing on a British railway station, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are magically whisked away to a beach near an old and ruined castle. They determine the ruin is Cair Paravel, where they ruled as the Kings and Queens of Narnia, and discover the treasure vault where Peter's sword and shield, Susan's bow and arrows, and Lucy's bottle of magical cordial and dagger are stored. Susan's horn for summoning help is missing, as she left it in the woods the day they returned to England after their prior visit to Narnia. Although only a year has passed in England, centuries have passed in Narnia.[a]
The children intervene to rescue Trumpkin the dwarf from soldiers who have brought him to the ruins to drown him. Trumpkin tells the children that since their disappearance, a race of men called Telmarines have invaded Narnia, driving the Talking Beasts into the wilderness and pushing even their memory underground. Narnia is ruled by King Miraz and his wife Queen Prunaprismia, but the rightful king is Miraz's nephew, Prince Caspian, who has gained the support of the Old Narnians.
Miraz usurped the throne by killing his brother, Caspian's father King Caspian IX. Miraz tolerated Caspian as heir until his own son was born. Prince Caspian, until that point ignorant of his uncle's deeds, escaped from Miraz's Castle with the aid of his tutor Doctor Cornelius, who schooled him in the lore of Old Narnia, and gave him Queen Susan's horn. Caspian fled into the forest but was knocked unconscious when his horse bolted. He awoke in the den of a talking badger, Trufflehunter, and two dwarfs, Nikabrik and Trumpkin, who accepted Caspian as their king.
The badger and dwarves took Caspian to meet many creatures of Old Narnia. During a midnight council on Dancing Lawn, Doctor Cornelius arrived to warn them of the approach of King Miraz and his army; he urged them to flee to Aslan's How in the great woods near Cair Paravel. The Telmarines followed the Narnians to the How, and after several skirmishes the Narnians appeared close to defeat. At a second war council, they discussed whether to use Queen Susan's horn, and whether it would bring Aslan or the Kings and Queens of the golden age. Not knowing where help would arrive, they dispatched Pattertwig the Squirrel to Lantern Waste and Trumpkin to Cair Paravel; it is then that Trumpkin was captured by the Telmarines and rescued by the Pevensies.
Trumpkin and the Pevensies make their way to Caspian. They try to save time by travelling up Glasswater Creek, but lose their way. Lucy sees Aslan and wants to follow where he leads, but the others do not believe her and follow their original course, which becomes increasingly difficult. In the night, Aslan calls Lucy and tells her she must awaken the others and insist they follow her on Aslan's path. When the others obey, they begin to see Aslan's shadow, then Aslan himself. Aslan sends Peter, Edmund, and Trumpkin ahead to Aslan's How to deal with treachery brewing there, and follows with Susan and Lucy.
Peter, Edmund, and Trumpkin enter Aslan's How; they overhear Nikabrik and his confederates, a Hag and a Wer-Wolf, trying to convince Caspian, Cornelius, and Trufflehunter to help them resurrect the White Witch in hopes of using her power to defeat Miraz. A fight ensues, and Nikabrik and his comrades are slain.
Peter challenges Miraz to single combat; the army of the victor in this duel will be considered the victor in the war. Miraz accepts the challenge, goaded by Lords Glozelle and Sopespian. Miraz loses the combat, but Glozelle and Sopespian declare that the Narnians have cheated and stabbed the King in the back while he was down. They command the Telmarine army to attack, and in the commotion that follows, Glozelle stabs Miraz in the back. Aslan, accompanied by Lucy and Susan, summons the gods Bacchus and Silenus, and with their help brings the woods to life. The gods and awakened trees turn the tide of battle and send the Telmarines fleeing. Discovering themselves trapped at the Great River, where their bridge has been destroyed by Bacchus, the Telmarines surrender.
Aslan gives the Telmarines a choice of staying in Narnia under Caspian or returning to Earth, their original home. After one volunteer disappears through the magic door created by Aslan, the Pevensies go through to reassure the other Telmarines, though Peter and Susan reveal to Edmund and Lucy that they are too old to return to Narnia. The Pevensies find themselves back at the railway station. ( )
  bostonwendym | Jul 25, 2016 |
A year after returning from Narnia, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are on the train platform ready to go away to boarding school when they're pulled away by a magical force - can they be back in Narnia? And if this is Narnia, why is it so very changed, with a castle in ruins and no sign of the Talking Beasts or walking trees?

I seem to have a theme lately of revisiting childhood favorites in my audiobooks. Prince Caspian is the second in the publishing order of the Chronicles of Narnia, and the fourth chronologically. The story is told in a somewhat odd way, as the children encounter a dwarf who brings them up to speed with who Prince Caspian is, and it takes them over half the book to even get to him. This also isn't my favorite of the audiobooks, as I'm sure Lynn Redgrave is a fine reader but her voice choices for Lucy and Nikabrik in particular do not match the voices of those characters in my head. I will always enjoy this story, however, for Trufflehunter and his faith and Reepicheep who remains the only mouse I will ever like. ( )
  bell7 | Jul 19, 2016 |
I wasn't sure if I'd like this one as much as Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. I was pleasantly surprised to like it just as much. It did not have all the introductory magic of the first where they discovered all for the first time. Instead, they rediscover a fallen world and help again rebuild what had once been glorious and has now been undone. High emphasis is again placed on the children - Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund - but entering is a new great, Prince Caspian.

I missed the older animals from the first book but since so much time has passed, it must be assumed they have died natural deaths. The new animals are a treat to behold, too - I really loved the little mouse army and hope to see more of them.

Aslan was as awesome as ever and the Christianity tie in made more clear than before. The teacher they approached in the tiny schoolhouse, for example. It was said from the start the little boys she taught were piglike. It was repeated. When they looked through the window to see what the teacher stared at, they screamed and ran away in fright like pigs. I'm sure this brings to mind to people a famous section of the bible? In addition, when Aslan goes to heal a dying woman, she looks into his face and is radiant, asking if he was finally there for her, and in which he replies that he is not there to take her on her "long journey" yet.

There is a difference in Susan. In the first book she was called Queen Susan the Gentle and always seemed peaceful. Here she comes across for the better part of the beginning as the difficult child. It's not an aspect I picked up the first book. It is even stated that Lucy is Peters favorite sister, when before I would have assumed the two oldest would have been the closest to each other.

The ending was happy and glorious with some hints on how the world came to change and that there are at least two long stories Aslan did not explain yet. There was also a sad note as Peter announced something Aslan revealed to him and Susan in confidence (Won't spoil this if you haven't read the book.)

Truly a great sequel to the original and a promising lead into the rest of the series. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
2003, Harper Collins Publishers, Read by Lynn Redgrave

Prince Caspian begins and ends at a British railway station where the Penvensie children are waiting to return to school. Whisked once again into the land of Narnia, they land on a beautiful beach near an old, ruined castle, which they determine to be Cair Paravel, where they once reigned as Kings and Queens. Although the children are only one year older than they were in their last Narnian adventure, centuries have passed in the magical world.

King Miraz has usurped the throne of Prince Caspian, its rightful heir. Aided by a talking badger, Trufflehunter, two dwarves, Nikabrik and Trumpkin, the inimitable mouse, Reepicheep, and, of course, the magnificent Aslan, the children engage in battle on behalf of Prince Caspian.

Favourite Memories:
I absolutely loved Reepicheep! I was saddened to learn that Peter and Susan, by the conclusion of the novel, are too old to return to Narnia – this reminded me fondly of a moment in my own childhood when my dad explained that there are some doors in life through which only little people can pass.

Recommended: Absolutely, highly! These audio versions are fabulously done.

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  lit_chick | Jun 10, 2016 |
Just don't remember this one very much. But then, I don't particularly like power struggles and questions of lineage. Still, of course one can't skip it, or even rate it differently, imo. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure.
"You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth."
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Narnia... where animals talk... where trees walk... where a battle is about to begin.

A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false King. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of the entire world.
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A prince fights for his crown

Narnia ... where animals talk ... where trees walk ... where a battle is about to begin.

A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

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Four children help Prince Caspian and his army of Talking Beasts to free Narnia from evil.

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