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The Horse and His Boy (1954)

by C. S. Lewis

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A boy and a talking horse share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians.

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Almost as well written as the first book in the series The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe! ( )
  Curtisjm | Jun 6, 2023 |
FROM GOODREADS REVIEWS: Shasta is running away when he meets a Talking Horse named Bree. Bree and Shasta then run into another talking horse and rider pair, Hwin and Aravis. Will they gain the freedom they so desperately seek? ( )
  Gmomaj | Jun 4, 2023 |
I remembered nothing about this book from my previous reads.

I really liked this one. I liked that it was an adventure from the Golden Age of Narnia, so we actually got to see Edmund, Lucy, and Susan as acting monarchs. I find it super interesting how different the format of this story is from the others in the series, mostly because it doesn't involve pulling in assistance from the outside world. I liked this one more than the Silver Chair. Current order of favorites: Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy: Prince Caspian; The Silver Chair. ( )
  BarnesBookshelf | May 8, 2023 |
Coming back to this series, I'm surprised by how much I really like it. "The Horse and His Boy" is a little parable which doesn't really connect with the rest of the Narnia series, but there's something about the imagery of this duo and their cross-country travels that really appealed to me as a child. I think it's rather lovely, really. ( )
  therebelprince | May 1, 2023 |
2.5 * Glad I have read the book, but just did not engage with the story. When I have finished reading the whole series I intend to listen to a dramatised audiobook of the whole chronicles, maybe I will get more from this story then. ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
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In the opinion of this admirer, "The Horse and His Boy" is relatively unispired. It does not glow as much as the incomparable first book of the series, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." It has not as much gay satire and plain excitement as several of the others. Just possibly the Narnian fields are suffering from overcropping, and could stand lying fallow while other fields are put back into cultivation.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, Chad Walsh (pay site) (Oct 17, 1954)

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C. S. Lewisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Belliti, ChiaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Georg, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hammar, BirgittaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hane, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him.
And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.
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Please do NOT combine "The Horse and his Boy" with "The Chronicles of Narnia".

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