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CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The two youngest Pevensie children, Lucy and Edmund, are staying with their odious cousin Eustace Scrubb while their older brother, Peter, is studying for an exam with Professor Kirke, and their older sister, Susan, is traveling through America with their parents. Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace are drawn into the Narnian world through a picture of a ship at sea. (The painting, hanging neglected in the guest bedroom in which Lucy was staying, had been an unwanted present to Eustace's parents.) The three children land in the ocean near the pictured vessel, the titular Dawn Treader, and are taken aboard.
The Dawn Treader is the ship of Caspian X, King of Narnia, who was the key character in the previous book (Prince Caspian). Edmund and Lucy (along with Peter and Susan) helped him gain the throne from his evil uncle Miraz. Also present on board are the Lord Drinian (the captain of the Dawn Treader) and the first mate Rhince.
Three years have passed since then, peace has been established in Narnia, and Caspian has undertaken a quest in fulfillment of his coronation oath to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia. Lucy and Edmund are delighted to be back in the Narnian world, but Eustace is less enthusiastic, as he has never been there before and had taunted his cousins with his belief that this alternate universe had never existed. The Talking Mouse Reepicheep is also on board, as he hopes to find Aslan's Country beyond the seas of the "utter East". When Eustace teases Reepicheep, much is revealed about the mouse's pugnacious character.
They first make landfall in the Lone Islands, nominally Narnian territory but fallen away from Narnian ways: in particular the slave trade flourishes here, despite Narnian law stating that it is forbidden. Caspian, Lucy, Edmund, Eustace and Reepicheep are captured as merchandise by a slave trader, and a man "buys" Caspian before they even reach the slave market. He turns out to be the first lost lord, Lord Bern, who moved to the islands and married a woman there after being banished from Narnia by Miraz. When Caspian reveals his identity, Bern acknowledges him as King. Caspian reclaims the islands for Narnia, and replaces Gumpas, the greedy governor, with Lord Bern, whom he names Duke of the Lone Islands.
At the second island they visit, Eustace leaves the group to avoid participating in the work needed to render the ship seaworthy after a storm has damaged it, and hides in a dead dragon's cave to escape a sudden downpour. The dragon's treasure arouses his greed: he fills his pockets with gold and jewels and puts on a large golden bracelet; but as he sleeps, he is transformed into a dragon. As a dragon, he becomes aware of how bad his previous behaviour was. He attempts to shed his dragon skin without success. It is only with the help of Aslan that he is able to become human again, though the process is very painful. Caspian recognizes the bracelet: it belonged to Lord Octesian, another of the lost lords. They speculate that the dragon killed Octesian — or even that the dragon was Octesian. Aslan turns Eustace back into a boy, and as a result of his experiences he is now a much nicer person.
They stop at Burnt Island, where a coracle is discovered among human artifacts on the now uninhabited isle and given to Reepicheep. Next is Deathwater Island, so named for a pool of water which turns everything immersed in it into gold, including one of the missing lords who turns out to have been Lord Restimar. Then they stop at the Duffers' Island, where Lucy herself encounters Aslan, and at the Island Where Dreams Come True — called the Dark Island since it is permanently hidden in darkness. They rescue a desperate Lord Rhoop from this last. Eventually they reach the Island of the Star, where they find the three remaining lost lords in enchanted sleep. Ramandu, the fallen star who lives on the island, tells them that the only way to awaken them is to sail to the edge of the world and there to leave one member of the crew behind.
The Dawn Treader continues sailing into an area where merpeople dwell and the water turns sweet rather than salty, as Reepicheep discovers when he belligerently jumps in to fight a mer-man who he thinks challenged him. At last the water becomes so shallow that the ship can go no farther. Caspian orders a boat lowered and announces that he will go to the world's end with Reepicheep. The crew object, saying that as King of Narnia he has no right to abandon them. Caspian goes to his cabin in a temper, but returns to say that Aslan appeared in his cabin and told him that only Lucy, Edmund, Eustace, and Reepicheep will go on.
These four named venture in a small boat through a sea of lilies until they reach a wall of water that extends into the sky. Fulfilling Ramandu's condition, Reepicheep paddles his coracle up the waterfall and is never again seen in Narnia (Lewis hints that he reaches Aslan's Country). Edmund, Eustace, and Lucy find a Lamb, who transforms into Aslan and tells them that Edmund and Lucy will not return to Narnia – that they should learn to know him by another name in their own world (as Lewis explicitly stated, Aslan is how Jesus manifests Himself in Narnia).[citation needed] He then sends the children home.
In their own world, everyone remarks on how Eustace has changed and "you'd never know him for the same boy" - although his mother believes that Edmund and Lucy have been a bad influence on him in the way that they have made him "boring and uninteresting". ( )
  bostonwendym | Jul 25, 2016 |
An interesting story (I'll have to add a full review later) ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |

*Note* - I read these in the original order, and how CS Lewis wrote them/ published - so this is the third book in the series, not the fifth, for me. That can make a difference in enjoyment level and reviews. *End Note*

4.5 stars

This one was almost as good as the other two - in some ways actually better since it delved into more varieties of magic and self-exploration. It's a completely different kind of story - on a ship they are on a voyage to find seven lost men, and along the way discover islands and reach the end of the world. Apparently Narnia is flat and not round as our world is. It sounds a bit childish and silly perhaps, but it's anything but. Each island held it's own element of surprise - sometimes joy and sublime self-exploration, sometimes horrifying and dangerous discovery. Whichever it ended up being, I was captivated by their experiences.

Lucy is a doll again. She's the only female on the ship and she adds a calming reassurance. Her fascination and adoration with Aslan continued. Edmund again just blends into the background too much. They have their cousin with them this time, who starts out obnoxiously spoiled, but he himself has an awesome island adventure which seeks to transform him. Caspian is again a likeable sort, and as before the head mouse is a delight to read, adding colorful flavor.

I do wonder when they head back home, are they going to avoid the same route so they don't have to go through the Darkness again? I know I would avoid if I could.

Pacing wasn't top notch and a few chapters were devoted to certain islands, while others were briefer and had one. It was like a series of short stories in one novel. The leadup to the different explorations was slightly long-winded but once the wind caught in the sail it took off nicely.

The ending especially haunts. It was beautiful, dream-like, surreal. So far the Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe held the greatest villain, Prince Caspian the greater individual battles, and this one the best ending. As with the last book it left me a bit depressed. The wrap up was bittersweet and sad but beautiful at the same time. Sort of an accepting peace kind of thing. The Christian element of Aslan was even clearer here if you had doubts before (although it'd be pretty hard to even before reading the end of this one.) Beautiful words were said.

I'm looking forward to the next book but it's with a heavy heart too. I'll miss the main characters I've grown attached to as they explore the lands and have their journeys. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
2003, Harper Collins Publishers, Read by Derek Jacobi

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are staying with their irritating, ill-mannered, bookish cousin Eustace Scrubb, when the three of them are transported into a painting of a ship on the ocean. The children are rescued by Caspian, the captain of the Dawn Treader, who is on a voyage to rescue the seven Lords of Narnia whom his uncle Miraz banished. Caspian invites the children along – and what a voyage it is! – a magical pond, a monstrous sea serpent, one-footed Dufflepuds, seahorses large enough to ride, and more!

It is revealed at the conclusion of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader that Lucy and Edmund will not be returning to Narnia. Lucy asks Aslan whether Eustace, who has become much better tempered over the course of the voyage, might return, but she is reminded that we can only know our own stories.

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Reepicheep continues to rule! And he plays a much more substantial (and dramatic and entertaining) role here than in Prince Caspian.

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1 vote lit_chick | Jun 13, 2016 |
While C. S. Lewis looked to Arabian Nights for the story of [The Boy and His Horse], he draws inspiration from Homer’s Odysseus in [The Voyage of the Dawn Treader].

It’s a very episodic book that jumps from island to island in search of the seven missing lords - and while Odysseus travels to the end of the earth and finds the underworld, Prince Caspian and his team travels to the ends of the world and finds heaven. And Reepicheep has to take the last journey alone - bravely sailing into the unknown with a confident heart. One of the great moments in the Narnian Chronicles.

These books are primarily written for children, and I think they will have a great time with all the strange events and strange creatures they encounter. ( )
1 vote ctpress | Jun 12, 2016 |
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As in many other of Mr. Lewis' books, one finds a strong poetic sense and awareness of the loveliness and mystery of a universe which cannot be wholly grasped by common sense.
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Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world. Their adventures include being captured by slave traders, a much-too-close encounter with a dragon, and visits to many enchanted islands, including the place where dreams come true.
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Book 3 in the Chronicles of Narnia.

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Lucy, Edmund, and their peevish cousin Eustace travel with Prince Caspian aboard his ship, the Dawn Treader.

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