This year I will read all of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series– five of them, and will complete a goal on my 2014 Manifesto. So curl up with a cup of hot coffee, your fuzzy socks, and a blazing fire, and let’s get reading.
“Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan’s own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia – the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.” ‘Prince Caspian’ is a classic story of good vs evil by C.S. Lewis.
The story begins as the children are suddenly and unexpectedly summoned back to the land of Narnia. They realize it has been hundreds- perhaps thousands of years in Narnia since they last left, although it had only been a year for them in England. C.S. Lewis gives us Prince Caspian’s back story through a Dwarf the children rescue called Trumpkin. Caspian was brought up by his uncle, King Miraz and his aunt. He was told by his uncle not to believe in the ‘fairy tales’ of old Narnia- the four (the children) and Aslan. Uncle Miraz goes to great lengths to keep the truth from Caspian.
Caspian’s aunt has a baby boy, so Caspian flees after council that King Miraz would kill him to ‘fix’ the line of lineage. He meets the creatures from his nurse’s ‘fairy tales’ – the old Narnians. After getting over much suspicion, they accept him as their king. King Miraz has discovered their location in his hunt for Caspian and so there is nothing for it but to fight. In the midst of battle King Caspian blows Susan’s magic horn- which will bring aid to any who use it. He knew it might not bring the four to their exact location, so several envoys are sent out, including the Dwarf Trumpkin. He was the one to discover the children who arrived at the ruins of their old castle. Once Trumpkin has explained it all they set out on their journey to meet the army.
In the Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis uses an underlying Christian theme to drive the storyline. The main theme of Prince Caspian is good vs evil, seen with the side of the old Narnians (good) and the Telmarines and some of the Dwarfs (evil). One of the themes is the continuing need for Chirstians to count the cost of following Christ, even to the point of death if necessary. Lewis draws parallels to lives of Christians who will be ridiculed for their beliefs. Lucy’s struggle portrays the struggle of all Christians who must follow the path of faith and obedience against all opposition. Another theme is the universality of questioning God’s timing and purposes. There are several times at which main characters wonder why Aslan doesn’t just intervene to make everything better. They also wonder why he has been gone from Narnia for so long. In the end King Peter proclaims, “We don’t know when He will act. In His time, no doubt, not ours. In the meantime He would like us to do what we can on our own.” As Christians, that is to live by faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
It was a very entertaining book, if not my favorite in the series. It’s definitely worth a read!