“The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by C.S. Lewis

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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.

“Narnia… where anything can happen (and most often does)… and where the adventure begins. The Dawn Treader is the first ship Narnia has seen in centuries. King Caspian has built it for his voyage to find the seven lords, good men whom his evil Uncle Miraz banished when he usurped the throne. The journey take Edmund, Lucy, their cousin Eustace, and Caspian to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan’s country at the End of the World.”

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite book in the series so far. I won’t go into each of the stops they make or everything that happens to them because there is so much information, gorgeous descriptions, and adventure you may as well just read the book. But I will say that this book chronicles how each character is tested along their journey, and how the lesson each of them learns transforms them. Lucy is faced with self-doubt  and the temptation to improve her appearance. Eustace undergoes a transformation of body that leads to a transformation of heart. Edmund and Caspian are temporarily overcome by greed and lust for treasure.

Aslan reappears in times of need, reminiscent of the presence of the Holy Spirit. He convicts the children along their journey, encourages and sustains their faith, and leads them from the darkness into the light. The group discovers the fates of each of the seven lords along the way. Each stop they make reveals a lord or his fate. This book is interesting because it is basically a high-stakes scavenger hunt. It is the only book in the series which does not have a main villain. The adversary is each of the children in turn- usually just to themselves.

Like each of the novels, Aslan represents Jesus Christ. However, in this book he appears at the end as a lamb. He transforms into a Lion, and tells Edmund and Lucy that they won’t be coming back to Narnia again as they are too old. Then he tells them, “I am [in your world]. But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This is the very reason you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little you may know me better there.”

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