With the complete 7 volume set resting on a bookshelf at Dad’s house, I have been interested in reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis for a several months now, but when a small, 217 page, paperback volume of “The Horse and His Boy” recently found itself in my possession, I decided to go ahead and delve into the chronicles starting with the 5th volume.

The Horse and His BoyThe Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My first encounter with “The Chronicles of Narnia”, “The Horse and His Boy”, the fifth novel of the series, was a quick read of fantasy reminding me of Lewis cohort J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy which included “The Hobbit”.

Knowing that C.S.Lewis was a devout Christian, I found myself beginning to think about this simple tale in a deeper, more spiritual sense. Perhaps “Bree” could be interpreted as the savior and “Shasta” a mortal in need of deliverance from the ownership of the devil (the nobleman wishing to purchase “Shasta” from “Arsheesh”). Or maybe it just is what it is, a free style fantasy story.

Nevertheless, like all of Lewis’s works, it provokes the reader into thinking more intently about life, morals, and the ongoing battle between good & evil.

I’m looking forward to the other tales of the chronicles.

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Steve D.

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