Book number three in the Narnia series, by the numbering on the books I have, is “The Horse and His Boy.” This is also the only book I seem to have missing from my collector’s box that holds all 7 of these books. I haven’t the slightest idea where it went, who may have had it last, or how I managed to lose a book!
With that being said, this is actually my least favorite book out of the 7 in the series. This is a novel that can stand alone, and there is no need to read, or have read, and of the other books to enjoy this one. I did like this story, I just did not find it as interesting as the other 6 stories. This story is set in Narnia for its entirety, and focuses on a boy running away from home, who meets a horse who is also running away from home.
Shasta discovers his adoptive father is going to sell him as a slave, and learns from Bree, a horse at the stable, that Bree has been treated badly by this same adoptive father. A plan gets underway, and soon both Shasta and Bree are on the run, trying to get to Narnia and the High Kings and Queens there; yes, the Pevensies. (And yes, of course the horses talk, it is Narnia!)
They also meet a girl and her horse who are running away from home; she being a Princess forced to marry against her will. Once they reach their destination, they both learn things about themselves that will change their lives forever. These two eventually get married, and have a son who becomes the most famous King of Archenland.
The thing I liked best about this story was the cat who seemed to follow Shasta all through his journey. Sometimes a lion chasing him, and sometimes a cat comforting him; Aslan always makes his presence known.
Which Narnia story did you like the least? I know it’s hard to choose when they are all great stories, but they can’t all be your favorites, or are they?
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It’s not even close.
Although, when I revisited these books as an adult I found a new appreciation for The Magician’s Nephew. I also found The Horse and His Boy to be a non-consequential book in the series, and a rather dull read compared to the rest. It’s cute, but a low point in C. S. Lewis’s beautiful, rich world.
I agree Dustin, which may explain how I never realized until now that I lost it! Thanks for sharing!
I have to say that I found this one completely forgettable and I can’t remember a thing about it. Unlike Dustin, I loved the Voyage of the Dawn Treader as well as The Silver Chair but perhaps The Last Battle has the most memorable scenes of all.
I used to like drinking in The Eagle and Child pub in Oxford when I lived there. where CS used to spend evenings chatting with JRR Tolkien in the back room.
I too enjoyed “The Voyage of the Dawn Reader”, especially Eustace!
What a great experience to be able to sit in the same pub where these great authors spent so much time!
I agree, this was my least favorite in the series. As to my favorite, it’s been a few years since I’ve read the books. I really liked The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, but I also liked Prince Caspian. I liked the way Eustace had to grow. He wasn’t as nice as the other kids, and we’ve all known kids like him.
I thought Eustace went through many great changes, and lessons, that are good examples of how a person can change and grow!
The Last Battle because it just didn’t have the magic of the others.
I actually love this book – I think the characters are far more well-rounded than some in the series. I like that Aravis a bit of a b!tch (her distain for servant girl that was whipped on her behalf, and Aslan’s retribution for it) for instance. I also like the appearance of the main characters from TLTWATW, but in their ‘Narnian’ lives – it gives more pathos to their feelings in later stories about why they missed their lives their so much.
Great points Roe! Aravis was a bit much to stomach for most of the story for myself as well.