23 December 2006

The 12 Days of Bookmas Countdown - #3

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy - While this Chronicle has the least to do with the rest of the Narnia series, it is a great book. There is a plot to invade Archenland, the sister nation and ally of Narnia. Should Archenland fall, Narnia would be next. The boy Shasta and his horse Bree must race to the kingdom of Archenland to prevent the war. The story takes place during the time that Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy ruled Narnia, but they are very small characters to the story, and Shasta is a native to the magic land, so there are no mentions of our world. What I liked most about this book was that the symbolism of Aslan is downplayed. He is in the book, and helps out, but unlike his appearances in some of the other books, he is more of a guide than a deus ex machina. Sadly, of the 7 Narnia books, this one is probably the least likely to be made into a film, which is a shame. It would stand alone quite nicely, and it offers a more intimate story than the other books, as it focuses on Shasta rather than larger groups of heroes.

Countdown So Far

#3 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy
#4 - Ender's Game
#5 - Disney War
#6 - His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
#7 - The Earthsea Cycle: The Farthest Shore
#8 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew
#9 - The Earthsea Cycle: A Wizard of Earthsea
#10 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
#11 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
#12 - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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