This book was significantly better than the previous one. Much more interesting, stuff that was easier to care about. It’s easy to see why Disney chose this as the next movie in the series, cuz it’s the next one that happens to really have anything of note.
We start this one off with the four kids, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, being all depressed that they have to go back to school. They’re in the train station, when suddenly some magic takes them away to an island where they are kind of stranded and have no food. Right away I thought “oh, Narnia way later” and turned out to be right.
So they wander the island and figure out they are in the ruins of their old castle at Cair Paravel, probably thousands of years later, so they eat apples and go take their treasures out of the secret room in the basement. Along comes a dwarf (who’s name I can’t remember at the moment), who is going to be drowned by the evil soldiers of the King Miraz. The kids save the dwarf by shooting the soldiers with arrows, hooraaaaaaay!
The dwarf tells them the story of Prince Caspian, who is the rightful King of Narnia and didn’t know it until recently. He’s been living with his uncle, King Miraz, but has to flee one night on account of the Queen has a baby boy and Caspian is gonna get killed. Turns out his uncle killed his dad, King Caspian (the ninth I think) cuz he wanted to be King, and wants to keep his own line in tact.
Caspian runs off, knocks his head, is saved by some dwarves and a Badger, so they all start this plan to overthrow King Miraz and restore Caspian to his rightful seat. The four kids came to Narnia by Caspian blowing Susan’s old magic horn, it called them back!
So the kids make their way to Caspian with the dwarf, they marvel at how some things have changed so much, get lost and Aslan comes to help them (cuz of course he does, Aslan is always there when the four kids need him), make their way to Caspian, and save the day.
At the end it’s revealed that Caspian and his people, the Telmarines, are really humans that came from our world long ago. That’s the only way he could be a “true King of Narnia”, is that he’s a Son of Adam! As a side note, I hate that term in these books. Just call them humans, blah. So some of the Telmarines are wicked afraid of the real Narnia and come back to our world, cept not the youngsters cuz they like Narnia.
I am kind of wondering why it is that Narnia has to be ruled by a human. Why is it that the Narnian’s are deemed incapable of ruling themselves? Also, how come they say Aslan only comes once in awhile, but we hear about him in every book? Shouldn’t they tell us about times when Aslan isn’t around so we believe them?
So, not as bad as it could have been. The series is still not winning me over though.
Next up: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader