The Horse and His Boy, by C. S. Lewis

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Classics, Young Adult, Children’s

My favourite book in the series! It was surprising that I remember so little about this book from the first time I read it, but I did remember that this was my favourite. Some think that it was weird that this was my favourite, as the Pevensie children was not the main character in this story, but the fact that I get to see grown up King Edmund being all Just and awe-inspiring and Shasta’s (or Cor’s) adventure was so daring and fun, how else would it not be my favourite?

Compared to the other two books that I’ve read, this definitely has the best pace; all of Cor’s adventure was so fast-paced that you could not help feeling like you were part of the adventure and are running away together to Narnia. Then, you get to see King Edmund being all high and almighty and smart and Just and well calculated and caring (and I can go on and on about complimenting Edmund at this point).

The whole time I was reading the book, I tried my best to channel my unreliable memory about the first time I read the book and I can’t, for the life of me, remember anything (other than this was my favourite book); on hindsight, probably because I didn’t read it in English the first time around.

What I like most about this book was the fact that you get to see the life of the people outside of Narnia, such as their custom, their clothing, and even the way they speak; and it was a nice chance to have a glimpse on how the Pevensie children had ruled Narnia and how they behave as the Kings and Queens of Narnia.

Favourite characters wise, obviously is King Edmund the Just. Once again, he proved his true worth of his name, and he was a brave and capable King and brother to both his sisters and his brother. Second best character was Aravis and Bree; oh how boring the journey was if you were not going to be accompanied by a talking horse such as Bree. I liked Aravis for the fact that even though she does not want nor does she like the lifestyle that her friend, Lasaraleen, chose, Aravis did not make Lasaraleen felt like a fool for choosing that lifestyle. Yes, there were times when Aravis hated Lasaraleen’s vanity, but she kept that to herself, and in the end she manage to properly say thank you to Lasaraleen for her help and compliment Lasaraleen in the way that Aravis knew would make Lasaraleen happy. Aravis is not just a noble woman with proper Calormene education, she was indeed wise beyond her years and it was all the better that she had built a life in Archenland, for she would not have the chance to be what she wants to be had she stayed where she was. Not to mention her elaborate plan to run away, you have to give Aravis a thumbs up (or more) for that; she thought everything through.

Those who enjoys nature will forever be in awe with this book, because one thing that I noticed about the Narnia series is that Lewis did a great job in describing nature; at some point I almost wanted to throw myself out of the dorm and be one with nature, but who am I kidding? I’m too lazy to even go to the common kitchen to microwave my instant noodle.


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