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Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia #2) [Mass Market Paperback]

C. S. Lewis
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ONCE THERE WERE FOUR CHILDREN whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back into Narnia June 12 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Imagine if you once saved a magical other world... only to return later and find that centuries had passed, and everything had changed.

Well, since the movie adaptation of "Prince Caspian" is about to come out, it seems appropriate to revisit C.S. Lewis's classic novel, the sequel to his even more classic "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe." While it has some drippily allegorical moments near the end, Lewis does a pretty good job with what must have been a difficult sequel.

When his aunt gives birth to a baby boy, young Prince Caspian finds himself on the run from his usurping uncle Miraz -- and in the hands of Narnia's secret army of dwarves, centaurs, talking animals and nature spirits. Soon Caspian has an army backing his claim to the throne, but in a moment of desperation, he is forced to blow the magic horn of the legendary Queen Susan -- and subsequently pulls the Pevensies back into Narnia.

But while only a year has passed on Earth, centuries have passed in Narnia, and the kids find that it's no longer the place they left -- they and Aslan are distant memories, and their castle lies in ruins. And as they are led by a very skeptical dwarf to help Caspian, Lucy keeps glimpsing Aslan along the way -- a sign that things are about to change drastically in Narnia, both for the human and magical inhabitants...

The Chronicles of Narnia were probably the first books to feature what is now standard in the fantasy genre -- an ordinary person gets dragged into another world. Just take a look at successful, unique authors like Diana Wynne Jones and Garth Nix to get an example of how Lewis' stories have influenced the entire genre.

If you don't like allegory (religious or otherwise), then steer clear of "Prince Caspian," especially the second half.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back into Narnia April 4 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Imagine if you once saved a magical other world... only to return later and find that centuries had passed, and everything had changed.

Well, since the movie adaptation of "Prince Caspian" is about to come out, it seems appropriate to revisit C.S. Lewis's classic novel, the sequel to his even more classic "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe." While it has some drippily allegorical moments near the end, Lewis does a pretty good job with what must have been a difficult sequel.

When his aunt gives birth to a baby boy, young Prince Caspian finds himself on the run from his usurping uncle Miraz -- and in the hands of Narnia's secret army of dwarves, centaurs, talking animals and nature spirits. Soon Caspian has an army backing his claim to the throne, but in a moment of desperation, he is forced to blow the magic horn of the legendary Queen Susan -- and subsequently pulls the Pevensies back into Narnia.

But while only a year has passed on Earth, centuries have passed in Narnia, and the kids find that it's no longer the place they left -- they and Aslan are distant memories, and their castle lies in ruins. And as they are led by a very skeptical dwarf to help Caspian, Lucy keeps glimpsing Aslan along the way -- a sign that things are about to change drastically in Narnia, both for the human and magical inhabitants...

The Chronicles of Narnia were probably the first books to feature what is now standard in the fantasy genre -- an ordinary person gets dragged into another world. Just take a look at successful, unique authors like Diana Wynne Jones and Garth Nix to get an example of how Lewis' stories have influenced the entire genre.

If you don't like allegory (religious or otherwise), then steer clear of "Prince Caspian," especially the second half.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The least desirable entry April 24 2004
Format:Paperback
"Prince Caspian" is either the second or fourth book of CS Lewis' classic Narnia series, depending on whether one reads the books in published order or chronological order. The story picks up where "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" leaves off, with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy back in England after having spent many years in Narnia as kings and queens. What follows is in many ways almost a straight rehash of "Wardrobe" and is possibly the most forgettable of the Narnia books. Were it not for the introduction of Caspian, one of the major characters in the series, it would almost certainly be the least memorable of the seven books.
The children find themselves pulled into a strange world, this time by a magical force rather than by wandering through a wardrobe. Quickly (and predictably) enough the world is revealed to be Narnia. Why did they not know this right away? Because the single year they spent in the real world was many hundreds of years in Narnian time. Narnia has aged while they have not.
The four children, who in Narnia are revered as legendary kings and queens of old, find that they have been pulled into Narnia to aid King Caspian, a prince from a kingdom of rather oppressive humans who have taken over Narnia and are attempting to squash all memory and knowledge of the land's talking animals and mythical creatures. Naturally, this means those people have to be stopped.
If it sounds exciting, it's not. If it sounds boring, it is.
Travelogues and adventures that are little more than episodic journeys can be great fun and often tap into the glory of exploring the forest as a child, but this journey simply has little or nothing to engage the reader or capture one's interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I have had the whole series since I was little and love them, but someone lost this one. I'm glad to have found the exact same copy to complete my set again, though the spine was... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2012 by kt123
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenner's Review
Caspian has an uncle named Miraz. A tutor comes and tells Caspian that his uncle is trying to kill him. Caspian runs away to avoid being killed. Read more
Published on March 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars boring book but still good
The book Prince Caspian is the second in a series of books by C.S. Lewis. The characters and conflicts are the same as the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by HIPPY KID 1990-2009
4.0 out of 5 stars British Invasion, II
The 2nd of the Chronicles of Narnia to be published, the events in Prince Caspian place it 4th chronologically. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by toby_tsang
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better read
Book 4 in a series of 7.
The story begins as the main heroes from Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe(Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy) are transported back to Narnia from a rail... Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by Cloud
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince Caspian
It is a great book. It has very captivating writing. As well as excellent characters and settings. I give it four stars for all the things that make it such a great book.
Published on June 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Modern' Narnia
In this installment of the Chronicles of Narnia, the children go back to the land a year after their first visit. Read more
Published on May 21 2003 by bixodoido
3.0 out of 5 stars Recalled by the Horn!
Only in times of great distress may the true heir to the throne of Narnia sound Queen Susan's horn; its imperious summons must be obeyed. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by Plume45
3.0 out of 5 stars Recalled by the Horn!
Only in times of great distress may the true heir to the throne of Narnia sound Queen Susan's horn; its imperious summons must be obeyed. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by Plume45
3.0 out of 5 stars The Most Disappointing Adventure in the Series
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are awaiting the train that will take them to separate boarding schools when they are suddenly, and magically, pulled out of the station. Read more
Published on April 9 2003 by Mark Baker
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