The Silver Chair

After I wrote the review on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I decided to write one on The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis published by Collier Books in 1970.

Lewis again writes about the never-ending conflict between good and evil. He shows that if good is not practiced often enough it will be easy for evil to tempt and ensnare you. He doesn’t just leave it at that though. He then tells that no matter how deep into evil you go with help, you can always get out of it.

Eustace is again a major character in this book . I won’t introduce him though since I spent a paragraph in my last review talking about him.

Jill Pole is a major character who was introduced in this book. She goes to Eustace’s modern school The Experiment House. There she is teased and when Eustace meets her she is crying behind the bleachers. She is not very nice like Eustace was at first  but ,like Eustace, she comes around.

Another important character in this book is Puddleglum. He is a marsh wiggle. He goes on this journey  with Eustace and Jill because the other marsh wiggles are telling him that he is too optimistic and he needs to see that life isn’t as good as he makes it out to be.

The final character I will introduce is Prince Rillian. He is a minor character compared to the rest of them but he is the whole reason this story happened. He disappeared a while ago and now, since his father King Caspian is going on another long sea voyage,one that he might not return from, it is important that Narnia finds the heir. That is the reason Eustace and Jill were called to Narnia.

This book mostly takes place traveling through the lands around and under Narnia. There is no real setting for this story since the characters are always on the move. I would think that the most time spent in one place was under the ruins of the ancient giant city.

The climax of this story is when Jill,Eustace, and Puddleglum are deciding whether or not to untie the Green Lady’s right hand man from the silver chair. Before he had said that whatever you do don’t untie me but now he was saying that this was the only time that he was in his right mind and that he was the prince they had been looking for all this time.

I really liked this book. It shows that even though you can mess up really bad and fall deep into evil there is always a way out. This is one of my favorite Narnia books.


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