The Horse and His Boy

About a month ago I read The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis published by Collier books in 1970.

Lewis writes about the conflict between nature and nurture. Even though Shasta has been brought up as a Calormene, it is in his nature to act like a Narnian. In this book, nature wins over nurture.

Shasta is one of the four main characters in this book. He is a Narnian boy by birth but he doesn’t know it. His “father” Arsheesh treats him badly. When Shasta learns that his father might sell him he starts to seriously think about running away to Narnia.

Bree is a talking horse of Narnia. He was kidnapped when he was just a foal and he has been a slave to the Calormenes ever since. He and Shasta run away together to Narnia.

Aravis is a Tarkheena in Calormene. She doesn’t care for all the riches and finery though. When a marriage is arranged for her she runs away with Hwin, another talking horse from Narnia.

Hwin is a mild-mannered Narnian. She, like Bree, was also kidnapped by the Calormenes. She was in the service of Aravis’s father when Aravis decided to run away.

This book, like The Silver Chair, takes place mostly while they’re traveling. The main part of this book is spent in Calormen but it’s all different parts of Calormen so I can’t really describe one main spot.

The climax of this book is when Shasta, Aravis, Bree, and Hwin have to get news to the king of Archenland that the Calormenes are invading. A lion injures Aravis, Bree, and Hwin. Shasta has to run the rest of the way to the king’s castle by himself.

I enjoyed this book. It was interesting because even though it was set in the Narnian world, they barely spent any time in Narnia and we didn’t see much of the characters from the previous books. I would recommend this book.

 

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