After I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I decided to read Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis, published by Collier Books in 1970.
Lewis again writes about the conflict between good and evil but in a very different way from the last book. He shows that there is a very definite boundary between good and evil and that evil can not be used to achieve good and vice versa.In this book, the ends do not justify the means.
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy play a big part in this book, also, but I won’t go into too much detail about their characters since I did that in my last review. Instead, I’ll focus on the new characters.
Prince Caspian is the most important character in this book. He is the heir to the throne but has been stopped form claiming his rightful rile by his evil uncle Miraz. Caspian loved stories about old Narnia but Miraz has prevented people from talking about them. Caspian flees the palace in search of the last of the old Narnians.
Trumpkin is a dwarf who plays a major role in this story. He helps Caspian regain his rightful crown. he refuses to work with any dark creatures like hags and he doesn’t believe that Aslan, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy existed.Even though he is skeptical about the old tales, he agrees to go to see if help has come when the magic horn is blown. This is the first time we see how loyal he is.
Doctor Cornelius was Caspian’s tutor when he lived at the castle. he was the one who helped Caspian escape. Later he rejoins Caspian in the Black Woods. Some of the Dwarfs are disgusted with him for being a half and halfer, meaning half man and half dwarf, but Trumpkin defends him saying, “He can’t help his ancestry.”
This story is again set in Narnia but it is a very different Narnia from the one we encounter in the first book. One thousand two hundred and eighty-eight years in Narnia have passed in the space of one Earth year. The Telamarines have taken over and they have forced all of the old Narnians into hiding. Caspian and the Penvesies aid the old Narnians in a revolution to put Caspian onto the throne.
The climax of this story is when Caspian’s uncle Miraz and Peter, who represents Caspian, engage in a sword fight. Whoever wins would gain control of Narnia.
I enjoyed this book because Lewis was able to bring back some characters for a new adventure in Narnia. What’s really great about that is the fact that the Penvensie’s weren’t the main characters of the story. Prince Caspian, or even Trumpkin, took the foreground. I would definitely reccomend this book.