The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

  And we are now officially to my favorite Narnia book ever. yay!
After getting back from an encouraging and fun-filled conference at the Creation Museum, what could be better than enjoying a cool fall day writing a book review on one of your favorite books? Nothing, absolutely nothing (well, maybe a nice MLT*).
Here’s a brief summary:
This story takes place somewhere between the crowning of the four Pevensies and their return to Spare Oom. In South Calormen a young boy named Shasta finds out he is an orphan, and the man whom he called father is going to sell him. Perturbed, he goes to the stable to pour out his consternation to the animals. To his utter shock the horse replies, and thus begins an adventure. The two escape and head North, eventually teaming up with two other runaways. Together they meet with untold dangers- lions, betrayal, spying, recognition- as they learn the lessons that create legends.
Reading that over it doesn’t sound like much of a summary, but I can’t say more without spoiling it.
Reasons I love it:
#1. Shasta. He almost makes the book (he and Bree). You feel a deep sympathy for him throughout.
#2. When Aravis discovers what Shasta did for her she was ashamed of herself, and rightfully so!
#3. The Lion’s talk with Shasta was powerful. It reminded me of the story of Joseph (OT); how everything that happened, while it seemed bad at the time, it all had a purpose in the grand scheme of things.
#4. When Shasta comes to the ledge during the daytime and recalls how the Lion walked beside him during the night. That reminds me of how God has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6).
#5. Corin is hilarious and brings to mind the prince in The Prince and the Pauper. Though I was under the impression that he was in desperate need of a stern talking-to at times.
#6. Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah quite learned his lesson, as well as getting a double helping of humble pie.
#7. Hwin was sweet, gentle, and her comment to Aslan was rather funny.
#8. When Lasalareen recognizes Aravis in the crowd and consequently ends up having to help her escape. Her tell-no-tales speech to her servants is probably my favorite part of the book.
#9. Rabadash getting caught on the hook halfway, 😀 and Aslan’s punishment fit him well, Though I do think Ahoshta deserved Rabadash’s, ahem, well aimed kicks.
#10. Edmund’s reply to Peridan near the end of the book, “..even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did.” A very good lesson we could all learn from.
#11. The mystery, suspense, and humor.
#12. The very last paragraph of the book. I do love a good ending.

What I didn’t like:
#1. I didn’t like Rabadash or how he related to Queen Susan, but his own father planning his death!?!
#2. Aravis’ snooty attitude towards Shasta.
#3. Bree’s self-pity is annoying, yet I suppose we’d be in the same boat if we had behaved that way.

I read this book aloud to my siblings and they loved it. I could go on and on about this book, especially since I just reread it. I give it five books. I’ll end by saying that I love the way this relates to the Bible, and how it actually teaches lessons. Most authors now could take a hint or two from the authors then.
I recommend it for all ages.

*Let me know if you got the reference. 😉

<Spoilers Ahead>

I have been waiting a bit impatiently to write a review on this book, as it is my absolute favorite in the series!

 This book focuses mainly on a horse named Bree, his boy named Shasta, and another horse and her girl.
The story begins with an introduction to Arsheesh, Shasta, and a warrior Tarkaan that shows up demanding a place to stay for the night.
 Arsheesh is a poor fisherman who had taken Shasta in when he was a baby and has raised him as his own since then.
Shasta never guessed that Arsheesh was not his true father until the Tarkaan shows up and bargains with the fisherman to buy Shasta. Shasta, upon hearing this, creeps out to the stable where the Tarkaan’s horse is, intending to run away. The horse (Bree) ends up being a talking horse from Narnia, who was kidnapped as a foal. Together, the two begin an adventure running away to Narnia.
And so begins the adventure.
Along the way, they run into a Calormene Tarkeena named Aravis and her mare, Hwin, who are also escaping to Narnia. They join up and continue their journey together.
The next part of their journey takes them through the Tisroc’s city, in which the Tisroc (King of Calormene) resides in his palace.
 Shasta is mistaken for a Archenland Prince, Aravis is recognized by a former school friend, and the horses are taken with Aravis after the incident.
Shasta manages to escape and let the true prince take his rightful place, Aravis talks her friend into helping her escape, and they meet up again with the horses on the other side of the city to continue the journey.
Aravis has accidentally overheard the Tisroc’s and Prince Rabadash’s plan to attack Narnia and the North, and Shasta accidentally overheard the Narnian’s plans to escape Calormene.
Aravis shares the news with the others, and they continue through desert and mountainous valley to Narnia post haste.
The journey is rough and long, and they see Prince Rabadash’s army coming near the end of it.
They reach a hermit’s home on the outskirts of Archenland, and Aravis stays there with the horses (who are exhausted) and Shasta continues on foot to warn King Lune of the coming attack.
Shasta makes it in time and afterwards is accidentally separated from the King and his men because he has rather little experience with horses (at least, those that don’t talk) and ends up in a Narnian hillside.
There he transfers the information of the attack to a talking Stag that is fleet of foot, and he is taken care of by a kindly pair of dwarves.
 Later on, he rejoins King Lune and the Narnians in battle against Rabadash and his army.
The Narnians and Archenlanders beat Rabadash and his army soundly, and Shasta discovers that his true Father is King Lune and Aslan turns Prince Rabadash into a donkey.
 It truly is a great book and I would recommend it for children and adults of all ages.
 Enjoy your next adventure in Narnia and the North!

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