Publisher's Note:  

A mass-market paperback edition of Prince Caspian, book four in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior illustrations by the original illustrator of Narnia, Pauline Baynes.

The Pevensie siblings travel back to Narnia to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

Prince Caspian is the fourth book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land where animals talk and trees walk for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you would like to read more of Lucy and Edmund's adventures, pick up The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the fifth book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Prince Caspian

by C.S. Lewis

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Overall Review:  

C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia books are a quick read, but still contain a refreshing dose of valor, great deeds, and characters worthy of emulation. They are also a delightful step back into a charming style of writing that isn't afraid to use a higher vocabulary or stray into slightly more complex sentence structures.

The Golden Age of Narnia was when High King Peter, King Edmund, Queen Susan, and Queen Lucy ruled as monarchs of Cair Paravel. Prince Caspian takes place hundreds of years after their disappearance, and Narnia has now been conquered by a new race - that of the Telmarines.

Under Telmarine rule, the Narnians (Talking Beasts, trees, fauns, centaurs and the like) have been banished and eradicated. Stories about their existence are treated as fairy tales, and bedtime stories.

Prince Caspian, son of the previous King Caspian and nephew to King Miraz, the current Telmarine ruler, is the rightful heir to the throne. But one night, he abruptly finds himself fleeing for his life after Miraz's wife gives birth to a son. Armed with nothing more than his sword and a mystical horn, Caspian escapes deep into the forest and finds himself in the midst of Old Narnians, long thought dead and gone. The young prince decides to rally the Narnians and take back his kingdom, to unite his people and the Narnians once and for all.

With the aid of his magic horn, Caspian is able to summon the Kings and Queens of old, and together they join forces to give Narnia back to the Narnians.

Prince Caspian is a book that would likely appeal to readers of Brian Jacques' Redwall series, but also short enough to encourage readers who might be daunted at the size of a Redwall book.

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Profanity/Language:  1 scatological term. 

Violence/Gore:  Characters try to drown someone; characters kill and/or wound other characters with arrows; a character's life is in danger; a character is forced to flee for his life; a character is thrown from a horse during a storm; a character's father is said to have been murdered; characters discuss killing someone; there are a few descriptions of battles and sorties (not graphic); a character has a nasty wound; characters spar to prove battle prowess; characters loudly argue; characters prepare to use black magic; there is a fight resulting in some loss of life (not overly graphic); characters engage in a duel, with minor injuries; characters murder someone; a character's head is cut off; a character is badly wounded and near death.

Sex/Nudity:  None

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Murder, espionage, treason, death, battle.

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Characters smoke pipes; characters occasionally drink beer and/or wine; characters are reported to drink and be drunk.

Reviewed By Katrina
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