Prince Caspian is the fourth book of the Naria series by C.S. Lewis. This story follows the return of the Pevensie children to Narnia. Once they arrive, they realise that Narnia has changed and the beasts have been driven into hiding by the Telmarines.
Narnia is not the land that it used to be. It has been over 1,300 years since the Pevensie children ruled Narnia and the rightful king, Caspian, is a fugitive on the run from his uncle. With the help of Old Narnia, Caspian plans to overthrow his uncle and restore Narnia to how it was. Using Queen Susan’s horn, Caspian calls the High Kings and Queens from England to help him against the Telmarine forces and take his place as rightful king. But it has been over 1,300 years since they ruled at Cair Paravel, can they help him overthrow his uncle? And where has Aslan been?
Thoughts on the Story
Prince Caspian is the second book which was written by C.S. Lewis about the land of Narnia, but in the history of Narnia, it is the fourth story. The theme is about returning to your true form after being corrupted. Narnia was made for the talking beasts and to be ruled over by man. Instead, they live in hiding. The story is definitely darker than it’s previous parts with plenty of murder and treachery.
This is the story which introduces us to Prince Caspian and Reepicheep the Mouse. These two characters will be featured in many more Narnia stories. It is really interesting how time moves differently between the two worlds. It was only a year for the children in England, but around 1300 years for Narnia. This is a great stand-alone story that makes sense if you read it by itself. But the feeling of the story is that it is setting us up for many more adventures with Prince Caspian, Reepicheep the Mouse, and the Pevensie children.