The Horse and His Boy is the third book in the Narnia series from CS Lewis. This story follows the adventure of a talking Narnian horse and a young boy as they try to escape the cruel country of Calormen.
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In a kingdom just south of Narnia, there is a boy who doesn’t fit in. Shasta is a pale-faced boy in a country of dark-skinned people, Calormen. One night, as he hears his adopted father talking about selling him to a Calormen lord, Shasta decides to run away. But he won’t be alone, Bree, the Lords horse will help him on his journey. Bree isn’t your typical horse, he is a talking horse from Narnia who wants to escape the slavery of Calormen and go home. Together they ride north to the land of Narnia.
Thoughts on the Story
This is the third book in the Narnia series if you read them in order, but it was the fifth book that CS Lewis wrote. There are some racist undertones in the story as Lewis describes the Calormene people as “cruel”, but the Calormens called Narnians “barbarians”. This both takes place during the reign of High King Peter, Queen Susan, King Edmund and Queen Lucy. It’s an interesting story because the main characters are not the Pevensie children. The story also shows the reader what the mysterious country of Calormen is like.
As a stand-alone book, it would be very boring. But part of a series, it works brilliantly and fills in a lot of gaps that other stories have. The reader learns about the other countries around Narnia including Calormene and Archenland. If you are planning to read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, then you should consider reading this (and the rest of the Narnia series) too.