Published in: 1953
Edition read: E-book
Book series: Book 6 in the Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological order)
NARNIA…where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell…and where the adventure begins.
Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor…or does it? Once again Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face to face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.
This book features Jill and Eustace as the main characters, and they were interesting characters both. Eustace has mellowed out since his first visit to Narnia, and he is almost endearing now as he navigates Narnia again, but this time with his friend Jill. They meet up with a crazy frog-like character called a Marshwiggle, whose name is Puddleglum, and he’s this cynical depressed sarcastically sassy character that I bonded with from the get go. He made this book, in my opinion.
Puddleglum and co make their way through Narnia to the giant’s lands, then underground, before finally defeating an evil queen and saving the missing prince of Narnia. It was fun to read, but honestly what kept me turning the pages was Puddleglum. If he turned up in more books, I’d be happy. He was just so depressed and cynical, it was amazing. I had not thought I’d find a character like that in a 1950’s childrens book!
The silver chair rating: 6/10
Would I re-read it? Yes, for Puddleglum’s moments of amazingness.
Who would I recommend it to? Children and young adults, fans of the series and the author, anyone whose seen the movie adaptations.