I've reviewed a couple of books on my blog, and I really enjoy it. Today, we're going to take a look at a book from one of my three favorite series: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, from C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia.
First off, Dawn Treader is a remarkable name for a boat. And it just so happens to be the boat that Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are magically brought to for their third trip to Narnia--except that this time, they're accompanied by their insufferable cousin, Eustace Clarence Scrubb. The boat is led by the Pevensie's old friend King Caspian, who is trying to find the seven Narnian lords whom his uncle banished in his ascent to the throne. And, while they're at it, they might as well sail to the eastern edge of the world.
Their journey is full of twists and turns--they get captured by slave traders and fight off a sea serpent. There are magicians, dragons, and prophesies fulfilled. And there's an appearance by one of my all-time favorite Narnians: Reepicheep, the valiant, talking mouse.
This book may lack some of the Christian allegories that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is famous for, but it's still a good book. I'd recommend it over The Silver Chair or The Last Battle any day. The characters are well thought out, and Eustace's character arc especially was wonderful to follow. It's also the last book in which Edmund and Lucy appear--Susan and Peter being declared "too old for Narnia" in Prince Caspian. And while my favorite book in the series will forever be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader had some magic in it. And I'm not just talking about the magician's magic--I mean the magic of Christmas, the magic that C.S. Lewis has put into all of the Narnia books. I mean the magic that enchants a book, and makes you wish that you too could visit Narnia.
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.