The Wooing of Sophelia Stupe, by Jennifer Trafton (Wingfeather Tales)

Wingfeather Saga

The Jewel Review

Five Jewels

Five-Jewel Story! In the words of Oskar N Reteep, “This tome is stupendously indibnible!)

There are those who would attest (woeful!) that the only good flabbit is a dead flabbit. There are those who would silence (aghasting!) every last thwap, even those harmlessly caged in bags (harmlessly Helmer-like) or trunks (Slarbs, beware!).

Then there are those (singularly) who brave quilling, munching, nibbling, pocking, snicking, and impaling to discover, in his words, “creepers, crawlers, squatters, chewers, gnawers, etc.” Such is the tale of Ollister B. Pembrick, scrawler and notationer of the famed and notably exhaustive Pembrick’s Creaturepedia, who finally meets his match in the personage of a pockmarked (yet still lovelishly Lone-Fendrilish) and pulchritudinous Sophelia Stupe. He painstakingly notates the surpriseful and abjectably lamentable actions that bring about the woman’s wondrously whimsical tale of wooing.

Ollister B. Pemprick travels from Anneria to Skree at the behest of his old youngish friend, Edd Helmer, to participate in a signature affixation ceremony. Ollister’s grandiouse expectations find themselves level with the snout of a droopy grobblin when he finds the artistically-inclined residents of Skree less than interested in the book for which he sacrificed elbow flesh and one-and-a-half toes (on one foot!). His book is only purchased eight times, all eight purchases by the same woman; and regardless of the fact that she uses the books to boost posture and straighten chins of the students of the Betterment School for Unpolished Children, Ollister is struck as with a quill diggle’s quills.

He is fallen deeper than a saggy hound into a gargan rockroach’s lair. Ollister is in love, and tumbles (willingly!) even further when he sneaks (topiary-like!) into her home, Anklejelly Manor, and finds that (calm thyself, palpitatious heart!) she has read his book and he even forgives her for her numerous and not-altogether-positive comments notated throughout the pages of Creaturepedia.

Ollister is prepared to declare his undying love to the turkeypox-survived, wondrously-read, dreamish Sophelia when he finds her in (untrustworthy!) danger. Never trust a squeeblin! With no pencils in sight to knightingly rescue her, he has but one choice. A choice he might ever regret. An ill-thoughten, catalystical act, which ushers an (eclipse-like!) entourage of wings and wriggles, snouts and snuffles, claws and jaws and teeth and toenails (and a bellybutton!).

The exclamatorial-worthy wooing of Sophelia Stupe leaves her with only one exit. One way out. Or in. Or beyond. Or through. For she is done hiding and running. And she is ready to (oh, bravesome wonder!) leap on the back of the Lone Fendril, breathe into the branch of a guarding tree, and live.

There are those who are lucky enough to wander into wardrobes, wake to the shuffling and snuffling search of loyal raggants, dive (nosebleedingly!) into cupboards, and breathe on ancient trees in order to find themselves in another world. Then there are those who are lucky enough to traverse all these worlds by immersing (dreamingly! longingly!) into the pages of books and emerging somehow transformed. I am the second kind of lucky.

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A favorite quote

Recommended Age: 8 and up (though not recommended for sneezerous greengrocers-for-literature or moonish toothy cows)

[“The Wooing of Sophelia Stupe” is the second tale in the six-story collection, The WingfeatherTales, edited by Andrew Peterson and published by Rabbit Room Press.]

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The Prince of Yorsha Doon, by Andrew Peterson (Wingfeather Tales)

Wingfeather Saga

The Rose Review

Wingfeather Tales

Four-Rose Book!

Young Safiki is an orphan; his grandmother lives in a home for the elderly. It could be a home to Safiki if he wants. But Safiki’s home is Yorsha Doon. All of it. The sprawling city west of the Woes of Shreve near enough to the sea to avoid becoming a deadly desert.

One day Safiki meets a girl hiding from the palace guards. She tells him that the palace is overrun by Rodin the Bloodbrute’s men and mad Fangs, and she tells him her name, Saana, before she is caught. Safiki tries to forget her, but life grows complicated when you know someone’s name (which is why he has always tried to remain anonymous).

However, when a mysterious (and somewhat accident prone) man needs his help, Safiki is thrown into the midst of things. Everyone is searching for him and everyone knows his name. Can the knowledge that his two new friends give Safiki enable him to save Yorsha Doon? Or will it only make things worse?

Safiki’s adventure is exciting, amusing, and interesting as he encounters treacherous shopkeepers, prisoners, mad fangs, librarians, codes, books, and the Prince of Yorsha Doon himself.

Recommended Age: 9 and up

[“The Prince of Yorsha Doon” is the first story in the six-story collection, The Wingfeather Tales, edited by Andrew Peterson and published by Rabbit Room Press. Stay tuned for the next hortubinous review: “The Wooing of Sophelia Stupe”.]

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The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia #7) – C. S. Lewis

The Last Battle

The Rose Review

Five Roses

Five-Rose Book!

Treachery lurks at the edge of Caldron Pool beneath the great waterfall. A donkey swims after a skin, commanded by an old ape named Shift. Strange you might say, but nothing more, even when the ape sews the skin – a lion’s skin – into a coat for the donkey, Puzzle. It could seem like a kind gesture, but it’s purpose is far more terrible than any Narnian could imagine, including Puzzle.

It’s been a long time since the Narnians have seen Aslan. Over two hundred years since a son of Adam, and a daughter of Eve last came to Narnia. When rumor of Aslan’s return reaches King Tirian of Narnia and his dearest friend, Jewel the Unicorn, they are at first overjoyed. However, they find the stories are different this time; there are no children emerging from a different world, there is no Lion ridding Narnia of evil; instead, sacred trees are being felled, free talking beasts are becoming slaves, and Calormene workers enter Narnia – all by order of “Aslan”.

Within a few hours, Tirian is tied to a tree bleeding, Jewel is nowhere to be seen, and an ape is telling the talking beasts that are not working all about their wonderful future of slavery in Calormine. The ape, of course, is Shift, mouthpiece of “Aslan.” Stable Hill, where “Aslan” now resides in a stable near the Shift’s headquarters, is soon emptied as the night grows darker. The king, alone, in sight of the top of Stable Hill calls to the true Aslan begging him to send the Friends of Narnia – children who come when Narnia is in desperate need. His cry is answered after he wakes from a vision. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole are once again magically in Narnia.

With their help, Jewel is freed, and they find the ape’s “Aslan.” They soon find out that it is not enough; their revealing the false Aslan only makes most of the Narnians at first assume there is no Aslan at all. As they continue on with a few new friends, they find that the ape’s treachery runs deeper than even sending the talking beasts to work for the Calormenes.

When they reach Stable Hill where one of Shift’s Midnight Meetings (the time he shows the false Aslan to everyone and gives a speech) is going on they soon find that anyone who wants to, can go into the stable now to see the great Tashlan, for he revealed that Tash the Calormene’s god and Aslan are the same person. He cautions that Tashlan is very angry though. Narnians are almost forced through the stable door when Tirian emerges from the shadows. Not all the Narnians join him, in fact, some join the Calormenes for the Last Battle. Soon the Last Battle begins, but what is behind the stable door? Calormenes with swords? Or could it be that Tash has come for those who foolishly called him?

Jill, Eustace, and Trinian fight for their lives, and for Narnia, but soon all of them will have to face what is behind the stable door. Will help come before they are killed or thrown into the stable? But what happens when they die? Where will they find themselves when they pass through the stable door? For “in our world too, a stable had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”

The Last Battle is an amazing book, and one of my favorite Chronicles of Narnia. It is a beautiful and real allegory to the end of our world as we know it. It is an amazing picture of what might happen when we say farewell to the Shadowlands.

Recommended Age: 8 yrs-98 yrs

Re-readable: Yes, if you have TIME (not the giant you might meet in this book, I doubt anyone does has him, he is not a tame giant I think)

 

The Jewel Review

Five Jewels

Five-Jewel Book!

Ages have passed since a son of Adam and a daughter of Eve listened as a Lion sang Narnia into being.

Ages since two daughters of Eve watched that Lion submit to mocking and murder for the sake of saving a traitor, their brother; since two sons of Adam, one of them the redeemed traitor, fought evil bravely to the point of death until the Lion rose and vanquished evil from the land.

Ages since an orphan discovered a talking horse and braved a journey into unknown lands at the thought of world of wonder, only to learn that world of wonder was where he truly belonged.

Ages since two brothers and sisters who felt their dream had ended learned “once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia” even as they worked to bring a new king to the throne.

Ages since an annoying cousin accidentally tripped into Narnia on his cousins’ heels, morphed into a dragon, and then into a boy whose heart bore the scars of his transformation.

Ages since two unpopular classmates, one of whom might have at one point been a dragon, attempted to follow instructions from a tawny Lion so that they might free a prince held captive by beguiling witchery.

The talking animals of Narnia have nigh forgotten the Lion, the Son of the Emperor across the Sea, who breathed upon them in the beginning and bid them to think and to speak. So when a foolish donkey listens to the counsel of an even-more-foolish ape to don the skin of a lion and use it to their own purposes, the talking animals believe Aslan has returned. And he is angry. Within days, treachery and slavery, horror and sorrow, abound.

And few … so few, too few … know the Lion’s true story well enough to understand that He would never return to ring in an age of horror and wrong. These few stand for truth, with only a son of Adam and daughter of Eve standing with them.

Waiting for the return of the real Aslan, hoping beyond hoping that it will be soon, before their world of Narnia is destroyed by evil. Before their world falls to shadow. These few who endure the Last Battle find the shadows recede as they journey further up and further into glory.

C. S. Lewis’ final book in the Chronicles of Narnia, as the preceding stories in the series, weave deep truths and spiritual parallels with fascinating fantasy and captivating characters to create a story that every parent should read. And, when they trust their children are ready, share with them the tales of a land where animals speak, where wardrobes lead to wintry wonderlands, where the Son of the Emperor beyond the sea awaits, at just the time appointed, to draw His children Home.

Farewell to shadowlands.

Recommended Age: 8 and up (depends on the sensitivity of the reader; the first time I read it, I cried in the scene with the dogs; still tears me up)

Re-readable: Highly

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The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

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The “Rose” Review:

The Silver Chair Book Review

Four-Rose Book!

Once, in another world, a young prince named Rilian rode with his mother, the queen, and many squires and ladies. His mother rested on a grassy bank while the rest of the party went a short distance away from her. A green serpent stung the queen; though they hurried to her side, she was dead in minutes. The Prince rode day after day seeking the snake and revenge, but after a month, something changed. A Lord who went with him one day saw a beautiful lady dressed in a poison green garment. The next day the Prince was gone. Many sought him; none returned, and neither did the Prince.

Ten years later, in our world, a girl is crying behind her school gym. Her name is Jill Pole and she is hiding from “Them,” the school’s bullies. Her friend, Eustace Scrubb (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), finds her and to cheer her up he tells her about Narnia – the land he accidentally found himself in, a land with talking animals, enchantments, and dragons, and the One who rules it all. Then after running from “Them,” they find themselves in a beautiful land, and later on in Narnia (and in many other less pleasant places.) Jill then meets Aslan, and is given a task – to find the lost Prince of Narnia, but there are signs she must follow if she means to find him.

Jill and Eustace must listen to the signs (and those around them who are wiser) if they wish to find the lost Prince. But who should they trust? Treachery lurks around the corner. Evil is rising. Things, and people, are not always what they seem to be.

Find yourself in Aslan’s Country, float into Narnia, fly on an owl’s back, visit with friendly giants, escape into tunnels, and discover an unknown realm and many hidden secrets when you read the Silver Chair. Don’t stumble … for ‘many fall down, and few return to the sunlit lands’.

Re-readable: Yes.

Recommended age: 7 and above.

 

The “Jewel” Review:

The Silver Chair book review

Four-Jewel Book!

When I first read this book as a child, and even subsequent readings still as a child, and then a teen, I decided I didn’t like it as much as the other books in the Narnia Chronicles. For a long time, I wasn’t sure why. Only recently did I realize what I had a difficult time with in the book: the mistakes.

The main characters, Eustace and Jill, seem to make one mistake after another, and it frustrated me so much. If they hadn’t messed up, they would have traveled together from the beginning, Eustace would have heard the instructions straight from the Lion’s mouth, the two of them would have received help from an old friend … their journey would not have been fraught with danger and difficulty.

Only recently did I realize that would have made The Silver Chair an extremely short book. And probably a very boring one. Maybe it wouldn’t have been a book at all.

Like our own stories. Fraught with difficulty and danger of our own making. Our own mistakes, borne of boasting or refusing to listen to the wisdom of friends, thinking we know better, or so much fear that we just have to get it right that we end up getting it wrong.

But somehow, through it all or even in the midst of it all, words ring in our ears and we find it impossible to forget. By some strange stream of chances that are no more or less than grace, we make our way through glum puddles and darkening mazes and underground coves and caves. And we find our way.

Re-readable: I have found it is more readable and makes more sense the older I grow.

Recommended age: 7 and up.

A Favorite Quote

Just on this side of the stream lay the lion … She couldn’t take her eyes off it … And the thirst became so bad that she almost felt she would not mind being eaten by the lion if only she could be sure of getting a mouthful of water first. …

“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion.

“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.

“Then drink,” said the Lion. …

“Will you promise not to – do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.

“I make no promise,” said the Lion.

Do you eat girls?’ she said.

‘I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,’ said the Lion. …

“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.

“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.

“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”

“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

Dawn Treader book review

Bonita Jewel’s Review:

Five Jewels

Five-Jewel Book!

For some reason, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has always been my favorite book in The Chronicles of Narnia. As a young child, when I read mysterious words spoken to Lucy Pevensie at the end of the book (don’t worry, no spoilers), I felt magic and wonder infusing this world. I wanted to discover Him here, just as He had promised Lucy.

But I’m getting ahead of the story. It begins with one of my all-time-favorite first-sentences-of-a-novel: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” Eustace is the cousin of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. The two younger siblings are spending the summer with their aunt, uncle, and cousin – whom they call “Scrubb.” He does his best to torment them, and finds ammunition in his knowledge that they have a “pretend” country: Narnia.

One afternoon, Edmund and Lucy are looking at a painting in her room. A sailing ship in the middle of an ocean. The two are commenting on how much it looks like a Narnian ship when Eustace enters the room and starts teasing them. To his horror, the painting suddenly grows larger and begins moving. Eustace, Edmund, and Lucy find themselves standing on the frame of the painting and tumbling into the ocean.

The two siblings have returned to Narnia . . . and Eustace is their unwilling companion. Prince Caspian is now king of Narnia, and has embarked on a quest to find seven lords who disappeared when his evil uncle Miraz had sent them away to explore the Eastern Isles beyond the Lone Islands.

The companions discover much in the uncharted seas and lands beyond the known world of Narnia. Their greatest discoveries, however, are what they learn about themselves. A magical book. A lair of jewels. A figure of pure gold. What might such mysteries reveal? And will Aslan ever appear as Edmund and Lucy hope he will?

Recommended age: Six and up. This book welcomes discussion with younger children about selfishness, redemption, courage, and obedience.

Re-readability: Indeed!

 

Jessica Rose’s Review:

Five Roses

Five-Rose Book!

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is an amazing book. It is my favorite of the series with it’s quests, characters, and scenery. It gives us a tour of lands beyond the Lone Islands and it lets us see the wonders of the last sea. It also zooms in close to the temptations and feelings of its characters and the amazement that drives them on. I hope you will or have enjoy(ed) your voyage as much as I have.

Lucy Pevensie and her brother Edmund are sent to their aunt and uncle’s house while Susan their older sister is going with their parents to America because”she would get far more out of a trip to America than the youngsters” and the professor only had room for Peter who was studying for finals. They do not really want to go, as their aunt and uncle were “advanced” people with a son who liked beetles pinned on paper and long books about machinery. Edmund must share a room with Eustace so one day he escapes to Lucy’s room where they start talking about Narnia. Eustace starts making fun of their “imaginary” country because Edmund cannot punch him in his house. Then suddenly they fall into a painting of an ocean and a ship which is rapidly swallowing the rest of the room.

Lucy and Edmund find themselves in Narnia once more, along with their grumbling cousin. The ship called the Dawn Treader is the vessel of their old friend Caspian who has now become King of Narnia. He is sailing to find seven lords who alone were unafraid of the sea and were banished to it. With him sails Reepicheep, a small mouse with a big mission. To sail to the edge of the world and hopefully find Aslan’s country, following the signs of a rhyme spoken to him long before.

Adventure awaits them. They encounter a slave trader, mysterious invisible beings, a retired star, a tunnel of nightmares, and an enchanted pool. Through the many foes that await them perhaps the greatest are the ones inside – jealousy, temptation, pride, and anger. Will they make it to the end of sea, the utter east, Aslan’s country? Or will their hidden thoughts betray them?

Recommended age: 7-107

Re-readable: YES!

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Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

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Bonita Jewel’s Review:

Prince Caspian book review

Four-Jewel Book!

A year has passed since Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy returned from Narnia, where they reigned for years as kings and queens. They are on a train platform, preparing to separate from each other and return to school. No one is eager at the prospect.

One by one, they feel a strange and uncomfortable pull, but quickly realize it is magic and all hold hands. They find themselves standing in an overgrown wood not far from a sandy beach looking out on a dazzling blue sea. They discover, in the overgrown woods, ruins of an old castle, and come to realize that it is the castle they had lived in years before. Although only one year passed in England, hundreds of years have passed in Narnia.

When they rescue a dwarf about to be drowned by two soldiers, he tells them the recent history of Narnia, and of Prince Caspian. Since the four siblings left Narnia, a group of men called the Telmarines had taken over. They had gained such strong control that the talking animals and dwarves and fauns and satyrs had retreated into the furthest reaches of the forest and were now considered by the Telmarines to be myth.

Prince Caspian, the true king of Narnia, is the only hope of bringing peace and freedom to the talking animals and other creatures now in hiding. But he can’t do it alone. He needs the help of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy – long-ago kings and queens of Narnia who, for many, have faded into myth.

Recommended age: Six and up. This series welcomes discussion with younger children about justice, belief in the unseen, courage, and faith to follow what you know is right even if you’re the only one.

Re-readability: Extremely re-readable!

 

Jessica Rose’s Review:

Prince Caspian book reivew

Four-Rose Book!

Prince Caspian, an orphan, as a young boy loved hearing stories about the Old World. The world of Narnia before the Telmarines conquered it, some say it is legend, some say it never happened, but a few people like Caspian and his nurse believe the stories are true. One day Caspian remarks about the old world to his uncle Miraz the King of Narnia and his nurse who told him the stories disappears. An old tutor takes her place. He teaches Caspian about many things but best to Caspian his tutor, Cornelius, teaches he about Old Narnia. One night high up on a castle turret Caspian discovers that Cornelius is actually half dwarf. The days pass and Caspian is being trained to become the king; for his uncle has no children.

One night Caspian is woken up by Cornelius. His tutor tells him to flee the castle because Caspian’s life is in danger. His aunt just had a son, and Caspian is actually the true heir to the throne. Miraz had murdered Caspian’s father the king, and he would kill Caspian too, so that his own son will gain the throne. Cornelius tells Caspian that he had found Queen Susan’s horn that will summon help when it is needed so Caspian must only blow it at great need. Caspian rides out into the dark night on his horse, equipped with a sword, a few supplies, and a magic horn. However a dark night can easily hide foes, future friends, danger, and protruding tree branches.

Yet all dark nights must soon end and with the morning might come new things, especially in a forest. Caspian meets two dwarfs and a talking badger; the badger who is a true Narnian says that to prosper, Narnia must have a human king. Caspian attends a secret meeting in the woods and his dreams come alive. The Telmarines had not destroyed all of Narnia there was more here then Caspian could ever have dreamed- a hidden refuge people in need of a king. Caspian can not do it on his own and soon after a terrible battle he sounds the horn. Messengers are sent out.

Will they find four kings and queens come out of the past? A great army? The Lion who saved Narnia with His own blood? Or four young children escaping school terms. With the help not what they had hoped will Caspian and the true Narnians ever get Narnia back? Or will they dwindle away past all dreams. Can they believe in the truth that has long since disappeared?

“Prince Caspian” is a wonderful book. It shows the importance of trust, and doing what is right even if everyone else is not.

Recommended age: 7-107

Re-readable: Beards and bedsteads, I should think so.

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The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia #3) C. S. Lewis

the horse and his boy book review

Bonita Jewel’s Review:

The Horse and His Boy

Four-Jewel Book!

I was seven or eight years old when my older brother told me the name of a horse: Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah. I thought it was hilarious and I had to meet the horse. The horse in The Horse and His Boy. Bree is a talking horse of Narnia who had been enslaved as a colt and grown up in a nation south of Narnia: Calormen.

Shasta is another name I found funny. I knew it as a brand of soda. But in The Horse and His Boy, Shasta is the boy. Shasta also lives in Calormen. The humble and hard life of a fisherman’s son is all he has ever known, but something stirs inside him every time he thinks of what lies to the North.

One night, Shasta and Bree meet, and they determine to make their way to Narnia and the North. The two make a few surprising acquaintances on their way and join up with another set of runaways, yet their journey is also beset by danger. One particular peril is the most feared by both Shasta and Bree: lions.

But they just might discover the lions that bar their way and complicate their journey are very different from what they feared. They might find every twist to their quest, every seeming wrong turn, is for a reason.

Recommended age: Six and up. This series welcomes discussion with children about purpose in problems and difficulty, humility, and courage.

Re-readable: Yes, even if only to reacquaint oneself, time and again, with the Lion.

Jessica Rose’s Review:

The Magicians Nephew

Four-Rose Book!

The Horse and His Boy takes place in the Golden Age of High King Peter, Queen Susan, King Edmund, and Queen Lucy’s rule. King Peter is away fighting giants, Susan and Edmund are in Tashbaan, and Lucy remains in the Narnian castle, Cair Paravel.

Shasta is a young boy living in Calormen. His father, Arsheesh, is a fisherman with dark skin like everyone else except for Shasta. Shasta often longs to know what lies North of his home; however, when he asks Arsheesh, he never gets the answer he wants. If Arsheesh is having a good day, he might tell Shasta to mind his own business, which is to do everything that needs to be done around the house including mending and washing the nets, cleaning the cottage that they live in, and cooking supper, or he might box Shasta’s ears. Shasta’s life is pretty uneventful until one day when a stranger comes to their house.

The stranger is a Tarkaan – a nobleman with a magnificent war horse. The Tarkaan goes inside to talk with Arsheesh, and Shasta is sent outside with a hunk of dry bread to sleep in the stable. While Shasta listens to their conversation, he finds out two startling things. One, he is about to be sold as a slave to the Tarkaan. Two, Arsheesh is not really his father. Shasta wonders out loud whether or not his new master will be kind to him. Surprisingly he gets an answer, even more surprisingly the answer comes from the horse. The Tarkaan’s war horse is a Narnian horse from the Northern land where animals speak. The horse, whose name is Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah advises Shasta to come with him so that they can both escape.

On the way, they meet two other unexpected travelers, Aravis and Hwin, while being chased by lions and together they will make their way to Narnia. First, however, they must pass through the great Calormene capital, Tashbaan. Almost as soon as they enter the great city, they are separated. Shasta is mistaken for an Archenland prince (a land near Narnia) and finds himself in the middle of a group of Narnian royalty trying to escape Tashbaan. Aravis meets a friend  and while she tries to leave Tashbaan, overhears a top secret conversation. The Prince Rabadash and 200 horsemen are going to attack Archenland without mercy.

They both must escape with help from their two Narnian steeds. They have a new mission. They must warn the King Lune of Archenland and save that country before Rabadash arrives. It is a race with surprising twists and turns as Shasta discovers his past, Bree becomes a wiser horse, Aravis faces her punishment, and the four companions hurry to Narnia and the North.

Recommended age: 7 and up

Re-readable: Yes.

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