The Horse and his Boy is a stirring and dramatic fantasy story that finds a young boy named Shasta on the run from his homeland with the talking horse, Bree. When the pair discover a deadly plot by the Calormen people to conquer the land of Narnia, the race is on to warn the inhabitants of the impending danger and to rescue them all from certain death.
A long story without very many pages, about some talking horses and the people who ride them.
This book would have been a one star read had it not been for Edmond. Edmond – who if you remember from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – was a world-class annoyance, came back to this book as the MVP. He had amazing dialogue, great insight and seriously was as delightful as turkish delight! (I couldn’t help myself there. And no, I still have never had turkish delight so I can’t even say that with confidence). I can say a lot of things about Clive (yes, C.S. Lewis and I are on a first name basis), and I can say with confidence that he writes a great epilogue. And while they’re just a chapter number like any other, they are definitely epilogues. I love a good epilogue- seriously, more people need to write them, we as readers want more!
Wow, I almost didn’t finish this book. I almost looked up the summary and moved on. The language in this one was hard for me to rally behind. Not like there was a lot of cursing in this book, just the eloquent speech was hard for me to keep up with. Let me mention again, that I am 30 years old, and this book was written for children. I know, I know, children of a different time – but children nonetheless! Chapter eight had come and gone and I was still not into this story. There were a lot of character names that were rough – I really appreciate a good character name and didn’t find them in this book. There was a character named Bree who was one of the main characters and he was super annoying. Is it the rudest thing ever to say that C.S. Lewis wrote a lot of annoying characters? Oops, I just said it!
Do: ride a horse (only to remember that it is an insanely uncomfortable way to get around)
Drink: water (They’re on a long quest in this book so water is fitting. But also, do you ever really drink enough water?)
Listen: Come to Me by Bethel Music