Prince Caspian Background

Prince Caspian Background

After conjuring a unique fantasy world in 1950's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis released Prince Caspian, 1951's followup to the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

Prince Caspian directly continues the story started with the first novel; we are again transported to England, where WWII and the blitz rages on and people struggle to survive as Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy venture to their Narnia a second time, discovering that the evil usurper Miraz has taken control of Narnia. With the help of Aslan, their trusty lion, and the eponymous Prince Caspian, the foursome go on an unforgetable adventure of a lifetime.

Some themes include courage and chivalry in the face of insurmountable odds. Another theme, according to Lewis in a letter to an American girl, "the restoration of the true religion after a corruption." The novel likewise mirrors events in real life.

Like its predecessor, Prince Caspian garnered rave reviews upon release. Critics praised its interesting subject, rich characters, and solid writing. However, with its political intrigues, it is possible that the book is much too complex for young children, unlike The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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