The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Background

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Background

A year after another resounding success with Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis released its sequel, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Finished before the first novel in the Chronicles of Narnia series was released, Dawn Treader follows Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, the younger two of the four children featured in the first two books of the Chronicles of Narnia series. The novel follows the children as they journey with Prince Caspian through the sea. Although the novel has no villain (and is thus the first and only book of the series to not have a villain), the book is still filled with intrigue, wonder, and conflict. Themes include exploration, transformation, free will, and sticking to principles.

Although well-received, the novel wasn't as highly praised as its predecessors. Nevertheless, the novel was a tremendous success with the general public and currently holds a 4.1 out of 5 on popular book review site

The novel was adopted to a film of the same name in 2010. It released to mixed reviews, with Justin Chang of Variety remarking that "This f/x-heavy third adaptation of the Christian-themed fantasy series feels routine and risk-averse in every respect, as if investment anxiety had fatally hobbled its sense of wonder."

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