The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis
Originally Published: 1954
The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis is the 5th in the Narnia series, and takes place entirely in Narnia, primarily in the area just south of where the Pevensie children are presently reigning as Kings and Queens.
Shasta has been found as a baby and raised/enslaved by a Calormene fisherman. He overhears that he will be sold to a powerful nobleman, and waits in the stable. Much to his amazement, the nobleman’s horse talks to him, and tells him that his new owner is not a nice man. Bree was stolen from Narnia as a foal, and the horse and boy decide to escape together and return to Narnia. The meet up with another talking horse Hwin and rider Aravis. They decide to travel together, and end up foiling a plot against the Kings and Queens.
This was a very entertaining book. I really enjoyed the story.
However, Lewis comes off as a bigot with his descriptions of the Calormen. In todays world I cannot imagine anyone writing such demeaning prose of another’s race, and in a children’s book. If not for this, I would have given it 4 or 5 stars. And I don’t offend easily.
Favorite Quotes from the Horse and his Boy:
“Child,’ said the Lion, ‘I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.”
“I do not dare not to dare.”
Read: May 2016