Captain Tuttle’s #CBR5 Review #19 – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Two of our Pevensies, Lucy and Edmund, are visiting with relatives – including their awful cousin Eustace. Eustace’s parents are supposedly modern, and their son is a total wiener. Lucy and Edmund can’t stand him, of course. One day, they’re in Lucy’s room, and they get sucked into a painting of a ship. Like you do.

They land in the sea, in Narnia. They’re rescued by the ship, which is captained by their old friend Caspian. Narnia is at peace, so he decided that it was time to explore. He was going to try to find his father’s old friends, who had been sent away by his nasty uncle to see what lay beyond the Lone Islands.

As they travel, Caspian learns that the outer reaches of his kingdom aren’t being run quite the way he wants, so while exploring, he also solves problems, does away with the slave trade, stuff like that. While they’re doing this, Eustace is still being a total wiener, but he learns his lesson when he wanders off and gets turned into a dragon. Aslan likes to teach lessons in interesting ways.

This is another of my favorite Narnia books, more of an adventure than some of the other stories. There is some sadness to this, because it’s the last time any of the Pevensies will return to Narnia, and the last time we see Reepicheep as well. I may be taking a break from Narnia for a bit. I started to read The Silver Chair, and I’m not enjoying it as much as I had the other books. Maybe a break will do us both some good.

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