Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia #3)

Author: C.S. Lewis
Started reading: November 24th 2018
Finished the book: December 10th 2018
Pages: 248
Genres: Fantasy, Children's Book, Classics
Published: September 15th 1952
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 4.09
My score:
Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world. Their adventures include being captured by slave traders, a much-too-close encounter with a dragon, and visits to many enchanted islands, including the place where dreams come true.

My thoughts
I continued reading this series together with Arjen. We decided to read the whole Narnia series and this was my favorite book so far. In this book, the most adventures things happen and I felt like all the pages were needed to tell the story. I liked the characters I met and the different places I visited.
Reading the books in publication order.

  • Adventure: In this book you visit a lot of strange places and meet a lot of curious characters. There were some problems that Lucy, Edmund and the rest of the crew need to overcome. This book felt like one big adventure and it was so much fun to read it. 
  • Easily written: I like how easily these books are written. No time is spend on things that don't need attention in this book. It's all very straight to the point. The story just takes place and you read along and I never felt like there was information on the pages that you didn't need to read the book. 
  • Characters: I like how we meet Lucy, Edmund, Caspian and even Reepicheep again. That's not where the list of characters ends. You meet a lot of new characters and creatures in this book. Lucy and Edmunds cousin Eustace is a nice addition to the story as well. He made me laugh so hard. I love how he grows up in this book and is a different person in the end.
  • The end...? In this book, we only meet Lucy and Edmund, which made me a bit sad. I liked Peter and Susan as well, but it's also interesting to me how the author made a book with just two of the characters from previous books. I've watched the three movies, and there are six books... I'm just SO curious how the story will continue from here... It makes me a bit scared too, because I have no idea what to expect. I'm not totally ready to leave all my beloved characters behind.
I feel that Narnia is sometimes a forgotten Children's Book Series. We talk about Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and don't get me wrong, I LOVE Harry Potter (I haven't read Percy Jackson). But maybe we should talk about Narnia as well! I'd love to read the first book in my classroom and have the children fall in love with this great series. Can't wait to bring them to Narnia.

Memorable quotes from this book
"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and the almost deserved it."

"In our world," said Eustace, "a star is a huge ball of flaming gas."
"Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of."

"Sleeping on a dragon's hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself."

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