The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Publication Date: March 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
A mass-market paperback of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book five in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior illustrations by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.
A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail farther and farther from charted waters, they discover that their quest is more than they imagined and that the world's end is only the beginning.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, a series that has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a novel that stands on its own, but if you would like to continue to the journey, read The Silver Chair, the sixth book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.
The fifth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis is an action-packed story that will enchant any mind. The premise of the story is this great journey on the sea in which the goal is to reach the End of the World. Taking place some time after the events of Prince Caspian; Edmund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustance find themselves in Narnia and meet with King Caspian. They then follow along his quest to find seven lost companions and thus sail into uncharted waters. Along the way they encounter a multitude of challenges, from slavers to dragons to enchanted lands and everything in-between. The story is very reminiscent of Homer's The Odyssey, which is the story of a Greek king finding his way home for ten years and having to overcome ridiculous challenges. However, C.S. Lewis does work his magic and makes it wholly a children's tale full with monsters, extraordinary creatures, and magical beings. He also has Aslan play his role as all things Christ and this story is no exception. From vanquishing Darkness to his heavenly home, Lewis eloquently weaves Christian themes into the story, making it manageable for children to grasp. Overall, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is great for kids as it is the children's version of The Odyssey. 5 stars and great for those who don't want to read The Odyssey but still want a similar adventure.