The Silver Chair
Publication Date: March 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
A mass-market paperback edition of The Silver Chair, book six in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior artwork by the original illustrator of the series, Pauline Baynes.
Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, a noble band of friends is sent to rescue a prince held captive. But their mission to Underland brings them face-to-face with an evil more beautiful and more deadly than they ever expected.
The Silver Chair is the sixth book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series. For over sixty years, it has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land where giants wreak havoc and enchantment rules. This is a complete stand-alone read, but if you want to discover what happens in the final days of Narnia, read The Last Battle, the seventh and concluding 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 sixth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis is another adventure with new faces who are in for a wild ride. The story of The Silver Chair, which takes place decades after the events of Voyage of the Dawn Treader, pans out as follows: the son of King Caspian, Prince Rilian, has disappeared and all hope is lost. That is when Aslan calls two humans, Jill and Eustace, to find the Prince and return him to Narnia. They set off and come across wastelands, mountains, giants, subterranean creatures, and every kind of danger in-between. They eventually find the Prince in the Underland and must face an Evil Witch and fight there way back home! Along with the story, in keeping with true Lewisian fashion, elements of the Christian Faith are interweaved in the plot and is once again manageable for children to grasp. Whether it's divine intervention or heaven or human nature, the concepts of Christ are concise and clear for all who read. Overall, the themes and motifs make-up the bulk of the work, while the settings, characters, and plot all help to produce a work that is very much a great children's fable. Overall, while action might be lacking from previous installments, this book is no less an extraordinary adventure in Narnia! 5 stars and great for children and young adults.
Personally, while I found the action to be limiting, the motifs and themes of the story really caught my attention. I couldn't believe my eyes as I read and progressed through the story, as it felt like the Odyssey but with a twist. To give some perspective, Homer's The Odyssey is split into two distinct parts: basically the first part is Odysseus telling his tale, whilst his son seeks him. The second part is them coming home and putting everything in order. This story feels like the first part except the son is the main focus; we go to far lands in search of someone, we meet man-devouring giants, wicked sorceresses, and travel into the underworld. Then we find the Prince under an enchantment, break it and then free an enslaved population before escaping and re-uniting with everyone, and go home. The only difference is going to Narnia's heaven, or Aslan's homeland. Regardless a bloody good adventure that, sadly, doesn't involve the Pevensie kids, but sets up a new cast of characters, with old faces of course. A nice little fable.