by Character Queen
The Silver Chair, by C.S. Lewis, is an awesome book. It is the 6th book in the Chronicles of Narnia, which is an awesome series about the magical land of Narnia. The series starts at the beginning of time (for Narnia) in the Magician’s Nephew, and proceeds to the days of the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and to the days of Peter the High King, his brother King Edmond the Just, and his sisters, Queen Lucy the Valiant and Queen Susan the Gentle (during the golden age for Narnia) in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Horse and His Boy. It continues to the days of Prince Caspian, in Prince Caspian, to the days of King Caspian in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Silver Chair, and to I do not know what in The Last Battle, (I haven’t read that one yet).
In every book there are some children who are drawn out by magic from England. For instance, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are the second group of people to ever get into Narnia, which is inhabited by talking beasts and magic animals like fawns and dwarfs. The first people to get into Narnia were Digory, Polly and Jadis, aka the White Witch, in The Magicians Nephew. My favorite character is Aslan, who appears in every book. He is the one who created Narnia and gets the children to it; he also is the son of the Emperor Over the Sea, and the Lion who defeated the Witch. Yes, he is a lion.
I think I have now set you up for the story. It starts, of course, in England, with Eustace Clarence Scrubb and Jill Pole at their school, Experiment House, behind the gym, where they were hiding from bullies. They found the only way to escape is through a door which is usually locked, however they find it unlocked and go in. They find themselves not in their own country but far away in Aslan’s country. They don’t know it at the time but this is the start of a great adventure.
After walking awhile they come to a cliff. Eustace was afraid of heights, and Jill was not, so Jill began to show off by going to the edge and looking down. I could not think of a way to put this in my own words so I quoted the book here.
Now she realized why Eustace had been so scared, for no cliff in our world is to be compared with this. Imagine yourself at the top of the very highest cliff you know. And imagine yourself looking down to the very bottom. And then imagine that the precipice goes on below that, as far again, ten times as far, twenty times as far. And when you’ve looked down all that distance imagine little white things that might at first glance, be mistaken for sheep, but presently you realize they are clouds!
As you can see they were very high up. Then Eustace tried to pull Jill away from the edge, but Jill pulled away and Eustace fell of the edge of the cliff. Jill did not have time to think because at that moment a lion came out of the forest. It lay down near Jill and she got scared! However, all the lion did was blow, and a speck of black flew away and disappeared. That was Eustace, being blown into Narnia.
After a time the lion walked away. Jill found that she was thirsty and went toward a river. But when she got to the river, the lion was there! She froze, then the lion told her to come and she did. They had a conversation and Aslan, for that was the lion’s name, gave her a mission to rescue Prince Rilian, and signs to help them on the journey. Then he blew her off to Narnia.
When she got there, she found Eustace watching King Caspian board a ship. Then they met an owl who led them to Trumkin the dwarf, who assigned them some living quarters. That night the owl, whose name was Glimfeather, and another owl took Jill and Eustace to the Parliament of Owls. Then the owls took them to Puddleglum.
In the morning they set out to find the prince. After a while they came to a spot where there were giants that were throwing boulders at some birds. They passed that and then they came to a river and they couldn’t find a bridge. So Puddleglum said “The bright side of it is that if we break our necks getting down the cliff then we are safe from being drowned in the river.” Isn’t he funny?
Then Eustace saw a bridge that was obviously built by the giants. When they got to the other side they followed a path until they ran into a lady and a knight on horses. The lady told them to go to a house with nice giants. When they got there they found a carving in the ground that said “UNDER ME.” Then they tried to get out and found that the giants were planning to eat them! They got away and went under the carving that said “UNDER ME” and they found a city underground and met the queen and the knight. Then the queen went away and the knight revealed that he was Prince Rilian and the queen was the White Witch and had put him under a spell!
Can Eustace, Jill, and Puddleglum rescue the prince and kill the witch? Read the book to find out! Overall the book and others in the series have scary parts, so I think the series is good for ages 7 and up. (Warning: The Magician’s Nephew is the scariest but the ending is good.)
[Editor’s Note: all photos found in random locations online.]