AAaaahhh Narnia… I can certainly re-read this series over and over. And so here I go re-reading it and I’m in the 2nd to the last book. And I can say I’m still enjoying it every bit as much as when the first time I read it a few years back.
The Silver Chair is the sixth book in the chronological order. Originally though, it was the fourth book that was published. But I just want to read the book in the chronological order just because I find it made more sense for me. Anyway, the books are all quite good to read in any sort of order you want. Just go and read at your own liking and chase your own adventures with it. 😀
In this book, Eustace Scrubb, the Pevensies’ cousin was back in Narnia again. You may remember him in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as a very difficult boy but was changed at the end. He was certainly changed for good that people who knew him were shocked. Anyway, he came into Narnia again but he was not alone. With him is his schoolmate, Jill Pole, a girl who was bullied at school and who Eustace was trying to help and be friends.
They were chased by the school bullies that time and they tried to escape in a door through the wall. But they soon found themselves in a very high cliff. Eustace fell off the cliff and Aslan blew him away to Narnia. Aslan then told Jill the task that he has set them to do. They have been called to Narnia to find the lost Prince Rillian, son of then King Caspian X (yes, the very same King Caspian in Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). He gave Jill the four signs to guide them with their task and blew her off to Narnia like what he did with Eustace.
Things don’t go on as expected though and they missed three of the signs. Though they were not able to get the help they need by missing the first sign, they found a companion in a Marshwiggle named Puddleglum, who despite having a negative outlook in life, turns out to be brave and dependable. Together, they marched unto their destination, narrowly escaped being eaten by giants and went deep down into the earth to find the missing Prince.
This book promises adventure right from the very start and it does not disappoint. Though the first few chapters were quite slow for me, it made up in the later parts by winding up a fast-paced tone.
Jill Pole is an interesting character in this story and she reminds me somehow of Lucy in her keen sense of adventure but she is also very different from her. It is not very hard to love Lucy. She’s adorable. Jill is easily likable but she has her tempers and is easily irritated. She has quite a straightforward attitude though and she knew when she’s wrong and admit it. I find it easy to relate with her idiosyncrasies. But, even with all her faults, Jill proved to be a braved and admirable.
Eustace Scrubb has been much changed than when I first met him in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He’s still prone to bicker at times and he and Jill fight a good deal. Still, he has proved himself as someone who can be depended on and can pluck courage when needed.
Puddleglum on the other hand, maybe the most endearing character in this story. True to his name, he’s a saturnine creature who talks about the worst that would happen and the most desolate of things. But deep inside he certainly wants and hopes for the best as the way he said his pessimistic view makes you think he doesn’t really believe in what he says. He’s certainly weird and quirky. But he proved to be staunch and resolute while they were facing the greatest challenge they have ever met on their journey.
Join Jill, Eustace, and Puddleglum in their journey and be on the edge of your seat as they take you on this enchanting adventure. I would really recommend this book.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Author: C. S. Lewis
Age Level: 8+