itibaren Argetoaia, Romanya
this book is great. spawned my love of the whole xanth kingdom. was totally obsessed for 3-4 years as a littler person. recently (within the last 2 months) reread it. still great. nuf said.
I have to say that this is my absolute favorite book of the Narnia series. There is just something so rich and imaginative about it that I fall in love with it each time that I read it. In fact, I've held off watching the movie just because I'm afraid I'll be disappointed. While you could almost read this one as a stand alone, I would highly advise that you read the other books that come before it, especially The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian. For those not familiar with the series, the Pevensie children (and others) have the ability to visit a magical world called Narnia. Here in this world are talking animals, mythical creatures, and stately people, but as well there are evil witches and people who inhabit the world. Most important of all is a lion named Aslan who is the great lion and holds the world together with his wisdom. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader takes place one year later by Pevensie time, and three years later by Narnian time. The younger Pevensie children, Lucy and Edmund, along with their horrible cousin Eustace find themselves sucked through a picture and into the sea next to a magnificent ship. On this ship is none other than Prince Caspian himself and he is taking a journey east by sea to see what happened to seven lords who were sent years ago on a journey, and also to see what is in the utter East. Along the way they have many adventures and meet several strange folk. They feel like turning back sometimes (and Eustace can get quite annoying, but they know they have to go on. The characters are interesting. Lewis did a very good job making Eustace highly unlikable from the beginning, yet letting him grow throughout the novel. Lucy and Edmund actually took a backseat to him in this novel. I did like Caspian better in this book than the last. I thought he had more personality. They meet several interesting characters along the way too and they are all unique in their own way. The writing while fast, is still very good and this is one of the more descriptive books. It is appropriate for children (although there are a few minor curse words) although they may not understand the finer nuances of the novel. I just loved all the adventures that Lewis sent his characters on in this novel and each time I read its like reading them anew. Definitely the best book of the series for me. If I didn't read any of the other books, I would surely read this one many times over. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Copyright 1952 271 pages Review by M. Reynard 2011