The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

It took me a bit to get into this third book of the Chronicles of Narnia.  The characters are different than the ones we have grown to love in this series and it is not until about the middle of the book that you catch a glimpse of Queen Lucy, Susan, and King Edmund.

Once I picked up the flow, the book was good and I found myself looking for C.S. Lewis’ story within the story.  I especially liked the part where Shasta is traveling alone on a stubborn horse (not a Narnia horse of course – just a plain old horse…).  Shasta is alone, lost, and it is dark.  He is afraid and feeling a bit sorry for himself and is softly crying when he sences a presence walking next to them.   It takes him a while to be brave enough to call and when he does his voice is a small, “who’s there?”

It is of course, Aslan.  A great conversation takes place here between Aslan and Shasta and I love the way Lewis has presented that even in the darkest night, in our darkest fears – He is with us.  We are not alone.

Still plotting through the series, I am excited to get into the 4th book which is Prince Caspian, the movie that recently came out.  Great reads – highly recommended.