- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. 1952 HarperCollins. While Lucy and Edmund are staying with cousin, Eustace, the three are drawn into a painting of a ship at sea. There, they find King Caspian, Reepicheep, and crew seeking the seven lords that were loyal to his fathers who went to sea seven years ago and haven’t been seen since. As they make their way eastward, they encounter some of the lords and learn about themselves throughout the voyage that may very end at the end of the world.
I enjoyed this VERY MUCH!! From the time Lucy and Edmund put up with their pompous cousin to the final voyage, I did not want to put this book down!! The characters were sharply-drawn and each had a distinct personality all their own. From Reepicheep the heroic mouse, to poor Eustace who learns a much-needed lesson, this is a fun-filled adventure.
The plot continued to build on the same good faith pledge that Aslan is a friend to all. I enjoyed learning more about him and watching the belief in him to take a stronghold on those he meets is truly inspirational. These are gentle, kind stories that teach one how to be a better person.
I give the book 5 stars!!
- The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper 1973 Simon Pulse. Will Stanton is startled to meet a stranger on the road and later is told by Farmer Dawson that “The Walker is Abroad.” So begins his adventure in his fight for Light against the Dark. He discovers through the help of Merriman that he is the last of the old ones sworn to protect the world in times of trouble. He is given the first sign by Farmer Dawson and soon begins the search for the other five. As the dark begins its attack, a rider takes to the woods, trying to attack Will at every point. When that fails, he takes other means to do his service. Can will save his family? The Earth?
Oh, my goodness, this book ROCKS!! Will Stanton is a mesmerizing character from the moment he steps on stage till the last page. His search for the signs leaves you frantic for him. I think this is my FAVORITE book this year of the older fantasies (barring, of course, the LOTR and Hobbit books)!! Susan Cooper won a Newberry Medal and a Newberry Honor for her Dark is Rising series and this book was turned into a film, The Seeker.
The plot was strong and kept me guessing what was going to happen next. I didn’t quite figure everything out as surprises came left and right. I truly, truly MUST read the next book in the series!!
I give this 5 stars!!