The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is, chronologically, the fifth book in The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
Quick Review (read on for full review)
An interesting adventure with plenty of action, mystery and magic. 4 / 5
Summary (from Goodreads)
Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the ‘Dawn Treader’, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world.
Their adventures include being captured by slave traders, a much-too-close encounter with a dragon, and visits to many enchanted islands, including the place where dreams come true.
Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon’s lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons.
(From The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, page 70)
I felt like this book was a bit of a mixed bag really. There were some parts of it which I loved dearly, but others not so much. And, there were parts where I felt the pacing was fast (not too fast) but others where it felt too slow. Hence the rating. Yet, I think this book, out of the five that I’ve read so far, contains the most interesting and inspiring quotes, and so it was with some difficulty I picked the one above.
I really liked the characters in this one. Lucy and Edmond were always my favourite of the Pevensies, so for them to get their own adventure was fun, yet there is a reminder here that all children grow up. This time around, their cousin Eustace joins them, albeit unwillingly, but his presence in the story is also very good. We also get to meet Prince Caspian again, who is now King of Narnia.
There is plenty of action and adventure to be found in the story, as well as mystery and magic, of course. My favourite adventure of the book was the one with the dragon (I shan’t go into details for fear of spoilers), but the place where dreams come true was also very clever. And I really enjoyed exploring the different geography in this story: we are taken to distant islands and cover great swathes of ocean and see all sorts of things we haven’t seen in Narnia before.
The next in the chronological order of the series, is The Silver Chair, which is book six and the penultimate volume in The Chronicles of Narnia. I plan to read it in February…