Eustace is a jerk par-excellance, and the reader delights in calling him Useless along with everyone else. All of us readers get drawn in Eustace's so very Narnian painting of a dragon ship and into the heart of a great adventure, beside that great champion and knight Reepicheep the mouse.
The adventure is never ending in the land of Narnia... Prince Caspian now a King, seeks out the seven Lords, good men, who his evil uncle had banished from the land. The four children go with King Caspian on this voyage into other magical lands on toward Aslan's country at the End of the World. This is book 5 of 7.
I have been neglectfully not reviewing the books I've been reading to the kids at bedtime, as most of them I've read before in my childhood (I've even neglected to count most of them in my yearly total), but I need this review for Play Book Tag on Shelfari. About a year after the events of Prince Caspian, Edmund and Lucy, along with their obnoxious cousin Eustace, are magically whisked back into Narnia via a picture of a sailing ship in their aunt and uncle's house. The ship is King Caspian's "Dawn Treader"; for Caspian it is 3 years since the Pevensies' last visit, and they are on a quest to find the 7 Narnian lords who were encouraged by his usurping uncle Miraz to sail to the east and never heard from again. This is my second favorite book of the series and it was fun to go through the adventure once again with the old crew, particularly Reepicheep the gallant and daring mouse. I always enjoyed Eustace's comeuppance which turned him from an unpleasant (though amusing) character to a quite tolerable one. I wasn't too sure how well the kids were listening or enjoying the story, but at the end my son really surprised me by bursting into tears at Reepicheep's fate. It's nice to be able to share some of the best memories of my childhood with my own kids.
Jack H. reviewed The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (rpkg) (Narnia) on
A very good read, 2nd best book in the series. In my opinion this is the last true book in the series. what I mean is after this Lewis's style changes. The book itself is cool in the way that in most other books with maps in them, the storyline usually is just in one part of the map, so I like the whole journey aspect of it. I hope you enjoy; Voyage of the Dawn Treader. By: C.S. Lewis
Another great book in a great series. This book has always been my favorite in the series. It is full of wonderful adventures, interesting people and a cast of marvelous characters. This story is about King Caspian going in search of the seven lords, whom his uncle Miraz, sent on a long voyage to the east and they never came back. King Caspian, Reepicheep, the rat king, Edmond, Lucy, their cousin, Eustace and others are taking a voyage in the ship, Dawn Treader, aptly named because it is heading east into the sun. They land on islands some full of bad magic and others that are friendly, the islands are a part of Narnia but have been forgotten. During their voyage they encounter slave traders, dragons, stars that have become humans and strange enchantments. A must read for children as well as adults.