The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis

(8.5/10)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A fan favourite, subpar movie, one of the more popular books of the Narnia chronicles. It also houses one of the best introductions to a book that I have ever read.

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and masters called him Scrubb. I can't tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none.

The third adventure (or fourth you decide!) in the Narnia series has Lucy and Edmund living with their cousin Eustace - a boring and traditional soul who doesn't believe in stories or magic - in London while Peter and Susan are away at school.

One day while passing a painting of a ship, the picture comes to life and the three are sucked into it and find themselves aboard the Dawn Treader, reunited with the now King Caspian who is in search of the seven lost Lords of Narnia who where sent away by his evil uncle Miraz.

The great thing about this story is that there is no apocalyptic event that threatens the existence of Narnia but rather a simple rescue mission and an adventure on the sea that has mermaids, dragons, lost treasure, and pirates, the invisible and loveable Dufflepuds, Coriaken and Reepicheep as a main character.

Lewis does an incredible job of making Eustace a comparable character to Edmund in LW&W, only more obnoxious. The transformation of Eustace, literally into a dragon, and then being saved by Aslan is one of the greatest chapters in the book.

Story wise this is a complete departure from any of the other Narnian stories and this echoes through the various adventures had in the book, the characters are hard to reflect on, as Eustace clearly becomes the focus of the book as the future bearer of Narnian adventures.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the second most popular book in the Narnian series and proof that Lewis does not need a big bad enemy or an apocalyptic event to make a Narnian story engaging.

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All reviews for CS Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia series

The Magician's Nephew

by CS Lewis

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan’s song weaves itse [...]

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 1
Published: 0000

Score: 102

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The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe

by CS Lewis

Four adventurous siblings―Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie― step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslave [...]

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 2
Published: 1950

Score: 113

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The Horse And His Boy

by CS Lewis

Bree, the horse, has been kidnapped from Narnia and longs to return there. Shasta, on the verge of being sold into slavery, decides to run away with him in search of the ho [...]

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 3
Published: 0000

Score: 91

Our rating: 8.5 | positive reader reviews

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Prince Caspian

by CS Lewis

Narnia's freedom is under threat from the evil King Miraz and in desperation Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne, blows the Great Horn to summon Peter, Susa [...]

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 4
Published: 1951

Score: 93

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

by CS Lewis

A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail farther and farther from charted waters, they discover tha [...]

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 5
Published: 0000

Score: 86

Our rating: 8.5 | positive reader reviews

9+

The Silver Chair

by CS Lewis

Eustace and Jill are whisked to the land of Narnia where Aslan, the great Lion, needs their help to find the missing Prince Rilian, Caspian’s beloved son. The search [...]

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 6
Published: 0000

Score: 86

Our rating: 8.4 | positive reader reviews

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The Last Battle

by CS Lewis

Narnia... where lies breed fear... where loyalty is tested... where all hope seems lost. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge—not an [...]

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 7
Published: 0000

Score: 80

Our rating: 8.0 | positive reader reviews

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader reader reviews

from Israel

Arguably the last great story in the chronicles of Narnia. The story feels more like a collection of short story depicting the adventures amongst the “dawn treader”. The stories are fun and full of wonderful adventures. On the downside - the Christian subtexts start to be less subtle (“in your world, I am known by another name”, etc.) and the educational parts (Eustace back story and resurrection, Lucy spying on her friends and being envious on Susan, etc.) start to overwhelm the story, though at least so far they’re somewhat good educational values in contrary to latter books. Overall it’s great fun.

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