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suddenly comes upon an amazing discovery, a horse that can talk
on August 3, 2014
Shasta, about to be sold into slavery, suddenly comes upon an amazing discovery, a horse that can talk. The horse, Bree, was stolen from Narnia and forced to be a slave, a war horse. The two decide to make a run for freedom together. Separately, they would both stand out and likely be caught. Together, they could blend in and hopefully make it to Narnia and the free north. Along the way, they run into another unlikely pair, Aravis and Hwin, who are also both fleeing to Narnia. Aravis, a Tarkheena of Calormen, has been promised to be married to Ahoshta, a disagreeable Grand Vizier to the Tisroc. Whin, also a talking horse like Bree, was stolen from her home in Narnia and enslaved in Calormen. As they make the perilous journey to Narnia, they must travel through the heart of the enemy in Tashbaan. Once in Tashbaan, they stumble upon Prince Rabadash's plan to storm Narnia and make Queen Susan his wife, whether she likes it or not.
I've only read three of the Narnia books thus far, but this was the slowest to get through. I found I wasn't as interested in most of the characters and kept wishing the book would hurry up and get to Narnia so I could be wowed. This had none of the magical enchanting quality that I enjoyed with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or that I loved in The Magician's Nephew. Still an ok story, but so far my least favorite of the series.
A good quote:
"He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one."