THE SILVER CHAIR is the 4th book in "The Chronicles of Narnia." It follows the adventures that took place in THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. Summer is over for Eustace Clarence Scrubb and he has returned to school. Scrubb doesn't attend a very nice school. It's more like a laboratory than a school (in fact its named Experiment House). It's only a few months into the term and everyone has noticed a difference in Eustace. So much so that he's on the bad list of the bad kids this term. During the afternoon Eustace runs into a girl named Jill Pole. She was crying because of the harsh treatment. Eustace tries to cheer her up and then he reveals to her his deepest secret: all about Narnia and his adventures there. Jill believes Eustace but soon they are being chased by bullies and run away until an old building. The pass through a doorway and when they do, they find themselves in Narnia.
Except, Jill hasn't been to Narnia before and she ends up messing things up from the beginning. As it turns out, even though only about 5 months have passed since Eustace returned from Narnia, over 70 years have now gone by. King Caspian is an old man and his only son and heir is missing. He disappeared over ten years before and now as Caspian approaches the door of death, all of Narnia wonders what will happen. Aslan sends Jill and Eustace on a mission to find Caspian's son, Prince Rilian, and bring him back home.
From LION to THE SILVER CHAIR each one of the Chronicles of Narnia becomes a little deeper and little darker. C.S. Lewis' faith is peppered throughout these books, but as one reads further in the series, the theological symbolism becomes just a little more broad and complex, such as the scene in THE SILVER CHAIR when Jill first meets Aslan. The stories also become a little more dark (which shouldn't be surprising for anyone familiar with the Bible). Subtly, Lewis is trying to illustrate that as the closer one comes to the end of the world, the more dark and difficult things will be. DAWN TREADER showed Eustace fighting a giant sea serpent, but THE SILVER CHAIR almost causes Eustace and Jill to be eaten by giants (not to mention there's an evil serpent in this story, too).
In the flow of the series, THE SILVER CHAIR mentions the story that is told in the next book in the series, THE HORSE AND HIS BOY. Chronologically, THE SILVER CHAIR is the 2nd to last story of Narnia. When reading the book, one can't help feal excited, yet a bit saddened because you can just tell that the adventures in Narnia are soon at an end.
THE LAST BATTLE is my favorite in the series, followed by LION. DAWN TREADER and THE SILVER CHAIR tie for my next choice and those two books really are companions to each other. Great telling of one of the last chapters in the great history of Narnia.
The penultimate adventure in Narnian time, this one is a fast paced exciting read that ends all too quickly. This time, our young hero is Eustace, greatly improved in character after his adventures on the Dawn Treader, but still a little bossy and impatient. He is joined by Jill, a fellow student, when the two of them, fleeing the school bullies, pass through a portal into Narnia. Narnia has advanced around seventy years since Caspian sailed to the … more