THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is the 3rd book in "The Chronicles of Narnia." About a year has passed since Edmund and Lucy were last in Narnia. When PRINCE CASPIAN ended, all four of the Pevensie children were waiting on a train platform preparing to begin a new school term. VOYAGE begins about 10 months later. The school term has ended. Peter is busy studying for the summer with Old Professor Kirk and Susan has gone abroad to America with her parents. Edmund and Lucy have been sent to spend the summer at their Uncle and Aunt's. There, they are forced to spend their days, trying to enjoy themselves and avoid their cousin, Eustace Clarence Scrubb.
One day, Eustace overhears Edmund and Lucy talking about Narnia. He's heard all of his Pevensie cousins speak of this before. Being the priggish person he is, he confronts his cousins with what he has heard so he can make fun of them. But a strange thing happens and the three children find themselves being drawn into a picture of a ship at sea. The ship turns out to be the Dawn Treader, the vessle of King Caspian the 10th of Narnia. He's on a quest to fulfill a promise to find the 7 Lords who voyaged into the far east during his uncle's reign. What follows is a journey that takes the ship and crew to places both fabulous and frightening and eventually to the very end of the world itself.
As each of the main chronicles progress, each one becomes a bit more darker and deeper than the one before (except for THE HORSE AND HIS BOY, which is kind of detour in the main series). DAWN TREADER is no exception. It is a bit darker than the previous two books, but at the same time it's more of an adventure. Also, there is no evil ruler to face in this book. Instead, there is one series of adventures followed after another. The book kind of breaks the pattern, brings back old characters, and introduces new ones. Out of the whole series, DAWN TREADER is my 3rd favorite in the series (behind LION, AND THE LAST BATTLE). The book stands well on its own, but if a person has already read THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, and PRINCE CASPIAN, that reader will have a better understanding of all that occurs.
Also, each of the Chronicles are filled with allegorical elements and religious symbols. DAWN TREADER is no different. However, my favorite part in the novel comes near the very end when Lucy and Edmund are speaking with Aslan, asking when they can return to Narnia and he tells them never. He then explains to them the very reason why they were allowed to come to Narnia. This explanation is a powerful summary of what all works of art really should be--signs pointing the way.
"The Voyage of the Dawn treader" may be my favorite book in the "Chronicles of Narnia". Many of the other reviewers have made comparisons, however I see it a little differently. I am reminded of Swift's "Gulliver's travels" and its imagination and satire. Obviously, the Lewis has updated the satire and changed aspects of the story - but both have the same sense of adventure. Another added bonus to "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the humor. Several of the chapters are very, … more
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis. Written in 1950, it was published in 1952 as the third book of The Chronicles of Narnia. Current editions of the series are numbered using the internal chronological order making Voyage of the Dawn Treader the fifth book.