The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5) by C.S. Lewis

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

The Horse and his Boy is a stirring and dramatic fantasy story that finds a young boy named Shasta on the run from his homeland with the talking horse, Bree. When the pair discover a deadly plot by the Calormen people to conquer the land of Narnia, the race is on to warn the inhabitants of the impending danger and to rescue them all from certain death.

Details The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

TitleThe Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
Release DateMar 29th, 1995
PublisherScholastic Inc
Number of pages224 pages
GenreFantasy, Classics, Fiction, Young Adult, Childrens

Reviews The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

  • P
    “Do not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune, but all the dead are dead like.” This felt as if I was reading a folktale about a horse and a boy who wander around and seek their new adventure. Yet the humor in this book is abundant, even though the narration is not as intriguing as the other books. And the storyline is quite straight and lacks of twists or epicness, too. I yawned so many times while I w...
  • Robert Clay
    This is probably my favorite of the Chronicles. It takes place during the Golden Age of Narnia, with the Pevensies reigning in their prime, although the story is actually set in the countries to the south of Narnia, which provides for a rather different feel to much of this novel. I always find the visual imagery captivating: riding across the moors at night, entering the towering city of Tashban, spending a night among the tombs of the ancient k...
  • Alison Looney
    I feel more conflicted about this book than any of the other Narnia books. On the plus side, the story is stronger and CS Lewis manages to keep his blatant editorializing to a minimum (maybe because none of the characters are transplants from wartime London). But holy crap, the modern reader will find his racist descriptions pretty hard to swallow. He reintroduces his devious, smelly, turban-clad race, the Calormen. A lost white boy is raised amo...
  • Deborah Markus
    I feel really guilty about loving this book as much as I do. I loved it as a kid and I love it now, and there is just so much wrong with it. The xenophobia is positively racist -- by page 5, we're already hearing the first of many references to the fact that the residents of Narnia are considered by the residents of their southern neighbor, Calormen, to be "fair and white...accursed but beautiful barbarians." The Calormenes, on the other hand, ar...
  • Dannii Elle
    This is my third journey into the lands of Narnia as I have been reading the series in chronological rather than publication order. With probably the most intriguing title of the series, this was the tale I was most excited for, but it ultimately didn't live up the magic of the previous two books, for me. This is the first book in the series not set from the perspective of someone entering Narnia from the human real. I still enjoyed it, though it...
  • Roya
    You know you're bored when it nearly takes you a month to read something of this length.
  • Barry Pierce
    Ugh, this is the worst episode of Mister Ed ever.
  • K.D. Absolutely
    The story is so simple but it took me awhile to appreciate what's going on because I am reading the series not in its proper sequence. I read Book #2, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe last year and now this Book #3, The Horse and His Boy without reading Book #1 The Magician's Nephew first. Reason? I misplaced my copy of Book #1 and I had to search for it.Well, it is quite hard to rate this book. It is a simple fantasy story. The horse in the ...
  • David Mosley
    This is increasingly becoming one of my favourites from the Chronicles of Narnia. If asked why, I believe it is because it is the most like a medieval faerie romance. A young boy and girl in the mundane world of Calormen suddenly find themselves in the presence of faeries––talking horses––who wish to take them into Faerie itself––Narnia. Faerie, and the journey to it, however, is perilous and fraught with dangers. Once in it, or on it...
  • Rebecca
    The basic story is a good and entertaining one, but I could not get beyond the overt prejudices of C.S. Lewis on display throughout this book.I'm incredibly disappointed. His portrayal of the people of Calormen is horrid. I admit, by calor I don't known if he is implying people of the hot lands (as calor indicates heat) or if it is a not-so-subtle way of suggesting colored people, but the descriptions speak for themselves. These people are descri...
  • Mario
    Not my favorite in the series, but it was still really fun read.
  • Nic
    (As with all the Narnia books, I read this years ago, but am rereading it now.)I have to say, having now reread all of the Narnia books except for The Last Battle, that this is my favorite. It's coherent, exciting, and has likeable characters. I even found Aslan much more likeable in this one; I think it's because he does less scolding and more helping, and he's better integrated into the plot than in, say, Prince Caspian.I've also decided that I...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Horse and his Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5), C.S. Lewis عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب 5: پسر و اسبش؛ اثر: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس؛ مترجم: بهروز وحدت؛ نوشه، 1378؛ در 202 ص؛ شابک: 9649033815؛ عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب 5: اسب و آدمش؛ اثر: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس؛ مترجم: منوچهر کریم زاده؛ م...
  • Ziba
    The Horse and His Boy is the only book of the Narnia series that features native rather than English children as the main characters, and the only one set entirely in the Narnian world. It is set in the period covered by the last chapter of the inaugural book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, during the reign of the four Pevensie children as Kings and Queens of Narnia. Though the Pevensies appear as minor characters, the main characters are...
  • Jesica
    By The Lion’s Mane, this book is good!! Maybe it’s my favorite in the whole series. I wonder why did I skip this one the first time I read this series? I should have read this book sooner >.
  • Hayley
    The Horse and His Boy was one of my favorite chronicles of Narnia when I was younger — partly because I love all things oriental, and the setting of Calormen is Lewis’s quasi-Arabian society — but more importantly, because of the heroine Aravis. The young Calormene aristocrat, a ‘tarkheena’ as she is entitled, is a singular character in the Lewis mythology: here, for once, the author shows us that he is capable of envisioning a female w...
  • Abbie
    LOL WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO READ THIS BOOK. Possibly because the first three quarters of this book was INCREDIBLY SLOW AND DRAGGED OUT AND POINTLESS?? Don't get me wrong, y'all. I love C.S. Lewis and Narnia is perfection...but that's part of the reason why this book puzzled me. All the characters were beautifully vivid and the sassy banter (especially between Aravis and Shasta) was ON POINT. But wow there were so many places where I was nea...
  • Franco Santos
    Mi favorito de la saga. En mi opinión es la mejor aventura. Un tomo que me resultó muy entretenido y el cual amé hasta las entrañas por ese viaje tan humano y a la vez tan fantástico. El final es lo único negativo que le encontré: demasiado precipitado y rápido.
  • Emily Crowe
    I'm torn with my rating. I read this book at least a dozen times growing up and I always loved it, and I just finished listening to a rather fine audio production of it, which I enjoyed. But it's hard for me to separate my nostalgia for this book from a critical evaluation of the story. Oh, Jack. You have no great love for women, do you? Or at least not until Joy Gresham came into your life. If you'd known her earlier, I think your female charact...
  • Cata
    Ouvir o audiobook foi uma experiência muito boa. Não só foi uma leitura mais dinâmica, como me poupou horas. Literalmente.Porém, continuo a não estar fascinada por Narnia. E é um livro cuja história provavelmente esquecerei asap. Não é um livro que vai ficar comigo.No geral, como os anteriores, foi ok. Acho que vou gostar mais do filme
  • Jay
    One word: Orientalist.Sorry, I could not get past it - nor should I have to. This was a terrible book, full of so much imperialist racist anti-Arab/Indian tones that I could not appreciate any aspect of it. Quite frankly I couldn't believe that I was reading this garbage. I don't really care if the story is good - if it's offensive it's not good. And even then, I really didn't care for the story.The characters were completely new and it takes pla...
  • Sophia
    3.5 stars. :-)
  • Selene
    Book Three in my Box SetThis story takes a completely different turn from the previous two. The main characters are not English (I believe in the entire series this is the only book where that happens). I enjoyed the adventure of it all but not as much as the previous books. I will definitely continue on with this series.
  • Lightreads
    That's it, I give. C.S. Lewis, you have beaten me, I am done. I have been trying to review this for two months, but every time I open a document, my brain just screams "bacon!"* and runs away.This whole childhood nostalgia reread project is supposed to be fun! It's supposed to be me bringing the lens of adult readership to the books that shaped the way I think about fantasy and narrative. It's supposed to be self-reflective and, not like this is ...
  • Danny Phanton
    Hasta ahora este es el que menos me ha gustado de los tres que he leído, creo que no tiene mucho que ver con la saga y podría pasar bien por una historia completamente diferente. Empezó gustándome bastante, pero conforme avanzaba se me hizo un poco aburrido. En si el libro esta bien, pero hasta ahí, Lewis sigue con su forma de narrar las cosas bastante única y eso me encanta de la saga, los nuevos personajes tampoco es que me gustaran tanto...
  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    I've never read this one until now! What a fun and awesome journey <3
  • Deborah Pickstone
    I can never quite understand why a reader now gets upset about xenophobia or racist accusations about a book written before these concepts became verboten. I don't like either concept but this is a) fantasy and b) the above applies. It was quite ok back then to glorify the white man. Just as I would not expect a writer in the now to project current concepts onto a historical character (like these endlessly annoying 'feisty' historical women) I do...
  • Joe
    Calormen is the land of scimitars, turbans, viziers and bazaars. Lewis makes clear from these details of tool and title that Calormen is his fantasy stand-in for the middle east. And he makes equally clear what he thinks of that region by how he describes the people that live there. For Calormen is also the land of dark-skinned men in dirty robes, abused children, mass slavery, petty haggling and a capital city that looks grand on the outside but...
  • Daniel
    Moram da kažem ovo je prva kjiga iz Narnija ciklusa koja mi se baš svidela. Imamo konkretnu radnju likove koji rastu i menjaju se tokom priče. Čak su i čitav onaj odeljak sa magijom i Aslanom držali većim delom na minimumu.I iskreno rečeno ne mogu baš da vidim zašto ja Luis prozvan rasistom zbog ove knjige ali ajde ja nisma osetljiv po tom pitanju tako da sam možda slep na neke očite probleme.u svakom slučaju ako oćete finu bajku sl...
  • Amber Hetchler
    Another wonderful adventure!