THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (6) - THE SILVER CHAIR

By C.S. Lewis

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
louise knoverek
I found this book very good. I am a big fan of the narnia series,I probably could tell you anything about narnia, and though this isn't the best book in the series I found it still enthralling. Loved Trumpkin and loved decription of school. Glad Caspian got to see our world, and thought the apocyliptic reference to Father Time very interesting. Also enjoyed the four signs mystery, and the realization the a whole world lies beneath narnia. Lewis's writing style I also find funny, like the saying "If you ever are lucky enough to get into that land, you must visit those caves." One thing I did't like however, was how unclear Lewis made it that the lady of the green Kirtle was the White witch reincarnate (She can do this of because of the apple from book one) I also don't think he explained well why the three warriors could kill her so easily, (The reason was she had spent a good deal of energy weaving spells to try and take over their minds, it is very difficult to do that to those who have seen Aslan Himself, plus her powerful artifact the silver chair was destroyed which probably severed much of her energy) But he may have done this to let you see for yourself, anyway good book, good series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
chie sr
In a world where two children are sent to rescue a prince, where vicious snake haunts the underworld, and where a whole civilization is enslaved, anything can happen. On a normal day two children, Jill and Eustace, where sent to Narnia and given a great task. They had to find a lost prince. After visiting a human hungry giant's city, the underworld, and an evil witch, the kids finally find and return the lost prince. I liked this book because it had a very interesting plot, a few plot twists, and it added to the Narnia story.

One reason I liked this book is because of its very interesting plot. For example, the characters stayed at the great giant city only to find out the they were to be eaten. Another example is that they fell into a large hole that lead them to the underworld. A place where an evil witch rules and an entire civilization is enslaved. Another twist is that this is where they find the lost prince.

Another reason why I liked this book is it has a few plot twists. For example, the first person they see in Narnia is an old friend who has aged many years. Another is that the normal people won't help them so the kids have to get help from owls. Another example is that the owls don't actually help them they just lead them to another odd person who will help them.

Another reason that I liked this book is because it added on to the Narnia story. The understanding of Narnia grew when the book talked about the underworld and the queen of the underworld. You also understood more when you learned where the enslaved people where from.

The last reason that I liked this book is that everything came together and nearly wrapped up the Narnia series. I liked this book because it has a few plot twists, a very interesting plot, it added to the Narnia series, and it nearly wrapped up the Narnia series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lauren schuman
The story took place in Narnia. However, it began at a school in England. The two kids names are Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole. They try to run away from the school, but end up hiding in a rock with a door on it. They open the door and fall into Narnia. Aslan, the lion, gives Jill a mission to save the lost prince named Prince Rilian and bring him home. Along the way of their long journey, a creature called a Marsh-Wiggle named Puddlegum, tags along to save the prince. A problem that they have during their journey is that they meet giants. The giants accept them into their home and are generous to the travellers. Luckily, Jill overhears them talking about eating them for a great feast that the giants have annually. After they manage to escape, they follow a tunnel that leads them to the underworld. In the underworld there is an evil queen who rules with an iron fist. Eustace and Jill see a young knight trapped in a magical silver chair, holding him hostage. The children hesitate about letting him go but eventually decides that they will. He turned out to be Prince Rilian of Narnia! The queen catches them and uses a spell on them that makes them forget about everything; the sun, the overworld, moms and dads, and most importantly Aslan himself. Brave Puddlegum puts his foot on the fire that controlled the spell. The queen turns into a massive serpant. The Price slayed her and ran out of the castle. The whole underworld collapses. They are trapped while they were planning their escape. They found a hole in the wall that led to Narnia. They were saved!! Overall, I thought the book was amazing. The only problem with it was that they talked about planning wars and battles too much.
The Silver Chair :: Highland Chieftain (The Murrays) :: If He's Dangerous (Wherlockes) :: If He's Tempted (Wherlockes) :: The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia #4) by C. S. Lewis (2002-03-05)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
saleem
The story, in general in took place in Narnia. But in the very beginning, it took place at a school in England. The two kids names are Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole. they try to run away from the school, but end up hiding in a rock with a door on it. They open the door and fall into Narnia. Aslan gives Jill a mission to save the lost prince named Prince Rilian and bring him home. Along the way of their long journey, a creature called a Marsh-Wiggle named Puddlegum, tags along to save the prince. A problem that they have during their journey is when they meet the giants. They accept them into their home and be VERY generous to the travellers. Luckily, Jill overhears them talking about eating them for a great feast the giants have annually. After the manage to escape, They ffollow a tunnel leading them to the underworld wear an evil queen rules with an iron fist. They see a young night trapped in a magical silver chair the holds him hostage. The children hesitate about letting him go but eventually decides to. He turned out to be prince Rilian of Narnia! the queen catches them and uses a spell on them that makes them forget about everything. Like the sun, the overworld, moms and dads, and most importantly Aslan himself. Brave Puddlegum puts his foot on the fire that controlled the spell. The queen turns into a massive serpant. The Price slayed her and ran out of the castle. the whole underworld collapses. they are trapped. while they were planning their escape, they found a whole in the wall that led to Narnia. They were saved!! Overall, I thought the book was amazing. the only problem with it was that they talked about planning wars and battles too much.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
miquela mangum
The entire "Narnia" series has been a hallmark in my own development as a writer since childhood and a lifelong inspiration in all that I love in the fantasy genre. "The Silver Chair" is no exception and, as the sixth in the series, takes on a darker overtone than some of the earlier books which are, literally, played out in a land of sun and light. In "The Silver Chair" there is a distinctly ominous overtone as much of the action takes place in the Narnian underworld where there is no sun or light and where all is guarded by grey and miserable trolls and other grim and malevolent creatures. In this episode the much maligned Eustace (now a far better character for his earlier, much needed chastening in "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader")makes a welcome return, along with a new heroine in the form of Jill Pole, a much put upon schoolfriend at the deplorable school of Experiment House. As only C S Lewis can do, just when the unhappy Eustace and Jill are facing further misery at the hands of the out of control school bullies, they are whisked magically into Narnia by Aslan to tackle a new task - although upon discovering what that is they may well believe the bullies may have been the better option!

The magical time difference between Narnia and our own world means that many years have passed and the now old and ailing King Caspian's son and heir, Rilian, has gone missing, held in the thrall of yet another evil witch. Eustace and Jill must brave bitter cold, hunger and many hardships on their quest,cannibal giants not being the least of their worries. There is a dark but wonderfully welcome relevation for the reader when they discover a giant's cookbook detailing "Man -this delicious biped". A quirky addition to the story comes in the form of Puddleglum the Marshwiggle, whose oppressive pessimism delights rather than annoys the reader and gives a distinct touch of humour to the entire tale.

As he always manages to do, Mr Lewis has given a wonderful fantasy adventure a number of twists and turns while still inserting his cautionary messages of the benefits of true friendship, honesty, responsibility and general decency. Of course Rilian is eventually rescued, Jill and Eustace discover their inner strengths and overcome their weaknesses and the bullies in our own world are given at the story's end a very un PC but much needed thrashing. Although this book was written over fifty years ago, it is a timeless classic that young and old alike can treasure and its messages ring as true today as they did all those years ago. The horribly Politically Correct environment of Experiment House in particular stands out to me as a cautionary message in our current day and age where so many people think they can do as they please without consequences. All my copies of the Narnia series are dog eared and much thumbed, as they are books that never fail to deliver and they stand the test of time. "The Silver Chair" is not the least of these.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amsholtes
This book has a mystical quality for me--yes, I loved it as a kid, and read it several times. But as I became an adult, I started having nightmares about the Green Witch and her dark enchantment of the prince, and each nightmare moved more away from the children's book and more into a Stephen King movie.

So I had to read it again!

Although Lewis' tale of good and evil and courage is timeless, I can now see shades of Beowulf and the water witch he defeated. I can see characters that fight world tyranny (as Lewis himself witnessed through two world wars). And I also see a story of a young man whose mind was so twisted by grief and self blame that he gave up all hope of finding the life he knew before his own enslavement.

Please please please read this book to your kids! Don't let them grow up thinking that life begins and ends with the Kardashians!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenjens
Jill Pole is crying at school one day because of the bullies. Before she is finished crying, however, a boy bumps into her. His name is Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he is the cousin of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie. Just a year ago, he went on a sea adventure with Edmund and lucy, and came back a changed boy. This adventure is called 'The voyage of "The Dawn Treader"'. He and Jill decide to ask Aslan, the Great Lion, to bring them into Narnia. Just as they are asking, the bullies start to chase them, and they scramble up to a door which is usually locked, and leads out onto the moor. They try the handle, and the door opens, revealing, not the moor, but a sunny forest, with brightly colored birds singing very difficult, advanced music. They soon realize that they are on a very high mountain, higher than any mountain in our world. Then Eustace falls over the cliff, and a lion runs to the edge and starts blowing... This story shows that it is better to trust God's plan than you're own. When the children, with a serious, not overly-cheerful-Marshwiggle, meet a green lady, with a silent knight, tell them of The Gentle Giants of Harfang Castle, the children stop thinking of what Aslan told them to do, and because it is winter, all they can think of is getting to the giant's castle. Then they find that the giant's are going to... but you'll have to read it yourself. I think that the Marshwiggle is my favorite character. I reccomend this story to everyone of every age-

Laura Andrews
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
siddharth dhakad
Would you mistake this fantasy for a child's book? As a young teen, I never noticed the rich threads woven in this volume. There is, for instance, the theme of forgetting one's identity and purpose; while Prince Rilian is the obvious plot point and personification, it is demonstrated in Jill and Eustace throughout the story. Let's try the theme of second and third chances, and "all things working together for good": we see in Jill and Eustace's blunders the profits of the struggle. Finally, over and again, is the dogged perseverance: "'Friends,' said the Prince, `when once a man is launched on such an adventure as this, he must bid farewell to hopes and fears, otherwise death or deliverance will both come too late to save his honour and his reason.'" And yet, Lewis does not preach--he merely lays open the vast land of Truth in the door called Narnia.

Also apparent in this volume of the Chronicles of Narnia are Lewis' rich literary enhancements: in Prince Rilian is the figure of Hamlet, except as Hamlet would have been and struggled in the land of Narnia. Plato's cave from the Republic manifests itself both in the physical environment of the underworld, and transposes itself in Puddleglum's moving speech ("I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia") that dashes the evil Witch's attempts at Enchantment. There are many more, for the iceberg that is Lewis runs deep.

Finally, in this volume, congruent with the other Chronicles, is a disturbingly militant Good-a Good won by violence, healing by the shedding of blood, a Good that does not negotiate or cower at the Experiment House, and a Good that demands of children: "that you seek this lost Prince until either you have found him and brought him to his father's house, or else died in the attempt, or else gone back into your own world."

The plot and devices, descriptions and dialogue, are wonderful for the younger sojourners in life; but the story was written for the old folks.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nalitta
This book is amply-summarized in other reviews on this page. As an adult who is reading all seven Narnia books aloud to my children, I'll just take this opportunity to cast my "4-star" vote. Gone are our favorites: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Thrust to the fore is the uncomfortably familiar but redeemed Eustice. And now introduced to us are new names: Jill, Puddleglum, and Rilian. Puddleglum, the pessimistic but vitally resourceful he-frog, is a crowd pleaser. The usual Narnia themes of good vs. evil, human moral frailty, and the invisible but ultimate control of Aslan (the Son of God), are all here. Whereas "The Horse and His Boy" gave us the stifling desert and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" took us across a vast unexplored ocean, "The Silver Chair" takes us underground to a vast world of inner space. There are other interesting twists on reality, like the world of extreme (and man-eating) giants. Lewis' rye commentary on bull**** educational systems (e.g., "Experiment House") is delightful. Finally, Lewis' choice to reveal another dimension of Aslan in this book is to give us a glimpse of his home - the mountain paradise. As with the other Narnia books, save Books No. 1 or 2, this book really would not make a lot of sense unless you've read the others in the series. If, on the other hand, you've read the five books up to this point - then you will surely read this anyway!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
diah adelia
The Silver Chair is a wonderful book from the Chronicles on Narnia series. After me having not read a Narnia book in so long, this was like coming home again, having a re-introduction, a breath of magical Narnian air.

Eustace and his school buddy Jill stumble into Narnia, and are given a request from Aslan to complete a mission: to rescue Prince Rillian, son of King Caspian.

All in all, a good plot with a challenge set forth for the characters to complete. A general good vs. evil storyline. And Aslan reigns over all.

Loved it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tasha
In this adventure, Eustace returns with a school friend named Jill. A big part of this book is that the children must learn to trust Aslan no matter what. He gave them specific signs to look for, but they failed to follow them at first. I did enjoy this book, but I would have to say it is the most predictable one of the series. Some things were so clear to me right away, but the characters took forever to realize it.

One thing I really liked about this book was that Eustace is not as annoying as he was in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. His last adventure in Narnia really has changed him for the better. He is an all around better person.

Besides being predictable, The Silver Chair, is a fun and exciting read. I enjoyed following Eustace and Jill throughout Narnia. It was kind of sad to see Caspian as an old man, though, but it turns out great for him in the end. The adventure to find the lost Prince was fun and exciting. I love the fantasy aspect of these series, and I am definitely looking forward to reading these books again in the future.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
vanessa araujo
"The Silver Chair" was the fourth book published in the Narnia Chronicles, but chronologically is the second last in the series and is published as such by most modern publishers. The story revolves around cousin Eustace (a familiar face from "Prince Caspian") and his classmate Jill Pole. Eustace and Jill narrowly escape school bullies and find themselves in Narnia. In Narnia, Aslan himself commissions them on a quest to find Caspian's missing son and heir, prince Rilian, who has been abducted by an evil witch posing as a beautiful woman and a horrible green snake. They are joined in their quest by Puddleglum, a charming Marsh-wiggle whose extreme pessimism ( "he's always expecting the worst and he's always wrong" p.93) is matched by his bravery. Together they escape the perils of giants, and by rescuing Rilian from his enchantment in the Underworld and restoring him to his father, they prevent the Green Lady from by achieving her evil ambitions in becoming Narnia's queen.
As with all the Narnia Chronicles, on the level of children the story functions as a perfectly comprehensible and exciting fantasy adventure, but on an adult level it imparts powerful spiritual truths about Christianity by means of numerous recognizable Biblical allusions. Lewis intended "The Silver Chair" to portray the ongoing war against the powers of darkness. He emphasizes the truth of Deuteronomy 6 that in this war the signs of God's Word need to be carefully remembered and obeyed: "And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your minds from following the signs ... it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters." (p.24-26). Failing to follow these signs makes the task more difficult, but not impossible. These failures, however, constitute sin, which is clearly portrayed as the fault of man: "We must just own up" (p.123) and "We've brought the anger of Aslan on us. That's what comes of not attending to the signs." (p.132) The only solution is to drink from Christ the living water, for there is no other source of water apart from him "There is no other stream" (p.20-21). There are also strong allusions to the doctrine of predestination: "You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you." (p.23) "There *are* no accidents. Our guide is Aslan; and he was there when the giant King caused the letters to be cut, and he knew already all things that would come of them; including *this*." (p.160)
As always, in all the upheavals and conflicts of Narnia, Aslan is the one constant, and it is his vital involvement that enables the children to complete their Narnian quest, just as it is Christ who inspires, comforts, guides, and saves in the real world. Narnia may exist only in Lewis imagination and ours, but these underlying truths about Christ ensure that a journey to Narnia is never without profit for the real world.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
nannie bittinger
C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair (HarperCollins, 1953)

In the sixth installment of the Chronicles of Narnia, we have bid farewell to the Pevensies altogether, leaving us with Eustace. What a bad idea that was, but Lewis balances Eustance, whiny little brat that he is, with Jill Pole, a schoolmate of Eustace's who's a bit more levelheaded (though she's obviously shaken by her first taste of Narnia, as anyone would be). In any case, when Eustace and Jill get back to Narnia, it's been quite a while, as it usually has. Caspian is an old, old man, on the verge of death, and his son Rilian has been missing for the past decade. Aslan sets Eustace and Jill to look for him, with all the adventures thereto. While there's a good deal of adventure, etc., which has always been the core of the Narnia books, the lack of Pevensies is somewhat daunting given how effete Eustace is and how long it takes Jill to get her head around Narnia and start behaving like a proper adventurer. One of the series' weaker books, though nowhere near as much a drag as The Magician's Nephew. ***
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
samara
The silver chair, book six in the chronicles of Narnia, is a story about problem solving and determination. The book starts out as a girl named Jill pole and a boy named Eustace Scrubb find there way into Narnia after running from the school bullies and entering through a door that takes them away to a new world.

After they get there they have some misfortune and Jill ends up alone. She finds a lion named Aslan who is the guardian of this new world. He then instructs them that they have to find Prince Rilian who is heir to the throne before his father king Caspian dies.

On there journey they find a completely different world from there own, filled with talking animals, dwarfs and centaurs. And they also face some pretty crazy experiences like sneaking out of a castle, meeting up with a marshwiggle, (a half man half frog) named puddleglum, escaping from man eating giants and ending up at an enchanted underground world.

This is a great book which I would recommend this book for all ages and is must read. Even though it is a fairly easy read it gets better every time even for the older bunch. On my scale this book gets an "A".
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dita
Although Eustace was quite the annoying little bugger of a character in the 3rd book (Dawn Treader), to the extent that it made that book less enjoyable, his character showed a nice improvement in this book and showed not just personal redemption but also, frankly, made the book more tolerable.

The lands CS Lewis created in this book rival the curious islands of the 3rd book, although most of the really creative lands occur near the end of the book with the gnomes from the Land of Bism in an even lower underworld than where much of the story occurs. There is a great description by the gnomes of Bism of that land and we will have to see if the movie (in a couple of years) explores that land further than the book just to have fun with cool CGI effects. Meanwhile, the mind can imagine some pretty cool lands down under.

Be sure to notice the names of the characters and how they fit their personalities - fun little touches. To give just one example, Puddleglum is appropriate - even when he's trying to be optimistic he's "glum".

The one tough part (a caution for younger readers) is that the main human characters also have nicknames and CS Lewis goes back and forth between their real and nicknames. It confused me somewhat when first reading this book some 30 years ago, and recently rereading it I had to remember to be careful here and not think there are more main characters running around.

This 4th book in the series should be read quickly after the 3rd book - definitely not before or huge amounts of the storyline will be lost. Although the "Chronicles" is not in strict chronological order, reading this 4th book without having read the 3rd will be confusing at best.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kaycee kendall
In the 4th published novel of the Narnian Chronicles we meet Eustace and his friend Jill. As they try and flee from school bullies they find themselves in Narnia decades after the events in 'the Voyage of the Dawn Treader'. Aslan asks them to seek Caspian's son, Prince Rilian, who has been missing for many years after disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Their journey takes them through ruined cities, encountering giants, and ultimately descending to the Underlands.

'The Silver Chair' is the best of the series yet. The opening chapter allows Lewis to make comments on modern education in the same way he poked fun at modern parenting in 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader'.It also introduces one of the most appealing supporting characters in the ever pessismistic Puddleglum. The main theme here is faith. Faith in Aslan's instructions even if they don't make sense at the time. Faith to believe even under the spells of the Green Witch. 'The Silver Chair' is also the book that should put to rest the tired meme that CS Lewis was sexist, since the main protagonist of the story is Jill.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rujeko
The Silver Chair is a wonderful book from the Chronicles on Narnia series. After me having not read a Narnia book in so long, this was like coming home again, having a re-introduction, a breath of magical Narnian air.

Eustace and his school buddy Jill stumble into Narnia, and are given a request from Aslan to complete a mission: to rescue Prince Rillian, son of King Caspian.

All in all, a good plot with a challenge set forth for the characters to complete. A general good vs. evil storyline. And Aslan reigns over all.

Loved it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lindsay hunter
The Silver Chair (1953) is a children's fantasy novel, the fourth in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. The reformed Eustace, along with his classmate Jill, are summoned to Narnia to rescue the now-aged King Caspian's only son.

The Silver Chair is a solid adventure, and, with its structure and content (giants, caverns, witches and such), is reminiscent of traditional fairy tales. On the downside, the story turns on a couple of rather predictable twists (they may be predictable even to children, at least to children who have, as Lewis might say, "read the right sort of books"), and there really isn't much of a climax.

Lewis always has moral themes going on, but here, they're particularly good. Eustace and Jill have to learn hard lessons in accountability and personal responsibility. The related theme of faithful obedience in the face of death is powerfully done: Eustace and Jill struggle the whole time, in sharp contrast to Prince Rilian, whose faith is summed up when he says, "Aslan will be our good lord, whether he means us to live or die. And all's one, for that." Lewis also continues to take shots at "modern" values by setting up his "Experiment House" school and then blasting it mercilessly; this assault is unapologetically obvious.

The characters are well done here: Eustace continues his struggle toward maturity. Jill, in contrast to the always positive but not particularly capable Lucy, is (and becomes) a competent and practical character. Puddleglum, the wettest of all blankets, is a nice supporting character (thankfully Lewis doesn't overdo it with him). And Rilian's simple but unshakeable faith is impressive.

The Silver Chair is a solid entry in the series, even if the moral themes pack more punch than the story itself.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kdouglas49
C.S. Lewis' "The Silver Chair" is another great episode in the Chronicles of Narnia. It tells the ongoing story of Eustace Scrubb (my favorite human character in the Narnian stories). This time Eustace and his friend Jill must find and rescue Prince Rillian of Narnia, King Caspian's son.
The Silver Chair operates on so many levels. It is an allegory of Man's interaction with and failure to obey God. It is an argument against the Naturalistic worldview. It is a story of journey and friendship. Most importantly, it is a ripping good tale.
In "The Silver Chair" Lewis introduces us to the often mentioned but never explored (until now) northern countries of his Narnian world. The children are guided by Puddleglum--a Marshwiggle (and also my favorite of the Narnian characters in all the books). Puddleglum was based off of Lewis' own rather frank and earthy gardener. He makes for an unforgettable character.
The children and Puddleglum are faced with exceedingly hard and dangerous challenges along the way. Fortunately, they are never really alone in their trials.
"The Silver Chair" contains some of the best literary imagery in the whole Narnian series. It also features some of the best dialogue in all the chronicles. One cannot overstate the sense of wonder in this story. It is another great chapter in the history of Narnia.
I give "The Silver Chair" my highest recommendation.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
robert hultman
I absolutely love this book!

It's one of my favorites of the saga.

The moment when the heroes are resisting the spell of the witch is something I've re read lots of times. It encourages my faith so much.

I think mr. Lewis reflected part of his struggle with doubt through this chapter. Then, he faces the entire thing with this phrase I even have in my room as a beautiful reminder of who my Lord is:

“I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia”.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
becca kaplan
People frequently make the mistake of considering any book that is about children, that is written in a style accessible to children, or told in a narrative voice that is speaking as to children to be a "children's story", and dismissing it as irrelevant to adults. When they do so, they miss out on some of the most enjoyable reading experiences available. This book, indeed this whole series, falls into that category, just as do "The Hobbit", by J.R.R. Tolkein, "Peter Pan", by James Barrie, and "Alice In Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass", by Lewis Carrol, among others.
Like all the Narnia books, this one is an exciting adventure in another world, with 8-12 year old children as the main characters. Also like all the Narnia books, it isn't hard to find the Christian allegory and symbolism a very short way beneath the surface of the story. Some non-Christians find this distracting and off-putting; mostly, it doesn't bother me. Certainly, Christians should find the books marvellous. But I will say that there was one minor flaw in this book, which again was not unique in the Narnia books to this one, but seemed more extreme in this case: Lewis revealed that he was, in fact, a rather serious sexist by modern standards, although I daresay that by the standards of his day, he was probably better than most. I say this not because the villain is a woman and a witch (if women CAN'T be taken seriously as villains, that would certainly be sexist) nor even because the female villain is (A) beautiful and (B) powerful, but because it is taken as obvious that there is something wrong with Prince Rilian, since clearly there must be something wrong with any man who is willing to be ruled by his lady. This was a distraction, but given when this book was written, I suppose it's just one of those things that we need to wince at, shrug, and be certain when reading the story to our kids, they don't absorb the attitude as correct.
I have now read all the books in the series save "The Last Battle", and would rate this one above only "Voyage of the Dawn Treader", but it's no insult to be ranked below all of the others.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sequoia
I have to admit I wasn't expecting to enjoy the read as much as I did The Magician's Nephew or The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. But honestly, I truly did enjoy the read. I had become attached to Lucy, Susan, Edmund, and Peter. But Eustace and his new friend, Jill, won me over.

I liked in the beginning how Aslan appears and sets the story, showing Jill the error of her ways. I enjoyed reading about the giants they first see and laughing about what they do. And it was quite clever of C.S. Lewis to include the lady and the knight. I guess, I wasn't quick enough to make a connection there. Then the underground people is quite neat. I was kind of scared of them, thinking they were really mean and all. But all of my quick judgements had definitely changed in the end.

I also like how some old characters from other Narnia books are brought into the story and how the connection is made. It is another book that I am glad I took the time to read. It is a nice addition to the Narnia Tales.

Thanks.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cassie norton
This, the sixth installment of the Chronicles of Narnia series (though it was published fourth), is quite a bit different than previous books in the series. This novel follows the adventures of Eustace (from the Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and Jill, a new girl, as they try to free the prince Rilian (Caspian's son) from the clutches of an evil enchantress. Last time Eustace was in Narnia, Caspian was a young man, but now he is old and decrepit, and mourns the loss of his son. There is much more action in the plot of this book, and many more adventures than in previous books in the series. There are many new types of creatures introduced (the Marsh-wiggles and Underworlders, for example) and several new characters.
Like the other novels in this series, the Silver Chair is very well-written and enjoyable. It is accessible for children as well as adults, and can provide entertainment to people of any age. Christian references run rampant here, especially with Aslan as a Christ figure (he uses his blood to perform healing and rejuvenation). Besides being a sort of Christian allegory, this book also comments on the school system, and points out the absurdity of `modern' private schools who don't even teach their students that they are sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. The Chronicles of Narnia are timeless classics, both for their literary and narrative value and for the just plain good values they teach.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
delores orcutt
This is the 4th book in the Chronicles of Narnia based upon the publishing date chronology or the 6th book based upon Narnian chronology. Sadly, there are no more Pevensies in Narnia, but then the Chronicles were never really about them. We do, however, meet Eustace Scrubb again (the Pevensies' cousin) and Jill Pole who are school mates at Experimental House. This is a school where "Bibles were not encouraged." Lewis's interesting social commentaries can be found throughout the series.

Aslan calls the children to Narnia as the story follows the rather familiar archetype of characters going on an adventure and returning changed. This time it is Jill's turn to be changed. Scrubb, as he is mainly called, and Jill meet a marsh-wiggle who aids them in their attempt to free Prince Rilian from the Emerald Witch.

"The Silver Chair" is a quick read, with much value in the story and even greater value between the lines. The spiritual aspect of the story is deeply ingrained and thought-provoking. This book is for adults just as much as it is for children.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
laura graves
By the time this book takes place, Eustace has almost shirked his old snotty self and become, like Edmund, a valiant young man. Introduced is Jill, the newest Daughter of Eve to be catapulted into Narnia, landing in Aslan's world with her own baggage and set of peculiar hang-ups and problems. Let the transformations begin!

This is probably the darkest and gloomiest of the Narnian Chronicles, most of it taking place in an subteranean world of gnomes and lightless creatures. The visit to the land of the giants is also a somewhat scary span of chapters, with betrayal and helplessness being central themes. But of course good old Aslan has a path for the children to follow and a valuable lesson for them to learn, though the two adventurers find it almost impossible to carry it out as they were instructed too. A trmendously well thought out fantasy story which imparts much understanding about religion and about how God works his magic in our world.

J. Lyon Layden

The Other Side of Yore
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
peter rolfes
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis is a mix of fantasy, adventure, and a little bit of mystery. This book is part of the great amazing Narnia series. Although it has not won any awards, it should have won the Newbery.

This book takes place in a world where school has no rules and small kids are tortured, and, to make it worse, no one cares. It's been like this a long time, but when two school children named Jill and Eustace are taken into Narnia, their world changes. Narnia is a fantasy world where animals talk and there are elves,giants and more. when Jill and Eustace are taken into Narnia they are given a task to find a lost prince. Will they find him, or will they fail.

I recommend this book for fantasy, adventure and mystery lovers. when C.S. Lewis uses voice it speaks to you. His sentences flow like a river and his word choice is exquisite.

Again C.S. Lewis will draw you into this amazing book. Unlike most books this one has a world you'll never forget. I rate this book, and the whole Narnia series, a 4 out of 5 stars!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
marcus conge
I felt that The Silver Chair gave better character arcs to the "son and daughter of Adam and Eve" than some of the other Narnia books. The focus of the book seemed to be shared between the children, Eustace and Jill, as well as the quest - instead of focusing on the quest alone. Also, the Marsh-wiggle is a well drawn character and pretty unique from Lewis' other personalities in Narnia.
Like the other books in the series, this one continues to touch the surface of the adventures and explanations, but I felt it was more complete than some of the other books in the series. Perhaps I'm just getting more used to Lewis' writing style.
As always though we are taken to wonderful new places and meet interesting new characters, and visits from old friends are always met with a warm heart. Certain parts were somewhat sad, but most of it was happily addressed at the end.
Aslan is always very magnificent! And I found myself very much enjoying the adventures and the characters throughout the book!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
adrienne
THE SILVER CHAIR, the 5th book in C.S. Lewis' THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series and the 4th one published, leaves behind the stories of the Pevensie children and moves instead to their cousin Eustace Clarence Scrubb (whose name fits his character as well as possible) and another social outcast at The Experiment House school. A lot has changed for the better in Eustace's character since he voyaged with King Caspian on the Dawn Treader. Everyone has noticed the change, but many of the school mockers/bullies don't see it as an improvement. When he and Jill Pole find themselves being chased by Them (the school bully squad) behind the gymnasium, they sneak up into the trees hoping that for once the gate to the outside of the school will be unlocked. Luckily for them, it is.

On the other side of the gate is Narnia and the great Lion, Aslan, waiting for them beside a river and an unimaginably high cliff in Aslan's Country. Aslan gives them a mission and 4 signs they must follow to complete it. King Caspian's son Rilian has gone missing, his wife has been murdered, the sighting of a mysterious snake is the only clue, and all who have journeyed to find and rescue him have disappeared without a trace. Eustace and Jill have no time to waste if they are going to follow Aslan's signs and rescue Rilian. Little do they know that on their journey they will encounter Marsh-wiggles, giants, ruined underground cities, dark caves, underground lakes, mysterious messages, valleys of the dead, Father Time, and a conspiracy to take over Narnia.

As quality goes, the series is so good that this installment has to go to the bottom of the list. Aside from the short opening chase scene, the action takes nearly 100 pages to develop, as much of the beginning of the book is spent in background exposition through dialogue. This, of course, moves the story along, but not with any sort of intrigue, suspense, mystery, fear, emotions, or anything remarkable as far as plot and character development go. Just when I thought the book might end up a complete flop, the story does redeem itself, though not nearly enough to join the other books in the quality department. The action picks up, the famed subtext appears (especially the thought that Aslan is able to use the children in spite of their human failings), the characters begin their transition from 2D to 3D, and Lewis' creativity and fantastic mind return. Hang in there with this one because the end does finally make the journey worth the read.

--- Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
spencer sloe
As the Narnia Chronicles draw to a close this book introduces new characters and has suspense, humor, pathos and adventure. It is the penultimate novel to the series and I fond it entertaining and lots of fun, I recommend it wholeheartedly and am looking forward to reading the final book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenn brandi
Although I wore out a copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was younger, The Silver Chair(SC) has grown on me since then(and I re-evaluate my rankings each year.) Even without identifying with the nastiness Eustace and Jill deal with at the book's fringes, I can recognize great characterization done well in such a short time.
SC starts in the terrible school that helped make Eustace so in need of change in the precluding Narnia book, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Now that he has changed, there are rumors he may need to be 'attended to.' He meets behind a gym with a crying Jill Pole, who has just been 'attended to,' and trusts her with how Narnia has changed him, suggesting they try to go back. After all, Eustace's cousins weren't allowed back, but no-one said he couldn't. They manage to get there.
But no-one is allowed into Narnia without a task, and theirs is to rescue a Prince who has been lost for ten years, with his father dying and no-one to inherit the throne. Despite given four signs to watch for by Aslan, the lion that poses as a God-figure for the Narnia series, they botch a few early and get to squabbling. Only their chosen companion Puddleglum, perhaps the most compelling nonhuman character in the series(a Marsh-Wiggle: ganglier and taller than humans and unflinchingly ironic to the point of eliciting "but we can" comments by poker-faced complaints) keeps them together. They hardly feel like heroes as they go through snow and the underworld. There are two telling moments of trust at the end--after several other people have broken their trust--and the escape from the underworld is dramatic.
Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole don't sound like heroic names, and they make plausible mistakes more regularly than the four siblings of earlier books--Eustace even has to face that she's adapted better than he did to Narnia. And even Puddleglum shows some errors in judgement. But the book never moralizes on this. What also separates this book from the other Narnia chronicles in my mind is how Lewis uses the end of the book. I found I didn't want to let go. By throwing in some Narnian culture(i.e. a reason why Narnia was particularly worth saving) and meetings with old friends and a reckoning of sorts at the nasty school, Lewis gives us more of what we want.
Then there are the parts I can't spoil, like seeing old friends as you don't exactly expect them, or realizing you've made a mistake and need to face up to it, having to reassess the meaning behind people's actions(for better or worse) or when your mistakes have fortunate positive side-effects, and Lewis never dwells on all this. There's another interesting example to run off to.
I'd recommend buying all the Narnias instead of just one book, as the whole set will be cheaper in the long run, as once you have one you'll probably want the rest. They all have Lewis's vivid imagination molded into accessible language, and although they're quick reads they encourage rereading. Even if you're not "a kid" the series is still worthwhile. When I reread the books on the bus people often say they're glad they're not the only ones still reading this sort of thing.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
shannon ziegler
Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb both attend the same school. They are picked on by bullies at the school and, while running away from them, find that they are pulled into another world. They emerge high atop a mountain with a sheer cliff to their side. Eustace worries for Jill's safety, but in her arrogance in showing off and walking along the cliff, Eustace falls over. It is then that Jill is visited by a lion, Aslan, who tells her she has work to do and that he will blow her safely to Narnia, but she must listen and follow the signs he lays out for her to find the lost prince. Once in Narnia, Jill is reunited with Eustace, who was blown to safety by Aslan as well. Jill attempts to tell Eustace of her mission, but is quickly quieted by Eustace as he is more interested in the departure of King Caspian. They find it hard to follow the signs and stay on the path that Aslan set for them. Luckily, the come upon a Marsh-wiggle, Puddleglum, who is willing to travel with them and assist them on their journey.

Though the story and adventure to follow the signs and rescue the lost prince were ok, I find myself wishing this book would hurry up and end. I was not fond of Eustace in the last book and was even less so in this one. I disliked Jill Pole even more. The two characters bickered throughout the story and didn't listen to each other, to their detriment. What I hoped would be a fun character in Puddleglum turned out to be just another complainer to throw into the bunch since he always sees the worst in everything. Overall glad I read it, and will read the next in the series, but so far it's my least favorite.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
o uzhan zdemir
The book The Silver Chair, by C. S. Luis is a great adventure story that is part of a seven-book series. The story has two main characters; Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole. Eustace Scrubb is a schoolboy who goes to school at the Experiment House with Jill. He has actually been in Narnia before with his cousins; Lucy and Edmund. Jill Pole gets bullied around a lot at school, and didn't believe Eustace at first when he was trying to tell her about Narnia.
The book starts off at the Experiment House with Jill hiding behind a curtain crying because the bullies won't leave her alone. Eustace finds her and tells her about Narnia and how they might be able to get back there. At first Jill didn't believe him. Then bullies came in the room looking for her, so the made a dash for a door that isn't usually open but they tried it anyway because it was their only way of escape. To their surprise, the door was open, but not leading outside the school, but instead to Narnia.
Before I start telling you about Narnia and what happened there; I must give you some background information. The was a queen of Narnia (she was married to King Caspian the 10th) and she had a son named Prince Rilian. One day the queen and prince were out on a walk with some others. The queen was tired and decided to go asleep on the grass. The prince, not wanting to wake her, went off just a little way (so he could still see her) to play. After a little while they saw a green worm crawl out from the wood and bite her. The prince ran after the worm, but it got away. After a few minutes the queen was dead. After that the prince devoted his life to finding the worm and avenging it. After months of looking one of a lord suggested he stop looking for the worm. Prince Rilian told him for the past couple of weeks he no longer searched for the worm, but visited a lady in secret. The lord came with him one day and to his surprise, the lady was in the same spot where his mom died. She was a beautiful woman dressed all in green. The lord decided not to tell anyone because he thought there was no harm in it. The next day, the prince never returned from his journey.
They stepped into Narnia and found they were on the edge of a cliff. Eustace was afraid of heights and just stood there in shock. When he got away from the edge, Jill walked up even closer to the edge, trying to show off, and found she couldn't move and almost fell of the edge but Eustace saved her, and while doing so fell off the edge himself! The next thing Jill knew she was lying down in the same spot with a huge lion (Aslan, the `Jesus' of Narnia) next to her blowing at something. Then she was Eustace floating, getting higher and farther away from her. She was terrified and very thirsty. Aslan soon left and she found her strength again to lift her-self up to go find some water. She finally found a stream, but Aslan was lying next to it. He said to her, "If you are thirsty, come and drink." She was to petrified to move, but eventually found her courage to go get a drink. He told her he needed her help. She was to, along with Eustace, find the lost Prince Rilian. He gave her signs and directions to recognize the prince; "First; as soon as the Boy Eustace sets foot in Narnia, he will meet an old and dear friend. He must greet that friend at once; if he does, you will both have good help. Second; You must journey out of Narnia to the north till you come to a ruined city of ancient giants. Third; you will find writing on a stone in that ruined city, and you must do what the writing tells you. Fourth; You will know the lost prince (if you find him) by this, that he will be the first person you have met in your travels who will ask you to do something in my name, in the name of Aslan."
Aslan soon blew her to where Eustace landed, and shortly afterwards, and owl came to them and told Trumpkin, the dwarf in charge, that they were there. He gave them good beds, food, ands baths. Jill was just about to go to bed when the same owl (Glimfeather) came tapping on her window and told her he would help them as much as the owls could, then went to tell Eustace the same. Glimfeather flew them both to the owls' meeting spot and got help from another owl to fly them to a Puddleglum's house.
Puddleglum is a marsh-wiggle, which is kind of like a very gloomy person, who always looks at the downside of things. He travels with them their whole journey. They started their journey north the next day. After a couple days of walking they came across what at first looked like boulders, then Jill noticed how they might look kind of like giants at night, then one moved. After a while they came to a bridge and decided to cross it. While they were crossing it they met a beautiful woman dressed in green riding along with a knight. She recommended the gentle giants' city near by to lodge in. After some arguing, they decided to take her advice.
When they arrived they were welcomed and treated nicely. Puddlegum tried to stay on the look out, but he got a little drunk and barely even knew who he was. It turned out the giants actually wanted to eat them, and kept them there for the Autumn Feast coming up. Will they ever escape? If they do, will they find Prince Rilian? To find out read the book The Silver Chair.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sujith prathap
Very charming tale into the heart on Narnia. This is the fifth Narnia book I have read, and one of my favorites, my others being The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Magician's Nephew.

This tells the story of Eustace returning to Narnia, bringing his friend Jill, and they receive a task from the wonderful Aslan, with the help of Puddleglum, one of my favorite characters. He is so charming, despite, or because because of, his pessimistic comments. A true comic gem.

This book is filled with memorable scenes, such as the guild of Owls, and the truly frightening sequence at the Gentle Giants house, and the underground cities sound truly captivating.

A good read, charming and fantastic. Good allegory, and the message of the children who become lost on their way is a good metaphor for life.

Some of the conservative social commentary, and the Witch being a beautiful woman, and the root of all evil, sometimes seem a little too conservatively Christian for me. But besides that, the Narnia books have a good moral, and good characters doing good things, under the guidance of the great Aslan.

The scene where the witch makes them question their belief in Aslan is very powerful, and reminds me of people being questioned in their faith in God, and Goodness.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kena
These reviews are excellent, but no one seems to be clear on whether they are reviewing the BBC Movie or the book itself. Let me try to make clear some of the differences between the two.

Reviewers have not commented much on this fact, but THE SILVER CHAIR as a story plainly belongs to the Emerald Witch. She is by far the greatest of C.S. Lewis' Narnia villains. Unlike the cold, lifeless White Witch, and the bumbling slapstick Queen Jadis, the Emerald Witch is an alluring, sophisticated, outwardly charming woman. It's easy to understand why Prince Rilian would fall deeply in love with her, with or without enchantment. It's just a shame this is a children's book and none of the witch's wiles can truly be shown in context!

In the BBC movie, the Emerald Witch is played by Barbara Kellerman, and she does full justice to the character. Kellerman has just the right sort of dark, warm beauty, combined with a hint of cold malice, and great outer charm. She deserves at least as much praise as Tom Baker's Puddleglum.

One of the huge problems with the movie, as opposed to the book, is that the luxury and comfort of Harfang Castle is largely glossed over and ignored. It's important to see that both the Emerald Witch and the Gentle Giants represent fleshly temptation, not mere brute violence. The movie misses much of that, so that the children's weakness is a lot harder to grasp.

Since there are no large battle scenes or other conflicts to make the story interesting, the loss of most of what happens at Harfang really weakens the story. The BBC movie overall is much colder, more prosaic, and less full of light and color than Lewis' original book. But Barbara Kellerman is stunning!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
shiva devy
In The Silver Chair we return to Narnia with Eustace Scrubb (the tag-along cousin of the Pevensie's in Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Some time has passed since Dawn Treader and Eustace is at a boarding school. As the book begins, he's just run across a classmate Jill Pole who's crying after being bullied. They are commiserating together about how awful school is and how nice it would be to get away. Eustace starts romanticizing his times in Narnia and before long the two children want to go there. At the same time, the group of bullies is rapidly approaching to continuing their bullying efforts. They find themselves cornered by a door that is always locked. In desperation they try the handle, and it is surprisingly unlocked...and whisks them away to Narnia.

Like the previous books, Eustace and Jill are a bit disoriented and unsure of their location upon arriving. In this instance, they aren't in the kingdom of Narnia but rather high high high up in the kingdom of Aslan Himself. This introduction to the world seemed more unique than some of the other entrances to this mystical land. Eustace and Jill find themselves perched on a cliff so high that they aren't entirely sure what they're looking at below them. They encounter Aslan and are given a quest before being blown off (quite literally) to the kingdom of Narnia.

Aslan gives the children a quest to find and return the long lost prince. We learn that the prince is the son of Prince Caspian from the previous two adventures. Eustace is a little dismayed that he didn't get to talk to Caspian and he's also surprised to find that Caspian is now an old man on the verge of death. We learn that the prince went missing after seeking revenge for his mother's death. Many quests were undertaken to find him, but years later there has been no success.

The children seek allies to help in their quest and are guided into the company of a Marsh Wiggle named Puddleglum. I loved the character of Puddleglum. First of all, the Marsh Wiggle creature characteristics are fun in themselves just physically. As a character Puddleglum is a lot of fun because of his personality and the way he interacts with everything. To some degree, he seems to be the eternal pessimist, always imagining the worst possible outcomes to any situation. At the same time, he often finds the most realistic perspective (once you shave away some of the more unlikely scenarios). He also has a bravery and insight that really helps the kids out along the way.

As part of their instructions, Aslan provided certain signs that would help them on their way. They continually "muff up" finding or recognizing the signs until it's too late. Naturally this makes the adventure a lot more interesting, but it certainly frustrates matters for the group.

As the kids encounter various people, creatures and clues along their way most of the time I found the encounters to be fairly predictable (even though the kids and Puddleglum didn't immediately jump to the obvious conclusion). Still, the encounters were pretty fun. There were a lot of different elements and adventures throughout the story. Each new area was unique and interesting.

I found it interesting that we make our way almost to the very end of the book before we come upon the source of the title...The Silver Chair. While it played a key element in the story, I really would like to have had a little more development of the Chair. To learn more about it. To perhaps have found another object, weapon or item that used the same magic as the Chair. I really found it to be very interesting. I also loved the final confrontation with the witch. That whole scene was lightly suspenseful and creepy the way she wrapped them in her spell.

After the successful conclusion of the adventure, I was a little surprised at the sort of postlogue encounter with Aslan and Caspian. As far as the plot of the story, it was completely unnecessary, but it did provide the author with a chance to expand his allegorical allusions. I felt like the God allegories for Aslan were more heavy handed than they'd been in previous books. Granted, there were some pretty overt situations in the earlier books as well, but this time it felt like Lewis was pulling the curtain back even a little farther in case you didn't happen to catch on earlier. He doesn't explicitly say anything overly religious, but the allegory felt even more straightforward to me in this book than it had in the earlier novels.

I really enjoyed this story. As I said, I found a number of the elements to be predictable and I would liked to have seen some elements (especially the Chair) to have been developed a bit more. But overall, this was a lot of fun. I especially loved the characterizations in this book, particularly Puddleglum. They were super fun.

This is a great addition to the Narnia adventures and makes me look forward to the conclusion in The Last Battle.

****
4 out of 5 stars
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
cristi
The Silver Chair was an excellent read filled with action, adventure, and peril. The tale starts out with two Adolescents named Jill Pole and Eustice Scrubb. They are about to get whisked away to the magical land of Narnia. A secret mission is given to them by the ruler of the land, Aslan the great lion. Their job is to rescue the prince Rilian of Narnia, who is said to have been killed on a hunting trip, years and years ago. With the help of their new friend Puddleglum the Marsh Wiggle, Pole and Scrubb will go through a series of challenges which will test their friendship and their faith in Aslan, the most essential part of their mission (for reasons I can't spoil for you all). From fighting through blizzards, to fording ice cold rivers, to escaping from the flooding of an underground fortress, this is a great book from start to finish.

Right from the beginning, I could tell that this would be a great book. C.S. Lewis has done a phenomenal job with this book. I would never have thought that he could surpass the other books in the series, but he did. Pole and Scrubb go everywhere. There's a big "Lord of the rings" type journey thorough the mountains, a "Jack and the bean stock" style of escaping a castle, they even go underground into the heart of Narnia, a little C.S. Lewis "Original twist".

There is absolutely no way to guess where prince Rilian is until the answer is upon you. All hope is lost until BAM! The children find the missing piece to the puzzle, they solve the riddles, and they find that they were closer to the answer then ever before. I personally thought that they were going to die. They get trapped underground by a powerful witch. There's about 100,000 earth men that are against them as well, I didn't see hope. I can't say what happens but I'll say this, it turns out good.

In Conclusion, The Silver chair was a great and epic tale. I recommend reading the other Chronicles of Narnia first. Seeing as this book is the sixth installment to the series, it's very hard to understand without the background information. If you like the Lord of the Rings, you've got to read this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tarek hussein
It is perplexing to share comments about a Narnia book because so many people have pre-existing opinions. Some will opine that they are pious pamphlets; and, true, I have seen them sold in Christian bookstores. Many folks shy away from reading them since most bookstores stock them in the children's section. Be that as it may I personally was very surprised how well written they are compared with what passes for fantasy literature today. Stories about human beings being transported to another reality are one of the standard topics of the science fiction/fantasy genre. Fortunately Lewis dispenses with the pseudo scientific clap-trap most authors use to "explain' how this happened. A wardrobe, a train station, a painting of a ship or a opening in a stone wall no matter what is employed we all know that it's impossible so attributing it to a supernatural being like Aslan is as good as an explanation as any.
I found The Silver Chair a wonderful read. All the elements I found delightful in the three other Narnia books I have read were present: fantasy beings with human emotions, alien landscapes reminiscent of something out of a Lovecraft story and enigmatic statements and interactions with Aslan. I am still pondering the meaning and significance of the scene in the chapter "The Healing of Harms" when a dead King Caspian is resurrected with a drop of blood from Aslan.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
sawyer lovett
When Eustace and Jill are called back to Narnia for a new, and more challenging mission than ever before, their imaginations start to work. They find out that it is their duty to find and rescue the long lost Prince Rilian, who has been lost for ages. They must follow the clues left by the mystical lion ruler of Narnia, Aslan, and use their instinct and knowledge of the creatures that live there in order to crack the mystery of the long lost Prince. Their adventures take them through many challenges, secrets, and hair-raising moments to the underground land of the core of the Earth. Ruled by the evil Emerald Witch, the underground city is filled with despair, and the Price is under a terrible spell. With the help of Puddleglum, a funny and energetic Marshwiggle, the kids finally decode the clues left by Aslan and rush to save Rilian before it is too late. The children will learn to trust one-another, and the friends around them, as well as the majestic ruler of Narnia, Aslan. With action, adventure, and deception, The Silver Chair is a definite must for all Lewis fans. This book is one of the best in the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kylon
If you love action, adventure, and fantasy you will love The Silver Chair.

Enchanted by an evil witch, King Caspian's only son, Prince Rilian, is under an evil spell. Aslan, creator of Narnia and son of the Emperoer-across-the-sea, has called Eustace and Jill from England to save the prince. Jill and Eustace meet with a marsh-wiggle named Puddleglum, dodge Giants and save Rilian.

You really have to read#5 in the series to understand The Silver Chair.

Will Jill and Eustace save the Prince?

Is the Witch who she says she is?

Will the spell be broken?

Will Puddleglum ever get a positive attitude?

Read on to find out!

I highly recommend this book for people at least 10. Action-packed drama, humor, and suspence make this book worth reading!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
robert mood
The Silver Chair is about two young friends who escape into C.S. Lewis's glorious world of Narnia. They are immediately sent on an important mission and that's where the exciting adventure begins. The children encounter many obstacles during the quest and feel like aliens in this strange world, you'll have to read it to find out if they ever get back to our world!
This is truly a great fantasy book. If you like being swept away into a totally different world, this is the book for you. C.S. Lewis has such a wonderful way of describing Narnia and explaining what is going on to the reader. I would recommend it for both adults and kids and any fans of the Harry Potter series. If you like this book you might also like the other six books in the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. All in all, it was an incredible reading experience!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
morgan dragonwillow
If you don't like allegory, skip Narnia. But you are missing one of the best places, ever. What are you waiting for?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jason baldwin stephens
Jill, an ordinary school girl, can not stand being picked on. Then her friend Eustace tells her of a magical place called Narnia and how he wished he could be there... Jill and Eustace are planning thier trip to Narnia when the bullies come to fetch them. In a desperate attempt to flee Jill and Eustace find themselves in a place they thought they would never be, Narnia.But in a silly boast on the edge of a cliff, Jill makes Eustace fall.Then she comes face to face with a talking lion! How will she get out of this mess? What became of Eustace?

I liked Aslan's steps and ideas. The fauns and centaurs are cool two! The scenery is deseptive and the places are beautiful.

The actual prince Rilian and how he came into the story was pure brilliance. The great snow dance and it's rythm was graceful.

I didn't like the children's arrogance. They were too arrogant about beds to trust Aslan. In turn they had a whole lot harder time trying to follow the remaining signs.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jonathan gierman
The Silver Chair is one of the best books in the Chronicle series. If you love adventure, fun and worry, you'll love this book.I loved the dialogue alot. It has a good amount. You might need an adult to help you with the big words, but it still is a great book. I read it for school. My mom and I loved it. I liked the movie a little bit better. Sometimes C.S.Lewis uses too much description in his writing. You will probably not want to read it again, because there wouldn't be much suspense. This is the sixth book in the Chronicle series. Do not read it first, you will be confused.

It has some cool characters, Jill, Eustace and Puddlegum.(He is my favorite.)He is always bringing them down in a funny way. They come in to Narnia to find the lost prince. It is a great story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
zhanna
Though the Chronicles of Narnia books are written as a fairytale for children they follows C. S. Lewis's philosophy that, "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." Though children from our world are the main characters in this (and other) Narnia stories, the true hero is Aslan, The Great Lion and Son of the Emperor-Over-the-Sea. Aslan is clearly a Christ character and each book, besides being a fun fantasy story, explores a different aspect of His character. In this fourth book (by Lewis's original numbering) he reveals Aslan as the one who guides with his words that should be remembered and obeyed.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jesse hall
I re-read this along with the rest of the series after having read them several times as a kid. They're definitely for kids, but still fun to read as an adult especially being able to remember reading them as a kid.

Without any of the original characters from the first book, this one suffers. The plot also is not terribly exciting. The new characters introduced in this one aren't all that interesting. The marshwiggle is likeable and ok, but the giants, the earthmen, and the new witch aren't terribly compelling. The Prince also isn't as impressive as the Narnian royalty from other books. Having said all that, it's still a decent story, it just doesn't live up to some of the other books in the series.

If you're reading this series for the first time, be sure to read it in the correct order (starting with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) instead of the stupid order they are currently marketed in, as they will be much more enjoyable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
natalia trujillo
...and that's Puddleglum the Marshwiggle, of course! Puddleglum is one of my all-time favorite characters in children's literature, and because of this, I view "The Silver Chair" as one of the best entries in the Narnia series. C.S. Lewis really seems to have found his stride with this story--and it's a shame that he only wrote one more Narnia book ("The Last Battle," which, in my humble opinion, is the weakest in the series). Aside from the deliciously pessimistic Puddleglum, there are many marvelous details to relish in "The Silver Chair," including the parliament of owls, the citadel of giants, and good old Trumpkin the dwarf, who, alas, has grown quite deaf in this book. C.S. Lewis takes us below the surface of the earth in this tale, but really this is high adventure at it's best.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
patrick duggan
Eustace Scrubb returns for his second adventure in Narnia in "The Silver Chair," the first book (in the order they were written) without the Pevensie children along. Instead he brings a schoolmate, Jill Pole. In there assigned quest (by Aslan of-course), they are to search out and rescue the lost Prince Rilian, heir to King Caspian's Narnian throne. Along the way they are given a trusty and humorously pessimistic guide...Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle. They travel past the furthest northern reaches of Narnia in to the land of giants, and eventually stumble into a vast underground world nearly oblivious to the outside! Once again a marvelous piece of literature by C.S. Lewis, both as a work of fiction and also as containing some Christian metaphors.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cheryl garrison
This has got to be the best of the first four thus far, just beating The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The morals and themes throughout the book were held true to Lewis's style of writing. Where he lost track of what he was writing with Voyage of the Dawn Treader, in that he was throwing in too many little side adventures, he was able to keep focused and have a fluid story from beginning to end. Traveling through the land of giants and seeing them, eventually bawling because their hands are hurting (and not their heads!), was a fun scene.

I would most definitely recommend this one no matter what, not only for children but for adults as well. Lewis is true to form in this his best of the Narnia series thus far.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mscpotts
This book is part of The Chronicles of Narnia and involves the children Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole who come into Narnia through the work of Aslan while being chased by bullies at their school. Aslan charges the children with finding Prince Rilian who has disappeared years earlier and gives them four signs to help them in their quest. The fourth involves doing something in the name of Aslan. At one point they find themselves the guests of giants only to later discover that their status will change from guests to items on the menu and they make a difficult escape. The book is written simply but beautifully and is full of strange creatures to beguile and endear or to give one the creeps. Fun reading.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lucia garza
Eustace and Jill are called from their school to Narnia by Aslan for a task. King Caspian is old and his only son, Prince Rilian, has been taken hostage. Teaming up with the marsh-wiggle Puddleglum, they journey north from Narnia. But with winter fast approaching, their journey isn't easy. Not to mention the danger they face from giants and a stranger they meet. Will they remember to follow the signs Aslan gave them to help them on their way? Even if they do, can they save the prince?
I absolutely love this book in the series. I'd forgotten how much until I reread it. The quest gives a real sense of adventure. And they seem to meet up with plenty of danger along the way. I get a kick out of Puddleglum's pessimism, as well.
The allegory seems stronger in this book then the last couple. The themes of following God's word and Him using us in spite of our faults (and using our faults) is especially strong. Aslan has the entire thing under control from the beginning; it's just up to Eustace and Jill to actually follow his commands.
This is a wonderful fantasy story with some elements included that will make you think. Definitely a strong book in the series. If you enjoyed the others, be sure to pick this one up as well.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katipenguin
C.S. Lewis probably has no equal in the creation of allegorical fantasy. The best of the best, in my opinion, is "The Silver Chair". It is a great story in and of itself- adventure, witches, enchantment, battles and talking animals- plus it has the additional trait of being a primer for the early Christian walk and a lesson on our encounters with God. Finally, and probably my favorite aspect of the book, is the character "Puddleglum". Puddleglum is a rare literary character who develops a sense of humor as well as a moral character. A lot of writers can tell great stories, but few can develop great characters you wish you could know, and Lewis does that here as well as anyone- especially over so few pages.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
linster
This is the sixth volume in the Narnia Series. It is definately one of my favorite, simply because of the characters. The two main heroes in the book are Jill and Eustace. It is interesting to see a boy and a girl work together on a great adventure.
We also get to learn what a marsh-wiggle is in the character of Puddlegum. C.S. Lewis uses this fictional being to emphasize both strengths and weaknesses in people. Puddlegum is extremely brave, even though he is an extreme pessemist.
More than most of the Narnia books, this one introduces characters unique to this book. Lucy, Edmund, Peter, and Susan are not involved at all in The Silver Chair. Caspian is a carry over from the previous two books, but is much older and not really a central character.
This is fun adventure book that is meant for kids, but enjoyable to adults as well.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
julie frost
Beware! The evil, foul-minded people who are publishing these works (The Chronicles of Narnia) have profaned the fantastic writing of C.S. Lewis by rearranging the order of the seven books so as to confuse the reader and steal away some of the magic and wonder by imposing it in a chronological order rather than the artistic one in which it was rendered. Is the horrible time witch at play again or it could be that rascal Screwtape at work? I shake my head sadly at the poor folk who will read these books in the wrong order, actually thinking that perhaps the author meant for them to read Volume Six first. Yes, of course these books come highly recommended but I think it is most important to stress that they should be read in the proper order, which is as follows: 1. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe 2. Prince Caspian 3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 4. The Silver Chair 5. The Horse and His Boy 6. The Magician's Nephew 7. The Last Battle Please, do yourself a favor, if you are reading these books for the first time, read them in the right order.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sampson
Rhys Ouwendijk

This book was a good book. The beginning chapters were pretty slow going, but then it began to get better and better as I read on. I was at the edge of my seat, waiting to find out if the evil witches spell would work and if she would erase Pole and Scrubb's memories of their own world. Figuring out that the giants were going to eat Pole and the others on their mission to find the lost Prince was too easy. After the parts when the witch's head was chopped off, where the Prince returns to his kingdom and Pole and Scrubb magically travel back from winter Narnia to summer London, the story had slightly less action. However, the tale was captivating. Over all, I would say that this was a very enjoyable book and I would recommend it to other readers. I rate this book a 4 out of 5.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jordana
Rhys Ouwendijk

This book was a good book. The beginning chapters were pretty slow going, but then it began to get better and better as I read on. I was at the edge of my seat, waiting to find out if the evil witches spell would work and if she would erase Pole and Scrubb's memories of their own world. Figuring out that the giants were going to eat Pole and the others on their mission to find the lost Prince was too easy. After the parts when the witch's head was chopped off, where the Prince returns to his kingdom and Pole and Scrubb magically travel back from winter Narnia to summer London, the story had slightly less action. However, the tale was captivating. Over all, I would say that this was a very enjoyable book and I would recommend it to other readers. I rate this book a 4 out of 5.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
elizabeth thompson
This is yet another excellent book by Lewis, in which he allegorizes our need to depend on the Word of God. The Word in this story are "the Signs" which Alsan gives to Jill, who keeps forgetting them and messing everything up. In this book, as in the rest of the Narnian Chronicles, Lewis stirs the imagination, and incites us to be couragous, stong, and bold. My favorite character in this series, Puddleglum, makes his only appearance in this book. His antics are hilarous, and his constant and extreme pessimism somehow makes one more optomistic. He is yet another of the excellent characters which Lewis has pulled forth from his expansive imagination.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
schmoyle
This is an incredibly important book.

For some reason, this was the one Narnia book I could never get all the way through as a boy even though I was an otherwise voracious reader. I'm not really sure why. I just finished reading it to one of my own sons and he seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. I wish now that I'd read it all the way through a long time ago. This is nothing less than a children's introduction to Christian spiritual warfare, in some ways far more general and comprehensive than Lewis' "Screwtape Letters" which covers the same subject for adults.

In order of authorship and according to the original ordering of the series "The Silver Chair" is number 4, coming between "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "The Horse and his Boy". Under the current numbering by the internal chronology of the narrative, it's second to last. In many ways neither ordering is really the most useful. In broad terms, the books divide thematically between allegorical (or better, fanciful) representations of salvation history, and guides to Christian living. Into the first category fall "The Magician's Nephew", "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", "Prince Caspian", and "The Last Battle". The second category has "The Horse and his Boy", "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", and "The Silver Chair". I believe this last is the most significant.

Lewis himself always denied his works were intended to be strictly allegorical, and in the case of the salvation history volumes this may well be the case. Element by element assignment from reality to story usually breaks down once you get past Aslan as Christ, and even where characters or events are not made to do double duty at different points (such as Edmund in "Lion") it's not alway possible to carry out this operation reliably. ("Applicability", as Lewis' friend J.R.R. Tolkien termed it, is another matter.) But "The Silver Chair" is far more nearly allegorical than the others, with symbolism that's crystal clear. This makes the lessons it teaches, in the context of a high fantasy adventure, all the more accessible.

It would take a long essay to explore all the lessons in this book so I'm not going to do that here, but they're not difficult to identify for an adult with a moderately thorough Christian education. Lewis packs an incredible number of subjects into this short book, everything from repentance and forgiveness to the basics of the theology of the image of God in our human nature. (Although in other works Lewis has promulgated what is, to Eastern Christian eyes, a faulty Augustinian Pneumatology, his treatment of the image here makes me think he must have been familiar with at least some Eastern Church Fathers.)

Lewis also anticipates, and armors his readers against, modern trends already evident in his time such as the despair engendered by the prevailing nihilism, extreme materialism, secular humanism, and others. He was very much spot-on in indentifying those ideas that would come to present the greatest temptations to Christian believers in the decades to follow, and this work, among others, reflects that. This means it's useful and relevant even today, over 50 years since it was written.

I now regret deeply that I never gave this book the attention it deserved when I was younger. I don't know, of course, how much of a difference it would have made, but it might have made at least some. As difficult as it is these days to be a Christian, no help can be neglected. If you're a parent of a Narnia reader, do what you can to make sure they don't skip this one. If you *are* a Narnia reader, "The Silver Chair" is worth your full attention and then some. It's a fun adventure too.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
ken christensen
As a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, I was (just a bit) disappointed to find this book, in which Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole go on a quest through Narnia to find Prince Rillian (Prince Caspian's son) the most formulaic. Pole and Scrubb are nipped from their alternative school (which Lewis doesn't let go by without a good ribbing) by Aslan, who sends them forth on a mission to find the prince. It has the usual quest form of the Narnian chronicles, two children from our world, helping the Narnians with an important mission, Aslan's vital intervention and a nod to a deadly sin, this one is Sloth.
I thought the most compelling part of the book was the beginning when Jill meets Aslan in his land beyond the sea. Having read of this region of the Narnian world in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, it was rewarding to get a further view of it.
I eagerly read this book to the end, but I didn't find myself provoked by it as I had been the other Narnian chronicles. Don't skip it if you want to read them all, choose The Horse and His Boy and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe if you're only going to read a few.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
asa tait
This was a good, interesting book. It inspired talks of different morals. We read all the others in the series that came before, but one doesn't have to. My eight year old loved them all.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
emily emerick
If you have not read any of CS Lewis classic book series about Narnia, please do so. The stories are wonderfully written and will engage you like few other works. Part spiritual allegory and part fantasy and adventure, these stories are timeless.
My personal favorite of the 7 stories is this one: The Silver Chair. Starting with the unexpected trip into Narnia, the story involves the search for a missing prince and a dangerous and exciting journey to find him. While the plot is quickly engaging and always enjoyable, even after dozens of readings, in this story Lewis uses some of the most powerful of Christian allegories to depict faith, deception, and courage. Choices made along the way are often disastrous and are the result of convenience and comfort over faith. Truly a sound statement into our own journeys, and a spiritual struggle depicted accurately.
I will not spoil the plot, but if you have not enjoyed this series, pick up any of the seven books, or better yet get them all at once. The story starts either with "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" which was the first published, or "The Magician's Nephew" which is chronologically the first. Either way, you won't be disappointed. Next to "The Silver Chair", I also found "The Horse and His Boy" and "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" to be absolute classics.
Buy this series, and enjoy one of the true treasures in literature from a fabulous writer, the world renowned CS Lewis.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jaye
Entertaining for all ages. Part 6 of The Chronicles of Narnia. Highly recommend. The narrator performing the audio did excellent with all the different voices.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cianmulligan
A few months have passed (since the last events in "The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader"") in Earth-time and Eustace and his friend Jill, who are running from school bullies, return to Narnia (in which many years have gone by) to rescue Prince Rilian, son of old King Caspian. The Prince is being held captive by an evil witch for the last ten years. In helping the Prince, the two learn to face their own "demons." This is the fourth book published in the Narnia series and, in my opinion, should be the fourth read. In response to the reviewer from Durango, Colorado (of May 15, 1998): I say, what Old English vocabulary?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
aquaryan
Two friends, Eustace and Jill were one day at school talking about things. Eustace was talking about a magical kingdom he had traveled to with his cousins. Eustance described how great the kingdom was and they both wanted to get there. Magically they found a door that is always locked, but this time it was unlocked. They opened it and there they saw a great mountain and a lion. Eustace saw that it was Aslan the great lion and Aslan had told them he has brought them here to find a lost prince. He had also told them to listen to four signs that will help them through their journey. When the journey had started they noticed that they had skipped the first sign and were sad. As the journey went on they met up with Puddleglum, a creature that said it would help them. The three kept going and going and spotted a beautiful lady in green. The lady had told them about a friendly giants castle where they would be in confort of a fire and a nice warm bed. The two children were excited about it and wanted to go there immediatly. Puddlegum, said that it did not seem trustworthy but the two didn't listen. As soon as they got there they were in comfort but something was suspicious. A few days later they overheard that they have man for dinner and they suddenly wanted to get out. They got out closely but they were followed by one of the giant's hunting parties. They then quickly ran into a cave that was dark. The fell and slid down going very fast and as soon they stopped, they heard voices that said, " Come with us, so we can show you to the queen. If you do not come with us, all one hundred of us will kill you." The three went with the voices which happened to be underground creatures and went on a long journey to the queen. When they arrived the queen was not there but there was a knight which they had saw with the lady in the green dress. There the knight mocked them and laughed at everything they did. He fed them and told them that one hour of the day, he turns into a beast and the underground people have to tie him down so he can't do anything. The three decided to stay and watch what happens. When it started, he started saying things and one of the things he had said was, " On the name of Aslan, I swear I will do no harm to you." That was the last signed that they had to follow and they did not want to skip it like the last three they had. They immediatly got him out and the knight broke the chair. He had told them that the queen put him under a spell. With that he saw the queen and the knight, Eustace, and Puddleglum slayed the queen. The underground people were also in an enchantment and they all became free at last. The four of them had to find a way out of the underground world and they found a hole that led upwards. They had put Jill up first and suddenly she was grabbed. She was grabbed by allies called Narnians which the knight was prince of. The three below did not know that so when they had come out, they started poking the creatures with their swords until Jill had told them. The next day, when they were all safe the knight, or Prince Rillian, went to meet his father again after ten years. He only went their to find that his father had died of old age. From then Prince Rillian was the succesor and Jill and Eustace went home.

I did not really like this book as much as the last Narnia book I had because this one did not excite me as much as the last one did. In the last book, almost every part made me have a certain feeling and in The Silver Chair, nothing really had done that part to me. There was one part that had sort of did that and that was on page 141 where it said, " Once and for all, I adjure you to set me free. By all fears and all loves, by the bright skies of Overland, by the great Lion, by Aslan himself, I charge you.." When that happened I got all excited because I remembered that was one of the signs.

Even though I did not like some parts of the book, I did happen to like some of it also. It is not only this book I like to read, but it is the whole Chronicles Of Narnia series. It is fun to read the book that comes after one another because you get to see what happens to the people you read about from the last book. For example, in the book The Voyage Of the Dawn Treader, King Caspian was just a boy barely older than Eustace. In the Silver Chair, Caspian was sixty years older and it freaked out Eustace when he had saw that. This is one of the first times that I have read a series and I like reading a series of books.

My favorite part of the book would have to be when the underground creatures were free and were running around happy. During that time of the book, there was great discription of what was happening everywhere. Fireworks, people screaming for joy, and people dancing were all told about in such a descriptive matter. I like it when C.S. Lewis writes like that because I can get so into the book when that happens. I think C.S. Lewis's books are all great and I am going to try to read most of his writings
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hillery
The Silver Chair stars Eustace from teh previous book in the series and a new character, his friend Jill Pole. They are sent to Narnia by Aslan to find the king's son. On their journey to find the prince they meet a new friend, Puddleglum the marsh-wiggle. Together the 3 continue their journey to find the lost prince,but of course they have several obstacles on the way. The book kept me excited for the most part and the plot moved continuously, which is very important to me when I read a book. It is a great book for all ages and should be read by everyone!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rosie
During the school years, Eustace and Jill suddenly walked into the world of Narnia. There they met Aslan and was called to save the son of King Caspian, who mysteriously has vanished from Narnia. New characters and villians are introduced, and surprising endings are more than just satisfaction.
I strongly recommand everyone to read the Narnia series, and finish it! This book will grasp your breath and continue to the last book of the Narnia tales. So don't just buy the book by book, buy the whole BOX SET!! It is worth it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
angela thompson
Another great BBC production of the Narnia Chronicles. The only thing I could wish for is that the Emerald Witch didn't sound so terribly old. I feel she should sound more youthful and enchanting, but she sounds rather grandmotherish. Prince Rilian sounds quite a bit older than one usually imagines him, but the actor who plays him is fantastic. Eustace and Jill add a lot to the production with their chemistry, and Puddleglum steals the show. I should also mention that Brian Sibbley adapts this version lengthily to include more interaction between Prince Rilian and other characters before his enchantment, which is very intriguing.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
erin martin
"The Silver Chair" was the 4th book that C. S. Lewis wrote in the "Chronicles of Narnia" children's fantasy series. It's the 6th book if you are reading chronologically. This story takes place only a few weeks after "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" in our time, while nearly 70 years have passed in Narnia. Eustace Scrubb, who accompanied his cousins the Pevensies on their final Narnian adventure, is back at school and longing to be back in Narnia. In this case, wishes come true. He and classmate Jill Pole are whisked into the magical world while trying to evade some school bullies. There, Aslan assigns Eustace and Jill a vital task: Find the missing Prince Rilian of Narnia who must inherit the throne from his aged father King Caspian the Tenth. Aslan could not have chosen a less suitable pair for the job. Aslan provides 4 signs to aid them in their quest, and the kids muff nearly all of them. If not for the company of an terminally pessimistic Marsh-wiggle named Puddleglum, they might not get far.

For some inscrutable reason, C. S. Lewis abandoned the idea that protagonists should be likable or sympathetic in "The Silver Chair". Eustace and Jill are inept and whiny. This is surprising, since Lewis made Eustace likable in "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", yet the boy is in a foul mood throughout this book for no apparent reason. He's not even the know-it-all brat that he was when he first set foot in the magical world; it might help if he were. Eustace displays no intellect whatsoever in "The Silver Chair". And he is almost invariably referred to by his surname "Scrubb". Supposedly this is because the students refer to one another by surnames at school. But I see no reason for the narrator to do it. The effect is to separate this Eustace almost completely from the character we came to know in "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader". So the reader must criss-cross the magical world with two rather stupid peevish youngsters and a marsh creature. The novel is decidedly down-tempo until the last few chapters.

Further, C. S. Lewis' reactionary nature comes through too clearly in "The Silver Chair". I dismissed his spiteful remarks about "vegetarians, non-smokers, and teetotallers" in "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" as silliness. But a pattern is emerging. In "The Silver Chair", he attacks co-educational schools and their headmasters. Lewis directs such venom at things so trivial that I question his motives -and possibly his sanity. Spite doesn't have any place in books for young children, except perhaps as the subject of one of Lewis' famous morality lessons. Maybe this explains why Lewis wrote Eustace and Jill to be so dislikeable. In any case, he wrote "The Silver Chair" while in some sort of snit.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
evie moller
I wish they would make a movie from this book. The idea of being trapped underground is very frightening to me. I wonder if the witch was somehow connected to the White Witch?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
wai chim
Book 6 in a series of 7.
Lucy and Edmund don't appear in his book. Eustace making his 2nd appearance is joined by new character, Jill Pole. They enter Narnia and Jill receives 4 key events in the future that will lead them to the rescue of aging Prince Caspian's son Rilian. They must escape love-to-eat-man giants and battle the Queen who can enchant people with music.
While it is rather sad that the 4 from Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, it's still a great book and nice addition in the series
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
melissa ruelas
The Silver Chair
I think that after reading the book, The Silver Chair, I would rate it (on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest) as a 4. I would have considered The Silver Chair a 5 if there had been a little more action. In the beginning of the book, there are two friends named Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb. One day while at the experiment house, which was at the school they attended, Eustace began telling Jill about his adventure with Prince Caspian and sailing to the end of the world. He also told Aslan, the great lion king. They wanted to see what would happen if they chanted a particular spell out loud. When they did this, they thought that nothing had happened, but as they were going back to class they found a door in the woods that had not been there before. When Eustace opened it and they both walked through, they found themselves in a place with huge trees and birds flying around. After walking a while, they found themselves at a very high cliff. Eustace fell off the cliff but was saved by Aslan. When Jill and Eustace met again, they set out on their adventure. On their way they met a Marsh-wiggle named Puddleglum. They run into many problems, such as giants and gnomes.
This was an excellent book, and it would have been a 5 (instead of a 4) if it had contained more action. However, it was still a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone. It always keeps you guessing about what was going to happen next. It was not easy to predict. It was also easy to read and would be appropriate for all ages.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
yuichiro
This book is good! Like the other Narnian books! Eustance and Jill and Puddleglum rescue Prince Rillian! King Caspians son from an enchantment by an evil witch!?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
fergal
In this book, we meet new characters and reunite with the old ones. Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb open a usually locked door and find themselves being blown into... Narnia. Aslan has a task for the children: they must rescue Prince Rilian, King Caspian's only son from the evil witch. So they embark on a perilous journey through the Wild Waste Lands of the North with their marshwiggle guide, Puddlegum. I particularly enjoyed the part where they befriend the giants. This is a must-read to all Narnia lovers.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sam grover
When Eustace and Jill are magicly sent to Narnia and told by Aslan to find the king's lost son they must embark on a journey to find the missing prince. Luckily they are assisted by a swampy creature named Puddlegum who knows a lot about the land of Narnia. They adventure into the caves of the underworld where they find thelost prince and a witch who plans to invade the overworld. Will they defeat the witch in time and escape with the prince? Read to find out.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cortney
This is the sixth (chronologically) Chronicle of Narnia (after The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and before The Last Battle).

In this volume, Eustace Scrubb and his schoolmate Jill Pole are called to Narnia by the great lion. Aslan gives them a mission, and four signs to go by, to find King Caspian's lost son Prince Rilian, who's been missing for ten years.

With the help of a parliament of owls, and of Puddleglum the friendly but pessimistic Marsh-wiggle, they'll travel through Ettinsmoor to Harfang, the horrible city of Giants, and then to the Underland to confront the evil Witch-Queen.

The second half of the book was more entertaining than the beginning, which I found a tad slow until the children are on the way. Still, after six books the story becomes rather predictable, and not very passionating, although I enjoyed the passage with the Silver Chair. But I'm sure children would be enthralled by the hero's adventures.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
michael unterberg
I loved all the books in the Narnia series, but I liked this one, The Silver Chair, the best. Eustace and Jill are intriguing characters, not to mention Puddleglum, with his overly pessimistic view of the world. The book is realistic, with main characters failing the rules set by Aslan. The characters are tired and are lured by the enchanting and beautiful witch.

I have read many fantasy books by now, and sometimes they bored me with their repetitive battle scenes, everlasting quests and perfect protagonists who exceed human beings. The Silver Chair is unique. There are no romance scenes or complex sword fights, but it pulls the reader along. I read this book first in second grade, and now, years later, I still enjoy it.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
austin larson
This book is about a boy named Eustace and a girl named Jill running away from bullies and ending up in the other world.
Aslan the Lion has a task for the kids. They have to defeat the evil White witch to save Prince Rilan from her castle. To do that, they have to go on a long journey to find the White witch's castle.They go on great adventures together meeting new people and making friends with nymphs.
I like this book because it was filled with adventures and filled with abnormal creatures. This book keeps you full of exciting imaginations through the journies Eustace and Jill took.
My favorite part of the book was when The Whire witch was defeated and the Prince was freed. Tah is my favorite part of the story because there is action and after she was defeated, Prince Rilan got to go back to Cair Paravel(his home) to meet his father. The story was a happy ending for everyone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
milad ghezellu
These books were very important to me as a child. I love the story and cannot wait to read it to my kiddos!

C.S. Lewis also has inspired me to become an author myself. My start is small, but my passion for writing is great. If you like his stuff you may like mine as well. Thanks for all the words of Wisdom wrapped in such a beautiful world.

Phusen Noix: By N.A. Finlay
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
babsy bockelman
The book is about two children who meet a lion and go on a great adventure. The book also tells of their troubles and hardships. I like this book because it is a great adventure book, and it puts you in supense every chapter. The only problem is, it is in a series called The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and you might have to read the whole series to get a grasp of what they are talking about.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shaela woody
I think The Silver Chair has a little mystery in it. I like the characters Jill, Scrubb and Puddleglum.. I have only read the first four stories of the series. So far my this is my favorite one. Many of my friends have read this series and said it is their favorite one. I totally agree. C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. I would suggest this series to people who like fantasy and intriguing stories.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kurt baumeister
Read this on-line as part of the series of 7.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lynn peterson
If you are into fairy tale and fantasy, why haven't you read the Silver Chair????? Hop down from those e-mails and order this book. It is breath-taking, and will amaze you how Narnia sets its place and when someone should no longer be. Enjoy the fresh air this book brings and the wonderful contry of Aslan. Why wait to read such a wonderful and heart stopping enchantment???
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kylee smith
I'm taking a class on this book at school and this is one of the best books i've ever read!!!

The Class is SO fun and i think that it is funner than Choir which was my elective and my choice.

If you haven't read the books you don't know what you are missing, please pick up a copy and read it!!!

Mrs Owen's Class ROCKS!!!!

Melissa
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
stephen terrell
The Silver Chair
By C.S. Lewis

Although The Silver Chair may be the least-well known of the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia series, its imagery and character description make for a great story. Reading you get the feeling like you're there with Eustace, Jill, and the Marshwiggle, Puddleglum. Although this adventurous story is full of suspense and deceit, for me, the most rousing part of the book is near the beginning when C.S. Lewis is describing a cliff of size nearly beyond imagination. The setting varies greatly in detail while the description is unyielding. Like many great authors, C.S. Lewis has an uncanny ability of speaking from contrasting points of view with diverse characters throughout the novel. Unlike some adventure novels, The Silver Chair is an exciting read, all the way through. The suspense and foreshadowing clearly falls into the category of the timeless classics one hates to put down and can't wait to pick up again. In summary, this novel may be slightly unknown but it is a great book and I highly recommend it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rosemary bishop
A journey to Narnia brings the characters to an adventure that takes place mainly underground. Lewis delivers again with a captivating plot and adventure.

A key moment in the story takes place when the adventurers are faced with a choice; carry out their mission or take a detour to a land more amazing than anything they have ever seen before. A place beyond what the mind can imagine. In the end the choice is made and there is no turning back.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kymberlie delgado
This was my least favorite book from the 7 in the series. Even though these books are about a world with talking animals, this story was a little to "out there". The underground story was different than the others, but it just didn't hold my attention like the others.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
tim hennessy
None of the original group of children are in this book, rather you get the annoying cousin, and one of the girls he goes to school with.

Most people's reaction to school bullying is not to get help from a supernatural big cat, but there you go.

Once in Narnia, they end up on a quest to find a prince, the offspring of the now aged Caspian.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
larrissa
I think that The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis is a great book. I personally have read it several times. He has such a great way with words. As well as being very descriptive with the characters, setting, and all the little details to make the story flow. I give it four stars because of the way he makes you feel like you are actually in the story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
steph
The Silver Chair, in my opinion, is the best book (albeit the darkest) in the Narnia series. The story is as follows: two schoolchildren, Eustace and Jill, are whisked away to the magical land of Narnia to locate Prince Rilian, who has long been missing (or captive, take your pick). To find this young man, they set out with their pessimistic marsh-creature guide Puddleglum and must journey far to the north of Narnia and follow a set of signs that Aslan has laid out for them in order. As I have said before, this book (in my opinion) is the darkest of the series. Lewis writes amazingly, giving us vivid pictures of the dangerous expedition. If one fault can be found, it is the shortness and lack of attention given to the smaller things in this world. But still, this amazing story is a keeper.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
diana tofan
Fourth book printed, sixth book chronologically.

I began re-reading the Narnia series after coming across a beautiful boxed set of all seven novels. Mainly this was out of nostalgia, as these were favourites when I was young, and I was interested to see how they held up as adults. I found them all to be written very clearly with provocative descriptive prose, and narrative that often draws the reader immediately into the story.

The series falters here a little with a fairly uninspired story, broken down into a series of events that give the reader the sense that Lewis was getting a little weary with the universe he had created. As though bored of Narnia, he takes us away from that and all familiar characters but one, an admittedly well-realised Eustace.

Although it opens very well, despite Lewis interjecting regularly with his own poorly-disguised opinions on the world in general and certain types of schools in particular. Unfortunately once the story kicks in it feels a touch rushed and uninspired, the return of Caspian unemotive, and the silver chair of the title almost totally inconsequential. It's not an awful read, but there's little hear for adults and probably not a great deal for youngsters, although I would admittedly be guessing about that.

5/10
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ibunyaima notodisurjo
I really liked this little book. It was a fun ride and I had no idea what was going to happen. I especially loved the Marsh Wiggle! This was probably my favorite of all of the series. I didn't read the 1st (or 2nd) book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, but I read all of the other ones.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heather scott
This is an excellent version read by Sir Michael Hordern. It is on 2 CDs and it lasts 2 hours and 19 minutes. This is a Harper Collins UK release.

Overall, this is a very high quality audio book and I recommend it. It is the abridged version, but that wasn't a problem for me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sophie rioux
The Christian analogies are subtle, but powerful. Event-filled, moving plot with eventual ending of good triumphing over evil. As with other Narnia Chronicles, images and dialogue are memorable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
wendy o connell
This was one of the most exciting books I've ever read. It was full of suspenstion because you never knew what was going to happen next.The author was very discriptive and made the book clear. I reccomenade this book for people that are the age of 9-14 that like adventurous books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
vamsi
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the adventures of Eustace and Jill in Narnia. I recommend this book to other lovers of Narnia.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
denese ganley
This book has some strange Stuff in it like talking owls and giants. I am only 3/4 Done with this book becouse it is a good adventure book. It is good becouse it has exiting things happaning in this book like sliding down a cave thing. I do recomend it.
~Bill
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
august maclauchlan
The Silver Chair is a fast paced, fun, and suspenseful fantasy novel. It has realistic charcters unlike a lot of books, and is just a great fantasy book to read.This book will ultimately be loved by adults and kids alike. Read this book. You'll thoroughly enjoy it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meghan goldenberg
*The Silver Chair* is a wonderful story of failure and redemption, and Jeremy Northam reads it beautifully. His voice for Puddleglum is absolutely spot on -- it's worth a listen just for that!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
carla bush
A great series. For children and adults.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
twylla
I'm 8 years old and I love this book. I recommend this book to everyone! It has a surprise ending that you have to read, it's so funny. I learned more about always trusting God by reading this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jessica parks
Love this series. My children have read it many times.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bajzelwdomu
i needed this book as a school assignment. i love how it is an analogy of the bible. if you read it thinking about any way it it could be related to the bible you will find so many as my literature and composition teacher has. great read and a must have in your collection*_*
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
amber guillot
I would say that next to maybe The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. With a mostly new set of characters except for the original Eustace and Aslan along with a little bit from Caspain, it does not fail to keep my interest in the series.

I will continue this series and finish it, next moving onto a more later aged book that does not involve so much song and dance, which is one of the things that I did not like in every book of Narnia.

I would recomend this book for any of those of younger ages than 11, or 12.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jim farley
The Silver Chair is about character and faith tested by fire. The characters are vividly drawn and the story is compelling. More I will not add. This is a book for children and adults, alike, and, along with its companions, would be well to be read annually.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nattles
The Silver Chair continues the traditions of the other Narnia Books. The children are the heros. The villians are vile. The ending is happy. And there is a moral to the story. I love it and so do my Grandchildren.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
connie
This the story of two children,Eustace and Jill, who escape from school bullies only to land suddenly in Narnia with the job of finding King Caspian's long lost son. They must do this only with the knowledge of four important signs and that they should go north. I reccomend this book because it is adventurous, funny, and draws some good paralells to christian life. YOU SHOULD READ IT!
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
littlekidd
This book was about two young children in the quest of finding a young prince. I think that there was too much characters in the book and I personally think it wasn't as good as the rest of the collection. And if you want to understand well what role every character plays, you have to read the whole collection of the Chronicles of Narnia.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jennifer li
I love the Chronicles of Narnia, however I did not enjoy this one at all, to the point I had to stop reading. It's not necessarily the story itself, but more of Eustace. In the Voyage of the Dawn Treader Eustace was a brat which was fine, but now in the Silver Chair he's seen as a much stronger character, perhaps if he was more developed at the end of the Dawn Treader it would be ok, but it is too large of a jump in Eustace's character.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
donna112244
I've read this series at least three times and it has never failed to enchant me as it di the first time. Whether you be adult or child this series is a must
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
newsy
I recomend this book for people who like monsters and people who like giants. This book is about how they are trying to escape giants who want to eat them at there feast.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christopher m
I read a chapter or so each night with my son (8 years old) until we finished it tonight. We both really enjoyed the characters, the adventure, and the magic. There's something in this book for all ages!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
m leon smith
So imaginatively written. As you read these books you will feel as though you are in a journey through Narnia yourself!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sita
Have not read the series in a long time. Forgot how good the final three books are.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
maria iraya
My favorite Narnia book. Ooh, enchantment, and overcoming fears. The scene with the eponymous chair was very exciting!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
antoine
The Silver Chair is a fascinating book. Although it is part of the Chronicles of Narmia, the story can stand alone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jessica woods
My Favorite book in the series!!!!!!!!!!!!! charactors are funny and well described ,action paked ,and supprising
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
erdin
I asked my 7 year old to give the rating, do you are getting a kid's eye view. He says three stars is what it was worth. Prince Caspian gets five stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
trinaa prasad
I decided to revisit the chronicles of Narnia and forgot how slow some of the books can be. this one kept me very interested
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lynnea
have not read it thus far but i got it fast enough and it was in good condition
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
susankunz
Excellent read enjoyed it much
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hakimuddin
This is probably my favorite of the Narnia books. It is a completely wonderful quest story. As an English major, I love the reference to Hamlet as well.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jeff rummel
Excellent series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
linda aull
great condition, quick delivery, exactly what i needed since my originals had two of one disc and missed this one.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
greg olear
When I read this book, I kept yawing and even slept. Too boring! I hope that this book can improve.

P.S: Please don't buy this book.
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