BR: Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis




  • Writing quality: 4.5/5
  • Pacing: 4.5/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Enjoyability: 5/5 
  • Ease of reading: 5/5
  • Thought-provoking: 4.5/5
  • Merit and originality: 4.5/5
  • Overall love: 14/15




This book was so magical! It is definitely one of my favourites of the series so far, obviously The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe will always be dear to my heart, but this one might be drawing a close second.

This one is definitely the one packed with the most adventure. The feel of the book is definitely one of spirit, friendship, and a longing to explore, and I absolutely loved that.

There were so many great characters introduced (and reintroduced) in this story, that it is hard to pick a favourite. Reepicheep is great because of how brave he is, and how unafraid. I also love Lucy for being so kind hearted, even if in the book we did see a different side of her at the Magician’s House (when she was vain and wanted to be so beautiful; more so than Susan) but in the end she did stifle that temptation.

There were many threads of the story which I absolutely adored; for example, how the old man (I forget what his name was) was a ‘retired’ star – a star who was so old that he had been carried back to the land in Narnia, and was recouperating, and how the Magician was being punished for something that he did while he was a star, and that was why he had to take care of the Dufflepuds.

There is a running theme throughout this series of what you need to know. For example, when the children asked what the Magician had done wrong, the old man simply said that it is not their worry or business to know what bad things stars can be punished for, and I really like this theme. Even though I normally like knowing everything about a book, I really appreciate how C.S. Lewis allowed your imagination room to expand within the story; with many books, you know exactly what is going on during the novel, and more often than not before the novel as well, and you are just left room to imagine what happens after. What he did with these books was much more satisfying.

I was sad (although unsurprised really) at the end, when Aslan told Lucy and Edmund that they would not be coming back to Narnia, as the Pevensie children are some of my favourite characters of all time to follow, and I will be interested to read what happens in the last two books – I really, really hope we get to see even a little more of the Pevensies!



Thank you for reading!

– Catriona


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