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TWO TALKING HORSES, one girl of royal blood and a boy who was prophesized to save a kingdom. The Horse and His Boy is a tale of how the four protagonists escaped the land of Calormen and passed through the cruel city of Tashbaan, and find their way back to Narnia and the North.
Shasta grew up with an unpleasant fisherman beside a little creek of the sea in Calormen. One night when he was still an infant, he was thrown to the water and have been found by the fisherman who then adopted him. When he met the talking Narnian horse, Bree, who was also escaping from a cruel master, he decided to go with him back to his home, Narnia. When he was told that all living creatures there are treated as free subjects, he want nothing more but escape his present life. On the road, they met Aravis and her talking horse Hwin, who were also on the exact same journey as theirs.
I sympathized with them throughout their tiring and exhausting travel. Of all their adventures, I loved most the part when they were separated just before they reach their first marker out of the city of Tashbaan, which is the Tombs of the Ancient Kings. Why is it my favorite? Well, Shasta was carried away by some Narnians who were also there in the city for some reason, and those Narnians are not just Narnians―for there with them is King Edmund, the Just. He is one of the Pevensie children from London who became Kings and Queens of Narnia and are the building blocks of the Narnia series. Next scene came Queen Susan, the Gentle. Shasta was carried to her for they mistaken him as the little Prince Corin who strolled away and got lost. That Prince turned out to be Shasta’s real twin. Yes, our little protagonist is of royal blood too. The lost Prince of Archenland whose real name is Cor.
The main conflict happened when the Narnians decided to go back home after Queen Susan saw the real Prince Rabadash who’s very keen in courting her. I was very thrilled on that part of the story because it was a very risky plan. They knew that they will never be allowed to go out of the city if the other side will learn that Queen Susan will turn down the offer. But still, they have managed to do it. Prince Rabadash was very furious with hatred that he followed them together with 200 men and horses. They plan to conquer Archenland first, then finally, Narnia. The four main characters of this story learned about the said plan, and on their backs fell the responsibility to warn the Narnians and the Archenlanders of the devious plot. They had to outrun the villains through woods, forests and rivers.
In the end, all was well. The Narnians as well as their ally, the Archenlanders won in the battle against the army of Prince Rabadash. Years passed and Cor married Aravis to which they have a son named Ram.
My love for fables seemed to cease when I grow up, but then these Narnia stories flipped the table, especially The Horse and His Boy where Bree and Hwin really captured my heart. I think this fifth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series (see the books in their order of publication and chronological order here as well as the review of the preceding book, The Silver Chair) allows more exposure for the talking animals and beasts of Narnia, and it is just so adorable! (Also, in this story, I learned more about the geographical location of places in Narnia and Calormen and the places in between, as well as the Kingdom of Archenland).
This tale is a must-read!
Long live Aslan!!!
What about you? Have you read this story already? Or are you interested to read it? What do you think? How about the movie franchise? Have you already watched the three films? Tell me in the comment’s section below!