Friday, 20 July 2012

The Silver Chair

                 The Silver Chair
            By C.S. Lewis
The silver chair is one of the books in the series ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis.
It starts out in London, England, at Experimental House, the co-ed school that Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole go to. Jill is crying behind the gym, because the gang of bullies, named ‘Them’ have bullied her. Edmund helps her feel better, by telling her about Narnia, but then, ‘They’ come and want to beat up both of them. They climb up a tree, and get whisked into Narnia. Jill and Eustace are blown into Narnia (by Aslan) and Eustace discovers it has been 70 years in Narnia. King Caspian is old, his wife was killed by a giant worm (read: snake) and his son had gone missing hunting said snake. Eustace and Jill are tasked to find Prince Rillian. They set off, to visit the Parliament of Owls, who explains that the prince was captured, and is under the spell of an enchantress. They go in the quest, and the marsh-wiggle joins them. The marsh-wiggle is a weirdo who is a total pessimist, and finds the bad side in everything. They go to the giant-land, for the autumn feast, only to realize that the giants want to eat them. They run away, and meet the down-earthers underground. Their queen, the lady of the green kirtle, turns out to be the Witch, and Rilian is her manservant whom everyone thinks is mad. He explains that he has nightly episodes where he must be bound to a silver chair, or he will turn into a snake and kill everyone. The Witch tries to convince the trio that they imagined everything, but the marsh-wiggle puts his foot in the fire, and the smell takes them from their spell. The Witch turns into a snake (the one that killed Rilian’s mother). Rilian kills the snake with the help of Eustace and Puddleglum (the marsh-wiggle). Jill and Eustace go back to the stream they came into Narnia in. Aslan instructs Eustace to drive a thorn into his paw. The blood flows over the (dead) king Caspian, and he comes back to life, young again. Jill and Eustace and Caspian go back to Experimental House, and beat the bullies up, with Aslan’s back turned. The bullies are expelled, and the incompetent headmistress is fired, and Jill and Eustace become good friends. 

       I would give this book a 7.5/10 because I liked the part where they got even, and the book is pretty good.    

   A bJJk review by Nikki AdetJla

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