The Horse and His Boy

The Horse and His Boy

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A boy and a talking horse share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians.
Publisher: New York : HarperTrophy, 2000
Edition: 1st Harper Trophy ed
ISBN: 9780064409407
Branch Call Number: J PB L
Characteristics: 224 p. :,col. ill., map ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Baynes, Pauline


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Jul 18, 2017

A boy who runs away from his foster father when the father wants to sell him to an arrogant Tarkhan. A horse that belongs to the Tarkhan (the horse can talk). A pround Tarkheena, (a female version of a Tarkhan). The Tarkheena's gentle horse.
Shasta, Bree, Aravis and Hwin come together through the lion, Aslan. This book is wonderfully put together with adventure around every corner. You can't wait to see what happens next.

Mar 17, 2017

The title of the book is literally what the story is about. Blandly, it is about a horse and a boy. I just noticed that all of C.S Lewis' titles are like this: direct with no twist or trick. However, it lets you ponder about what is under the surface/not mentioned. For example, the horse is actually from Narnia and can talk. I'm betting that most people could have guessed the first part but maybe not the second. The boy is actually a slave who wants to be free but needs help. When the two are thrown together, guess what happens? Well, read to find out about their journey! I liked the link from the second book... it was pretty obvious but still great. 3/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 10, 2016

There was a boy named Shasta who is an orphan and was left in a wooden boat when one day a man came and adopted him as a slave. He did not like his adoptive father at all. One day, his father was busy talking with another man about selling Shasta to him as a slave. Shasta did not want to be working for another person so he had the intention to leave. Before he left, a horse tied up to a pole spoke out to him. He spoke the human language and told Shasta to escape on him. The horse's name was Bree and he was from a mystical land called Narnia. Narnia is a place where animals and other types of creatures actually speak the human language. The leader of that land is called Aslan. So Shasta and Bree escape without anyone noticing towards Narnia and interact with people who become their friends and share special bonds. This adventure is one that Shasta will never forget.

Sep 19, 2016


Jun 24, 2016

While this is an enjoyable book, I felt that it was somewhat lacking in comparison to the first two books of the series. The characters were poorly portrayed through the majority of the story, showing attributes such as vanity, snobbery, and cowardice. Happily, there was some character growth even if it was at the end.

Nov 09, 2015

This is an underrated book in the Narnia series I find personally. But I don't know why--the plot is fascinating, the characters are lovable and the twist in the plot is amazingly done. I loved this book and will read it again and again in years to come.

Jul 15, 2015

"The Horse and His Boy" is also a story of love and friendship, like other chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It's a story of adventure through the desert, full of risks, dangers, uncertainties and thrills. It reminded me of "The Legends of Arabian Nights". Unlike other Narnia series, the setting of this story was outside Narnia and Aslan, the Lion appeared at the end. It is an enjoyable read.

Feb 13, 2015

I have read all of the Narnia books and I can say this portion of the series was a definite let down. I know they are for kids, but the story behind this one was depressing (the horse and the boy are slaves) and boring (it takes place in a desert). C.S. Lewis could have made traveling through the desert much more exciting by putting in monsters, but he chose to just talk about the weather. Lame.

Bree, the horse, is too bossy and Shasta, the boy, is underdeveloped and stereotypical. Shasta's "surprise" character twist isn't exciting and can be figured out the second he meets the high Kings (honeslty, I didn't ruin anything there.)

Skip to Prince Caspian or The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Don't waste your time on this one.

Jul 21, 2014

Not very interesting. Includes many useless information and very little survival.

Jun 25, 2014

TOTALLY interesting.
Awesome read. Not too ' kiddy' either. Quite enjoyable like the other Narnia books...not crude or anything.

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Aug 25, 2015

'The two boys were looking into each other's faces and suddenly found that they were friends."

Mar 25, 2013

"For Narnia...And the North!"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving like a lunatic, there was an inquiry into the whole thing. And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“A dragon has just flown over the tree-tops and lighted on the beach. Yes, I am afraid it is between us and the ship. And arrows are no use against dragons. And they're not at all afraid of fire."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!”

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Jul 30, 2014

Shasta is a boy slave working with a horse, Bree. They want to escape this area to warn the king of Narnia about an attack by a nearby kingdom. Nut how do they get there? Food? Shelter?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

Begun in March and completed at the end of July 1950,[15] The Horse and His Boy was published on 6 September 1954. The story takes place during the reign of the Pevensies in Narnia, an era which begins and ends in the last chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A talking horse called Bree and a young boy named Shasta, both of whom are in bondage in the country of Calormen, are the protagonists. By chance, they meet and plan their return to Narnia and freedom. Along the way they meet Aravis and her talking horse Hwin who are also fleeing to Narnia.


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