The Silver Chair is the sixth book in the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. I’m almost done with the series—only one more book to go!
In The Silver Chair, we are introduced to Jill Pole, a classmate of Eustace Scrubb, who has once visited Narnia with his cousins, Edmund and Lucy. Eustace and Jill run away from the school bullies only to make their way through a door in the wall that is almost always locked—and suddenly find themselves on top of an impossibly high cliff in Aslan’s country at the End of the World.
There, Jill meets Aslan for the first time, and he gives her what seems to be an impossible quest: she and Eustace find Prince Rilian, King Caspian’s only son, who disappeared without a trace ten years ago. Along the way, in addition to remembering and following the four signs Aslan gives to Jill, they must fight their way through mountains, blizzards, and caverns—and make sure to avoid the giants who might want to eat them! Will they be able to save the Prince and defeat the evil Witch who holds him captive?
Out of the six Narnia stories I’ve read so far, I’d have to say that The Silver Chair is probably the…scariest? I’m not sure if that’s a good way to put it. Perhaps the most suspenseful. Which isn’t saying much, since they’re children’s books, after all, and you kind of have to know that they’ll turn out okay, but this one definitely had me turning the pages rather quickly!
The main, large Christian allegory this time (that I noticed) was mostly just alluding to Aslan’s country as Heaven, since when Caspian dies right at the end (he’s an old man by now), he more or less comes “back to life” on top of the mountain and greets Eustace, which totally freaks him out:
“Look here! I say,” he stammered. “It’s all very well. But aren’t you—? I mean didn’t you—”
“Oh, don’t be such an ass,” said Caspian.
“But,” said Eustace, looking at Aslan. “Hasn’t he—er—died?”
At which point, of course, Caspian goes on to explain that he would indeed be a ghost or a spirit if he were to appear in Narnia—but that’s because he doesn’t belong there anymore. He belongs with Aslan. And Caspian also gets a treat of his own: he finally gets to see what our world looks like, if only for a few minutes.
As usual: fantastic book. I’m going to be so sad when this series is over! I might have to make a date with myself to give them a yearly once-over. I can’t wait to buy them for my little brother and sister, and eventually for my own kids!by