The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair


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ISBN-13: 9780064471091
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2002
Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 66,526
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Pauline Baynes has produced hundreds of wonderful illustrations for the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia. In 1968 she was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's literature.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

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The Silver Chair

Chapter Twelve

The Queen of Underland

Two Earthmen entered, but instead of advancing into the room, they placed themselves one on each side of the door, and bowed deeply. They were followed immediately by the last person whom anyone had expected or wished to see: the Lady of the Green Kirtle, the Queen of Underland. She stood dead still in the doorway, and they could see her eyes moving as she took in the whole situation -- the three strangers, the silver chair destroyed, and the Prince free, with his sword in his hand.

She turned very white; but Jill thought it was the sort of whiteness that comes over some people's faces not when they are frightened but when they are angry. For a moment the Witch fixed her eyes on the Prince, and there was murder in them. Then she seemed to change her mind.

"Leave us," she said to the two Earthmen. "And let none disturb us till I call, on pain of death." The gnomes padded away obediently, and the Witch-queen shut and locked the door.

"How now, my lord Prince," she said. "Has your nightly fit not yet come upon you, or is it over so soon? Why stand you here unbound? Who are these aliens? And is it they who have destroyed the chair which was your only safety?"

Prince Rilian shivered as she spoke to him. And no wonder: it is not easy to throw off in half an hour an enchantment which has made one a slave for ten years. Then, speaking with a great effort, he said:

"Madam, there will be no more need of that chair. And you, who have told me a hundred times how deeply you pitied me for the sorceries by which I was bound, will doubtless hear with joy that they are now ended for ever.There was, it seems, some small error in your Ladyship's way of treating them. These, my true friends, have delivered me. I am now in my right mind, and there are two things I will say to you. First -- as for your Ladyship's design of putting me at the head of an army of Earthmen so that I may break out into the Overworld and there, by main force, make myself king over some nation that never did me wrong -- murdering their natural lords and holding their throne as a bloody and foreign tyrant -- now that I know myself, I do utterly abhor and renounce it as plain villainy. And second: I am the King's son of Narnia, Rilian, the only child of Caspian, Tenth of that name, whom some call Caspian the Seafarer. Therefore, Madam, it is my purpose, as it is also my duty, to depart suddenly from your Highness's court into my own country. Please it you to grant me and my friends safe conduct and a guide through your dark realm."

Now the Witch said nothing at all, but moved gently across the room, always keeping her face and eyes very steadily towards the Prince. When she had come to a little ark set in the wall not far from the fireplace, she opened it, and took out first a handful of a green powder. This she threw on the fire. It did not blaze much, but a very sweet and drowsy smell came from it. And all through the conversation which followed, that smell grew stronger, and filled the room, and made it harder to think. Secondly, she took out a musical instrument rather like a mandolin. She began to play it with her fingers -- a steady, monotonous thrumming that you didn't notice after a few minutes. But the less you noticed it, the more it got into your brain and your blood. This also made it hard to think. After she had thrummed for a time (and the sweet smell was now strong) she began speaking in a sweet, quiet voice.

"Narnia?" she said. "Narnia? I have often heard your Lordship utter that name in your ravings. Dear Prince, you are very sick. There is no land called Narnia."

"Yes, there is, though, Ma'am," said Puddleglum. "You see, I happen to have lived there all my life."

"Indeed," said the Witch. "Tell me, I pray you, where that country is?"

"Up there," said Puddleglum, stoutly, pointing overhead. "I -- I don't know exactly where."

"How?" said the Queen, with a kind, soft, musical laugh. "Is there a country up among the stones and mortar of the roof?"

"No," said Puddleglum, struggling a little to get his breath. "It's in the Overworld."

"And what, or where, pray is this… how do you call it. . . Overworld?"

"Oh, don't be so silly," said Scrubb, who was fighting hard against the enchantment of the sweet smell and the thrumming. "As if you didn't know! It's up above, up where you can see the sky and the sun and the stars. Why, you've been there yourself. We met you there."

"I cry you mercy, little brother," laughed the Witch (you couldn't have heard a lovelier laugh). "I have no memory of that meeting. But we often meet our friends in strange places when we dream. And unless all dreamed alike, you must not ask them to remember it."

"Madam," said the Prince sternly, "I have already told your Grace that I am the King's son of Narnia."

"And shalt be, dear friend," said the Witch in a soothing voice, as if she were humouring a child, "shalt be king of many imagined lands in thy fancies."

"We've been there, too," snapped Jill. She was very angry because she could feel enchantment getting hold of her every moment. But of course the very fact that she could still feel it, showed that it had not yet fully worked.

"And thou art Queen of Narnia too, I doubt not, pretty one," said the Witch in the same coaxing, half-mocking tone.

The Silver Chair. Copyright © by C. Lewis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 252 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Silver Chair has proved to be my favorite Narnia book so far. I can keep good pace with it and understand every word. I've never absorbed myself that much in a book. I finished it and looked up wondering where I was. I can't wait to read The Last Battle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Silver Chair This story was about a girl named Jill and a boy named Eustace. Jill and Eustace go out to find the lost Prince of Narnia (which name is Rilian.) On the way they met a Marsh-Wiggle named Puddleglum and Puddleglum joined them. They had to go to the Ruined City of the Giants. They traveled threw a lot of snow to get to the Ruined City. Then they met the gentle giants that were planning to eat them. So they ran away from them. Puddleglum, Eustace and Jill went underground of the ruined city and found Prince Rilian. After the evil Queen died the underground world and the overland were in peace. Because the evil Queen was ruler but the men of the underground were scared to disobey her. Prince Rilian is now ruler of Narnia. They had to persevere to get past the rough things. If they quit Aslan would surely abandon them from Narnia. So everything would be under the witches control and no one would be happy. This book was fun and adventures. Having to travel and hide underground looking for Rilian. I think this was a marvelous idea for a book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Once again Aslan is in need for help from another world. Eustace and Jill enter into the un-chartered parts of Narnia to find and save the son of King Caspian, Prince Rilian. Guided by a marsh-wiggle they travel through the land of adventure.Only to discover the remains of what seems to be the white witch who has captured the prince with false love and now has a spell on him. The book has everything from good guys and bad guys to twist and turns. So if you like these things read the book.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
#6 in the series. An excellent classic saga. It's best to start with book #1, The Magician's Nephew, and work you way through in chronological order. Can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good the best
Savannah Walker More than 1 year ago
Narnia, my favorite world of all time i soooooo wish i could go there i love these books and i love their movies I WISH I COULD GO THERE!! C.S. Lewis is wonderful and he is one of my favorite authors
ceci.m.foster on LibraryThing 22 days ago
SUMMARY - The silver chair is the 6th book in the chronicles of Narnia. In this story two young children from our world go to Nainia, their names are Eustace, and Jill. They are sent on a quest to save a lost king from his enchantement. While on this quest Eustace and Jill discover many things about eachoither and grow to be good friends. Jill and Eustace find the king iun an underground world ruled by a much hated white which of the past of Narnia who was thought to be dead. Jill and Eustace end up breaking a powerfull spell the Whitch had cast on him and he returns to Narnia in time to see his father die. HE then goes on to take power of Narnia, and rules well for many years.REVIEW - I enjoyed this book, but I read as I was reading the whole series, and by thhe time I got to this book, I was rather tired of the very predictable ending to it. However, I would definentally read this book after reading the rest of the series, for you will understand it better. This book, like most other books by C.S Lewis, has Biblical referencess. I would suggest this book for peole with more time in their hands, and not as a pleasure book. This book deserves three stars, I think. This book is always a good one though.
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing 30 days ago
This is perhaps my favorite of Narnian stories. Yes, the story is filled with lessons, as are all of the Narnian books. But the addition of Puddleglum, the Marsh-wiggle, allows the reader to become more immersed in the world and to let the blatant morals slide through a bit more unobtrusively.I appreciated Jill as a female character, strong in her own right, but with some softness of all children. For those readers who want to debate the idea that Lewis may be a sexist, I would point to Jill¿s existence in his Narnian realm. Not only is Jill an individual with no direct ties to the other cast of characters, she is in my regards the star of this story. She knows when to speak up, when to be silent, but she also has flaws as all humans do. Lewis, in my opinion, highlights these, but does not dwell on them, much as he does with the character of Eustace.Why is The Silver Chair my favorite of the series? Because the story moves in ways that make me cherish a world that is not my own, yet at the same times, makes me hold my own a bit tighter. Yes, the idea of a world filled with magic and creatures of all kinds, deep love, strong magic is an enticing one, where you can ride on the breath of a lion and children can be heroes¿ but the cookbooks with Man and Marsh-wiggle notes, the eating of a talking beast, and imprisonment of the mind through a chair make me sure that while a vacation to Narnia might be nice, I think I¿m happy with my Joy of Cooking, Starbucks and a burger.
bexaplex on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Prince Rilian is the next in a series of chivalrous and utterly uninteresting Narnian royalty. The book is not really about him, though, as Scrubb, Pole and Puddleglum are the real heroes. The books about the Pevensies have a distinctly different tone, since they're about siblings. In the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, you love Lucy immediately because she is the little sister. In this book the protagonists have an opportunity to get to know each other, and so the reader has a chance to get to know them, as well. And unlike in The Horse and His Boy, the characters are vaguely realistic (a fatalistic guardian and his two school-aged charges) instead of exotic.
KeithAkers on LibraryThing 30 days ago
See review for #2, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."
AnFa0822 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I wasn't very fond of this book, let alone the series. The characters spoke in such a formal tone, I almost abandoned it. Plus, a few parts were just a little lame, and the twists were a little boring. In my opinion, I'd stick with the movies.
MickyFine on LibraryThing 30 days ago
The sixth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series follows Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole as they travel through Narnia on a mission from Aslan to find King Caspian's missing son, Rilian.For me, while the individual plot elements were great ideas, they fell a little short in execution. The quest for the missing prince should have been interesting and exciting, but mostly I felt annoyed by the characters, particularly Jill who is the most dominant character in the narrative. And once again, sexism reared its ugly head. While I recognize, these stories are a product of their time, I was particularly annoyed by the implication that the Head of Eustace and Jill's school was a poor leader because she was a woman. However, I did enjoy the climax of the novel which was vivid and exciting. Definitely not the best book in the series but not a bad story either.
Anduril85 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Another great book in the Narnia series, while not one of my most favorite it is none the less a great book and if you have't had the chance to read it then do so and don't forget the about the rest of the series either.
hpluver07 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I liked this book again. This seems to be a recurring theme.
the_awesome_opossum on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The Silver Chair tells of a quest by Eustace and his classmate Jill, who are summoned to Narnia to track down Prince Caspian's son. They, along with a very morose Marsh-wiggle named Puddleglum, travel north of Narnia, led only by a few cryptic clues given by Aslan. It has a slow start, compared to some of the other books, but really interesting once the story becomes more involved
AuntieClio on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This one is even better than the last! The endings have gotten less abrupt and the characters seem to be more fully rounded, although I do miss the original children. The story behind the silver chair was creative.
willowcove on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Classic, great, a must-read. Some volumes are more enjoyable than others though.
ncgraham on LibraryThing 3 months ago
If one reads The Chronicles of Narnia in publication order (as, really, one ought), then The Silver Chair occupies the middle position, and it is indeed a turning point of sorts. It is the first Chronicle in which the Pevensie children do not appear, although one or two other old friends do. It is also the only one that opens with an encounter with Aslan. And finally, it is the second of three books in a row that is set primarily outside the environs of the Narnian kingdom. In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Caspian and his crew sailed for the utter east; in The Horse and His Boy, a rag-tag group of slaves and runaways will escape to Narnia from the southern country of Calormen; and in this volume, two children and a Marshwiggle are sent by Aslan to seek a lost prince in the remote north. These are the young Eustace, with whom we have a prior acquaintance, his schoolmate Jill, and the dour Puddleglum.I hesitated in writing this review, because one of the things Lewis does so beautifully in this particular book is surprise the reader. It was a joy to read it aloud to my little sister and watch her face as the puzzle pieces began to come together; even the disclosure of Eustace¿s name during the opening pages delighted her. I shall try to avoid major spoilers throughout, but newcomers are advised that they will probably enjoy the book most without any introduction whatsoever.The Silver Chair is considered by many fans to be one of the darkest Chronicles, and from the cruelties of Experiment House (Eustace and Jill¿s forward-thinking, undisciplined, and¿Lewis mentions pointedly¿co-educational school) to the bleakness of the lands north of Narnia, a sort of gloom seems to settle over the author¿s usually cheerful world. However, it may also be the funniest of the seven books. Some of the satire dealing with Experiment House will go over youngsters¿ heads¿my favorite bit describes how the Head, when found unsuitable for any other position, is finally put in Parliament¿but the conversation between Glimfeather the owl and the deaf dwarf Trumpkin is guaranteed to set anyone howling. Nevertheless, Puddleglum is the character who really makes the book. Always looking for the worst in situations, he is the cause of much unintentional comedy, but he has a good heart as well. Lewis was a master at creating three-dimensional people where other authors would resort to simple caricature.Similarly, Jill¿s struggles, her insecurities peevishness, and her constant forgetfulness regarding the Signs make her a flawed and sympathetic protagonist. One could definitely look for spiritual significance here, especially during the exciting and moving standoff at the climax of the book. These things are not always meant to parallel our world, though. There seems to be a popular assumption that C. S. Lewis wrote these books as allegories, and that is simply untrue, as his own writings on the subject attest.One thing that did surprise me upon reading the book again was how long a denouement it has, about five chapters¿ worth in all. But it doesn¿t drag at all, and as a matter of fact, some of the book¿s most memorable passages appear there. While reading, I actually found myself crying at the death of a fictional character, something I rarely do; this also provoked quite a bit of teasing from the aforementioned little sister.Dark, funny, instructive, and moving, The Silver Chair is yet another Chronicle I treasure, and a literary experience I love to share.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The Silver Chair is the last book of the Caspian Triad. In this volume, Eustace Scrubb and his classmate Jill Pole get sucked back into Narnia. They befriend a Marsh-wiggle named Puddleglum, and partake on an adventure to find the lost prince Rilian.The gang ends up discovering that Rilian is being detained by the Emerald Witch, who may or may not be Jadis, the White Witch.All in all, this book is a must read for readers of the other Narnia books. While it is not the most literary of the seven, it does fit nicely within the series, segueing nicely to the next chronological book, The Last Battle.
MrsLee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An underground world, three heroes to rescue a chained prince, an evil Green witch, giants and my very favorite character, Puddleglum. Those are some of the adventures met with in this book. The children begin as very spoiled and soft. Do they have what it takes to live up to that which is expected of them? Puddleglum really doesn't think so, but he will stick with them to the end anyway.This is a favorite of mine in the Narnia series.
kcgenius on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The book was about the journey that Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, and Puddleglum had, to rescue the lost prince of Narnia, Prince Rilian. They were sent by Aslan to rescue him. They had lots of troubles in the giant town, because the giants were trying to eat them. Then they escaped from the town and went into the cavern, but there was the witch of Underworld with weird knight. First, they didn't care about the knight, but later they figured out that the knight was the prince enchanted to be a slave of the witch. They killed the witch and saved the prince. At last, Prince Rilian became King Rilian. This book was interesting to read. The entire voyage was a long cliffhanger that made me anxious of the characters. There were lots of hard and difficult missions to pass by, so I wanted keep reading until the end. It was exciting and thrilling.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book contains one of my favorite Narnia Characters: Puddleglum. The story of Jill and Eustace as they try to save Caspian from the clutches of the Witch. The scene where they confront the witch is priceless.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This book is another quest/travel tale. Two children, Eustace and Jill, are brought to Narnia and sent to find the missing Prince Rilian. They are accompianied by Puddleglum, a Marsh-wiggle. (Marsh-wiggles, if you don't know, are somewhat frog like humanoids who live in the marshes of Narnia.) The three venture to the lands inhabited by giants and face a number of dangers as they get to the bottom of things. Along the way, the characters struggle with the hardships of the quest and their own personal shortcomings. It was a delightful tale, albeit not as enjoyable as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Still, it was good enough to keep on my shelf.--J.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Eustace Scrub and Jill Pole search for Prince Rilian, son of Caspian. They are accompanied / guided by the marshwiggle, Puddleglum, who is one of the more delightful characters in the entire Narnia series.
Anonymous 11 months ago
One cannot read fantasy without the Narnia Chronicles. It is probably one of the top 3 alegories ever written, and the as a good friend of Tolken the two (Tolken and Lewis) are the foundation of all modern fantasy and they remain the gold standard.... for good reason.