The Horse and His Boy: Full Color Edition

The Horse and His Boy: Full Color Edition

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A full-color paperback edition of The Horse and His Boy, book three in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-color cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

The Horse and His Boy is the third book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series that has drawn readers of all ages into a magical land where horses talk and destiny awaits for over sixty years. This is a novel that stands on its own, but if you would like to return to Narnia, read Prince Caspian, the fourth book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064409407
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/22/2000
Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series
Edition description: Full-Color Collector's Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 131,756
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 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 Horse and His Boy

Chapter Ten

The Hermit of the Southern March

After they had ridden for several hours down the valley, it widened out and they could see what was ahead of them. The river which they had been following here joined a broader river, wide and turbulent, which flowed from their left to their right, towards the east. Beyond this new river a delightful country rose gently in low hills, ridge beyond ridge, to the Northern Mountains themselves. To the right there were rocky pinnacles, one or two of them with snow clinging to the ledges. To the left, pine-clad slopes, frowning cliffs, narrow gorges, and blue peaks stretched away as far as the eye could reach. Shasta could no longer make out Mount Pire. Straight ahead the mountain range sank to a wooded saddle which of course had to be the pass from Archenland into Narnia.

"Broo-hoo-hoo, the North, the green North!" neighed Bree: and certainly the lower hills looked greener and fresher than anything that Aravis and Shasta, with their southern-bred eyes, had ever imagined. Spirits rose as they clattered down to the water's-meet of the two rivers.

The eastern-flowing river, which was pouring from the higher mountains at the western end of the range, was far too swift and too broken with rapids for them to think of swimming it; but after some casting about, up and down the bank, they found a place shallow enough to wade. The roar and clatter of water, the great swirl against the horses' fetlocks, the cool, stirring air and the darting dragonflies, filled Shasta with a strange excitement.

"Friends, we are in Archenland!" said Bree proudly as he splashed and churned his way out onthe Northern bank. "I think that river we've just crossed is called the Winding Arrow."

"I hope we're in time," murmured Hwin.

Then they began going up, slowly and zigzagging a good deal, for the hills were steep. It was all open park-like country with no roads or houses in sight. Scattered trees, never thick enough to be a forest, were everywhere. Shasta, who had lived all his life in an almost tree-less grassland, had never seen so many or so many kinds. If you had been there you would probably have known (he didn't) that he was seeing oaks, beeches, silver birches, rowans, and sweet chestnuts. Rabbits scurried away in every direction as they advanced, and presently they saw a whole herd of fallow deer making off among the trees.

"Isn't it simply glorious!" said Aravis.

At the first ridge Shasta turned in the saddle and looked back. There was no sign of Tashbaan; the desert, unbroken except by the narrow green crack down which they had travelled, spread to the horizon.

"Hullo!" he said suddenly. "What's that?"

"What's what?" said Bree, turning round. Hwin and Aravis did the same.

"That," said Shasta, pointing. "It looks like smoke. Is it a fire?"

"Sand-storm, I should say," said Bree.

"Not much wind to raise it," said Aravis.

"Oh!" exclaimed Hwin. "Look! There are things flashing in it. Look! They're helmets -- and armour. And it's moving: moving this way."

"By Tash!" said Aravis. "It's the army. It's Rabadash."

"Of course it is," said Hwin. "Just what I was afraid of. Quick! We must get to Anvard before it." And without another word she whisked round and began galloping North. Bree tossed his head and did the same.

"Come on, Bree, come on," yelled Aravis over her shoulder.

The race was very gruelling for the Horses. As they topped each ridge they found another valley and another ridge beyond it; and though they knew they were going in more or less the right direction, no one knew how far it was to Anvard. From the top of the second ridge Shasta looked back again. Instead of a dust-cloud well out in the desert he now saw a black, moving mass, rather like ants, on the far bank of the Winding Arrow. They were doubtless looking for a ford.

"They're on the river!" he yelled wildly.

"Quick! Quick!" shouted Aravis. "We might as well not have come at all if we don't reach Anvard in time. Gallop, Bree, gallop. Remember you're a war-horse."

It was all Shasta could do to prevent himself from shouting out similar instructions; but he thought, "The poor chap's doing all he can already," and held his tongue. And certainly both Horses were doing, if not all they could, all they thought they could; which is not quite the same thing. Bree had caught up with Hwin and they thundered side by side over the turf. It didn't look as if Hwin could possibly keep it up much longer.

At that moment everyone's feelings were completely altered by a sound from behind. It was not the sound they had been expecting to hear -- the noise of hooves and jingling armour, mixed, perhaps, with Calormene battle-cries. Yet Shasta knew it at once. It was the same snarling roar he had heard that moonlit night when they first met Aravis and Hwin. Bree knew it too. His eyes gleamed red and his ears lay flat back on his skull. And Bree now discovered that he had not really been going as fast -- not quite as fast -- as he could. Shasta felt the change at once. Now they were really going all out. In a few seconds they were well ahead of Hwin.

"It's not fair," thought Shasta. "I did think we'd be safe from lions here!"

He looked over his shoulder. Everything was only too clear. A huge tawny creature, its body low to the ground, like a cat streaking across the lawn to a tree when a strange dog has got into the garden, was behind them. And it was nearer every second and half second.

The Horse and His Boy. Copyright © by C. Lewis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

How Shasta Set Out On His Travels
A Wayside Adventure
At the Gates of Tashbaan
Shasta Falls In With the Narnians
Prince Corin
Shasta Among the Tombs
Aravis in Tashbaan
In the House of the Tisroc
Across the Desert
The Hermit of the Southern March
The Unwelcome Fellow Traveler
Shasta in Narnia
The Fight at Anvard
How Bree Became a Wiser Horse
Rabadash the Ridiculous

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The Horse and His Boy: Full Color Edition 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
jmattas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in the Narnia chronicles is a nice little adventure, but since it doesn't deal with the connection between our world and Narnia, it feels a bit insignificant. There is a parallel, though: A boy and a girl escape to Narnia from the not-fun-at-all southern neighbor Kalormen.Aslan's role is increasingly godlike, laying down axiomatic moral judgments.
Maggie_Rum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The entire series is a masterpiece. This particular work had an air of middle eastern or persian history to it, which set it apart from the rest. A great story.
ceci.m.foster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SUMMARY - The horse and his boy is the 4th book in the Narnis series.In this story we see a young boy called Shasta with a horrible father and a sad life. Now Shasta has a cloudy past and is different from the other Caloremenes. Shasta has light skin and works like a slave for his supposed Father. ONe day a cheif of Caloremen decides to buy Shasta as his slave, and in despration, Shasta speaks to the Cheifs horse. THere is only on thing wrong with this, the horse talks back. The horse tells Shasta of Narnia where he is from, and together they run away to find Narnia and be free. Along the way, the Horse and his boy find a run away Caloremene Princess and her talking horse, and theyy travel to Narnia together. While traveling they here some plans to attack Narnia being made by a Caloremene king. The group rushes to Archenland and Narni to warn of the attack. After the battle is finished, The king of Archenland discovers that Shasta is his long lost son, and the heir to the throne. Shasta marries the runaway Caloremene Princess, and rules the throne happy ever after.REVIEW - I think this book is rather off topic of the Narnia series. In this story we focus more on Caloremene, a dangerous long time enemy of Narnia, who is never mentioned much. We also zero in on Archenlad, which is a neighboring alliance of Narnia. However off topic, I think this is my favorite book in the Narnia series. I really enjoyed thi story because, all throughout the Narnia series, Caloremene was thought of as an evil country, and now we get a more inside veiw of their people. I would suggest this book to kids of all ages. I think this book deserves at least four stars. C.S Lewis did a great job in writhing this story, as he does with most all of his tales.
susan139 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Possibly the hardest book to get into, we don't have any familiar characters until late on into the book, and Narnia does not appear until very late. An interesting book, and opens out the world around Narnia.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
A marriage proposal to a grown Susan is really just a plot to take over Narnia, and the only people who can stop it are a run away slave and a talking horse. A fun adventure that has grown on me the more times I've read it.
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I have really gotten into The Chronicles of Narnia after reading #1, The Magician's Nephew. This was the 3rd one I've read (after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and I think it is the best of the 3! It has suspense in it as Shasta and Aravis struggle to reach King Lune and Archenland ahead of Prince Ramadash's army. With the aid of two talking horses they reach the land of the north and are able to save both kingdoms. It has a good surprise ending as Shasta finds out who he really is and who his family really is. I loved this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Narnia book,although I like them all. I especially like Bree and Hwin(the horses). I also enjoy the suspense involved:this book is not at all boring.A very good read.