#9: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (52 Books / 52 Weeks)

This year, I’ve set a goal to read 52 books in 52 weeks. You can see my list and track my progress here. If you’re interested in taking the challenge yourself and joining a group of people with the same commitment, please request to join our Facebook group. The group will remain open to new members through February, but the later you join, the more catching up you will have to do. In addition to tracking what I’ve read in my original list, one way I intend to keep current with this goal is write a short article about each book as I finish them. You will be able to visit Amazon’s page for each of the books by clicking on the image or the title below.


The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis


Fiction – Third in the Chronicles of Narnia Series


Shasta, a slave boy, receives a visit from a talking horse, and together they set out on a journey to return to Narnia.


This was the first of the Narnia series that I hadn’t either read before (The Magician’s Nephew) or seen the movie (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe), and I didn’t know what to expect.  Having read the book, I understand why it wasn’t picked to be a movie, though it may be eventually.  The majority of the book is a simple story about a boy and horse and their journey.  That said, it is a masterful example of storytelling.  Truth be told, this book took a little longer to “get into” for me than the others in the story, but once I did it was hard to put down.  The Christian allegory in this particular book is extraordinary and extremely well done.  The symbolism of Aslan’s involvement throughout the whole story is touching.


  1. Outside of LWW this is my favorite one of the Narnia books.

    • I haven’t read the rest of them yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to end up in the same place. I love how well the story was told in this book and the Christian imagery is breath taking. I love the way Lewis tells his stories as if he is standing there in the room with you as you read.