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The Silver Chair

(The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  205,406 ratings  ·  4,118 reviews
Jill and Eustace must rescue the Prince from the evil Witch.

NARNIA...where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell...and where the adventure begins.

Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor...or does it? Onc
Paperback, 243 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1953)
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Debbie The Silver Chair was the fourth book in the series to originally be published, as they were not written in the chronological reading order which was…moreThe Silver Chair was the fourth book in the series to originally be published, as they were not written in the chronological reading order which was afterwards intended. The reading order places this book sixth out of the seven books. Goodreads is obviously going with the publication order.(less)

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I started reading this with my boy ages ago, but I never got around to marking it as finished here on Goodreads.

Generally speaking, I enjoyed reading him the book, and he liked hearing it. I have a nostalgia for the Narnia Chronicles, too. And that makes these books a little sweeter for me.

My younger boy (age 3.5 at the time of reading) enjoyed it too. Especially some of the more action-oriented scenes, and the stuff underground.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4), C. S. Lewis
The Silver Chair is a children's fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1953. It was the fourth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956); it is volume six in recent editions, which are sequenced according to Narnian history.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سال 2002 میلادی
عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا 4: صندلی نقره ای جادویی؛ نویسنده: سی.اس. لوئیس؛ مترجم: شهناز انوشیروانی؛ تهران، محیط، 1376؛ در 184 ص؛
Deborah Markus
Ah, the strange joys of Narnia! How is a middle-aged feminist nonbeliever supposed to feel about this contradictory volume?

Pro: Jill Pole is a strong, active, fun, funny, vigorous girl that any reader, male or female, will be happy to have as a protagonist.

Con: Jill's old enough to be active, but young enough not to be a sexual being. Which is clearly the only reason Lewis is comfortable having her around, because:

Con: Once again, Lewis only allows grown women as characters when they're scary,
Probably the weakest so far, but scraped 4 stars and still fun

More tomorrow :)

Right I have been thinking about this review all day. It was the weakest of the books so far with what felt almost like a padded out story and I was thinking it would be a 3 star read. That said i didn't bank on Puddleglum, he was the real star of the book and added enough to make me give it 4 stars.

The book features the Pevensie's cousin Eustace, now a Narnian regular and a "jolly good chap" with a schoolfriend of hi
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy and lovers of a good Quest story.
Finally, a proper novel! Thank you, Mr. Lewis. Sixth time's the charm, eh?

The Silver Chair is my favorite out of all the Narnia books. Not only does it have all the usual elements of this wonderful, rich fantasy world Lewis created, but the characters are better, at least in my opinion, the story feels less contrived, and it has the added benefit of being a proper novel. That is to say, it has: a) an actual plot; b) an identifiable climactic point; and c) a clear, concise denouement. For once, I
The Silver Chair is a fascinating adventure story of the Chronicles of Narnia. After my disappointment over The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I was a little apprehensive as to how I would receive it. But all my fears were groundless as the story held my interest from the first chapter.

For the first time, we don't meet the Pevensies. Instead we meet Eustace, returned to Narnia with Jill Pole, a school friend of his. Although one misses Pevensies, the characters of Eustace and Jill who replace them
I'm just going to give a generic opinion of the whole series.

We love them.

The end.

Okay, so maybe I'll tell you that we read them outloud to the kids almost 2 years ago. So they were 5 going on 6 and 2. They all loved them and followed the plot and talked about the characters during their play.

We're re-reading them again (now ages 8, 4 and 2) and they're loving them even more than the first time. All I hear, all day long is "For Narnia" and then they rush through the house, swords drawn. They hav
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, books-i-own
The 6th book in the Chronicles of Narnia, Eustace from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is back and this time he brings along a schoolmate, Jill Pole to adventure in Narnia. I always had the impression that this particular book was scary or the darkest of the series. Blame it on the BBC series that I saw on YTV as a kid.I thought the Queen was going to be as dark and mean as the one from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. However, I felt it was a bit boring.
Ashley Daviau
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series so much. No matter how many times I read it, I never get tired of it! And each time I read it, it’s like I’m discovering Narnia for the first time again. This book is one of my favourites out of the series, I love the adventures our heroes go through to save the lost prince and return him to his rightful place. It allows us a look at a different part of the world of Narnia and it truly is magical!
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I forgot how much I love him.

"I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."


(Also, these two bits were particularly priceless. xD

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 made her an Inspector to interf
Ms. Smartarse
C.S. Lewis and I are never going to see eye to eye. First, because I've yet to feel any desire to participate in a seance, and second, I prefer my manipulative (religious) propaganda to be much more subtle in nature.

And yet, despite all the above, I can't help but keep coming back to these books. What can I say? The appeal of a magical world in a wardrobe is irresistible. Yes, I knooooow it's not actually inside the wardrobe, yadda yadda yadda...

Narnia business

I loved reading about the latest developments in
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, classics
4.5 stars

Such an epic ending ! In this book, Eustace and Jill travel back to Narnia. Jill meets Aslan and she's assigned to find the long-lost prince, there're signs to remember while they're wandering into the dangerous land. But Jill forgets all things Aslan tells her, that makes they lost themself in the giant city. They must find a way out.

I found out that this book has the slow beginning, but when Eustace, Jill and Puddleglum travel to the Underworld, it gets better. IMO, The Silver Chair i
Dannii Elle
This is my sixth journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.

Eustace Stubb and Jill Pole manage to escape the bullies of their own world and enter into the fantastical lands of Narnia. Borne on a lion's breath they descend and discover that the lands are once again in turmoil. Young Prince Rilian is missing and old King Caspian is on his death bed, with no heir to precede him. It is up to the duo, along with the
Ian D
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-lit, fantasy
Συμπεράσματα μετά από 6 βιβλία του Χρονικού της Νάρνια:

- Η πλοκή ακολουθεί τη σειρά "παιδιά μπαίνουν στη Νάρνια - συναντούν μια σειρά από χαρακτήρες ή καλούς ή κακούς - οι ήρωές μας τα κάνουν θάλασσα - έρχεται ο Άσλαν και σώζει την κατάσταση - αποχαιρετισμοί - επιστροφή στο 1". Το λες και τυφλοσούρτη.
- Οι αγαπημένες φράσεις του Lewis ήταν presently και Great Scott!
- Τα πολλά κενά στην υπόθεση καλύπτονται με τη προσφιλή λύση "a wizard did it".
- Λογικά, το 7ο βιβλίο θα κλείσει με τη φράση "It was
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it
The last two books are definitely not in line for my favourites. There are various factors -- one of which is simply that I don't like seeing Narnia come to an end! But the main one is that I don't find Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum that compelling as main characters. Or Rillian, for that matter, even though he's Caspian's son. They're quite realistic and human, and lack the nobility that Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy have, I think. Perhaps too realistic. I want to kick Jill a lot of the time for ...more
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
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Helen Power
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Another great instalment in the Chronicles of Narnia! I think Puddleglum is quite possibly the best character ever created. I would love to see a series starring him. His attitude is like a bad-ass Eeyore.
Jay Kennedy
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant, one of my favourite Chronicle of Narnia books.
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I felt that The Silver Chair gave better character arcs to the "son and daughter of Adam and Eve" than some of the other Narnia books. The focus of the book seemed to be shared between the children, Eustace and Jill, as well as the quest - instead of focusing on the quest alone. Also, the Marsh-wiggle is a well drawn character and pretty unique from Lewis' other personalities in Narnia.
Like the other books in the series, this one continues to touch the surface of the adventures and explanations
Anne Hamilton
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e, christian, threshold
Once upon a time, about forty years ago, I read the entire series of The Chronicles of Narnia in a single week. Way back then, I would probably given The Silver Chair two stars. But only because I was feeling generous and I was still in the halo of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Some time in the interim, The Silver Chair moved from the bottom of my ratings to the top. And I do mean the very top. Today I'd give it more than five stars, if I could. Its rise has been steady; modest at first, it eve
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I'm getting a smidge frustrated that we are starting to follow the side characters from other Narnia novels. I want more Lucy! I want more Peter!

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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
This was a re-read and I own a physical copy of the entire series!

DISCLAIMER: I loved Puddleglum!

On the other hand, The Silver Chair didn't quite live up to my expectations. It follows Eustace from the previous book in the series and a classmate called Jill. To escape a group of bullies, they venture outside of their school and arrive back into the world of Narnia. Their quest is to save a Prince from impending danger! Although I enjoyed the world-building, I found the pacing to be quite slow an
Carmen de la Rosa
Lo siento pero este libro es el peor de la saga.

Nada de lo que sucedió en este libro me gusto, me aburrió muchísimo, los personajes se me hicieron tan grises, lo que sucedió en la trama me hacia pensar que no sucedió en Narnia, no había magia, no había esa sensación de ilusión, no lo disfrute en absoluto, hubo partes demasiado pesadas, fue el libro que más pesado y lento se me hizo.

Eustace regresa con una amiga de la escuela, Jill. Para encontrar al Príncipe desaparecido, cuya desaparición ha p
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنوز هم معتقد نیستم که نویسنده عنوان خوبی برای این جلدش انتخاب کرده باشه.. شاید تنها یک کمی از یک فصل به این صندلی نقره ای می پردازه که در واقع شاهزاده لیرین رو طلسم کرده و وقتی شاهزاده با کمک یوستس و جیل و باتلاقی موفق میشن که شاهزاده رو از طلسم آزاد کنن، شاهزاده اون صندلی نقره ای رو با شمشیرش تکه تکه میکنه. همین..
شاید اگه نام خود شاهزاده گمشده عنوان میشد بهتر می بود.
به هر حال به نظرم جلدهای قبلی نارنیا بهتر بودن اگر چه از ماجراجویی هم این جلد کم نداشت.

اینا همه به کنار چند تا جمله آخرهای رما
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another one year in London and about 50 years in Narnia. Eustace Scrubb was comforting his friend, Jill Pole when the kid that bullied Jill came. They ran to hide and stumbled into another world where Eustace fell to a cliff but saved by Aslan. The two of them were then sent to Narnia to find the missing Prince Rillian, son of Caspian X and the heir of Narnia throne.

Eustace and Jill is my favorite pair in Narnia series. I especially love their adventures in this book because their innocence. Whi
R.J. Rodda
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, fantasy
A pleasure to read this to my kids. Arguably my favourite Narnia book! And isn't this every bullied child's dream - to escape the bullies and be whisked away to a magical land?
David Sarkies
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Well, here we have another C.S. Lewis book which suggests that this post might actually be quite long. The reason for this is that C.S. Lewis is one of the most considered writers that I know and when he wrote, and published, a book he never did it by halves. As such we have, like the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia, a book that while it has been written for children, and generally aimed at children (which is impressive for somebody who never had children o
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe Narnia is not for me. I mean, I loved the first one but, it had a sparkle I haven't found in the others so far. This one was even slow pace wich is stupid cause the letter is huge and the number of pages a piece of cake for a normal reader. It is adventurous as all the other books I've read so far but the new characters lack something the originals had. Anyway, it helps when you just read something very long and challenging.

Sigo leyendo las continuaciones porque quiero saber como acaba la
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Despite what the title implies, a silver chair is not the star of The Silver Chair. The seat in question isn't a grand MacGuffin or a legendary artifact; it's just a prop of moderate prominence present in a single scene. If it weren't for the book's heading, I doubt most readers would remember the chair, much less what color it was. And this got me wondering; what would it be like if the rest of The Chronicles of Naria were named in a similar fashion? (i.e. for an somewhat important but potentia ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) (7 books)
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