Voyage of the Dawn Treader: My Favorite Narnia Book

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THIS WEEK’S PROMPT:

Which Narnia book is your favorite and why?

Voyage of the Dawn Treader: My Favorite Narnia Book

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has always been my favorite Narnia book. Part of that is undoubtedly because it focuses on Lucy, my favorite protagonist throughout the series. However, more importantly, I have always loved the sense of adventure the book imparts. Going beyond the known boundaries of Narnia is incredibly exciting! Readers never know what the voyagers will encounter next–scholars, dragons, maybe even a star! The joy of discovery is on every page.

However, Dawn Treader also possesses its more somber moments, which give the book the weight I think it needs to be something I truly want to return to again and again. Though Caspian and his crew are thrilled to be sailing where few have sailed before, not all their discoveries are wonderful. Lucy falls to temptation and experiences heartbreak. Eustace succumbs to greed and faces the possibility of never being able to return again. Reepicheep must decide if the quest is worth his life. The questions they each face, about what is most important to them and why, are the questions readers must confront in their own lives. And that makes the book resonate with me each time I pick it up.

The entire Narnia series is one that I love returning to year after year. But Dawn Treader has always held a special place in my heart. It seems to encompass so much! And in such a small volume. The best books are the ones that reveal something new to me each time I return. And Dawn Treader continues to do that.

25 thoughts on “Voyage of the Dawn Treader: My Favorite Narnia Book

  1. libraryaunty says:

    Yes, I love Reepicheep too! He taught me a thing or two about forgiving your enemies and being kind to them when he stayed up to keep Eustace company when he was so miserable during his enchantment. I also loved the method of arrival in and departure from Narnia in this book.

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    • Krysta says:

      Yes! That’s so beautiful! I also love Reepicheep’s character arc. I’m getting a little teary-eyed just thinking about it.

      And, oh, yes! The picture frame is such a wonderful transition into Narnia!

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  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I really wanted to participate in this post, but alas, I’ve never read any Narnia books beyond The Lion, the Witch, and the Waredrobe. I didn’t read these until I was an adult and I just… struggled. I like Lewis’s adult writing much more than his children’s writing, sadly. But it sounds like I need to read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader at least! Perhaps my kids will like these and engage me with them?

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  3. Isobel Necessary says:

    Voyage of the Dawn Treader has one of the best endings in the series, I think (it’s been a long time since I read it, but it’s the end of Reepicheep’s storyline I particularly like). Personally, I like The Horse and His Boy – I understand why readers in recent years have taken issue with the different language used to describe the Calormenes and Narnians (which can be read as racist or promoting whiteness), and it doesn’t feature any Pevensie children prominently, but I love the adventure as the characters ride across the land. It’s nice to see the story’s world in a different way, too. Similarly, I also really like The Magician’s Nephew – I’m particularly drawn to the woodland with all the pools of water leading to different worlds (the C20th kids’ fantasy version of the doors in Monster’s Inc, I always thought)!

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    • Krysta says:

      I agree that The Horse and His Boy hasn’t aged as well as some of the other titles in the series. Still, I think it’s interesting to have a story set outside of Narnia AND to have a book where the Pevensies aren’t the main focus. It’s a tantalizing glimpse of what their time as kings and queens was like.

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  4. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed dawn treader, considering I watched the movie first and didn’t take to it. But the book is so much better. And I also liked that it focused on Lucy- her story arc in this one was really interesting.

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    • Krysta says:

      I think the movies are quite different from the books! I’d love to see another set of movie remakes that captures the spirit of the books a little better.

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