The Horse and His Boy

Style: Classic

Attitude: Positive

In Brief: Criticised for its black-and-white portrayal of the Narnians and Calormenes. Straightforward adventure journey tale demonstrating overcoming prejudice and pride, pushing oneself to ones limits to help friends, and trusting even when you can't see the outcome.

Cover of The Horse and His Boy

Author: C.S. Lewis

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia

Publisher: Puffin

Age Range: Children+

Period: Mid 20th C

Setting: Narnia

Genres:  AnimalClassicFantasyGrowing-UpMagic


  • Shasta is a fair-skinned Narnian boy living among swarthy Calormenes until he escapes with a Narnian horse, Bree. He overcomes his cowardice and mistrust of Aravis and Hwin, the Calormene girl and Narnian mare they meet on the way, and finally risks a dangerous journey to warn the Narnians of an impending attack.


Shasta, a Narnian living among Calormenes, escapes on Bree, a Narnian horse. They travel together towards Narnia, falling in with Aravis, escaping an unattractive marriage prospect, on Hwin, likewise a Narnian horse. They discover a plot to invade Narnia and must travel a difficult road to warn the northeners and, incidentally, to discover Shasta's true identity.

Tuesday 1st January 2002