Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Eustace Clarence Scrubb returns to Narnia in the fourth book of the series
and has matured after his trip on the Dawn Treader. On this adventure
to Narnia he goes with a school mate named Jill Pole.
In the opening scene Jill Pole is crying after being victimized by
"Them", a notorious gang of bullies at her school
Experiment House. When Eustace finds her in the back of the school he tries to
comfort her by telling her about his experiences in Narnia. Jill believes him
and they agree to try to get to Narnia by summoning Aslan. Eustace and
Jill are promptly chased by some of
"Them" until they reach a door that is normally locked and
it opens to Aslan's Country.
The ensuing adventure begins after Eustace falls of a cliff into Narnia and
Aslan comes to blow him to land safely. Aslan then gives Jill an important task
that is crucial to the future of the kingdom of Narnia. Jill must
remember four signs that Aslan says will help her and Eustace find King
Caspian's long lost son Prince Rilian. Immediately the first sign is botched
when Eustace doesn't recognize King Caspian as the elderly king leaving on a
ship. When Jill and Eustace find out about Caspian they are allowed to stay at
Cair Paravel until the kings returns. However, an owl named Glimfeather tells
them they must leave in secret at once if they want to succeed to find Prince
Rilian because Regent Trumpkin has banned Narnians from the task after years of
Glimfeather takes Jill and Eustace to a marshland where they meet the
lovably pessimistic Marsh-wiggle Puddleglum. He assumes the worst about
everything, but is considered too cheerful by his fellow Marsh-wiggles. The
three of them journey together to travel to the land of the ancient ruined city
of the giants. After they pass by the giants who live in Ettinsmoor unnoticed,
they meet the beautiful Lady of the Green Kirtle who is accompanied
by a suspiciously silent knight in black armor. The lady tells them to go to
the castle of giants at Harfang for the Autumn Feast.
Puddleglum is doubtful and doesn't want to visit the castle, but Jill and
Eustace are so cold and tired they go against his concerns and insist on going.
By the time they reach Harfang the children are somewhat frightened. The
giants at the castle treat them with great respect and take care of their
needs. As Puddleglum and the kids plan getting to the ruined city they
find out that they are going to be the meals for the Autumn Feast.
At the earliest opportunity they escape from the castle and were chased
by several noble giants. They had to hide in a cave to survive. They ended
up falling down a slope and slid for miles underground. After finding each
other in the darkness, a group of earthmen tell them to follow them by order of
the queen. Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum are now in Underland.
After traveling an endless journey further underground and across
the Sunless Sea they reach a castle. The three of them meet a man in the castle
who tells them how much the queen has helped him deal with his curse where he
turns into a lunatic every night for a certain period of time. The man
tells them that no matter what he says that he must stay shackled to a silver
chair so that he won't turn into a deadly snake. Puddleglum and the kids are
scared, but comply with his request.
Though Jill, Eustace, and Puddleglum say they don't want to watch the man
turn into the lunatic, they feel compelled to witness his transformation. When
the man is strapped to the silver chair he begs them to set him free and that
he is sane, but being held prisoner. After he says "in the name of
Aslan" they recognize the fourth sign and unleash him after a quick
debate. The freed man reveals that he is Prince Rilian and was being used by a
witch in a nefarious plan to overthrow Narnia.
Prince Rilian and his rescuers have a showdown with the queen of Underland,
who is the Lady of the Green Kirtle. The Lady tries to use the same evil magic
she used to brainwash Prince Rilian to make them all forget who they are and
where they came from, but a brave act by Puddleglum enables them to get their
senses back. When the Lady sees her magic has failed she turns into a snake and
is about to kill Rilian when Eustace and Puddleglum come to his aid and the
three of them kill her.
After the queen's death all of the earthmen are free from her spell and they
all escape to Bism--the Bottom of the World. Rilian, Puddleglum, Eustace and
Jill use the path to Overland constructed by the earthmen in the evil plot to
return to Narnia. After they are pulled from underground to their
freedom by dancing Fauns and other Narnian creatures, King Caspian sees his son
Rilian one last time before passing away.
King Caspian is resurrected as a young man in Aslan's Country where Jill and
Eustace get to speak with him and Aslan. They come up with a plan to get
revenge on the bullies in Experiment House when they return to their own world.
The bullies are still trying to open the door Jill and Eustace left through in
England when they are terrified and beaten by Caspian, Jill and Eustace and see
the back of Aslan when the door opens. Afterwards all the bullies are expelled
and Experiment House replaces its headmistress and becomes an effective school.