Released in 1951, Prince Caspian was published in the UK 70 years ago. Telling the story of the four Pevensie children who haad returned to Narnia a year later after their previous adventure, it sees them shocked to discover how the mystical land they found in the back of a wardrobe had changed completely. With over 1300 years since Edmund, Peter, Lucy and Susan last stepped foot in the mystical land, the stakes are entirely different as a completely changed world is there to welcome them back.
After the successful 2005 adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian would also be adapted into a film in 2008, starring Ben Barnes as the titular Prince, as well as other adaptations into radio plays and more. It’s a pivotal book in a series that has now become one of the codifiers of children’s fantasy, and still one of my favourites in the franchise.