The story of a battle in the reign of the Pevensies (which was alluded to in the second book), The Horse and His Boy hardly seems like an extension or installment of The Chronicles of Narnia . In fact the only clue I had of this book was the familiar characters (hardly) of the Pevensies and their talking beast friends. In this book, Lewis seemed to lose his audience, talking of more regal things as romance, and losing the innocence of accidental adventure that we find in its two predecessors. The non-childishness in fact, messes with the magestic mysticism that is the series. And it didn't help that I had no idea about the other lands surrounding Narnia, a leap in geography.
Though I'd hate to say it, for the first two-thirds of the novel, I anxiously anticipated the end.But the endearing parable didn't fail to disappoint.The tale of a slave boy's journey to his true reality of royalty was what kept me in. Though his adventure wasn't it, it was his encounter with Aslan and his dicovery of faith that made me read till the end.
In encourage you to read, though sluggish at the start, till the end, you will see what makes it apart of The Chronicles of Narnia .