The Horse and His Boy is the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia series published in 1954, and could very well be the most random story of the series. Set in the magical world of Narnia, this story introduces new characters and sheds light on the events surrounding the reign of the Pevensie siblings (not really, though!)
The story primarily revolves around a boy named Shasta, who was a slave in the land of Calormen. Through absolutely convenient chance, he meets a talking Narnian horse named Bree, who reveals that they both desire to escape their current circumstances and embark on a journey to Narnia.
Shasta and Bree encounter various obstacles, face treacherous enemies, and experience personal growth throughout their journey. Lewis weaves together themes of courage, loyalty, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s true identity.
The landscape of Calormen is heavily inspired by the Middle East, as it is a vast desert, with a culture that has many tribal or nomadic elements, even though it is extremely stereotypical, especially when set against the lush forests and majestic castles of Narnia.
All in all, I thought this was just meh. It didn’t add much to the overall Narnia story, especially because the main characters of the series barely appear in this particular story. So, I guess it felt very random!