- Orual is the ugly sister, but she loves Psyche dearly. When the god selects Psyche to be sacrificed, she nearly dies. Afterward, she begins to wear a veil to hide her face from the world. She becomes a great warrior queen, yet nothing satisfies her, and so she begins to write a book: her complaint against the injustice of the gods.
Very few people have read this book, yet it is in my opinion C.S. Lewis’ best novel. It’s a retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche from the ugly sister’s point of view. Not only is it the only story Lewis wrote with a female protagonist, it captures Lewis’ love for classic Greco-Roman myth in a way that none of his other works does.
Read it. Even if you don’t like Narnia.
Especially if you don’t like Narnia.