Read between: 26th-30th January 2016
Number of pages: 171
Published : 2002 (originally 1950)
Synopsis: Lucy steps into the Professor’s wardrobe- but steps out again in a snowy forest. She’s stumbled into the world of Narnia, a land of unicorns, centaurs, fauns…and the wicked White Witch, who terrorises all. Lucy soon realises that Narnia, and in particular, Aslan, the great Lion, need her help if the country’s creatures are ever going to be free again….
Review: A bias rating, but a deserving one, this book is my favourite of the Narnia books. It features a place where it is always winter, but never Christmas- and for many, it is the one that they know the best, and the one they adore. I’m no different.
In this book, we meet the Penvensie siblings, Lucy- the main character, Edmund, Peter and Susan, who’s adventures continue throughout the rest of the series. After being evacuated to the country, they end up staying a big house owned by a Professor, with lots of rooms to explore. It’s in one of these rooms, that Lucy discovers a wardrobe with a magical forest inside. The world of Narnia. There she was tea with a faun named Tumnus, but on her return to the spare room, all of her siblings think she is playing a game. However, when needing somewhere to hide, all four siblings eventually discover Lucy’s magical world together and are thrown into adventure, and a battle between good and evil. The evil being the White Witch as she fights for her claim as Queen of Narnia, against the rightful King, the mighty lion, Aslan.
There is so much to this book and I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone because you really need to read it to fall in love with it. Lucy’s childhood fascination with the wardrobe and the world inside, Edmund’s treachery, and the mature, but sometimes bossy nature of both Peter and Susan gives each of the children a unique quality without the need for intricate detail. However, sometimes there personalities put me off slightly- Edmund was too greedy, so betrayed his family, and Peter sometimes acted older than he was (although it’s never said what his actual age is.)
It is Aslan who I like the most, yes, he is a lion, but he is kindly and courageous even in the worst of times. He is always thinking of the creatures of Narnia, and in the end, it is this kindliness that eventually works in his favour to diminish the evil.
The title of the book is creative because it includes all the crucial elements of the plot. If you have read, or are going to read the story, their importance is obvious as you read the book. It’s a story that starts by a sparked curiosity, and it becomes a beloved tale. Another clever element is that between our world and Narnia, time does not move. The four characters not only grow, but they mature into noble adults as the Two Kings and Queens of Narnia, as foretold in a prophecy the White Witch was trying to stop happening.
WHEN ADAM’S FLESH AND ADAM’S BONE,
SITS AT CAIR PARAVEL IN THRONE
THE EVIL TIME WILL BE OVER AND DONE
I love this story- I also like the film adapatation but as this is a book review I won;t divulge on that 😛
The story is wonderful, and it’s actually the first book that C.S Lewis published- and its clear to see why he wanted to continue.
For new Narnia readers, I would recommend starting here. As much as the Magician’s Nephew starts the beginnings of Narnia itself, it’s more of a prequel.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Thanks for reading!