Author: C.S. Lewis
Publication Date: March 5, 2002 (originally published October 16, 1950)
Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy
They open a door and enter a world
NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.
I’m not generally one to read a book so old but I feel left out having not read a lot of these older children’s books that EVERYONE seems to have read when they were a child except me. I guess I always had my nose inside a Harry Potter book? I’m not sure, but I thought it would be fun to read The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time, as a 27 year old 🤷♀️ I was pleasantly surprised with this story and I love that even as an adult this was still a lot of fun and I enjoyed it very much!
First I want to say that I listened to this as an audiobook which was narrated by Michael York who did a superb job. Michael really captured the essence of the story and I felt entirely drawn into the world while listening. Being only 206 pages this audiobook was quick also, only 4 hours and I listened to it in an afternoon!
I went into this book knowing the story because I’ve seen the movie and I enjoyed that the movie actually portrayed the book very well! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy story about Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter as they find themselves stepping through a wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia. As they begin a new adventure in this enchanting realm they also have to deal with the White Witch, who has taken over Narnia and caused an endless winter (but without Christmas!). There’s a prophecy to contend with, as well as some talking beavers that enjoy a nice cold beverage while eating dinner 🤣, a potential kidnapping, and a brother that will do anything to annoy the crap out of everyone.
There was so much charm to this story I can see why it is still so beloved. The characters were all adorable (except Edmund because he was a little shit) and I want them to go on so many fun adventures! All 4 siblings managed to balance each other out without anyone trying to outshine the others. Peter was brave and content, he showed strength and wisdom while still being so young himself! Susan was incredibly level headed and is basically the den mother. Edmund is a little shit and everyone else cleans up after his mistakes. Lucy is incredibly adorable and I loved her most of all! She went to Narnia alone the first time and had no fear.
I felt like I went on an adventure myself with this story. The descriptors for Narnia were so well done I could imagine this world perfectly, and it makes me so sad I will never be able to see it with my own eyes. I can’t help but love a story that not only has great characters but also incredible world building.
I hope to continue this story soon with The Horse and His Boy.