Published in: 1950
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 2 in the Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological order)
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, completed in the winter of 1949 & published in 1950, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Prof. Digory Kirke’s house that leads to the magical land of Narnia, which is currently under the spell of a witch. The four children fulfill an ancient, mysterious prophecy while in Narnia. The Pevensie children help Aslan (the Turkish word for lion) & his army save Narnia from the evil White Witch, who’s reigned over the Narnia in winter for 100 years.
This is one of those sad circumstances where I saw the movie before reading the book, meaning I unfortunately imagine the actors as the characters when reading this book. Annoying, as now I will never know how my imagination may have created these scenarios as I read, but at least this isn’t one of those books where it detracts too badly from the story.
The story itself is so much fun. I felt like I was a 10 year old while reading this, wanting to run in the countryside and search dusty old manor houses to find a magical wardrobe myself. The story is full of adventure and moves along at a great pace, keeping you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
Lion, witch, wardrobe rating: 6.5/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author, children and young adults, anyone who has seen the movie version.
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Lion-Witch-Wardrobe-C-S-Lewis/9780060765484