I first read the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was in year two. This is an incredible book written by C.S Lewis, who got his inspiration from J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. This is a great book for all ages, so if you read it at age seven or age seventy, it really doesn’t matter.
Set in World War II-era London, the four Pevensie children are sent away into the English countryside to live with a certain Professor Digory Kirke. On a particularly rainy afternoon, the Pevensies decide to play hide-and-seek.
The youngest, Lucy, stumbles across an old wardrobe in a spare room of the Professor’s great manor house. She slips inside and comes across a land inside the wardrobe, a land locked in snow and ice. Lucy meets a faun (half human, half goat) who introduces himself as Mr Tumnus who explains to her that she is in the land of Narnia and that it’s always winter when Lucy mentions Christmas.
As she exits Narnia, she finds that no time has passed while she was in Narnia. She tries to convince her siblings, Peter, Edmund, and Susan, of the land in the wardrobe but they don’t believe her until they stumble into the wardrobe.
The four siblings are told that there is a prophecy ‘as old as time itself’ which explains that two Sons of Adam (yeah, I know, religion warning here, but don’t let it put you off) and two Daughters of Eve will sit in the throne of Cair Paravel (A Narnian castle) and ‘the evil time will be over and done’ according to Mr Beaver, a creature who helps the Pevensies in Narnia.
From there, they are thrown into an epic adventure reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings (And yes, I know I mentioned that before) and save Narnia from its evil ruler. And all this started from a young child who hides in a wardrobe during a game of hide and seek.
This tale extends over the course of six more books. There is a prequel to the book reviewed, but as this was the first published, I thought it was the most appropriate to do a review for.
The titles and order stand: at spot one, The Magician’s Nephew, spot two, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, at spot three, The Horse and his Boy, (Which I personally think is the worst of the series, but still worth a shot), at spot four, Prince Caspian, number five, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, number six, The Silver Chair, and lucky last, The Last Battle.