The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Published: August 1970
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 edition follows the original numbering scheme. Recent publishers have renumbered the volumes so they are ordered chronologically. This was reportedly the author’s preference. Other editions number this book as 2.
I loved the experience of re-reading this book. I haven’t touched this book since I was in late elementary/early middle school. It was a weird experience reading this as an adult. And actually knowing about the author.
There was most definitely a feel where you could tell C.S. Lewis was pulling from his christian roots, and not that it bothered me, but it was odd just seeing it there since I don’t really read any books that have religious undertones. But I still loved the story very much. Maybe even more so because I love just the story of Narnia and how absolutely magical of a place it is.
Granted the characters aren’t much yet, and I know the books get better towards the end of the series, but at the same time, Edmund…what a fruit loop dingus! But in all honesty, the writing was great, the thought process was wonderful. All the content was there for a purpose and you can’t really ask more from a book