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Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Stables Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Paperback, Reissue Edition, 767 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1949)
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Nevermore Yes! Trust me, try it :) They have a different feel to them compared to the movies and the writing is wonderful.
Also, there are seven books and only…more
Yes! Trust me, try it :) They have a different feel to them compared to the movies and the writing is wonderful.
Also, there are seven books and only three of them have been made into movies so far. If you are not sure about reading "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" because you've seen the first movie, maybe start with "The Magician's Nephew" which has been released later but is the first one chronologically. It serves as kind of a prequel or origins story to all the other books and shows how Narnia and all the other worlds came into existence, how the witch came to Narnia, ...
Enjoy ;)

[If you count "The Magician's Nephew" as book 1, the movies are based on books 2, 4 and 5.
I can also recommend book 3, it is almost entirely based on different characters than the ones from the movies, which is why they filmed 4 and 5 first.](less)
Sara If you add each book to your currently reading separately it will count as 7 books toward your challenge. The big bindup with all the books will only…moreIf you add each book to your currently reading separately it will count as 7 books toward your challenge. The big bindup with all the books will only count as one. The books are in different orders in the U.K and the U.S. My books are in the same order as what you said. If you're not sure or you don't like the order of the books you can look up the u.k order. Hope this helps!(less)
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AJ Griffin
Jul 03, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: christians, people who love lions
When the Lion/Witch/Wardrobe movie came out a while ago, some dude accosted me and said "Dude, the fucking right wing media is trying to say that the Narnia books are all about fucking Christianity!!!"

No shit. I figured that out when I was 9.

But who cares? If you can't enjoy these books at all, there is no child alive inside of you. And if you've got no child inside you, you're not very much fun at all, are you?
Kat Kennedy
I discovered The Chronicles of Narnia when I was six years old halfway through my first year of school. I had discovered the joys of our school library and I still remember the day and the exact shelf where I found The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It was the lowest shelf, the one that rested on the ground and I had to crouch down to wiggle the book out from amongst its peers. By the time I'd finished first grade I'd read them all and searched high and low for any book series that could be a ...more
May 04, 2007 Mansoor rated it liked it
The Magician's Nephew is easily the best story of the Chronicles. First of all, it's the least overtly religious. There is a creation-of-the-world element, but it's not our world so it seems more fantastic than religious. Not only is there a veil over the religiosity, there's so much creativity in this story: the magical rings, the in-between place, the Deplorable Word, the founding of Narnia.

Starting with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the religiosity becomes noticeable, with the Witch
May 02, 2008 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: absolutely EVERYONE!
I can't even begin to count how many times I've read "The Chronicles of Narnia." The truly amazing thing about these books is that each time you read them, they magically become more complex, more meaningful and more beautiful. I first read "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" when I was about seven or eight years old and I did not get it at all. Sure, I followed the story, but the deeper meaning was completely lost on me. Someone later told me that it was a Christian story and when I read the ...more
Apr 19, 2007 Mer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood

(Click the above link to read professor Carol Zaleski's interesting take of the seething religious/political furor surrounding these classics.)

I pined for Narnia in the most broken, sad way when I was a little girl.

Obviously, I had no knowledge of any Christian subtext when I first read "Da Chroni *WHUT* cles". I remember devouring them in much the same way that children are now tearing through the Harry Potter series. Lewis's lavish descriptions of fauns
Aug 16, 2007 Jarod rated it really liked it
A mostly well-written, very imaginative, thoroughly enjoyable read. The narration is warm and witty, the protagonists are well developed and likable but not perfect (written perfectly, but with flaws that give the stories depth), and the settings are vivid and fantastic (remember those loony one-footed invisible things that hop around? and the ending, when the boat sails over that undersea city and then into the clouds at the edge of the world?).

I'm always annoyed when people confound the qualit
Mar 28, 2008 whalesister rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I read the entire series, one right after another, eight times in a row when I got them for Christmas in fourth grade. Obviously I loved them then. Just finished reading them again to Eric, my 8-year-old, and loved them maybe just as must as I did as a 10-year-old. Eric couldn't stop giggling through the last pages of Horse and His Boy, which we had to reread when we finished the rest, since it was his favorite. We're starting Prince Caspian again, too--another favorite. I realized this go aroun ...more
Aug 18, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is one of the books in his series, the Chronicles of Narnia in which Christianity is portrayed through various fantasy creatures. God, for instance is portrayed as a talking Lion. What a wonderful series! What child hasn’t climbed into a closet and explored the back cracks in hope of finding an entrance to a new and exciting world after reading this book? I used to sit in a closet with the door closed and a flashlight reading my favorite books aft ...more
Apr 10, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
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Mar 17, 2010 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I read "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" when I was very young, and barely remember it. I never read the other books in the series. So now, as an adult, I'm reading the entire "Chronicles of Narnia." After a bit of Internet research, I decided to read them in order of publication, rather than the overall story's chronological order. I'll post individual reviews for each book, and slightly shorter opinions here.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The first in "The Chronicles of Narnia" is
Mar 28, 2008 Ruth rated it it was amazing
I love how you can see Aslan as Jesus giving up his life for us. And the greater power or deaper magic that brings him back to life
Sep 11, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I have loved these books my whole life. They are frequently misread, I think, by people who insist that everything in Narnia has to "equal" something in our world (Aslan=Jesus, Calormens=Muslims, Tash=Satan, etc.) While Lewis is clearly writing about God, as I read it, he is imagining how the Christian God might reveal himself in another world rather than allegorizing our own. Aslan is not "Jesus," but rather the earthly aspect of God as he reveals himself in Narnia. The Calormens are not Muslim ...more
Lindsay Stares
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Jul 05, 2007 Carl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy, Tolkien, and MacDonald
I read this entire series multiple times when I was younger, I think near the end of elementary school or during Jr Hi, and actually got sick of it after too many reads and had to wait to rediscover it later on-- several times, in fact. The books are nice and short, yet each is a quality fantasy story, loaded, of course, with Lewis' exploration-in-fiction of man's relationship to diety and the world. Tolkien was always my favorite, but Lewis has his own particular approach to the fantastic which ...more
May 11, 2007 Kecia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children of all ages
After reading the reviews here I'm glad to know I wasn't the only kid searching for a way into Narnia.

I first read and fell in love with the series in the fourth grade. I read them over and over and over. Sometimes in series order, sometimes in chronological order. At some point I started saving them for Christmas break. I would read them every year at Christmas break. My family, all non-readers, thought this was a bizarre quirk of mine but they tolerated it.

When the movie came out I took my f
I was in college the first time I read all the Chronicles of Narnia. Eight years later, I was ecstatic to get the whole set for free through the Goodreads first reader program. (Thanks to Harper Collins.) This time around I enjoyed them quite a bit more and understood the symbolism a little better. Rating on story alone I probably would give them three or four stars. But because all the stories are so deep in meaning and strike a chord with Christians everywhere, I've bumped the series up to AMA ...more
Aug 18, 2008 Luann rated it it was amazing
These books are AMAZING! They are a beautiful metaphor for the biblical story of Jesus's sacrifice for us.
Book Elf
May 22, 2011 Book Elf rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: borrowed-books
When I first grabbed the book, my thought was, "Oh my! There's a whole lot to read." As you can see, I have watched the Chronicles of Narnia movies 1 to 3 (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of The Dawn Treader) before reading the book itself, and it was so thick!. So when I came across the 1st book, I was puzzled. I thought, "oh, so The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was not the first book." Which made me felt silly. Then I read on.

The Magician's Nephew was a del
Jun 07, 2015 Bene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Un giorno sarai grande abbastanza da ricominciare a leggere le favole."
C.S. Lewis.

Incredibile come questo libro mi catturi ogni volta, come se fosse la prima, come ogni volta mi commuova nei soliti punti, come non mi stanchi mai di rileggerlo
Il linguaggio è semplice e scorrevole ma tratteggiato con dettaglio.
La descrizione del paesaggio fiabesco è particolareggiata ma mai troppo lenta, poiché si alterna nei giusti momenti per dare spazio ai dialoghi e all'azione.
Quelle che potrebbero sembrare
Ashlee Willis
Jul 19, 2013 Ashlee Willis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Well ... what can I say? I feel ridiculous trying to write a review about a series of books that have been so close to my heart since I was a very young child. How can I truly express how great they are, and how personally life-changing they were to me? I can't. So I will just say ..

If you haven't read these - read them. No matter who you are, or what age, or what type/genre of book you usually read - no one should go through life without having read this amazing series by one of the best author
Alex (TheLibraryOfAlex)
Dec 19, 2015 Alex (TheLibraryOfAlex) rated it really liked it
The Magician's Nephew Review

ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 stars

I read this book for the Mid-year #CRAMATHON 2015!

This book was just what I needed. I've been feeling a bit of a slump coming on, and I was craving some fantasy, and this book was just perfect. So perfect that I almost read it in one sitting, then my mum told me to "go outside, for a change, get some air"

I have only seen the movies for The Chronicles of Narnia (CoN), but I believe there is no film of "The Magician's Nephew". This book is the
B u n n y ♥  | Maxi
Sep 09, 2015 B u n n y ♥ | Maxi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, on-my-shelf

*In realtà sarebbero 3 stelle e mezzo*
Ho valutato singolarmente i sette libri contenuti e fatto una specie di media. Tra questi sette i miei preferiti sono, sicuramente, "Un Cavallo e il SUo Ragazzo" e "Il Viaggio del Veliero".
La figura del principe Caspian che viene introdotta dopo un po' non mi ha fatta impazzire, non a caso il libro che porta il suo nome ha ricevuto due stelline.
Ho preferito l'ordine cronologico a quello di pubblicazione, non sono convinta che avrei apprezzato le stori
Apr 22, 2011 Veronica rated it it was amazing
Who must a person be, to create a world where children, adults and aged people can live in? When I finished reading these series, I realized I might as well keep the books always at hand on my shelf, because I would reach out and read them constantly throughout the rest of my life.
And I guess that the best thing these books have taught me is that it's so easy to outgrow faith like you outgrow clothes once you leave your childhood behind. These stories, more than anything, encouraged me to keep
As a pre-teen/young teen I decided not to read these because they had to0 much magic. Yes, people-who-know-me, reel in shock! These weren't Christian enough for me! But now I love them... cue the quotes...

"But it is not, as some people think, an allegory" (“Letter to Sophia Storr,” in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, vol 3, 1113).

"You are mistaken when you think that everything in the books ‘represents’ something in this world. Things do that in The Pilgrim’s Progress but I’m not writing in
Feb 04, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever read a book with a happier ending!!! That was SO worth reading.
Aug 28, 2007 Joy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages
okay.... so I read this in high school but it remains my favorite all time books. CS Lewis is brillant in his symbolism regarding the characters.
Jan 02, 2016 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These dates are a guess, since I bought and read the book sometime around when the first movie came out.

While I did like this bind up, there were some stories I liked more than others. The Magicians Nephew being my favorite. Then The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe I enjoyed Prince Caspian, and The Dawn Treader. But after that the books kind of got 'meh' for me. The last one was really depressing and I actually kind of hated the ending to the series.

These books are classics and even though I do
Nov 06, 2008 Rena rated it it was amazing
Every book a masterpiece--I enjoy them again and again...and the Christian symbols are part of what makes it great.
Apr 19, 2015 Damiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riepilogo delle valutazioni dei libri:
Il nipote del mago: 4. Il racconto della nascita di Narnia è emozionante! Lo adoro! <3
Il leone, la strega e l'armadio: 5! Mi sono innamorata del libro dopo averlo visto al cinema: fantastico! :D
Il cavallo e il ragazzo: 4
Il principe Caspian: 5!!! Il ritorno dei 4 ragazzi a Narnia è spettacolare e Ripicì è uno spasso!
Ammetto però che nel film si son prese troppe licenze poetiche, tipo il ritorno della Strega Bianca o l'assalto al castello di Miraz... :-/
Jan 23, 2013 Luke rated it it was amazing
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than th ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
  • Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
  • The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
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“But, first, remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you wake in the middle of the night. And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs. And secondly, I give you a warning. Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly: I will not often do so down in Narnia. Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind. And the signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters.” 243 likes
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