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The Chronicles of Narnia

(The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #1–7)

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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 Staples 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 1956)
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Tara Hi Leah/Elle/Ella!

Even though this was like a year ago, I'm just going to answer your questions for fun. :P

1. It should count for 7…more
Hi Leah/Elle/Ella!

Even though this was like a year ago, I'm just going to answer your questions for fun. :P

1. It should count for 7 books, just like Harry Potter etc.

2. The series is prettttty confusing because C.S Lewis wasn't completely strict about the series order (At least, I don't think he was!) but I've been reading them in this order, and most book bundles have too:

1. The Magician's Nephew
2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
3. The Horse and his Boy
4. Prince Caspian
5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6. The Silver Chair
7. The Last Battle

P.S: If you think you should read the books in a different order, that's fine! It just matches up a bit more with Jadis and the Wood for the Wardrobe, etc etc etc.
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Deborah D. Absolutely!
Narnia is an amazing world and there is a great deal of detail that was not in the movies.
You can read the entire series without worrying…more
Absolutely!
Narnia is an amazing world and there is a great deal of detail that was not in the movies.
You can read the entire series without worrying about actors, though the casting was fairly well done.

I just started re-reading them after a gap of a couple decades!(less)

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AJ Griffin
Jul 02, 2007 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?
Charlotte May
I love Narnia! Of course it's not perfect, but they are such wonderful stories, paving the way for so many other fantasy worlds that followed. Sure they've got the allegorical Christian background, and some of Lewis' wording and phrases wouldn't pass as politically correct now. But if you can look past these small details, Narnia is a truly magical place, the stories iconic, I will never forget them.

The Magicians Nephew

"By gum," said Digory, "don't I just wish I was big enough to punch your head!"
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia #1-7), C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, and originally published in London between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television,
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Nandakishore Varma
Quick review

Terrific fantasy setting and storyline spoilt by extremely unsubtle allegory and (as the story progresses) excessive Christian preachiness. Warning: Racial stereotypes abound and may offend.

Recommended for adults who thrive in a Christian religious environment or those who can overlook these aspects totally and enjoy the story. Not for gullible children, unless accompanied by a discerning adult.

Detailed review

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Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Favorite books ever when I was a kid! So yea, sticking with 4 stars because I still love it🖤🖤
Michael Finocchiaro
Read this as a kid and re-read later on, these 7 books were a great form of escapism despite the somewhat overbearing Christian symbolism that is pervasive throughout. The movies did NOT to the books justice but the animated film about Lion, Witch and Wardrobe was actually OK. A must for kids.
Christian Guzman
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Overall I would give this book 3 stars. Below I have provided specific ratings/reviews for each story. At first I was skeptical about reading the book in chronological order as opposed to publication order. Now that I look back at it, it works well both ways. I also had some trouble at first with the way the style of writing was presented, but I got used to it pretty quickly. The world of Narnia is well written and detailed thanks to C.S Lewis. I can safely say that I liked the introduction of e ...more
Mansoor
Apr 20, 2007 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 as
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Jaclyn
Apr 19, 2008 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
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone on Earth
The 2005 film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was what made me want to read this thick, heavenly book. Little yet valiant Lucy was very close to my heart, as well as her siblings who occasionally thought she was crazy. I was so enthralled by the movie, and I asked my parents if they could buy me the series for my birthday.

My uncle in the US was the one who granted my wish. Tee-hee. After buying this collection from Barnes & Noble, he immediately had it shipped all the
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Erth
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This read could not be described any better than this:

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 Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.
Ruth
Mar 28, 2008 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
Werner
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone (od any age) who loves fantasy, and/or serious Christian literature
Shelves: fantasy
Back in the early 70s, I encountered this wonderful series through the first of the books to be written, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (Below, I quote most of my review of that book, insofar as it applies to the whole series). I subsequently discovered the whole series, and in the 90s read it to my wife, who loved it as much as I do. We didn't read it in this omnibus edition, but as individual books; and for a long time, I intended to eventually review each book separately. But since the series ...more
Mer
Apr 18, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
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(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 and dragons and gi
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Jarod
Aug 16, 2007 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 confoun
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Alexandra Elend Wolf
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, 2019
"Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight. At the sound of his roar, sorrow will be no more. When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death. And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again."

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Prince Caspian: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: ⭐⭐⭐✨
The Silver Chair: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨
The Horse and His Boy: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Magician's Nephew: ⭐⭐⭐✨
The Last Battle: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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whalesister
Mar 28, 2008 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
Syndi
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love these series. It starts with a dreamy fairy tales and ending with a big bang. Behind that children story telling, it has a powerful message of God, bravery, siblings love and rivalry, love and becoming adult. Taking responsible. Punishment and forgiveness.

I love all of the siblings especially Lucy.
midnightfaerie
Feb 07, 2012 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
Sophie Crane
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Chronicles of Narnia are 7 wonderful adventures experienced on two or three levels: children's adventure stories, adults' and children's adventures in the Christian life and their spiritual being, and an adventure into the future of planet Earth. Perfect for reading aloud to children from 8 upwards they're moving and inspiring for adults as well. There's humour, knotty problems we all face and positive ways to face them, a new and lovely way of perceiving and respecting animals and the envir ...more
Julie
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
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Elizabeth
Sep 06, 2008 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
Daniel
Jul 24, 2009 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 no/>The
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Jan-Maat
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Carl
Jul 05, 2007 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
Timothy
Nov 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
I went back and actually read the Chronicles of Narnia for the first time last year. (My parents read them to me when I was a kid). This is an amazing story, from one of the best English minds of the twentieth century. As a whole, this story was every bit as good as I had remembered.

That being said, however, I ran into some real problems reading this story as an adult in the 21st century. Starting with The Horse and His Boy, and culminating in The Last Battle, the issue of "Calormen" as obvious
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Zachary F.
I've been holding off on reviewing this series because there's so much that can be said, and maybe so little that needs to be. Even a month after completing it, I haven't been able to mold my thoughts into anything that might constitute a cohesive review. In lieu of that--a cohesive review--I'll settle on some scattered notes and observations; I'll deal with some of its parts in order to get at the whole.

First, a bit of autobiography. When I was a child, exploring the antiques-laden
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Luann
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
These books are AMAZING! They are a beautiful metaphor for the biblical story of Jesus's sacrifice for us.
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Clive Staples Lewis 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
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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)
  • The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
  • The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
“Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.” 345 likes
“I am [in your world].’ said Aslan. ‘But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” 339 likes
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