I’ve finally decided to set about reading The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve thought of reading this series on and off for years since seeing the original movie as a child, then seeing the new Narnia movies in recent years. When my husband also expressed an interest in reading them I decided now was the time. Using some handy gift cards that we received at Christmas this year I picked up a box set of the paperbacks at our local Borders. Last week I read The Magician’s Nephew, which was originally the 6th book written in the series, but as it tells the story of the creation of Narnia and all that comes before The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe it has since become considered the first book.
I was very happy to find that the hype of Narnia is well deserved. Apart from being an amazing story (on an even larger scale than you could know from having just seen TLTWATW) it is amazingly well written. Lewis’s writing style is flawless and reading this book was a delight. I loved that the story could be so timeless and not feel antiquated reading it sixty years after it was written – possibly because even when he wrote it, he set the story before the 1950s, saying quite plainly that it took place long before you. So it’s always been a story of before, quite fitting I think especially for a story that takes begins before Narnia even exists.
I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I really enjoyed reading it with no expectations of what it would be – just opening the book to find out for myself was thrilling and I was very pleased with what I found. So if you haven’t read this series yet, take a chance, it’s GOOD. I am anxiously looking forward to reading Book 2 (formerly Book 1) The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.