The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

narniaI never finished the last two of C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, but read most of the series as a teenager. I must note, I read them solely for the story, and didn’t think to dissect them for religious symbolism (although I was aware of it). I began with The Magician’s Nephew, which was the last of the books to be written, but occurs first chronologically. The book attempts to explain the origin of the magical wardrobe, the professor, and the witch from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The Lion… was a charming novel about the four Pevensie siblings who enter a magical world, Narnia, through a wooden wardrobe in an old professor’s mansion. As they are prophesied to, they engage in an epic battle of good vs. evil, the witch representing the devil, and the lion, Aslan, representing Christ.

The Horse and His Boy was my favorite of the series, based off of the book of Exodus. I liked reading about the Middle Eastern-like culture in this alternate universe. It does not feature the Pevensie children as the rest of the books do. Following this was Prince Caspian and Voyage on the Dawn Treader. Eustace was a great character, my favorite next to Edmund. I love characters who transform!

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