Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2) by C.S. Lewis

Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
Author: C.S. Lewis
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Paperback, 206 pages
Date Published: July 8, 2002 (Originally 1955)

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
"They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed," whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it's the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins."

They opened a door and entered a world Narnia the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Asland, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe begins much later in time than the first story in the series. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are the ones to journey into Narnia this time and their adventure is very different from Digory’s and Polly’s. What surprised me most about this book was how closely the movie stayed to it. I very often get angry with movies for straying from the book, but the movie was nearly all the same.

The characters come off the page, especially Lucy and Edmund. I felt like Susan was left out a bit though. Lucy and Edmund seemed to have more emotional scenes, so I was easily attached to them. The arc for Edmund was wonderful. He’s my favorite character in the movies, so I’m happy I enjoyed him just as much in the book. The magic and the mythology are rife in this installment. The religious tones are very clear, but do not overpower the story with the children at all. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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