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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, completed in the winter of 1949 & published in 1950, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Prof. Digory Kirke's house that leads to the magical land of Narnia, which is currently under the spell of a witch. The four children fulfill an ancient, mysterious prophecy while in Narnia. The Pevensie children help Aslan (the Turkish word for lion) & his army save Narnia from the evil White Witch, who's reigned over the Narnia in winter for 100 years.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

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Overall Review:  

I have loved the Chronicles of Narnia all my life.  As a child, I loved to read them because the story was magical!  I imagined in my mind the journey of Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan as they discover the new land in the wardrobe.  I reveled in the characters—talking animals, dwarfs, Aslan, even the children themselves.  The battles between Aslan’s people and the evil hordes of the White Witch were breathtaking and intense.  And of course, who wouldn’t love the comeback of Aslan to surprise the White Witch and her minions just as Peter and all who followed Aslan felt that all was lost!  I loved the majesty, the prophecy and the legend of the land of Narnia.  As an adult, I still love to read the story, but there is even more meaning to it now.  The depth of C.S. Lewis’ symbolism is lovely and unimposing.  There are magical enchantments, treachery, brotherly love, and the power of giving one’s life for another—that magic older than the dawn of Time itself.  The characters breathe through the pages.  The land is full of color, culture, and magic.  I have always loved being swept away into the land of Narnia, and now I share its magic and mystery with my own children.

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The themes in this book are varied, and I put mild because of some scary creatures, situations, and peril.  As this book is mostly a tale of good versus evil, there is some violence involved.  There is a very evil character who turns many creatures to stone—they are, in essence, dead (but it’s made right in the end).  A character is made to suffer quite a bit: he is slapped, yelled at, made to starve, made to walk with his hands tied behind his back, tied to a tree in order to kill him, etc.  There are some mildly scary chase scenes involving large wolves.  A character is attacked by a wolf—it is killed by another character.  The battle at the end has quite a few casualties on both sides and many are wounded.  There is a giant who crushes enemies,  the evil witch who turns everyone in her way into stone (some are then crushed, so they cannot be saved later), dwarfs with axes, etc.  One character is tied up, taunted in horrible ways, and then stabbed to death.  These battles and episodes are very well written, however, and I’ve had no qualms reading this aloud to my children many times.

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Reviewed By Emily
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